WHO IS GAGA DATING?
Does Lady Gaga have a special man in her life? A source told In Touch magazine that is definitely the case. They allege that Gaga’s latest fling is with her style collaborator, Matthew Williams, and that the two “spend all their time together, and travel everywhere, so it was bound to happen.” No word from Gaga’s rep about the potential romance.
GAGA PAYS TRIBUTE TO FALLEN FRIEND
Lady Gaga has paid tribute to her friend, designer Alexander McQueen, who was found dead in his London home last week. The pop star put up a very happy picture of the two on her Twitter account. People.com called Gaga McQueen’s “unofficial muse,” as she wore his clothes to many different awards shows and in her music videos. See the picture at Twitter.com/LadyGaga.
MADONNA TO BEGIN BUILDING SCHOOL
Madonna has been trying to get permission to build a girls school in Malawi, the country where she adopted her daughter Mercy. The African nation’s government gave the OK for the 15-million dollar school to be built last year, but residents have been refusing to leave the site where construction was meant to begin. Now, however, it’s time for them to go. The Associated Press reports that 200 villagers were told to move from that plot of government land to another because it had been handed over to Madonna. No word yet on when construction is officially set to begin.
PETA LOVES LEONA LEWIS
Leona Lewis is one of PETA’s biggest supporters, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are very proud of the “Bleeding Love” singer in her latest attempt to stop animal cruelty. On the menu for this year’s Brit Awards was foie gras, which is made from duck liver, and Lewis started a campaign to stop it from being served, and even threatened to boycott the awards show if it wasn’t removed. Because of Lewis, the organizers dropped the dish from the menu and PETA said that this was “music to (their) ears” because the awards show is now “cruelty-free.”
SEE LEONA LEWIS’ NEW VIDEO
Leona Lewis has just posted the video for her new single “I Got You” on her official Web site. The X-Factor winner wrote on her Twitter that she’s “so proud of it.” Head to LeonaLewisMusic.co.uk to check it out now!
EARTH, WIND & FIRE HONORED AT ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 40th annual Essence Music Festival is back this year and it’s bigger and better then ever. What is considered to be the world’s largest gathering of African American music and culture will honor the legendary group Earth, Wind and Fire for their impressive 40 year career. The three-day concert event will be held during July 4th weekend in New Orleans and will also include performances by Gladys Knight, Keri Hilson, Jill Scott, De La Soul, Robin Thicke, Laura Izibor, Melanie Fiona and more! For more information on how to buy tickets, visit Essence.com/Festival.
THE SCRIPT DRUMMER PROVES SOMEONE WRONG
Ever have someone tell you that you couldn’t do something and then you couldn’t wait to prove them wrong? The Script drummer Glen Power had just that happen, as his high-school guidance-counselor said he would never make it as a musician. Well Glen has definitely made it and he went back to his school and left a note on his counselor’s desk, thanking him for his advice but adding that he was glad he never took it. He also gave him an autographed copy of the band’s hit self-titled album. See a picture at Twitter.com/TheScript.
MONICA SHOOTS “EVERYTHING TO ME”
According to her official fan site, Monica recently shot the music video for her new single “Everything to Me.” The clip was directed by Benny Boom in Los Angeles and includes Cincinnati Bengals star Chad “OchoCinco” Johnson, who plays the singer’s love interest. Be sure to look for Monica’s upcoming album, Still Standing, when it hits shelves on March 23rd.
DAWN RICHARD LANDS DANITY COMIC
According to SingersRoom.com, Dawn Richard of Diddy’s Dirty Money group has landed a deal with eigoMANGA for the release of a comic book series titled Danity Kane. The singer said in a statement, “I am excited about the partnership between eigoMANGA and Danity Kane Comics.” Richard added, “We are moving Danity Kane Comics into a new frontier. We want to merge the worlds of comics and music together and we have started on the road to doing so.” The comic will be release this spring. Learn more at DanityKaneComics.com.
RECORD STORE DAY
Record Store Day is taking place once again. The 2010 day to support your local record stores and independent artists is April 17th. Fans should keep checking RecordStoreDay.com to get more details about special performances and signings that will take place in record stores all over the country in honor of the day.
HOPE FOR HAITI NOW ALBUM STILL FOR SALE
Hope for Haiti Now was purchased for download more than 171-thousand times in the U-S January 22nd, 23rd and 24th. The album sold an additional 60-thousand copies outside of America during that time as well. The Hope for Haiti Now album and the individual performances are still on sale at iTunes. You can do your part and get the amazing performances from artists like Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Bono, Rihanna and more, with proceeds benefitting the Haiti relief efforts. The album hit number one on iTunes in 18 countries, and Hope for Haiti Now is the first project to simultaneously reach the number one spot on the U-S iTunes album, song “Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour)” by Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge and Rihanna), and television charts. Besides heading to iTunes, fans can head to HopeForHaitiNow.org.