Kim Kardashian’s ShoeDazzle Gets $40 Million in Funds

The reality star’s website plans to use their new financing for great expansion.
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Kim Kardashian’s website ShoeDazzle.com has just received $40 million in financing from Menlo Park firm Andreessen Horowitz.
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The reality star, boutique owner and designer—who is responsible for creating a line for Bebe, a QVC collection K-Dash and her own Belle Noel jewelry line—is also behind ShoeDazzle’s innovative members-only site.

The website, which offers a personalized selection of shoes, handbags and jewelry to subscribers for a monthly flat rate of $39.95, has already secured $20 million in funding since 2010 from firms Polaris Venture Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The new funds will allow the company to expand significantly. Kardashian’s business partner Brain Lee told WWD “we are launching in the U.K. in the next couple of months,” and intends to also reach the South American and Asian marketplaces.

ShoeDazzle currently has 3 million members and has seen celebrity collaborations from stars such as Glee’s Kristin Chenowith and Scream 4’s Kristen Bell.

May 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Kim Kardashian highlights her curves in tight white dress as she struts around Beverly Hills

She may have been headed out for lunch, but it was clear Kim Kardashianwas more concerned with looking good for the cameras.

The reality star strutted around Beverly Hills today in a white dress, which clung tightly to her famous curves.

With her long dark hair blow dried in waves, and feet squeezed into an unfeasibly high pair of Christian Louboutins, Kim looked dressed up for a night out, rather than a lunch date.

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May 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Lady Gaga, Oprah and Justin Bieber Top Celebrity 100 List

Lady Gaga is now Queen Gaga.


The “Monster” pop star dethroned talk show host Oprah Winfrey as the world’s most powerful celebrity on this year’s Forbes’ “Celebrity 100” list.

Although her $90 million in earnings in 2010 did not quite compare to Oprah’s $290 million, the 25-year-old poker-faced superstar soared to the top spot through her skilled use of social media – Gaga has 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers.

And all those loyal fans, also known as Little Monsters, are a huge customer base for many of the products Gaga designs or features in her elaborate music videos. They have flocked to the stores to buy MAC makeup and Virgin Mobile phones, and Gaga’s personally designed triangular “heartbeats” headphones quickly became so popular that they are currently out of stock on their webpage.

The title track from Gaga’s latest album “Born This Way” even made iTunes history, as it was downloaded one million times in just five days.

Even Oprah, whose 25-season-long talk show ends next Wednesday, isn’t that social media savvy. Although she certainly has influence over her many viewers and fans, the talk show queen has just under 6 million Facebook fans and the same number of Twitter followers. Combining the numbers from the two social media sites, that’s 30 million less than Lady Gaga.

But Oprah didn’t fall that far behind on the Forbes list.

She ranked second overall, thanks to her massive earnings from last year and her powerful television presence. Most of those earnings come from her show, and the many stars she has created, including Rachael Ray, Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil, who placed 18th on the list.

This was only the third time in seven years that Oprah has had to give up her throne. Although she has managed to work her way back up to the top each time, Oprah may have trouble winning back the crown next year.

The final season of her popular show is wrapping up, and Oprah will be concentrating all of her efforts on the struggling Oprah Winfrey Network, Forbes reported.

And she also has competition from young rising stars, one of who debuted on the top end of the list this year. Justin Bieber, who cut off his famous long locks in February and sold them for $40,668 in a charity auction on Ebay, earned $53 million last year, gaining him third place.

According to Forbes, his breakout song, “Baby” has been viewed on YouTube a record 500 million times, and the Biebs’ has 27 million Facebook fans and almost 9 million Twitter followers. Although he’s not quite at Gaga status yet, the 17-year-old singer has come a long way since he first hit the charts in 2010.

Bieber’s concerts bring in about $600,000 a night in ticket sales and his movie “Never Say Never” made more than $100 million at the global box office.

Bieber is followed closely by U2, a much more established band that has released hit songs since they first appeared on the music scene in 1983. Though their popularity has certainly weaned over the past few decades, their 360 Tour had already grossed more money than the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang Tour by this April.

And, by the time their tour ends this summer, it is expected to have brought in $700 million in ticket sales – that’s $146 million more than the Rolling Stones’, Forbes reported.

May 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Chargesheet in CWG today; Kalmadi may figure

New Delhi: CBI might file the first chargesheet in the Commonwealth Games scam today, Friday, against Suresh Kalmadi and other former officials of the Organising Committee with the agency claiming to have enough evidence to nail them for alleged bunglings in a Rs 141 crore contract.

The agency may name sacked OC chairman Kalmadi along with the then officials; Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, Director General V K Verma, Deputy Director General (procurement) Surjeet Lal besides beneficiary company Swiss Timing for allegedly inflating the cost of contract causing Rs 95 crore loss to exchequer, top CBI sources said.

The CBI had claimed in its FIR that the contract for Timing Scoring and Results system was awarded by “wrongfully restricting and eliminating competition” from other suppliers in a pre-meditated and planned manner.

The CBI is also likely to send Letters Rogatory to Switzerland seeking details about beneficiary company Swiss Timing from local authorities after the first set of charges are levelled in the case, they said.

According to sources, the sleuths have found details of an alleged bribe of Rs 23 crore which exchanged hands for awarding the contract for framing the eligibility requirements in such a way that competing firms may be sidelined.

The agency has to file the chargesheet before May 23 as the 90-day mandatory period for levelling charges against Bhanot and Verma, arrested on February 23, will be getting over making the duo eligible for bail. Kalmadi was arrested on April 25.

Sources said Indian representatives of Swiss Timing were in constant touch with Kalmadi and other officials of the OC much before the tender was floated.

The contract worth Rs.141 crore was awarded for setting up Timing Scoring and Results system during the mega sporting event last year.

It is alleged that the Committee for shortlisting prospective bidders for TSR was constituted by selecting handpicked officials, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra had said after the arrest of Kalmadi.

Investigation has also revealed that members of the tenders evaluation committee were coerced and threatened to disqualify other bidders, she had said.

The agency has registered 11 FIRs in the cases related to Commonwealth Games scam.

May 20, 2011 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Blast in Pakistan hits US consulate vehicle

Peshawar: A car bomb in the Pakistani city of Peshawar hit a US consulate vehicle, killing one person and wounding 11.

“One person was killed, he was passing on a motorcycle,” senior police official Mohammad Ejaz Khan said.

A total of 11 people have been wounded, none of them seriously,” he said.

Two foreigners who received “minor injuries” have been discharged from the hospital, he added.

Pakistani television showed the vehicle, damaged by the explosion, which hurled it against an electricity pole.

May 20, 2011 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

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Lady Gaga dedicates song to royal couple


Pop superstar Lady Gaga dedicated a Nat King Cole cover to Prince William and Kate Middleton during her performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend. The 25-year-old sang a rendition of Orange Coloured Sky in honour of the royal couple during her hour-long set in Carlisle yesterday. Before singing the tune, Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, said: “I was wishing I was at the royal wedding.” The Just Dance hitmaker, who arrived 30 minutes late for her performance, emerged from a coffin before she played five songs from her new album Born This Way.

May 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Lady Gaga swaps music for media, edits Metro paper

Flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga ditched the music and switched to the media on Monday with a stint as a guest editor at the London headquarters of the global free newspaper network Metro.

Widely regarded as the world’s biggest pop star, the 25-year-old New Yorker has also been busy promoting her second full-length studio album “Born This Way” which is available in stores from May 23.

Gaga arrived at Metro’s offices wearing pink hair in a beehive style, black high heels, fishnet stockings and a black brassiere-like top.

“I’m sorry if my business attire is a little different” she joked as she shook hands with staff.

Gaga took charge of the morning editorial meeting, offering her opinion on a range of topics from bullying to the Japan earthquake to who her heroes are.

She immediately set out her vision for the paper in her role as guest editor for the day, touching on themes she has already mentioned as part of her mission as an entertainer.

“I feel so privileged I get to make music every day,” she told staff. “If you have revolutionary potential you have a moral obligation to make the world a better place.”

Her new record is the follow-up to her 2008 debut album “The Fame,” which went on to sell more than 12 million copies and topped the charts. An extended play release “The Fame Monster” came out the following year.

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, has a huge and famously devoted fanbase around the world whom she calls her “little monsters.”

In turn she refers to herself as “Mother Monster” whose every public appearance is a piece of performance art and outlandish fashion statement rolled into one, turning her into a cultural phenomenon as much as a musician.

“I really appreciate the opportunity and it’s a wonderful chance for me to show the world that little monsters are not just a fan thing, but exist outside the music world altogether,” Gaga said of her editing activities at Metro.

Gaga’s more notorious outfits to date have included a raw meat dress she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards last year and her arrival at the Grammy Awards in February encased in a giant egg.

“I’m half living my life between reality and fantasy at all times,” the “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” singer recently told the Guardian newspaper. “It’s best not to ask questions and just enjoy.”

It is not all just about enjoyment, however, and music writers and commentators who have interviewed the singer note a messianic dimension to her ambition which appears to go beyond merely selling records.

Her own online biography concludes: “And, now, I’m just trying to change the world one sequin at a time,” albeit with “a wink in her eye.”

It is not all plain sailing for the multi-Grammy Award winner, however.

The huge impact of The Fame means the pressure is on for Born This Way to match that commercial and critical success.

Religious groups accuse her of blasphemy, there was dissent in the ranks of her legions of fans over the cover art to Born This Way and she has reacted angrily to suggestions that the first single from the new record was copied from Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself.”

May 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

Justin Bieber press conference in Taiwan “Selena makes me really happy!”

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