Lady Gaga Biography and Origins

Born on March 28th, 1986 in New York City, Lady Gaga starting singing and playing piano in local shows as a teen. Her burlesque show led to songwriting gigs for other artists and then eventually led to the opportunity to release her own album in 2008. Combining pop, dance and electronic music, "The Fame" peaked at number 2 on the charts. Her success can be attributed not only to the catchy and dance-able beats of her music but also her extravagant art and fashion choices. In this WatchMojo.com video, we take a look at the musical origins of Lady Gaga.
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Early Musical Interest


Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28th, 1986 in New York City. By the age of four, she was already playing piano, which led to her performing at open mic nights in her early teens. She later dropped out of university to focus on her music career, and during this time she worked with various producers and musicians.

Burlesque with Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue


It was 2007 when the music industry started to take notice. Her performances in a burlesque art show called Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue got her hired as a songwriter by Interscope Records. Soon after, her vocal talent was recognized by R&B artist Akon, and she was signed to Kon Live Distribution.

Debut


Her debut album, The Fame, came out in 2008 and combined the genres of pop, dance and electronic music. The positively reviewed record peaked at number two in the U.S. and number one in several other countries. The Grammy-winning effort produced singles such as the sexually-charged “LoveGame,” and the synth-pop ballad, “Paparazzi.” But it was the international hits, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” that really turned Lady Gaga into a star.

"The Fame Monster


The singer embarked on her first, critically acclaimed headlining tour in 2009. The EP The Fame Monster came next, and that album garnered several Grammy nominations, including one for the song “Bad Romance.” The release also spawned the singles, “Telephone” and “Alejandro,” which were accompanied by controversial music videos that helped her become the first artist to reach one billion views on YouTube.

Bold Fashion Statements and Live Appearances


Lady Gaga also pushed boundaries with her live appearances and fashion statements. Prior to the start of her second concert tour, she created waves with her blood-drenched performance during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Returning to the awards ceremony in 2010, she appeared in an outfit made entirely of raw meat, and this caused a storm among animal rights organizations.

Remixes and Elton John


Also in 2010 came the release of a compilation called The Remix that featured alternate versions of her previous material. This was followed by a duet with Elton John called “Hello, Hello” that appeared in the 2011 animated film, "Gnomeo and Juliet".

"Born This Way"


Gaga’s second studio record, Born This Way, was also released in 2011. The album was a mix of electronic music melded with rock, pop and dance, and its lead single was the title track, gave Lady Gaga her first number-one on the Billboard 200.

One of A Kind
Though she is known for her music, the artist is also a philanthropist and a proponent for equal rights for gays and lesbians. And with her danceable pop songs, her flamboyant sense of style plus her extroverted on-stage image, Lady Gaga is definitely one of a kind.
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