Lady Gaga (born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, 28.3.1986) 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.
Net Worth: Lady Gaga has earnings of $33 million (Forbes 2014).
Childhood: 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.
Career: 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 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. 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 world's first 'Flying Dress', also know as Volantis. To promote 'ArtPOP', Gaga embarked on her ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour. During that time she also made her feature film debut in Robert Rodriguez's 'Machete Kills' opposite Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez. She also made a cameo in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'. Gaga worked with Tony Bennett on a collaborative jazz album called 'Cheek to Cheek', released in 2014. Lady Gaga has been involved in various charitable endeavours including LGBT rights campaigns and setting up her Born This Way Foundation which aims to help young people with confidence issues.
Personal Life: Lady Gaga has been noted for her shocking behaviour throughout her career. From her elaborate outfits - that once included a dress made from raw meat - to going clothing-less altogether, she has grabbed headlines in the past few years based on her unique creativity. She caused controversy in the UK with violent theatrics on stage during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, which came only days after a brutal mass murder in the north of England and she was accused of glorifying bulemia by employing vomit artist Millie Brown to throw up on her during her 2014 SXSW performance. Gaga has previously dated music producer Rob Fusari who worked with her professionally at the start of her career. She is currently in a relationship with actor and model Taylor Kinney. After the release of her single 'Poker Face', she revealed that it written in regards to her bisexuality. Gaga was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus but she claims she is not affected by the symptons.
Lady Gaga is thrilled Sir Elton John teamed up with her on the Love Bravery clothing line.
The pop icons have collaborated on a range of limited edition clothes and accessories with American chain MACy's, with 25 per cent of each purchase supporting the charities championed by the celebrities, the Born This Way Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
With input from Gaga’s sister Natali Germanotta and designer Brandon Maxwell, the line reflects both artists' style and music, and features bold colours, prints and edgy looks.
"It’s an honour to team up with Sir Elton John to create this line with MACy’s,” Gaga, 30, said, according to WWD. "We need to make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion."
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Teams Up With Elton John On Clothing Line
Kanye West revisited his beef with Taylor Swift in an onstage rant at a concert in Manila, The Phillippines on Saturday (09Apr16).
Famous, a track on his latest album The Life of Pablo references his connection to the pop star in its lyrics as it features the line, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that b**ch famous," a reference to the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when the rapper interrupted Taylor's speech as she was about to receive the Best Female Video of the Year award.
Kanye performed the track for the first time at the Paradise International Music Festival at the city's Aseana City Open Grounds venue. After the song ended he stopped to tell the audience how it had been written about his feelings of unjust treatment after the 2009 incident.
“What I wanted you to know the whole time in the spirit of Nina Simone, in the spirit of real artists, this is the song that broke the writer’s block for me because it’s something I wanted to say so bad that they told me I couldn’t say," he told fans.
Continue reading: Kanye West In Bizarre Onstage Taylor Swift Rant
Lady Gaga joined U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on stage at a rally in support of sexual assault survivors on Thursday (07Apr16).
The unlikely pair teamed up at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada's Cox Pavilion on Thursday (07Apr16) where Joe praised the Bad Romance singer for her bravery in raising awareness about the problem of sexual assault.
At the event held to promote the White House's It's On Us campaign to protect students from sexual violence, the pop star, who has revealed she was sexually assaulted when she was 19, performed her Oscar-nominated song about the issue, Till It Happens To You.
Before she sung, Gaga was given a brief introduction by the politician in which he said, "Imagine the courage it takes for her to speak out and then imagine the courage it takes for her to sing a song, 'Til It Happens to You,' that is branded in her heart."
Continue reading: Lady Gaga And Joe Biden Rally For Sexual Assault Survivors
Lady Gaga's first piano is up for auction.
The old wooden instrument, on which Gaga wrote her first song when she was just five-years-old, is one of the items up for sale at Julien's Auctions upcoming Music Icons event.
The piano, which was previously on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, as part of the Women Who Rock exhibition, is expected to fetch as much as $200,000 (£142,000) when it hits the block at the Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on 21 May (16).
A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga's Childhood Piano Going Under The Hammer
Lady Gaga has criticised the music industry's obsession with celebrity as she received an award.
The Bad Romance singer picked up the Jane Ortner Artist Award on Monday (04Mar16) alongside singer John Legend at an event in Los Angeles.
Accepting The Artist Award for "demonstrating passion to education through the arts" the New Yorker urged the music business had to get its priorities straight.
"I feel a genuine authentic love for music that is beyond becoming famous, beyond making money, beyond becoming a star, beyond looking like you have it all," she declared. "Because I can tell you that stuff ain't s**t compared to the records. The records are where it's at."
Continue reading: Lady Gaga: 'My Love For Music Is Bigger Than Fame'
Lady Gaga producer DJ White Shadow had more than $15,000 (£10,440)-worth of equipment stolen from outside her 30th birthday bash.
The producer helped guests dance the night away as they celebrated the pop superstar's age milestone at the No Name Club in Hollywood on Saturday (26Mar16), but the gig ended with the DJ filing a police report over his missing gear.
According to TMZ.com, White Shadow, real name Paul Blair, had been preparing to leave the venue with a pal in the early hours of Sunday (27Mar16) when they became engaged in a verbal dispute with a member of the paparazzi and briefly walked away from his equipment.
When they returned they realised the DJ's computers, hard drives and headphones had all been swiped.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga's Party Dj Has Equipment Stolen
Lady Gaga is reuniting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to raise awareness about sexual assault at a rally in Las Vegas.
The unlikely duo initially joined forces at the Oscars in February (16), when Biden was invited to introduce Gaga's performance of Til It Happens to You, which features in The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sex attacks on U.S. college campuses.
The Vice President, the author of the Violence Against Women Act, used his appearance on Hollywood's biggest stage to draw attention to his It's On Us campaign, which calls on collective responsibility to bring an end to the epidemic of campus assaults.
Now the pop superstar, a rape survivor herself, will appear alongside Biden at the University of Nevada rally on 7 April (16) to further raise awareness about the cause.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga And Joe Biden Team Up For Sex Assault Rally
Actor Taylor Kinney has dismissed reports he is marrying fiancee Lady Gaga in Italy.
The couple became engaged in February (15), but they have kept their wedding plans secret. In January (16), it was reported the Born This Way star was planning a traditional Italian wedding.
"She wants to celebrate her heritage, so they're looking at places in the Italian countryside," a source told the New York Post. "She wants a big Italian wedding."
"The venue is going to inspire the dress, so she has to lock that in first. It'll make her figure out what the dress will be and who will make it," the source added.
Continue reading: Taylor Kinney Dismisses Rumours Surrounding Wedding Plans
The star-studded New York tribute shows to late rocker David Bowie are to be streamed on Skype.
Huge demand for tickets for the two concerts, featuring bands including the Pixies, Blondie, and the Flaming Lips at the city's Carnegie Hall on Thursday (31Mar16) and Radio City Music Hall on Friday (1Apr16) has caused organisers to offer Bowie fans the chance to watch them online.
Those watching the shows on the internet video chat service will be asked to make a donation of around $20 (£14) to arts charities in return for access to live footage of the gig.
"Due to unprecedented interest in the David Bowie memorial concert in Radio City, we have teamed up with Skype and Ammado (the platform who will handle donations) to stream the concert around the world, in return for a small donation to our charity partners," organisers wrote in an official statement on the memorial's official site. "We suggest a minimum donation equivalent to $20 or £15."
Continue reading: David Bowie Tribute Concerts To Be Streamed On Skype
Lady Gaga celebrated her 30th birthday in style over the weekend (26-27Mar16) with a star-studded bash.
The Born This Way star reaches the age milestone on Monday (28Mar16), but on Saturday (26Mar16), Gaga, clad in a metallic dress, headed to the No Name Club in Hollywood, California to ring in her big day with a host of famous friends.
Among the guests included Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Kate Hudson, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and his pregnant wife Chrissy Teigen, Kathy Bates, and Gaga's actor fiance, Taylor Kinney.
According to TMZ.com, the superstar performed at the party and was gifted with a famous 1990 Michael Jackson sketch, called Dancing Feet.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Rings In 30th Birthday With Famous Friends
Taylor Kinney , Lady GaGa - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Date of birth
28th March, 1986
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Thank you so much EVERYONE for all the beautiful birthday wishes. Feels good to be alive. Grateful for everyday God lets me live to see it.
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