Lady Gaga

Born 28 March 1986.

American pop singer

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Lady Gaga talks to Scott Mills about the process of creating the new album ARTPOP

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Biography

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta ( STE-fə-nee jur-mə-NOT-ə; born March 28, 1986), better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. Born and raised in New York City, she initially performed in theatre, appearing in high school plays and briefly studying at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career. After leaving a short-lived rock band, participating in the Lower East Side's avant garde performance art circuit, and being quickly dropped from a contract with Def Jam Recordings, she worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. There, singer Akon noticed her vocal abilities and helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own KonLive Distribution.

She rose to prominence with her debut album The Fame (2008), a critical and commercial success which produced global chart-topping singles such as "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), was met with similar reception and included the songs "Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Alejandro". Her second full-length album Born This Way was released in 2011, topping the charts in more than 20 countries, including the United States, where it sold over one million copies in its first week. Her third album Artpop, released in 2013, topped the U.S. charts and included the successful singles "Applause" and "Do What U Want", though critics noted its commercial underperformance compared to her previous efforts.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Born This Way: The Remix

    Born This Way: The Remix 2011

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    Offers enough revelations to suggest the original album is worth revisiting.
  2. Review of Born This Way

    Born This Way 2011

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    Cut away the hype, image and psychobabble and there’s still a great pop album here.
  3. Review of The Fame Monster

    The Fame Monster 2009

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    An unknown a year ago, Gaga’s certainly fun to have around.
  4. Review of The Fame

    The Fame 2009

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    The catchiness of her songs is sure to cement her place in the list of pop idols.
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