People in Brief

Lady Gaga

NEW YORK — TV is Lady Gaga’s new platform: After an impressive performance at the Oscars, the singer announced she will join the cast of “American Horror Story.”

FX confirmed Wednesday that the pop star will join the fifth season of the hit series, which returns in October. No details were provided.

Gaga tweeted a horror flick-inspired video of herself in a mask. She said the name of the show’s new season is “American Horror Story Hotel.”

Her tour with Tony Bennett kicks off April 23 in Austin, Texas.

NEW YORK — New York City’s official booster Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the city’s public schools.

The city tourism bureau tapped Swift as “global welcome ambassador” last year even though critics noted she was a recent transplant to New York.

Some also complained that her song “Welcome to New York” from the album “1989” was bland and lifeless.

Swift responded by announcing last October that she would donate proceeds from the single to the city’s schools.

A spokeswoman for the city Department of Education said Tuesday that Swift has now given $50,000.

A publicist for Swift says the singer will continue to donate additional proceeds she receives from the single “Welcome to New York” to the city’s schools.

— Organizers of the Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival say former Beatle Paul McCartney will headline this year’s event.

The announcement comes a week after festival organizers announced a partial lineup led by the Kings of Leon and The Killers.

But last week’s lineup did not include McCartney, despite weeks of rumors that he would be the top draw. Organizers said at the time that they were still waiting on final approval for the third headline act.

Other acts scheduled for this year’s festival include Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People and Modest Mouse.

Associated Press