Lady Gaga is young and very rich
She was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the daughter of a relatively well-off Internet entrepreneur dad. Twenty-seven years later, the girl, rechristened Lady Gaga, has grow'd up to be the richest star in the universe under the age of 30! Her Ladyship tops Forbes mag's Top-Earning Celebs Under 30 list, having pocketed $80 mil between June 2012 and June 2013. Justin Bieber ($58 mil), Taylor Swift ($55 mil), DJ Calvin Harris ($46 mil), and Rihanna ($43 mil) round out the top five.
Kanye West e-strips for video
It was leaked weeks ago, but on Monday the finalized, finished, completed, polished "Black Skinhead" video from genius guy Kanye West got its official release on West's website.
Directed by Nick Knight, it's an experimental melange of animation and CGI effects that features a kartoon Kanye rapping over a heavy beat.
It's also a uniquely interactive experience that empowers (oh, yeah, empowers!) viewers to change the speed and sound during certain sequences.
The masterpiece also has a built-in controversy generator: It features three KKK members in black hoods and shows the digital Kanye in the buff.
Kanye investigated for fracas
All's not peachy for Kanye. Us Weekly says the geniusest artist of all time is being investigated by police for allegedly battering a paparazzo Friday at LAX. TMZ captured the incident on camera. Kanye lashes out at a group of photogs. "What you're trying to do is get me in trouble, so I step out and have to pay you like $250,000," he says, then runs toward the alleged victim to grab his camera. Both men fell to the ground.
Selena: Happy birthday to me!
Selena Gomez, who turned 21 on Monday (appletinis on her!) celebrated by posting a goofball video in the wee hours of the morning showing the young beauty dancing with a bunch-o'-pals in a graffiti-covered warehouse. It's also a promo for her single, "Birthday."
Selena looks happy. "Tell 'em that it's her birthday when I party like that," she says. (Huh?). And she suggests you "blow your dreams away with me."
Tidbits 'n' pieces
ABC News veteran Kate O'Brian on Monday was named prez of the new cable news outlet, Al-Jazeera America. . . . Malcolm X auteur Spike Lee has turned to crowdfunding with a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1.25 mil to make his new movie. It'll have vampires, he said.
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This column contains information from Inquirer wire services.