Showbiz Sandbox 89: The Rising Fortunes Of Lady Gaga

January 24, 2011


Lady GaGa may be well on her way to earning more than $100 million dollars this year. With a new album and a world tour, Zack O’Malley Greenburg, a staff writer at Forbes, believes the pop star has the potential to become one of 2011’s highest paid musical performers. Greenburg stops by to help us do the math on Gaga’s ever increasing fortunes.

One event which won’t be contributing to Lady Gaga’s income is the Coachella Music Festival. Coachella, which is held in Southern California every April, anounced its lineup for this year’s event and Gaga isn’t on the bill. Even so, this year’s fest is overstuffed with acts you don’t want to miss and Los Angeles Times pop critic Ann Powers fills us in on all of them.

Meanwhile, MTV has a new hit on its hands with “Skins”, but advertisers and parents groups are protesting the show over its portrayal of teenage sex and drug use. At least three big advertisers have already pulled their support of the show. Over on Fox, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have joined a revamped “American Idol”, which despite dropping 13% in the ratings still managed to beat out all its competitors.

We cover all the big entertainment headlines during Big Deal or Big Whoop including, a new ending for the “Spider-Man” musical,’s plans for taking on Netflix and a new book deal for rock star Bob Dylan. Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal is our Inside Baseball topic along with a potential sale of Warner Music Group.


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‘Last Airbender,’ ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ Lead 31st Annual Razzie Nominations….

Kevin Smith’s Red State Fails Onscreen and Off….

Coachella 2011: Safe and Sound….

Why Lady Gaga Will Earn $100 Million In 2011….

MTV’s Naked Calculation Gone Bad

Taco Bell Pulls Ads From MTV’s ‘Skins’ Over Racy Content

American Idol Loses Viewers Despite Makeover

Olberman Split Came After Years Of Tension

Nickelodeon To Debut Spongebob Clip On Facebook….

Cake Scores Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album In SoundScan History….

‘Captain America’ Director Says Movie Will Surprise People….

Toho To Cut Admission Prices To Boost Audience Numbers

Sherlock Holmes to Live Again In A New Original Novel

Amazon Buys Full Control Of LoveFilm….

A New Finale For “Spider-Man”

Bob Dylan Signs Six Book Deal

Pandora Planning $100 Million IPO

Comcast Receives Approval For NBC Universal Merger

Warner Music Puts Itself On The Block