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Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, from an early age it was obvious that she had talent, she learned to play piano from the age of four, went on to write her first piano ballad at 13 and began performing at open mike nights by age 14.
At age 17, Gaga gained early admission to the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. By her 20th birthday she was signed by Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records and wrote songs for Interscope artists like the Pussycat Dolls.
Soon after she captured the attention of rapper Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities, and signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.
Fact: The name Gaga comes from the Queen song “Radio Gaga”.
In 2008 her debut album "The Fame" was released and shot her to stardom, the album reached number one on the record charts of six countries, accomplished positions within the top-ten worldwide, and topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart while simultaneously peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.
Her follow up album " The Fame Monster", a collection of eight songs, was released in November 2009. It dealt with the darker side of fame from her own personal experiences and is expressed through a monster metaphor. Its first single "Bad Romance" won many awards including a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
She then followed up this single with "Telephone" (featuring Beyoncé) and "Alejandro", both of which were very successful hitting the top ten of most countries charts.
Fact: she was very influenced by both Queen and David Bowie, as well as pop singers such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Amy Winehouse.
Her first tour was a huge success and with the success of the new album, she embarked on "The Monster Ball" tour, Gaga described it as "the first-ever pop electro opera" and comprised a set list of songs from The Fame Monster and her debut album "The Fame". The tour started December 28, 2009 and didn't finish until May 2011, the critically acclaimed and commercially accomplished concert tour will have ran for over one and a half years!
In 2010 the success of Gaga’s really started to show with the hit single “Poker Face” covered by South Park’s “Eric Cartman”, both the original Gaga track and South Park version were converted for the hit video game series Rock Band and she also had a downloadable track pack made available.
Gaga has been included in Time magazine's annual Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world as well as Forbes' list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world. Forbes also placed her at number seven on their annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
On on May 23, 2011, she will release her second studio album, "Born This Way", The first single of the same title "Born This Way" was released on February 11, 2011, it achieved the number-one spot in countries worldwide. It was amazingly received and was an instant hit, it was followed up on April 15 by "Judas".
A total of seventeen tracks were recorded for "Born This Way",, fourteen will appear on the standard edition. The three other tracks, along with five bonus remixes are to be packaged together in a two-disc deluxe edition.
Fact: "Born This Way" is the fastest-selling single in iTunes history so far, selling one million copies in five days!