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Lady GaGa Lyrics

Lady GaGa - Biography

19862004: Early life and education

Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Yonkers, New York as the eldest
child to Italian American parents Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta. At
11 Gaga was set to join Juilliard School in Manhattan, but instead
attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private Catholic school.
Having learned piano at the age of four, Gaga went on to write her
first piano ballad at thirteen and began performing at open mic
nights by the age of fourteen. At the age of seventeen, she gained
early admission to the New York University's Tisch School of the
Arts. There, she studied music and improved her songwriting skills
by composing essays and analytical papers focusing on topics such as
art, religion, and socio-political order. Gaga later withdrew from
the school to focus on her musical career.
20052007: Career beginnings
Grayscale image of two young women standing side-by-side. The woman
on the right is blond and wears a leotard while tilting her head
back. She keeps her body straight and holds her waist with her left
hand. The other woman is a brunette. She stands facing the blond
woman. Her hands are raised up to her head with her fingers spread.
She wears a silk robe that comes up to her knees. Her face has a
hint of smile.
Lady Gaga (left) and Lady Starlight at their weekly party New York
Street Revival and Trash Dance.

Gaga signed with Def Jam Records when she was 19, after record
executive L. A. Reid heard her singing down the hallway from his
office. However, she claims Reid never met with her, and after three
months, she was dropped from the label. She moved out of her
parents' house and started performing downtown in the Lower East
Side club scene, with bands Mackin Pulsifer and SGBand. Around the
same time, she started taking drugs and performing at burlesque
shows; Gaga said her father "just didn't understand" it,
and that he could not look at her for several months. Music producer
Rob Fusari, who helped Gaga write some of her earlier songs,
compared her vocal style to that of Freddie Mercury. He nicknamed
her Gaga, after the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga." She began to
use it as her stage name and was known thereafter as Lady Gaga.

Throughout 2007, Gaga collaborated with performance artist Lady
Starlight, who helped her create her onstage fashions. The pair
began playing gigs at downtown club venues like the Mercury Lounge,
The Bitter End, and the Rockwood Music Hall, with their live
performance art piece known as "Lady Gaga and the Starlight
Revue." Billed as "The Ultimate Pop Burlesque
Rockshow," their act was a low-fi tribute to 1970's variety
acts. In August 2007, Gaga and Starlight were invited to play at the
American music festival Lollapalooza. The show was critically
acclaimed, and their performance received highly positive reviews.
Having initially focused on avant-garde, and electronic dance music,
Gaga found her musical niche when she began to incorporate pop
melodies and the vintage glam rock of David Bowie and Queen into the
mix.

During this time, she began writing for artists signed to Akon's
Konvict label, as well as Fergie, the Pussycat Dolls, Britney
Spears, and New Kids on the Block. After hearing her sing a
reference vocal for one of his tracks, Akon formed the opinion that
she was also a good singer. He ultimately convinced Interscope
Records chairman Jimmy Iovine to sign her to a joint deal with his
own label, Kon Live Distribution, and would later call Gaga his
"franchise player." Through her affiliation with Akon,
Gaga started to work on her own new material for her debut album
with producer RedOne. Already having a solid selection of
electro-glam, David Bowie-esque, and Queen-inspired songs, Gaga
wanted to mix her retro dance beats with urban melodies, a pop
chorus and still retain a rock and roll edge. The first song they
produced together was "Boys Boys Boys", a mash-up of
Mtley Cre's "Girls, Girls, Girls" and AC/DC's
"T.N.T."
2008present: The Fame
A distant image of a blond woman performing onstage. She is clad in
a white leotard. She is singing onto a microphone in her left hand.
Her right hand is held by somebody whose appearance is not clear. On
her left, two African dancers imitate a pose where they appear to be
looking at the woman throuogh a camera.
Gaga performing at the New Kids on the Block: Live tour.

By 2008, Gaga had relocated to Los Angeles, working closely with her
record label to finalize her debut album The Fame. Gaga said that
she combined a lot of different genres on the album, "from Def
Leppard drums and handclaps to metal drums on urban tracks."
She began to work with a collective called the Haus of Gaga, who
collaborate with Gaga on her clothing, stage sets, and sounds. The
Fame received mostly positive reviews from critics; according to the
music review aggregation of Metacritic, it has received an average
score of 71/100. Times Online described the album as "a
fantastic mix of Bowie-esque ballads, dramatic, Queen-inspired
midtempo numbers and synth-based dance tracks that poke fun at
celebrity-chasing rich kids." The Fame peaked at number one in
Austria, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Ireland, and at number four
in Australia and the United States; worldwide sales as of July 2009
stand at 3 million copies. The album's lead single, "Just
Dance," was released on April 8, 2008, and has topped the
charts in six countries - Australia, Canada, the Netherlands,
Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It received a
Grammy nomination for the Best Dance Recording, but lost to Daft
Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." The second
single, "Poker Face", was released on September 23, 2008,
and has reached number one in nearly twenty countries, including
almost all major music markets in the world. "Poker Face"
became Gaga's second consecutive number one on the Billboard Hot 100
in April 2009.

Afterward, the Haus of Gaga turned its focus further upon the
American market with Gaga going on her first ever concert tour with
fellow Interscope pop group, the reformed New Kids on the Block.
Gaga started her stint with them in Los Angeles on October 8, 2008,
and continued through the end of November. She appeared as a guest
artist on the song "Big Girl Now" from their new album,
The Block. Gaga's first headlining North American tour, The Fame
Ball Tour, began on March 12, 2009, and has received critical
acclaim. In May, Gaga opened for the Pussycat Dolls in Australia.
Her performance there was well-received, with a reviewer claiming
that she upstaged the Dolls. Around the same time, the music video
for her international third single, "LoveGame," was banned
by the Australian channel Network Ten, who refused to play the video
reasoning that it contained sexually explicit imagery.

Gaga appeared semi-nude, wearing only plastic bubbles, on the cover
of the annual 'Hot 100' issue of Rolling Stone in May 2009. In the
issue she discussed that while she was making her beginnings in the
New York club scene, Gaga was romantically involved with a heavy
metal drummer. Gaga described their relationship and break-up,
saying of it, "I was his Sandy, and he was my Danny [of
Grease], and I just broke." He later became an inspiration
behind some of the songs on her debut album The Fame. Gaga also
stated that she is bisexual and is inspired by beautiful women,
which she says makes her boyfriends "uncomfortable." She
later regretted disclosing her orientation, saying, "I don't
like to be seen as somebody who is using the gay community to look
edgy. I'm a free sexual woman and I like what I like. I don't want
people to write that about me because I feel like it looks like I'm
saying it because I'm trying to be edgy or underground." She
had previously told a crowd at one of her concerts that her song
"Poker Face" lyrically discusses fantasizing about a woman
while being in bed with a man. Gaga appeared on rapper Wale's single
"Chillin."

Gaga was nominated for a total of nine awards at the 2009 MTV Video
Music Awards including Video of the Year, Best New Artist, Best
Female Video and Best Pop Video for "Poker Face" and Best
Direction, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography
and Best Art Direction for "Paparazzi. "Poker Face"
managed to win the award for "Best New Artist" while
"Paparazzi" won two awards for "Best Art
Direction" and "Best Special Effects."

On September 15, 2009, Gaga announced dates for a co-headlining
North American tour with Kanye West entitled, "Fame Kills
Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga."
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