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Taking Names: Lady Gaga arrives in South Korea
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Pop diva Lady Gaga arrived in South Korea late Friday, one week before a Seoul performance that will kick off her third concert tour.
The singer, wearing a floor-length low-cut white dress, white gloves and a pearl-encrusted mask, blew kisses to fans at who tried to snap her image on smartphones Seoul’s Gimpo airport.
Her schedule in South Korea for the coming week was unclear, and concert organizer Hyundai Card declined to give details, Agence France-Presse reports.
The “Born This Way” Ball tour begins Friday at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium.
From there Lady Gaga will take her hits and extravagant costumes to Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, New Zealand and Australia and then on to 21 European cities.
South Koreans younger than 18 have been banned from the concert after it was rated unsuitable for younger audiences. The show had an initial age rating of 12 and older, but the Korea Media Rating Board — a state watchdog — adjusted it upward.
Some religious groups in South Korea have opposed the concert, saying Lady Gaga has advocated homosexuality and performed in an explicitly sexual manner.
“Our Christian community needs concerted action to stop young people from being infected with homosexuality and pornography,” the Korean Association of Church Communication said in a statement last month.
Lady Gaga is expected to do 110 shows this year, following up the success of her “Born This Way” album, which has sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide since it was released in May 2011.
The singer, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has become a strident voice for gay rights and anti-bullying campaigns.
Confetti tributes to Clark to fall on New Year’s Eve
Messages written by Dick Clark’s fans will be part of the confetti that’s showered on Times Square next New Year’s Eve.
People can share their memories of Clark on square-inch pieces of confetti at the Times Square Visitor Center and Museum. According to the Associated Press, the messages will be displayed at the center’s Confetti Wishing Wall until New Year’s Eve.
Tributes also can be submitted online. Visitors to the center can leave flowers and mementoes beneath a photo montage of Clark’s life.
The Times Square Alliance said Clark “was instrumental in making New Year’s Eve at the Crossroads of the World what it is today.”
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