Star Scoop: Lena Dunham on ‘GIRLS’ Soundtrack, ‘Viva Forever’ Spice Girls Debut, Britney Spears’ Big Bucks

By  December 12, 2012

Lena Dunham and her hit HBO show GIRLS is the gift that keeps on giving. The 26-year-old jack of all trades tweeted that not only is the dramedy’s soundtrack coming to an iTunes station near you, but also, you can pre-order it now and get a Santigold track to boot. [Huffington Post]

Viva Forever!, otherwise known as the Spice Girls musical, kicked off with an electric bang during its London premiere last night. And although we’re a little sad that Victoria Beckham missed the photo op with her former bandmates, we did get a five-minute look at the stage show… and we have to say, it will spice up your life. No pun intended. [Racked]

Sorry, Taylor Swift. Although your album Red did go nearly three times platinum in just one month, there’s another music megastar who beat you this year: Britney Spears. The X-Factor judge pulled in $58 million in 2012 from May 2011 to May 2012, due to her Femme Fatale CD and tour, hosting duties, and endorsement deals. Swift wasn’t far behind though with $57 million, followed by Rihanna with a cool $54 million. Finishing off the top 10 are Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and your favorite mononym stars, Beyoncé, Adele, Sade, Madonna, and Shakira. [ABC News]

The SAGs are coming, the SAGs are coming! Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Les Misérables lead the pack with four nominations each for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with a few surprises in the mix. The Jessica Chastain-led Zero Dark Thirty failed to secure a best picture bid, although Chastain is up for best actress. The critically-acclaimed drama The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix emerged with only one nomination while Ben Affleck wasn’t on the bill for potential best actor. The ceremony will air — and our suspense will end — on January 27, 2012. [Washington Post]

Google’s Zeitgeist, it’s annual list of the most-searched trends of the year, revealed that among 1.2 trillion searches in 146 different languages, Whitney Houston ranked as the number one on the searches, people, and performing artist lists due in part to her tragic death in February of this year. “Gangnam Style,” Kate Middleton, The Hunger Games, and the iPad 3 joined the late singer as other list notables. [Google]

Ravi Shankar, sitar legend and father to music star Norah Jones, passed away yesterday. A fixture in the music industry for most of his adult life, the musician and composer taught Beatles guitarist George Harrison about eastern music and was the inspiration to name John Coltrane’s son Ravi. Shankar is survived by Jones — with whom he had a strained relationship — and three other children. He was 92 years old. [E! Online]