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Lady Gaga
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, to an upper middle-class Catholic family. Both of her parents have Italian ancestry.

Gaga began playing the piano at age four when her mother insisted she become “a cultured young woman” and took piano lessons and practised throughout her childhood.

In 2003, at age 17, Gaga gained early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21, a music school at New York University (NYU)’s Tisch School of the Arts, and lived in an NYU dorm.

Her stage name was inspired by Queen‘s 1984 hit “Radio Ga Ga.” She told Flybe Magazine that her former producer and boyfriend Rob Fusari first called her Gaga, and claimed that the name came about when he texted “Radio Gaga” and it autocorrected to “Lady Gaga,” which prompted Gaga to take on the name.

Living in New York, she worked as a waitress in an Upper East Side diner and a stripper in the Lower East Side. When she stripped, she was part of the duo “Lady Gaga and the Starlight Revue,” where they performed ’70s and ’80s cover songs. She stated: “I’d wear black leather and dance to Black Sabbath, Guns N’ Roses, and Faith No More. Very rock ‘n’ roll.”

At 19 years old, Gaga was signed by Def Jam Records for a short time. In 2008 her then-boyfriend Fusari got her a job at Interscope Records co-writing songs for other artists including for Britney Spears, Fergie, The Pussycat Dolls, and New Kids on the Block.

By 2008, Gaga had relocated to Los Angeles to work extensively with her record label to complete her debut album, The Fame, and to set up her own creative team called the Haus of Gaga, modeled on Andy Warhol’s The Factory.

Her debut studio album The Fame was released in August 2008 and reached number one in Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK. Its first two singles, “Just Dance” and “Poker Face” reached number one in the United States, Australia, Canada and the UK. The latter was also the world’s bestselling single of 2009, with 9.8 million copies sold that year, and spent a record 83 weeks on Billboard magazine’s Digital Songs chart.

Although Gaga is known for her acclaimed roles in American Horror Story, A Star is Born, and House of Gucci, she made a TV appearance much earlier. At 15 years old, Gaga – credited as Stefani Germanotta – played “Girl at Swimming Pool #2” in a season three episode of The Sopranos.

The singer’s second studio album, Born This Way, was released in May 2011 and reached the number-one spot in the United States along with twenty other countries. Its eponymous lead single was an international success, peaking at number one in nineteen countries including the United States, where it became her third number-one single.

The 2011, single “Born This Way” sold more than one million copies within five days, earning the Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling single on iTunes. It debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the 1,000th number-one single in the history of the charts.

For her performance at the 87th Academy Awards, she sang a medley of songs from The Sound of Music in a tribute to Julie Andrews.

Elton John and David Furnish have two sons, Zachary and Elijah. Friends with the couple, Gaga was honoured with being named both children’s godmother. She released a cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” for his tribute album Revamp.

In Taichung, Taiwan, July 3 is designated as “Lady Gaga Day” marking the first day Gaga visited the country in 2011.

In 2011, 121 women gathered at the Grammy Awards dressed in costumes similar to those worn by Gaga, earning the 2011 Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Lady Gaga Impersonators.

After the release of her film A Star is Born and its chart-topping soundtrack and song “Shallow,” Gaga became the first woman to win awards from the five major award shows within the same year. First, at the Golden Globes, Gaga won Best Original Song for a Motion Picture for “Shallow.” Then at the Critics’ Choice Awards, she again won best song for “Shallow.” At the Grammys, Gaga and Bradley Cooper won for best pop duo/group performance of the year. Gaga also won in the category of best song written for visual media with her co-writers. Gaga also accepted the award for best film music for A Star is Born at the BAFTAs and an Oscar for Best Original Song for “Shallow” at the Academy Awards.

In September 2014, Gaga and Tony Bennett released the collaborative album Cheek to Cheek. The two first met at the Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City in 2011, and later recorded a rendition of “The Lady Is a Tramp” together, after which they began discussing plans to work on a jazz project.

She is the longest-reigning act of Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart with 244 weeks at number one, while The Fame (2008) holds the record for the most time on top in the chart’s history, with 175 non-consecutive weeks.

A bisexual woman, Gaga actively supports LGBT rights worldwide. She attributes much of her early success as a mainstream artist to her gay fans and is considered a gay icon.

Gaga is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with estimated sales of 170 million records as of 2018,

The singer revealed to Vogue Magazine that when she performed at Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021 singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Gaga wore a stunning and dramatic blue and red gown by Schiaparelli which was bulletproof.

Gaga made an appearance in the television special Friends: The Reunion, in which Gaga sang “Smelly Cat” with Lisa Kudrow.

A new genus of ferns, Gaga, and three species, G. germanotta, G. monstraparva and Kaikaia gaga, have been named in her honour. The name monstraparva alluded to Gaga’s fans, known as Little Monsters, since their symbol is the outstretched “monster claw” hand, which resembles a tightly rolled young fern leaf prior to unfurling.

Her sixth studio album, Chromatica, was released on May 29, 2020. It debuted atop the US charts, becoming her sixth consecutive number-one album in the country, and reached the top spot in more than a dozen other territories.

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4 Jan 2024
The biggest-selling vinyl album of 2023 by a British act was Rolling Stones' Hackney Diamonds. Released in October 2023, it became the Stones’ 14th No.1 album and enjoyed a second week at the top as 2023’s Official Christmas No. 1 album. The first album of original material by the Rolling Stones since 2005's A Bigger Bang, Hackney Diamonds reached No.1 in 20 countries and features guest contributions from Elton John, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman.
4 Oct 2023
A US judge ruled that Lady Gaga would not have to pay a $500,000 (£410,000) reward to a woman who returned her dogs after they were stolen in 2021. Jennifer McBride previously sued the star for the "no questions asked" reward, plus $1.5m (£1.2m) in damages. But the judge said Ms McBride couldn't claim the money because her role in returning the star's dogs had led to a conviction of receiving stolen goods.
12 Nov 2022
American woodwindist and session musician, Gene Cipriano died at the age of 94. Known familiarly as "Cip" he played on hundreds of recording sessions and recorded music for numerous television shows including Batman, The Flintstones, M*A*S*H*, Mission Impossible, Star Trek, The Simpsons, and American Dad. He played on West Side Story, and performed the saxophone part for the character played by Tony Curtis in the film Some Like It Hot. Cipriano was also a noted session musician in Los Angeles, as a member of "The Wrecking Crew" and played on many pop hits of the 1960s and 1970s, including those by The Beach Boys and The Monkees. Other musicians with whom he worked included Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Tony Bennett, Frank Zappa and Lady Gaga.
5 Aug 2021
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga played the second of two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. It was Bennett's last ever performance, a week later the 95-year-old singer, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016, announced he was retiring from performing.
30 Aug 2020
At the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga was the most awarded act of the night winning song of the year for 'Rain on Me' (with Ariana Grande), Artist of the Year and the MTV Tricon Award. BTS won Best Group, Coldplay won Best Rock track for 'Orphans' and Video of the Year went to The Weeknd for 'Blinding Lights'.
29 May 2020
Lady Gaga released her sixth studio album Chromatica. This gave Gaga her sixth consecutive Billboard 200-topping album, the eighth woman to claim six chart-topping albums, and, at nine years and two days, the record for the fastest six album No.1 tally by a female artist. It was also Gaga's fourth No.1 entry on the UK charts.
18 Apr 2020
Paul McCartney, Elton John, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and several other stars performed from their homes on the One World: Together At Home concert during the coronavirus pandemic. The event organized by Global Citizen of New York City and curated by singer Lady Gaga was in support of the World Health Organization.
3 Sep 2019
US songwriter LaShawn Daniels, who co-wrote such hits as Destiny's Child's Grammy-winning ‘Say My Name’ and Lady Gaga's ‘Telephone’ died in a car crash in South Carolina aged 41. He had also worked with artists including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Brandy and Toni Braxton.
28 May 2019
Motorhead’s 'Ace of Spades' was named Greatest Gambling Song of All Time with Lady Gaga’s 'Poker Face' voted into second place. Online poker giant PokerStars asked 1,000 of its European customers to select their favorite poker-themed song from a list of choices.
10 Feb 2019
Winners at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards included Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) who won Record of The Year and Song of the Year with 'This Is America' making Gambino the first hip-hop artist to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves won Album of The Year, Best New Artist went to Dua Lipa. Best Pop Solo Performance went to Lady Gaga for 'Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?' and Best Alternative Music Album went to Beck for his album Colors.
28 Oct 2016
Elvis Presley broke the record for the most No.1 albums by a solo artist. The late singer's new album The Wonder Of You beat competition from Lady Gaga and Michael Buble to become his 13th album to top the chart. Before now, Elvis and Madonna were tied record holders with 12 No.1 albums each to their names.
31 Jul 2014
Meceo McEaddy was sentenced to between five and 10 years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from concert promoters by posing as a booking agent. McEaddy who pretended to be in charge of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and several other celebrities, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of grand larceny and fraud, according to Manhattan district attorney's office.
5 Nov 2013
Lady Gaga split from Troy Carter, who had managed her since 2007. Carter was credited with masterminding some of Gaga’s success, including her massive social media audience. She had 60 million Facebook fans and was amongst the top figures on Twitter with 40 million followers.
3 Nov 2013
The first ever YouTube awards were held in New York City. The event featured Eminem, Lady Gaga and M.I.A making live music videos directed by the awards' creator, Spike Jonze, and others. Eminem won Artist of the Year, while Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' took the YouTube Phenomenon award.
29 Oct 2013
Hundreds of viewers complained about Lady Gaga's recent UK performance on The X Factor according to Ofcom. Around 200 people contacted the broadcasting watchdog about her outfit of shells and flesh-coloured underwear. Another 60 viewers complained directly to ITV about the singer's appearance, before the 9pm watershed.
30 Aug 2013
A 96-year-old who wrote a song for his late wife made the US iTunes top 10, alongside Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Fred Stobaugh, whose wife Lorraine had died in April, had no previous musical experience and wrote the song on a whim for a competition. He submitted his handwritten lyrics by post and, although the contest was online-only, the organisers were so moved they put the words to music. 'Oh Sweet Lorraine' was No.7 seven on US iTunes and had seen over 1.9m YouTube views.
19 Aug 2013
Lady Gaga asked her fans to stop sending online threats to her critics.The singer said she would not condone "hateful or abusive language" directed towards others, adding "this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions".Some of her fans had tweeted death threats to dance producer Deadmau5, who criticised Gaga's video collaboration with artist Marina Abramovic.
13 Feb 2013
Lady Gaga was forced to postpone her world tour after sustaining an injury which left her unable to walk. The singer had severe inflammation of the joints, known as synovitis.
19 Dec 2012
Madonna's MDNA World Tour made more money than any other during 2012. The tour grossed $228m (£141m), after more than 1.6 million fans paid to see her perform in 65 cities worldwide since last June. She beat Bruce Springsteen into first place on the highest-grossing tour list, who earned $198 million (£123 million). Also in the top 25 were Coldplay, who took fifth place, and Lady Gaga at number six, who attracted audiences reaching 1.1 million people in comparison.
12 Mar 2012
Taylor Swift beat Adele and Lady Gaga to be named the highest-earning pop artist of 2011. The 22-year-old earned $35,719,902 (£22.7m) in 2011 from a combination of music sales, royalties and touring. U2 took second place with $32m (£20m) thanks to their 360 tour, seen by more than seven million people while Adele came 10th.
27 Sep 2011
Tony Bennett became the oldest living person to top the US album chartwhen the 85-year-old's 'Duets II' album went to No.1. The record, which featured collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, was also his first US No.1 in his 60 year career. The previous oldest performer to top the chart was Bob Dylan in 2009 with 'Together Through Life'. At the time he was 67-years old.
17 Jun 2011
A computer hacker who stole songs from Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Leona Lewis, Kesha and Mariah Carey during 2009 and 2010 was sentenced to 18 months detention in Germany. A court heard how the teenager, who called himself DJ Stolen, earned more than 15,000 euros (£13,260) by breaking copyright laws and hacking personal information from a number of singers. The 18-year-old used software to steal unpublished songs and then offer them for sale on the internet. Anti-piracy teams in the UK and Germany noticed a growing number of pre-release tracks being leaked much earlier than normal. The teen was also ordered to have therapy for an addiction to the internet.
29 Dec 2010
Pollstar reported that Bon Jovi were the highest earning touring act of the year, taking in over $200 million (£130.7m). Australian rockers AC/DC landed at number two for the second year in a row, with tickets sales from their recent trek totaling $177m (£115m). U2 which was the top worldwide act in 2009, came in at third place, with ticket sales totaling $160.9m (£104.6m). Lady Gaga followed in fourth place, with Metallica at number five.
7 Jan 2010
According to Nielsen SoundScan's final 2009 figures, Michael Jackson was the best selling artist of the year, moving 8,286,000 units. Forty years after their break-up, The Beatles were still the best selling group, thanks to their remastered catalog which sold 3,282,000 copies. Digital downloads however, were a different story. Lady Gaga was the queen of the downloads, selling 15,297,000 digital tracks. The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift all finished in the vicinity of 12 million digital units.
22 Mar 2009
Lady Gaga started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Poker Face', her second UK chart-topper and a No.1 hit in over 20 countries. With over 14 million copies, 'Poker Face' is one of the world's best-selling singles of all time and became the best-selling single of 2009 worldwide with over 9.8 million in sales that year alone.
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