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 rose to prominence with her debut album The Fame (2008), a critical and commercial success which produced global chart-topping singles such as "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), was met with a similar reception and released the successful singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Alejandro". Her second full-length album Born This Way was released in 2011, topping the charts in more than 20 countries, including the United States, where it sold over one million copies in its first week. The album produced number one single "Born This Way". Her third album Artpop, released in 2013, topped the US charts and included the successful singles "Applause" and "Do What U Want". In 2014, Gaga released a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, which became her third consecutive number one in the United States.
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.
Born This Way is the second studio album by American recording artist Lady Gaga. It was released on May 23, 2011 by Interscope Records as a follow up to her internationally successful debut, The Fame (2008) and the extended play The Fame Monster (2009). Gaga wrote or co-wrote all the songs, as well as being the co-producer of every track in the album. In Born This Way, Gaga collaborated with numerous producers, such as DJ Snake, DJ White Shadow, Jeppe Laursen, RedOne, Fernando Garibay, Robert John "Mutt" Lange and Clinton Sparks. Furthermore, Gaga collaborated with artists such as The E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons and Queen guitarist Brian May on tracks from the album.
The music of Born This Way is rooted in the synthpop, electropop and dance-pop-oriented styles of her previous albums, yet also incorporates a broader range of elements of several musical genres such as opera, heavy metal, disco, and rock and roll. The topics for the songs range from sexuality, religion, freedom, feminism, and individualism. Despite being scrutinized by some religious and conservative commentators, the album was well-received by music critics. The album was an international success, debuting on the top five spots in every major market, including the Billboard 200. In the United States, Born This Way sold 1.108 million copies in its first week, the largest first week album sales in five years. As of September 2011, worldwide sales of Born This Way exceed 8 million copies.
Thus far, four singles have been released for the album: "Born This Way", "Judas", "The Edge of Glory", and "Yoü and I" went on to chart on the top ten spots of the Billboard Hot 100. Gaga has performed songs on the album on different occasions, including at prominent award ceremonies including the 53rd Grammy Awards and the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, as well as in other events and television appearances.
"Bad Romance" is a song by American recording artist Lady Gaga. It is the lead single from her second studio album, The Fame Monster. The track was produced by RedOne and was inspired by the paranoia that she had felt while touring through the previous year. After the demo version of the song leaked, Gaga premiered the song at Alexander McQueen's Spring/Summer 2010 Paris Fashion Week show on October 6, 2009, followed by the release of the cover art. Composed in a similar tempo to her previous singles, "Bad Romance" features a spoken bridge and a full-throated chorus. The song was written by Gaga while touring and was inspired by German house-techno music. Lyrically it talks about being in love with one's best friend.
Contemporary critics gave positive reviews of the song with the majority of them comparing the song to Gaga's second single "Poker Face". It has since reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, Irish Singles Chart, Canadian Hot 100 and the Swedish, German, Austrian and Danish charts, while peaking at number two in countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The accompanying music video takes place in a white bathhouse where Gaga is kidnapped by a group of supermodels who drug her and then sell her off to the Russian Mafia for sexual slavery. The video received positive response for its treatment and innovation with critics noting more its craziness and symbolic plot.
Lady Gaga at the Monster Ball Tour
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