Lady Gaga [Germanotta, Stefani Joanne Angelina ]
- Meredith Evans
[Germanotta, Stefani Joanne Angelina ]
(b New York, NY, March 28, 1986). American pop singer, songwriter, pianist, and producer. She studied music and piano from an early age and attended New York University’s Tchool of the Arts, withdrawing in her second year to pursue a performance career. After performing regularly in downtown New York clubs, Lady Gaga signed a recording contract with Streamline Records in 2007 and received an additional publishing deal with Sony/ATV. She moved to Los Angeles and released her debut album The Fame in 2008. It propelled her to stardom, selling over 12 million copies worldwide and becoming the first debut album with four number one singles on the Billboard charts: “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Love Game,” and “Paparazzi.” In 2009, she released The Fame Monster, a compilation of re-released tracks from The Fame and new hits including “Bad Romance,” “Speechless,” and “Telephone,” featuring Beyoncé. Gaga is skilled at writing danceable hits with memorable choruses. Provocative music videos complicate her seemingly innocuous lyrics and challenge pop music conventions with shocking and disturbing imagery. Gaga’s vocals are full and powerful; she often sings with a rough or strained technique for emphatic effect. Theatrics and spectacle mark her live performances. Her excessively camp and sometimes androgynous fashions, onstage and off, disrupt mainstream conceptions of female beauty and have garnered significant media attention. Gaga’s ability to present pop music as both creative art form and mass entertainment has attracted diverse audiences and has differentiated her in contemporary pop culture....