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Lady Gaga: The Flame Behind Her World-Wide Fame

Written on March 19, 2011 by B Waldorf

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"Don't ever call me Stefani again." --- Lady Gaga, as told by Rob Fusari

Our world, without music, is dull and lifeless. However, there are pop singers reviving the earth’s grounds, awakening our souls from a deep sleep. Though sometimes they’re singing the same music, some of them stood out from the pop crowd. Are we still going to guess who? All We Like thinks you already know who stood out among the rest. Of course! .

Beyond Lady Gaga

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on the faithful day of March 28, 1986, known to all of us now as the pop singing sensation, Lady Gaga. She’s the eldest child of the Italian American Joseph Germanotta and Cynthia (née Bissett). Born with an unbelievable talent, she learned to play the piano at the age of four. When she entered teenage years she wrote her first piano ballad and began performing at open mic nights at the age of 14. Lady Gaga is born and raised as a Roman Catholic. When she was 11 years old she attended a private all-girls Catholic School at the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

You’ll think that being in an exclusive school at the Upper East Side, Lady Gaga’s family was wealthy. But Lady Gaga stressed out that she never did came from a wealthy background. According to the pop star, both her parents came from lower-class families. Both parents worked hard to put up the family.

Not only gifted with the ability to create music, she’s also inclined to acting during her younger years. She portrayed roles as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The current image of Lady Gaga is quite rebellious. Others call it obscene and too much. But during her younger years she described her education as “very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined.”

When she turned 17, she was admitted to  New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. At a NYU dorm on the 11th street, she started developing her music and love for arts. But her NYU career ended on the second semester. She decided that she’ll put focus more on her musical career rather than her education.

The Beginning of the Pop Icon

At the age of 19, Lady Gaga signed with Def Jam Recordings, her very first recording studio. However, the relationship between Def Jam and the pop star didn’t last long. She was kicked out of the label after three months. But her singing career didn’t end there. After a short period of time, her former management company introduced her to RedOne. The first single that she made was “Boys Boys Boys”, a mash-up inspired by “Girls, Girls, Girls” and AC/DC’s “T.N.T.” She moved to the Lower East Side and recorded a couple of titles with hip-hop singer Grandmaster Melle Mel. She also started the Stefani Germanotta Band together with her NYU friends. They performed at a studio under a liquor store in New Jersey. Her life alone and out of a catholic school opened the real person behind her. She started performing at neo-burlesque shows, dressed up in thongs, with illegal drug intake and singing about sex. She quotes:

“I was onstage in a thong, with a fringe hanging over my ass thinking that had covered it, lighting hairspray on fire, go-go dancing to Black Sabbath and singing songs about oral sex. The kids would scream and cheer and then we’d all go grab a beer. It represented freedom to me. I went to a Catholic school but it was on the New York underground that I found myself.”

Her father did not understand the reason behind these scenes, especially drugs.

From Stefani Germanotta to Lady Gaga

When music producer Rob Fusari came into view, she helped the young Stefani in writing her songs. Fusari gave her the idea of the moniker Gaga after the Queen song “Radio Gaga.” But the Radio Gaga name didn’t came into view. Instead she was named Lady Gaga. Fusari explains that the name came out from a corrected text message.

“Every day, when Stef came to the studio, instead of saying hello, I would start singing ‘Radio Ga Ga’. That was her entrance song. [Lady Gaga] was actually a glitch; I typed ‘Radio Ga Ga’ in a text and it did an auto correct so somehow ‘Radio’ got changed to ‘Lady’. She texted me back, ‘That’s it.’ After that day, she was Lady Gaga. She’s like, ‘Don’t ever call me Stefani again.'”

In 2008, Lady Gaga relocated to Los Angeles. She worked closely with her record label in finalizing her debut album The Fame. Her album indeed bagged fame and glory. It received positive reviews from critics and became number one in United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland, and the top-five in Australia, the United States and fifteen other countries. The Fame sold 14 million copies world-wide. The album’s carrier single “Just Dance” was on top of charts in  Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was also nominated in the Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording.

But the fame and popularity of her songs didn’t end with Just Dance alone, her next single “” even garnered more success. It reached the number-one spot in the music market world-wide, and won the award as Best Dance Recording at the 52nd Grammy Awards. The Fame even won Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.

After the release of her album, Lady Gaga became the talk of the town. She made a great buzz out of her worldwide concert tour, The Fame Ball Tour. She became the cover of Hot 100 issue of Rolling Stone in May 2009 wherein she was featured wearing nothing but strategically placed plastic bubbles. She got nominated for nine awards at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009. She won Best New Artist and her single won the Best Art Direction and Best Special Effects awards respectively.

was Born

In November 2009, she released The Fame Monster. A collection of eight songs dealing with the darker side of fame. Her first single “Bad Romance” was again on top of the charts of 18 countries including the US, Autralia and New Zealand. The song won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance while the music video won the Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. The second single “Telephone,” which featured Beyonce Knowles was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and became Gaga’s fourth UK number-one single. Her following single “Alejandro” paired Gaga with the fashion photographer Steven Klein. The song and the video was immediately surrounded by controversies and issues. The Catholic League accused Lady Gaga of blasphemy. But the controversies did not hinder the song to be popular.

All in all, her albums were successful. She became an instant pop icon. The age classes bought her songs and memorized it by heart. From her image, you wouldn’t even recognize a girl born and raised in a Catholic institute. Some say that she’s obscene and blasphemous. However, her music was unique and different from the rest.


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