Star Scoop: Gaga’s New Monster, The New Girl at HBO, T. Swift (Still) on Top

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He’s already teamed with Roc Nation royals Kanye West and Rihanna. Now, Paul McCartney’s resurgence on the music scene includes work with Mother Monster. Lady Gaga posted a photo in the studio with McCartney earlier this week, captioning it “Always a good time with my buddy. I’ll never forget when he called me last year to work and I hung up the phone cuz I thought it was a prank!” We wonder what the two have in store. [Instagram]

Lena Dunham won’t be the only girl leading HBO to glory. Issa Rae, who gained popularity thanks to the hilarious web series Awkward Black Girl, is bringing a new comedy to the premium cabler with the help of Larry Wilmore. Insecure, like its dotcom predecessor, will chronicle “the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American.” [Variety]

... And that makes another week for Taylor Swift on top. 1989 just hit its 10th, nonconsecutive week atop the Billboard 200. If it keeps this up, the multi-platinum disc will surpass her previous triumph, when Fearless won 11 weeks in the “penthouse.” [Billboard]

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has something special in store for the Grammy family. Mary J. Blige revealed yesterday that she’ll be joining nominee Sam Smith on stage for a special duet. [Twitter]

February 15 will mark the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Yes, fortieth. Its creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, is to thank. Weeks ahead of the milestone, Michaels stepped out from behind the camera and let The Hollywood Reporter pick his brain on SNL’s anniversary spectacular, his succession plan, and the show’s biggest risk.[The Hollywood Reporter]