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Morning click: Lady Gaga sued by ex-boyfriend; UMG lowering CD prices

gagaphone.jpegPick up the phone, Gaga. It's a lawsuit. (Photo: Reuters/Interscope Records)

- An ex boyfriend and former producer of Lady Gaga is suing her for $30 million, claiming she stopped paying him royalties when she became famous. Rob Fusari, co-author of Gaga's "Paparazzi" and "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich," says he and the singer, aka Stefani Germanotta, founded a partnership in 2006 that would entitle him to 20% of her song royalties. According to Fusari's lawsuit, those earnings dried up after their romantic relationship went downhill and Gaga landed a new contract with Interscope in 2007. He also claims he came up with her name after the spell-check feature in his phone auto-corrected "Radio Ga Ga" (like the Queen song) to say "Lady Ga Ga." Uh, okay.

- Universal Music Group is trying this insane, totally forward-thinking new thing called lowering CD prices. Starting sometime soon, the music company will launch a new program called "Velocity" that will lower single CD prices to $10 or less. They hope the lower price will be offset by increased sales volume. Retailers have long demanded lower prices to help boost CD sales, which are down about 15% this year so far.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 19, 2010; 8:40 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Lady Gaga  
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I have taken screen shots of all the product placement in GaGa’s Telephone video. It is an orgy of product placement

Posted by: nineteen80snore | March 20, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

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