Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American pop singer-songwriter. After enrolling at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 and later performing in the rock music scene of New York City's Lower East Side, she signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her early time at Interscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of recording artist Akon who, recognizing her vocal abilities, signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.
Gaga came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success and achieved international popularity with the singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". The album reached number one on the record charts of six countries, topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart while simultaneously peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and accomplished positions within the top ten worldwide. Achieving similar worldwide success, The Fame Monster (2009), its follow-up, produced a further three global chart-topping singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone" and "Alejandro" and allowed her to embark on her second global concert tour, The Monster Ball Tour, just months after having finished her first, The Fame Ball Tour. Her second studio album Born This Way (2011) topped the charts in all major musical markets after the arrival of its singles "Born This Way", "Judas" and "The Edge of Glory" – the former achieved the number-one spot in countries worldwide and was the fastest-selling single in the history of iTunes, selling one million copies in five days. Her newest album, entitled "ARTPOP" is to be released sometime early 2013. She has released teasers to a new rap-like song called, "Cake".
The discography of American recording artist Lady Gaga consists of two studio albums, two extended plays, seven singles and nine music videos. Debut album, The Fame, topped the album charts in Canada, Ireland, and the UK. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2010, and was nominated for Album of the Year. The album was a commercial success, receiving positive reviews and being certified multi-platinum status in many countries. To date, The Fame has sold over eight million copies worldwide
Her debut single "Just Dance", featuring Colby O'Donis, topped the singles charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 51st Grammy Awards. This was followed by "Poker Face", which topped the charts in many countries worldwide including the Billboard Hot 100, and earned numerous Grammy nominations including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and won Best Dance Recording in 2010. Third single "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", was only released in selected markets and charted within the top ten in France, New Zealand and Sweden. "LoveGame" was released as the third single in selected European markets and North America while serving as the fourth single in Oceania and the United Kingdom. "Paparazzi" was released as the third single in the UK and fifth single in Australia. "Paparazzi" topped the German charts and reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States.
In late 2009, Gaga released her second album, The Fame Monster. The album proved to be successful reaching number-one in Australia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland and in the United Kingdom. The album reached a peak of five in the United States. The lead single "Bad Romance", reached number one in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom; it reached number two in the US, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and many other European markets. This was followed by the second single, "Telephone", a collaboration with R&B singer Beyoncé. The song has reached number one in the UK and Ireland and the top five in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. "Alejandro" was released as the album's third single and charted in a number of countries before release due to digital downloads. Gaga has also collaborated with other artists such as New Kids on the Block, Britney Spears and Claude Kelly. Gaga was also featured in rapper Wale's single "Chillin" and a remix to Beyoncé's "Video Phone". Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2007.
The Fame Monster (stylized as The Fame Mons†er) is the second studio album by American recording artist Lady Gaga, released on November 18, 2009. The album's eight songs were initially intended to be part of a re-release of Gaga's debut album The Fame. However, Gaga announced that the new songs would be available as a stand alone album, as she thought the re-release was too expensive and that, as the piece represents a separate conceptual and musical body of work, it does not need the songs of The Fame to support it. A Super Deluxe Fame Monster pack containing the two releases was released on December 15, 2009.
The album deals with the darker side of fame, as experienced by Gaga over the course of 2008–09 while travelling around the world, and are expressed through a monster metaphor. Gaga compared the feel of her debut album and The Fame Monster with the Yin and yang concept. Cover artwork was done by Hedi Slimane and has a gothic look which Gaga had to convince her record company to allow her to shoot. The composition takes its inspiration from Gothic music and fashion shows. Contemporary critics gave a positive review of the album, with the majority of them complimenting the songs "Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Dance in the Dark".
In some countries the album charted together with The Fame while in others like the United States, Canada and Japan, it charted as a separate album. It has reached top ten in most of the major markets. "Bad Romance" was released as the album's first single, topping the Canadian, United Kingdom and Irish charts, while reaching number two in Australia, United States and Sweden. She announced The Monster Ball Tour supporting the album, which started on November 27, 2009 and will continue through December 2010.
"Just Dance" is the debut single by American recording artist Lady Gaga. The song was produced by RedOne and co-written by RedOne, Gaga and Akon (who also provides additional vocals), while also featuring labelmate Colby O'Donis. It was released in 2008 as the lead single from Gaga's debut studio album The Fame. The song was written by Gaga in ten minutes as "a happy record". "Just Dance" also has influences of R&B and lyrically speaks about being intoxicated at a club.
The song has been critically appreciated, with reviewers complimenting its club anthem-like nature and the synthpop associated with it. The song has also achieved commercial success by topping charts in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as well as reaching the top ten in many other countries. In the United States, "Just Dance" was a sleeper hit, spending almost five months on the Billboard Hot 100 before finally reaching the summit of the chart in January of 2009, after being released in April 2008. It scored the third-biggest single-week sum of all time selling 419,000 downloads in just one week and went to become the third best-selling digital song of all time in the U.S.
The music video of the song portrayed Lady Gaga appearing in a party where she plays the song, prompting party-goers to start dancing in enjoyment. Gaga compared her experience of shooting the video with being on a Martin Scorsese set. "Just Dance" was performed by Gaga in a number of live appearances including her first headlining The Fame Ball Tour and the second worldwide tour Monster Ball. In 2009, the song received a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance Recording category but lost to electronic duo Daft Punk for their song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".
Lady Gaga giving a speech at National Equality March
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