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Lady Gaga Biography

Lady GaGa (born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, 28.3.1986)

Lady GaGa is an American singer and songwriter. She started working for Interscope Records when she was 20 years old, writing songs for Pussycat Dolls, among others.

Lady GaGa: Childhood & Early Career

Lady GaGa was born in Yonkers, New York. Her parents are Italian and she attended a private school, the Catholic Convent of the Sacred Heart. Previous pupils of the school include Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton and Caroline Kennedy.

She started to learn piano as a young child and wrote her first ballad when she was 13 years old. By 14, she was performing at open mic nights and at 17, she earned early admission as a music student to the Tisch School of Arts at New York University. She is one of only 20 people in the world to have ever done so.

Lady GaGa performed in a number of bands, such as SGBand and Mackin Pulsifer, playing venues on the Lower East Side. She soon decided to break away from rock 'n' roll music, and began performing in burlesque shows.

Lady GaGa got her name when the producer Rob Fusari compared her vocal style to that of Freddie Mercury and took the nickname from the Queen song 'Radio GaGa'. It was Fusari that helped her to write some of her early hits, including 'Disco Heaven', 'Dirty Ice Cream' and 'Beautiful, Dirty, Rich'.

Lady GaGa: Breakthrough

Lady GaGa was briefly signed to Def Jam but the working relationship was terminated after just a few months. In 2008, she was signed to Interscope Records. She has been contracted to write songs for a number of high profile pop acts, including Britney Spears, New Kids On the Block and Fergie from Black Eyed Peas.

Akon recognized Lady GaGa's vocal talent when she laid down guide vocals for tracks that she had written for one of his acts. Akon introduced her to RedOne, who produced her debut album. The first track that they produced together was a mash-up of AC/DC's 'T.N.T.' and Mötley Crüe's 'Girls, Girls, Girls'.

In 2007, Lady GaGa performed her act Lady GaGa and The Starlight Revue - with performance artist Lady Starlight - at the Lollapalooza festival.

The following year, GaGa moved to Los Angeles and worked on the completion of her debut album, The Fame. She works with a collective of artists, clothes designers, stage designers and sound artists, under the collective name 'Haus of GaGa'.

The first single to be released from The Fame was 'Just Dance', which reached number one in five different countries. This was followed with 'Poker Face', which went one better and reached number one in six countries. Lady GaGa's first concert tour was with the newly-reformed New Kids On The Block.

Lady GaGa: Global Success

Despite having secured a record deal with a branch of Interscope Records, there were some company executives who were concerned that her sound and image were too dance-orientated and too racy for the mainstream. Her response was "My name is Lady Gaga, I've been on the music scene for years, and I'm telling you, this is what's next."

She was proved right, as her debut album The Fame has sold over 4 million copies in the USA alone. After touring in support of The Pussycat Dolls, Lady GaGa embarked on her first headline tour, The Fame Ball Tour, which ran from March to September 2009.

Whilst on tour, she also wrote a collection of eight songs, released under the title The Fame Monster. The debut single from this album, 'Bad Romance' was a number one in 18 countries across the globe. She became the first artist to have three singles pass the four million mark in digital sales. She also won the coveted Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Her next single, 'Telephone', featured Beyonce Knowles and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The video for the single, which referenced the movie Kill Bill: Vol. 1 attracted a great deal of attention for its overt sexuality, product placement and outlandish costumes. Her following single, 'Alejandro' attracted negative attention from the Catholic church for its apparently blasphemous content.

As The Fame Monster received such a positive response, Lady GaGa swiftly headed back out on tour, with The Monster Ball Tour, which eventually ran for a year and a half. She also performed at the 2009 Royal Variety Performance in London, where she sang 'Speechless', in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. The following January, she performed at the Grammy Awards, performing a duet with Elton John.

Lady Gaga's third major release, Born This Way saw the light of day in May 2011. She fused a number of different styles on the album and its lead single was the popular 'Born This Way'. A duet between Lady GaGa and Elton John, entitled 'Hello Hello' featured in the film Gnomio & Juliet.

GaGa went on to release 'Judas', 'The Edge of Glory' and 'Hair' before releasing the album. She then released 'You and I' and 'Marry the Night' as singles after the album was in the shops. She also recorded a jazz version of 'the Lady Is A Tramp', with Tony Bennett. She attended the MTV Video Music Awards dressed as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone.

ARTPOP was released universally on 11th November 2013, part of the promotion included the worlds first 'Flying Dress', also know as Volantis.


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rosiemartin

I am a big fan of Lady Gaga and wish that she get more success in her life. Lady Gaga You are Rock!

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I still can't understand. Is this ugly Lady CaCa a male or a female?

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sugarbee

lady gaga is great love her music as well as her she is beautiful and talented what else could you ask for

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my most dearest lady gaga, I am a mother of 8 ranging in ages 40 thru 26. I have 15 grandkids ranging from 18 thru 2 months. You are my complete hero !!! You surpass micheal ,madonna and you rank up there with who I consider the the greatest performer ever Freddie mercury!!I was adopted as a baby by the most wonderful woman who taught me very early on that everyone is beautiful the was never talk of different races or sexual orientation that was wrong . She taught me that God dosent make mistakes!!! I tragicly lost her to cancer at the tender age of 17 ,she was only 52 , I feel deep in my heart the she came back reincarnated as you!!!!!!!! I dearly love you and cherish everything you do . I hope by some luck someone shows you this little note ,MY name is Colleen Kauska if you do see this even though I know you are way to busy to write but just a single word from you would make me feel completly fulfilled. I,ve been very blessed in my life by knowing great people ,I would truley like to add you to my list of blessings Even if I never get lucky enough to hear from you just know you are a blessing to all people.P.S. I preach your great wisdom to all my babies with all the love and respect I have Thank you !!! eckauska@centurylink.net

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DJ Mike

You have the wrong date for GaGa's birthday in her biography. She's born on the 28th of March!

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so true...

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i love lady Gaga she's jst tha 1 u guys!!!!!!!!!

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