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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.
Gaga co-published an essay in The Guardian for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Lady GaGa has penned an emotionally-charged essay on mental health and suicide, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, in the hope that she can help spark a “new movement”.
In an opinion piece published in The Guardian late on Tuesday (October 9th), co-written with the director-general for the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the pop singer called for “governments and industry to put mental health at the top of their agendas”.
“Suicide is the most extreme and visible symptom of the larger mental health emergency we are so far failing to adequately address,” the essay read. “Stigma, fear and lack of understanding compound the suffering of those affected and prevent the bold action that is so desperately needed and so long overdue.”
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Pens Emotional Essay On Mental Health
The duo appear in the third remake of the movie together
Iconic singing and acting duo Lady GaGa and Bradley Cooper are riding high on the success of their latest film, A Star Is Born, which has earned rave reviews in the week leading up to its release. However, it seems there were some tricky times leading up to the finished project with Lady Gaga revealing her director and co-star, Cooper, refused to let her wear make-up during filming.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star opposite each other in, A Star Is Born
The normally flamboyant star was stripped back to the bare essentials on set with Limitless star Cooper as the pair retell the 1937 classic of the same name for the third time.
Gaga was advised to undergo plastic surgery when she started out her musical career over a decade ago.
Lady GaGa has revealed that she was advised to “get a nose job” when she first started out in the music industry.
Speaking to Sky News on the red carpet of the London premiere of her new film A Star Is Born, the pop star – real name Stefani Germanotta - said: “I was told when I was first starting out that I should get a nose job, but I didn't because I wanted to be who I was.”
She drew on some of that experience to play the part of her character Ally in the new film, but knew that she had to differentiate her real-life lessons and the requirements of the performance.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Was Told To Get A Nose Job When She Started In Music
A reason was never given at the time of the tour's cancellation.
Lady GaGa has addressed the real reason why she pulled out of the joint tour she was due to take with Kanye West almost ten years ago. No reason was ever given at the time about why she was cancelling her appearance, but the singer knew that it was time for her to stop.
Lady Gaga at Toronto International Film Festival
The pair were set to embark on their 'Fame Kills' tour beginning in November 2009 and taking them to January 2010, but the dates ended up being cancelled shortly after tickets went on sale. Many suspected it had something to do with the controversy surrounding Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift's MTV VMA acceptance speech, but Gaga says it was more personal than that.
Lady GaGa at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival where the premiere for Bradley Cooper's directorial debut 'A Star Is Born' starring Lady Gaga. The event was held at Roy Thomson Hall - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Sunday 9th September 2018
This film is bound for a Best Soundtrack Oscar nomination.
Bradley Cooper's hugely anticipated directorial debut 'A Star Is Born' is less than a month away, but it couldn't come quick enough now that the official soundtrack has been released, featuring 17 original songs and so much inspirational energy. Are we looking at an Oscar winner?
Bradley Cooper and Lady GaGa star in 'A Star Is Born'
There are a generous 34 numbers on the soundtrack including covers of 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' and 'La Vie En Rose', and a song written by Alabama singer-songwriter Jason Isbell called 'Maybe It's Time'. Otherwise, most of the songs were written by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, with the help of Mark Ronson, Lukas Nelson and others.
Continue reading: The Soundtrack To 'A Star Is Born' Is Everything We Wanted
The inked celebrity was found dead at his home this week.
Lady GaGa and more have reacted to the shocking news that tattoo icon Rick Genest (aka Zombie Boy) has passed away at the age of 32, apparently having taken his own life at his home in Montreal. Cause of death is yet to be confirmed, but Gaga has commented since with regards to mental health.
Rick Genest at New York Fashion Week
The Canadian actor, model and performer - perhaps best known for his appearance in Gaga's 'Born This Way' video - allegedly committed suicide on Wednesday (August 1st 2018) less than a week ahead of his 33rd birthday the following Tuesday. He was found dead at his home but there are so far no further details.
Continue reading: RIP Zombie Boy: The World Mourns The Loss Of Tattoo Icon Rick Genest
Lady GaGa performs live in concert at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham as part of her Joanne World Tour. Last year she completed two North American legs of the tour, in between recovering from chronic pain which caused her to cancel some of the dates. The tour will wrap in Berlin on February 23rd - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Wednesday 31st January 2018
Lady GaGa at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden. Bruno Mars was the most successful winner this year, taking home seven awards altogether including Record of the Year - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 28th January 2018
Gaga, Pink and Childish Gambino will be performing at the 2018 Grammy Awards in Madison Square Garden, alongside a Broadway-themed tribute.
On Thursday (January 4th), the Recording Academy announced several of the artists who’ll be taking to the stage at the 2018 ceremony, which takes place on January 28th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The return of the event to New York City – after being held in Los Angeles for several decades – will see a Broadway-themed tribute to composers such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Leonard Bernstein. It will see former Grammy winner Patti LuPone doing a reprise of her ‘Don’t Cry For Me Argentina’ from Webber’s ‘Evita’. Ben Platt, of the hit musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’, will also perform a song from Bernstein's ‘West Side Story’.
Continue reading: 2018 Grammy Awards Performers Include Childish Gambino And Lady Gaga
Her dreams of Vegas are finally coming true.
Lady GaGa achieves her ultimate dream by landing a long residency at a Las Vegas venue which is due to begin in 2018. She couldn't be more thrilled to hit the strip at The Park Theater at Monte Carlo which first opened in December last year.
Lady Gaga at TIFF 2017
When you land that coveted long-standing Las Vegas gig, you know you're a real diva. And now Lady Gaga is joing the likes of Cher, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey in the list of female pop songstresses who have achieved such a feat.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Finally Gets To Be A Las Vegas Diva
Lady Gaga is eyeing up a Las Vegas residency, where she is said to being paid $400,000 per show.
Lady GaGa is eyeing up a Las Vegas residency.
The 31-year-old singer is reportedly heading to perform in Sin City in 2018 in the Park Theater at Park MGM, where she is said to being paid $400,000 per show.
Las Vegas Review Journal reports that 36 shows have already been finalised.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Eyeing Up Las Vegas Residency
A Lima museum unveils a very unflattering piece.
The world is not short of terrible wax figures of celebrities by any means, but the latest sculpture of Lady GaGa has the internet outraged by its quality - or lack thereof. It is certainly unrecognisable, as well as unflattering and not very well-proportioned either. But at least it's not Madame Tussauds.
Lady Gaga at Toronto International Film Festival
Whatever wax sculptors were trying to achieve with this conception of Lady Gaga in her 2010 MTV VMAs meat dress get-up, they failed miserably. Images have surfaced of the new statue, which stands at a museum in Lima, Peru, with a straggly white wig, an overly angular face and a bad make-up job - not to mention the fact that one arm looks wider than the other, though that could just be the angle of the photo that has gone viral.
Continue reading: Is This The Worst Lady Gaga Waxwork In The World?
Date of birth
28th March, 1986
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