Rock reporter Neil Strauss, writing for The Wall Street Journal, has interviewed many celebrities through the years, noticing how many of them claim some sort of faith in God. That's not unusual, but through further analysis of his interviews, Strauss concludes that "believing that God wants you to be famous actually improves your chances of being famous."
He notes interviews with Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Eminem and others as he studied his previous interviews and analyzed the "God comments."
"Before they were famous," Strauss writes, "many of the biggest pop stars in the world believed that God wanted them to be famous, that this was his plan for them, just as it was his plan for the rest of us not to be famous. Conversely, many equally talented but slightly less famous musicians I've interviewed felt their success was accidental or undeserved—and soon after fell out of the limelight."