Born in 1986 in Manhattan, New York, Lady Gaga is a singer, songwriter and actress, known for her experimentation with unique musical ideas and provocative work. She is regarded as a true postmodern diva with a strong influence of Madonna, Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Her work has been applauded and praised by both fans and critics, because of its distinctiveness.
Starting out as a songwriter, first with Def Jam Recordings and then with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, she finally signed a recording deal with the help of Akon. She was signed to his label KonLive Distribution, along with Interscope Records. This is where Lady Gaga rose to prominence after the release of her debut album, The Fame, in 2008. Since then, her fame has known no bounds.
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Life of Lady Gaga before Music
Lady Gaga was born as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and switched to her stage name when she entered the music industry. Gaga learned to play the piano by the tender age of four and by age 11, she was accepted into the Julliard School in Manhattan, though she did not attend it. Throughout her school years, she worked on developing her musical style, studying it, working on performances and writing her first piano ballad at the age of 13. At 14 years old, she had her first ever performance at a nightclub in New York. She attended the New York University’s Tisch School and enrolled in Arts, but left soon to pursue other creative endeavors.
The Big Breakthrough
Lady Gaga made her professional debut in 2008, with the album, The Fame. The album was a wide scale success and enabled Gaga to experiment more with her music and performance styles. Her debut single “Just Dance” received commercial and popular acclaim and was nominated for a Grammy Award for the Best Dance Recording in 2008. The single reached the top spot on the mainstream pop charts by January 2009. The success of this single was followed by another megahit “Poker Face”, which topped in nearly every category in multiple countries.
After making space for herself in the industry, Lady Gaga continued to give hits, with her next album, The Fame Monster. This eight-song compilation included the super hit “Bad Romance”, which kick-started another stellar year for the rising star. Singles “Alejandro” and the Beyonce-duet “Telephone” were released in the same year and established Lady Gaga as a formidable star.
Before the release of her highly anticipated album, Born This Way, Lady Gaga released three singles: “Judas,” “Born This Way” and “The Edge of Glory.” All of these reached the top ten and “Born This Way”, the empowerment anthem, hit the top spot soon after it was released. The album followed soon and achieved a double-platinum certification, producing further hits such as “You and I” and “Marry the Night”.
Her third album, Artpop was preceded by the Top Ten single “Applause” and “Do What U Want”. The album itself came out in November 2013 and explored themes such as love, empowerment and fame. It peaked at No. 1 in multiple countries, including the US.
Jazzing It Up!
After the release of Artpop, Gaga began work in collaboration with Tony Bennett. She released an album of jazz standards, called Cheek to Cheek. The album was a major departure from the previous releases of the artist. It debuted at number one on Billboard 200 and earned her the Grammy Award for the Best Traditional Pop Album.
Widespread Fame, Recognition and Awards
The fame of Lady Gaga has shattered records all over the country. She has sold more than 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016 and is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time. Over the span of her career, Gaga has made several Guinness World Records, earned six Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards and multiple awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In addition, she has also been declared the Artist of the Year by Billboard and has been included in Forbes’ rankings on power and earnings. In 2012, Lady Gaga was ranked number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music and also placed second on Time’s list for the most influential people in the past decade in 2011. In 2015, she was named the Woman of the Year by Billboard.
Lady Gaga has also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2016, for her role in the TV series American Horror Story: Hotel. She has also had the honor of headlining the Super Bowl LI Halftime show, the most viewed musical event in history.
Influences and Musical Style
Lady Gaga’s influences include The Beatles, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, The Grateful Dead, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Garbage and Blondie. Madonna and Michael Jackson are two of her biggest dance pop inspirations.
As far as her fashion choices and influences go, she says she’s inspired by her mother. She considers Cher, Isabella Blow, Donatella Versace and Alexander McQueen as her fashion icons.
Lady Gaga is known for constantly reinventing her sound and image. She has maneuvered her vocal abilities to achieve different results. She defines her vocal style in Born This Way as being closest to what she is truly capable of. In her music, Gaga explores multiple themes, such as the lust for fame, and the dark side of achieving it. Fame, love, feminism, sex, overcoming addiction and self-empowerment are some of the most commonly pursued themes in her works.
Lady Gaga Tickets 2017
Lady Gaga is currently headlining the Joanne World Tour, which kicked off on August 1, 2017, and is going to go on all the way till December, 2017.
If you want to attend one of her much-talked about live shows, you need to get your hands on these Lady Gaga tickets 2017, before they get sold out.