Stefani Joanne Germanotta (mostly known as Lady GaGa) was born on March 20, 1986. Half American, half-Italian, she went to an elite private girl school and grew fond of music listening and singing to the tapes of Cyndi Lauper, and Michael Jackson. Aged four, the girl began mastering the piano. Ten years later, she joined the New York group Bitter End. Germanotta was good at combining her music activities with the theater life. She appeared in a number of classic plays. Nevertheless, as soon as she launched her solo career, music was her only serious business. In 2006, Stefani became a partner of the famed producer Rob Fusari and renamed herself to Lady GaGa.
After her first professional agreement was cancelled quickly, in the first half of 2007, Lady GaGa signed a new one with the Interscope company owned by the singer and composer Akon. At the same time, the young singer met Lady Starlight, a ballerina and dancer. This person made a great contribution to the formation of Lady GaGa’s unique stage image. They also designed and realized a number of successful joint projects, including the retro variety show Lady GaGa and The Starlight Revue. Akon helped Lady GaGa immensely to develop the material for her debut album. With the music almost finished, the singer experimented over the songs mixing up her old fashioned style with pop and rock-n-roll. Inspired by Motley Crue’s hit Girls, Girls, Girls she recorded Boys, Boys, Boys.
Along with her own music style, Lady GaGa designed her own dressing manner that sometimes seemed too extravagant and even improper. In October 2007, Lady GaGa and Lady Starlight created one more peculiar project, New York Street Revival and Trash Dance, based on glam, hard rock and pop music. By 2008, Lady GaGa relocated to Los Angeles where she completed the preparation of her first long player, entitled The Fame. To get the audience ready, she released the single Just Dance in April 2008. The song reached the leading positions in the Canadian and Australian charts, becoming a club dance mega hit. The Fame touched the American market in October 2008. It elevated to the seventeenth place in Billboard Top 200 and sold over 24,000 copies for the first week. Soon, the video for the second singe Poker Face was shot. It received a warm welcome in Europe, Canada and Australia heavily broadcasted by numerous music channels.
Making herself highlighted worldwide, Lady GaGa arranged a massive global tour with a dance program for clubs. To realize this campaign, she recruited two dancers and a DJ. Having spent the whole summer on the road and the stage, Lady GaGa came back to the USA where she performed with the recently reunited group New Kids on the Block. Both performers were so much satisfied with the concerts that they agreed to organize a join tour. Live performances of this artist are something to remember. Her concert at Lollapalooza in 2007 became her trademark. As she carried on touring, Lady GaGa used the same image, choreography and clothing. Acting like this, she became an easy recognizable performer making each concert with her participation an outstanding show. Considering this and her songwriting talent, one will make a mistake expecting Lady GaGa to become a new star of the mainstream culture. Among multitudes of those who try to be different from the others, she, actually, is different.