"Disco Queen" Donna Summer Has Died
"Disco Queen" DONNA SUMMER passed away yesterday. She was 63.
--There's no official cause of death, but multiple reports say she was suffering from cancer. TMZ claims she had LUNG cancer . . . and "sources" told them Donna thought she got it by "inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City."
--Her family released this statement: Quote, "While we grieve her passing, we're at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and continued legacy."
--Donna was once a backup singer for THREE DOG NIGHT, before releasing her first big hit, the racy "Love to Love You Baby", in 1975.
--Her other hits included: "I Feel Love", "MacArthur Park", "She Works Hard for the Money", "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", "No More Tears" with BARBRA STREISAND, and "Last Dance" from the "Thank God It's Friday" soundtrack.
--Donna won five Grammys, six American Music Awards and was the first African American woman to be nominated for an MTV Video Music Award, for "She Works Hard for the Money".
Facebook Could Make Bono the World's Richest Musician
For as long as we can remember, PAUL MCCARTNEY has been holding onto that title of WORLD'S RICHEST MUSICIAN. But his reign will probably come to an end TODAY, when Facebook becomes a publicly-traded company.
--You see, BONO has a nice little investment in Facebook. And when it goes public, his net worth is expected to shoot from about $900 million to $1.5 BILLION. McCartney is "only" worth about $1 billion.
Did Justin Bieber Post a Tweet Suggesting He Broke Up With Selena Gomez?
This may not be true, but it's out there in the celebrity gossip universe, so we better address it . . .
--JUSTIN BIEBER supposedly Tweeted a message yesterday that made it sound like he and SELENA GOMEZ had broken up.
--Here's what he ALLEGEDLY said . . . quote, "Thank you for the time I had with you but I have to move on now."
--Of course we can't PROVE this, because the Tweet was supposedly DELETED almost immediately.
--But a source says Justin and Selena haven't seen much of each other lately because she's in Bulgaria filming a movie, and he's here in the States working on his new album.
Jenny McCarthy Will Celebrate Her 40th Birthday . . . By Posing Nude for "Playboy"
JENNY MCCARTHY turns 40 in November . . . and she's marking the occasion by POSING NUDE FOR "PLAYBOY" again. You won't have to wait until November to see the pictures. They'll be in the July issue.
--Jenny has apparently gone back and forth on the issue of rejoining the "Playboy" family. In 2009, she flip-flopped pretty hard. In several interviews, she seemed dead-set against it.
--Like when she said this . . . quote, "There was a time when I was happy to take off the bikini for guys, but I spent 14 years pleasing men, and now I'm focusing on doing something good for women.
--"I only really read 'Playboy' now to see what a [vagina] should look like. I need to know what kind of grooming patterns are popular nowadays."
--But that same year, she also said, quote, "I would absolutely pose for 'Playboy'. I would be so flattered if they asked me. It's probably not going to happen but I think I want to do it again."
Showbiz Tragedy! Three of the Wiggles Are Quitting!
THE WIGGLES are going through another lineup change . . . and this one's REALLY big. Because THREE of them are leaving at the end of the year. (!!!)
--Jeff Fatt, Murray Cook and Greg Page. . . the Purple, Red and Yellow Wiggles, respectively . . . are all quitting the group. That leaves Anthony Field, the Blue Wiggle, as the sole original member.
--Jeff, Murray and Greg will continue working with the Wiggles behind the scenes. They just wanted to step out of the spotlight and lead more normal lives. Their replacements have already been chosen.
Ashton Kutcher Is Returning to "Punk'd" for a Special Episode
ASHTON KUTCHER is returning to host a special episode of "Punk'd" on June 3rd, before the MTV Movie Awards. MTV says he's punking "two of the hottest celebrities in Hollywood," but there's no word who they are yet.
(--Of course, he hosted the show from 2003 to 2007, when it ended its first run. "Punk'd" started up again earlier this year without a regular host. Ashton is still onboard as an executive producer.)