EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LADY GAGA

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT LADY GAGA

LADY GAGA SHUNS AGAIN IN NEW YORK CITY.

Lady Gaga’s fashion moments can be broken down by era. 

After becoming popular for Born This Way, becoming a rhinestone cowgirl in Joanne’s promotional film, and launching a concept work worthy of the museum collection for Artpop, she wore almost every imaginable style. 

After filming Ridley Scott’s Gucci House, she seems to have decided on her next renovation plan. Gaga has spent the past two days at the Plaza Hotel in New York, and this charming venue seems to have influenced her dressing choices.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LADY GAGA.

Lady Gaga has been revolutionizing the world of music and fashion since she became the center of attention.

From her exaggerated wardrobe to magnificent live performances and strong radicalism, she is one of the most successful contemporary artists in the world.

While her songs have often been marked as wildly controversial, there is a sense of vulnerability in her latest albums where she reveals a softer, more emotional side of herself.

Learn about the bizarre, hot, and creative pop superstar Lady Gaga with these 20 interesting facts and see how many you didn’t know!

QUICK FACTS

Lady Gaga’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.

Her stage name comes from Queen’s song “Radio Ga Ga”.

Her main nicknames are Gagaloo, Loopy, Mother Monster, Rabbit Teeth, and Little Mermaid.

 She is 35 years old and was born on March 28, 1986

Lady Gaga’s eye color is green.

Her natural hair color is brown.

Lady Gaga’s height is 5ft1.

Lady Gaga looks for creativity in men and women.

Her favorite colors are black and lavender.

Lady Gaga’s favorite cartoon character is Bugs Bunny.

Lady Gaga does not like kittens, she prefers dogs.

She is left-handed.

Lady Gaga is attracted to both men and women.

Lady Gaga’s father is called Joseph Germanotta and her mother’s name is Cynthia.

Gaga is the elder of two children.

Her first album, “The Fame” was written and co-produced by Lady Gaga herself.

Gaga’s sister, Natali is a fashion student. She was born on March 10, 1992.

In the music video for Telephone, Natali appears as a prison inmate.

Telephone was written by Rodney Jerkins and Lady Gaga.

Originally, telephones were going to be called “Underground“.

WHO IS LADY GAGA?

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born on March 28, 1986,  known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. 

She is known for her image reinventions and musical versatility. 

Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. 

She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21, through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, before dropping out to pursue a career in music. 

After Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she signed a joint deal with Interscope Records and Akon’s label, KonLive Distribution, in 2007. 

Gaga rose to prominence the following year with her debut studio album, The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. 

The album was later reissued to include the EP The Fame Monster (2009), which yielded the successful singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”.

Gaga’s five succeeding studio albums all debuted atop the US Billboard 200. 

Her second full-length album, Born This Way (2011), explored electronic rock and techno-pop and sold more than one million copies in its first week.

 Its title track became the fastest-selling song on the iTunes Store, with over one million downloads in less than a week. 

Following her EDM-influenced third album, Artpop (2013) and its lead single “Applause”, Gaga released the jazz album Cheek to Cheek (2014) with Tony Bennett and the country pop and soft rock-influenced album Joanne (2016). 

She also ventured into acting, playing leading roles in the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and the critically acclaimed musical drama film A Star Is Born (2018). 

Her contributions to the latter’s soundtrack, which spawned the chart-topping single “Shallow”, made her the first woman to win an Academy, Grammy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Award in one year. 

Gaga returned to her dance-pop roots with her sixth studio album, Chromatica (2020), which yielded the number-one single “Rain on Me”.

Having sold 124 million records as of 2014, Gaga is one of the world’s best-selling music artists and the fourth highest-earning female musician of the 2010s.

 Her achievements include 12 Grammy Awards, 18 VMAs, 16 Guinness World Records, awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and recognition as Billboard’s Artist of the Year (2010) and Woman of the Year (2015). 

She has also been included in several Forbes’ power rankings and was ranked fourth on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music (2012). 

Time magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 and 2019, and placed her on their All-Time 100 Fashion Icons list. 

Her philanthropy and activism focus on mental health awareness and LGBT rights; in 2012, she founded the Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit organization aiming to empower youth, improve mental health, and prevent bullying. 

Gaga’s business ventures include Haus Laboratories, a vegan cosmetics brand that launched in 2019.

EARLY LIFE 

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, to an upper-middle-class Catholic family. 

Both of her parents have Italian ancestry, and she also has more distant French-Canadian roots.

Her parents are Cynthia Louise (née Bissett), a philanthropist and business executive, and Internet entrepreneur Joseph Germanotta, and she has a younger sister named Natali. 

Brought up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Gaga said in an interview that her parents came from lower-class families and worked hard for everything.

From age 11, she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girls Roman Catholic school.

 Gaga described her high school self as “very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined” but also “a bit insecure”. 

She considered herself a misfit and was mocked for “being either too provocative or too eccentric”.

Gaga began playing the piano at age four when her mother insisted she become “a cultured young woman”. 

She took piano lessons and practiced through her childhood. The lessons taught her to create music by ear, which she preferred over reading sheet music. 

Her parents encouraged her to pursue music and enrolled her in Creative Arts Camp. As a teenager, she played at open mic nights.

Gaga played the lead roles of Adelaide in the play Guys and Dolls and Philia in the play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Regis High School. 

She also studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for ten years.

Gaga unsuccessfully auditioned for New York shows, though she did appear in a small role as a high school student in a 2001 episode of The Sopranos titled “The Telltale Moozadell”.

BORN TO BE A SINGER

Growing up in a middle-class duplex, Stefani was quickly recognized as a creative child with a unique personality.

 At four years old, her mother introduced her to the piano so she could become a “cultured young woman.” Stefani felt like she was meant to play the piano, easily creating music by ear. 

At 11, she began taking weekend acting classes, opening up her imagination to a future career as an actress.

Stefani attended a private, girls-only Catholic school where she was a notedly diligent student. But her social life wasn’t quite as accomplished.

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 Her unusual quirks and interests made her different from her peers, and the other children started bullying her over trivial things like her “big nose” and “rabbit teeth.”

Young Stefani became insecure, anxious, depressed, and knew far too well how it felt to be humiliated and isolated. 

She escaped into the musical world where her artistic oddities were welcomed. She learned how to sing and intently studied her father’s classic rock albums. 

Music was everything to Stefani.

College and a traumatic experience

During high school, Stefani immersed herself in acting and songwriting.

 She won every lead in the school plays, earning jealous taunts from the popular girls who called her “the Germ” and “dirty.” Regardless, Stefani remained kind to everyone and was known for her random acts of kindness.

Thanks to her father’s albums, her interest in classic rock grew, drawing creative inspiration from Queen and Elton John. 

She soon formed a band and they jammed out to covers of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin at open-mic nights.

After graduating, at age 17, she enrolled in the Collaborative Arts Project 21 — a music school at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

She worked as a waitress and at downtown cabaret clubs as a singer and pianist. Everything seemed to be going smoothly, but at age 19, Stefani was raped by a man 20 years older than her. 

For seven long years, she didn’t tell a soul and often blamed herself for the sexual assault.

By the second semester of her sophomore year, she dropped out to focus on healing herself through her music.

 She found the cheapest apartment in NY, using a futon as a couch, and dreamt about getting a record deal by the time she was 21.

SEARCHING FOR HER BIG BREAK

Without college to worry about, Stefani took on three jobs to make ends meet, including a stint as a go-go dancer.

 She auditioned for shows all over New York in a desperate attempt to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming an actress.

 Performing on stage was the only time Stefani truly felt alive.

In 2001, she finally won a small role as a high-school student on an episode of The Sopranos, although it wasn’t very memorable. 

She got back into singing and formed a band called the Stefani Germanotta Band with some NYU friends, recording ballads underneath a liquor store. 

After one particular performance, Stefani was approached by talent scout Wendy Starland, who told her, “I’m about to change your life!” 

They rushed out of the club and Wendy called up music producer Rob Fusari.

Stefani soon met the producer in his New Jersey studio for an audition. Rob wasn’t impressed by Stefani’s physique and had low hopes for her musical abilities — until she sang while playing the piano. 

He was in awe and called her a “female John Lennon” with the “oddest talent.”

From then on, Stefani traveled daily to New Jersey to work with him, composing electro-pop tracks to send out to industry executives. 

Fusari pushed her to dress and act like a “sexy dance star,” and renamed her “Lady Gaga” — courtesy of Queen’s song “Radio Ga Ga.”

HER IDENTITY STRUGGLE

At 20 years old, Lady Gaga was invited to join Island Def Jam after the record label liked one of the tracks sent by Fusari. 

They signed her on, but they wanted a puppet, not an artist. They tried to mold her into a mainstream pop star. 

Whatever they told her to do, Gaga would do the opposite to feel like she was still in control. Exasperated, the label dropped her after just three months.

Depression set in. She couldn’t even talk to Fusari because she was crying so hard. But she also had a revelation: A record deal doesn’t make an artist, she could make herself an artist.

 So she set out again, singing at burlesque rock shows and experimenting with fashion to find her own style. 

She sang at the Lollapalooza music festival with performance artist Lady Starlight, who helped Gaga define her onstage persona.

At 21 years old, Fusari introduced her to producer RedOne, who later signed her to Streamline Records. 

Gaga was worried they wouldn’t think she was “pretty enough” to become a performer.

The record label hired her to write songs for Britney Spears, Fergie, and the Pussycat Dolls. 

Gaga began dieting with pills and eating one meal a day to lose weight. 

The label asked her to dye her hair blonde to look “more like a pop star.” Once again, she had fallen into the trap of pleasing her label over herself.

Sometimes in life you don’t always feel like a winner, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a winner

— Lady Gaga

CAREER BEGINNINGS.

Lady Gaga formed a band with some of her friends in 2005 and began to play around New York. 

Lady Gaga

The band became a regular fixture on the Lower East Side club circuit. 

After attending The Cutting Room in June of 2006, a talent scout Wendy Starland saw her and recommended her to producer Rob Fusari who began to work with her on developing her sound.

They dated for a brief period between 2006 and 2007. 

The couple recorded and produced a number of electropop tracks together and shared them with the head of Artists and Repertoire at Def Jam Recordings who signed her before dropping her from the label only three months later.

She spent a period of time performing at Burlesque shows and began to develop her onstage persona with the help of Lady Starlight. 

Lady Gaga began to incorporate more pop into her music and was signed to Streamline Records and made a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. In late 2007 she began to work on her debut album, The Fame.

CAREER BREAKTHROUGH

Lady Gaga’s debut album was released in 2008 and performed well around the world. 

The single ‘Just Dance’ became the best-selling single of 2009 and reached number one in a number of countries, alongside the single ‘Poker Face’.

She opened for the Pussycat Dolls in 2009 during their Doll Domination tour before headlining her own tour.

 She wrote a number of songs whilst on tour, including ‘Bad Romance’ which reached number two in the United States.

She also released ‘Telephone’ and ‘Alejandro’ which performed well on the charts. 

Alejandro courted controversy due to the use of religious iconography which was seen as blasphemous by some religious groups. 

The music video for ‘Bad Romance’ was the most watched video on Youtube in 2010.

She was nominated for thirteen awards and won eight at the 2010 MTV Music Awards. 

The success of ‘The Fame’ and ‘The Fame Monster’ allowed Gaga to go on her second worldwide tour, ‘The Monster Ball Tour’.

 The tour grossed $227.4 million and became the highest-grossing tour in history for a debut artist.

CONTINUING CAREER

The lead single for Gaga’s studio album of the same name, called ‘Born This Way’ was released in 2011.

 The single sold more than five million copies in the first five days and became the fastest selling single in iTunes history. 

The singles ‘Juas’ and ‘The Edge of Glory’ followed a few months later.

 The album sold eight million copies worldwide and earned Lady Gaga a number of awards.

Gaga began her Born This Way Ball tour in 2012 but had to end the tour early due to an injury. 

Gaga recorded songs for Gnomeo & Juliet and recorded a song with The Lonely Island in 2011. 

In 2012 she began working on her third studio album, ‘Artpop’. In 2013 she released the single ‘Applause’ which reached number four in the United States. 

Lady Gaga collaborated with the singer R.Kelly on ‘Do What U Want’, a single that she later removed from streaming platforms due to the allegations against the singer.

Artpop was released late in 2013 and received mixed responses from critics. Lady Gaga then went on the ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour which earned $83 million. 

In 2014 she collaborated with Toy Bennett on a jazz album, ‘Cheek to Cheek’.

In 2015 she began pursuing her acting career, appearing in American Horror Story: Hotel which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film. 

She performed at the Superbowl in 2016 and did a David Bowie tribute performance during the 2016 Grammy Awards ceremony.

 She returned to American Horror Story for its sixth season and in the same year released her album Joanne which went to number one on the Billboard 200. 

A Netflix documentary was released in 2017, called Gaga: Five Foot Two.

More recently she has appeared in the film ‘A Star Is Born’ alongside Bradley Cooper. 

The role earned her nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. 

Lady Gaga produced a number of songs for the movie’s soundtrack including ‘Shallow’ which reached number one in a number of countries.

A STAR IS BORN

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper walk the red carpet ahead of the ‘A Star Is Born’ screening during the 75th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 31, 2018, in Venice, Italy. Source: Denis Makarenko, Bigstock.

Recently Lady Gaga has signed a two-year residency agreement to perform at MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas.

 She has also recently launched a Vegan cosmetics line and begun work on her sixth studio album which will be called ‘Adele’ and is due to appear in an upcoming Ridley Scott film.

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