Lady Gaga: a shocking pearl of the pop scene
Although today the world stage knows many bright and talented pop icons, Lady Gaga has managed to become the one, unlike anyone else. In addition to her original vocals and dynamic choreography, the performer has become world famous for her eccentric appearance. A wave of love and recognition hit her after the release of her debut album "The Fame", which means "Glory". Since then, the glory of the blonde monster lover has been growing rapidly every year.
Who is Lady Gaga
In many ways, she was influenced by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna and the legendary Queen. Inspired by their work, she firmly decided to conquer the world pop scene at all costs. The task was brilliantly accomplished. Gaga's songs not only topped the world top charts and became hits of any party, but made the singer a three-time Grammy Award winner, which in itself is already grandiose! Although some consider her songs to be propaganda of immorality, Gaga's popularity does not stop growing.
Stephanie Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born March 28, 1986 in Yonkers, New York, to wealthy Italian parents. Already at the age of four, she perfectly mastered playing the piano, at thirteen she composed her own piano ballad, and at fourteen she had her first performance at a New York nightclub.
For a long time, Stephanie attended a closed Catholic school of the Sacred Heart.
“I think my background really sets me apart from the other blonde bombshells in the pop scene,” she admits.
She attended the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute for ten years and took acting classes. After graduating from high school, the girl applied to the prestigious New York educational institution Tisch and entered the top twenty students who received early admission approval. At the time, Stephanie was writing songs as well as writing essays and op-eds on art, religion, social issues, and politics.
At the age of 21, Gaga drops out of school and decides to focus on her own music career. With her friends she formed a band called SGBand, but soon she preferred rock pop musicwhich has become her main source of inspiration. The singer's style draws on a wide range of influences, including the music of early Cyndi Lauper, disco tunes, and Madonna.
After performing at the New Jersey Folk Festival in 2006. Stephanie falls under the production wing of Rob Fusari, who later came up with her stage name. The inspiration came from Queen's song "Radio Ga Ga", which the budding star loved to hum in the studio. After recording several electropop tracks, Gaga was signed by Def Jam Recordings, but the contract was terminated by the label a few months later. Devastated by this misfortune, Gaga returns to her parents' house.
During this period, she became addicted to drugs and moonlighted as a go-go dancer in metropolitan clubs in America, where she met singer Lady Starlight, who helped her establish herself as a stage persona. Rob Fusari continued to work with Gaga on their songs together, which one day he decided to send to singer Vincent Herbert.
These things impressed the latter, and he signed Gaga to Interscope Records. Later she got a contract with Sony/ATV and wrote songs for Britney Spears, Fergie and The Pussycat Dolls for a while. Her vocal abilities struck a chord with singer Aicon, and he later convinced the CEO of Interscope to make a deal with his label, Kon Live. So Gaga got a contract for her own recording, but it caused many doubts and anxieties: on the one hand, the singer was afraid that the work would not enter the mainstream music market, but, on the other hand, she was confident in her abilities and knew exactly what she would start a new era in the music industry.
First rays of glory
In 2008, Gaga moved to Los Angeles and created the creative team Haus of Gaga to work on the album "The Fame", which was released in August 2008. The album became No. 1 in Australia, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The first two singles, "Poker Face" and "Just Dance," became world charts. "Impenetrable Face" even won two Grammy Awards.
Soon the grandiose "Bad Romance" is released, which becomes a worldwide hit at the speed of light and causes a real stir. The single received critical acclaim and was a huge commercial success!
The singer does not give up her positions, and soon a new work "Telephone" is presented to the public. The release of the video of the same name became a sensational event in pop culture. The video with Beyonce, in which Gaga plays a very sexy prisoner in a women's prison, got 17 million views on the Internet in just the first four days! Think about it, those are just cosmic numbers!
After months of feverish anticipation, Gaga fans are enjoying the monster queen's new album Born This Way. Already in the first week after the release, 1,108,000 copies were sold, which was the best indicator of weekly sales since 2005.
Difficulties and ups
While Gaga's career and persona have been compared to another blonde queen of pop, Madonna, the singer's busy work schedule has left her exhausted.
Lady Gaga in an interview: “I always wanted to be a star, this is my most cherished dream since childhood. My strong attraction and seriousness towards music and art in general probably lives in my bones. I sacrifice a lot in the name of music, but my love for it makes these sacrifices pleasant ... ".
This is not just a beautiful phrase to arouse the sympathy of the public. At a concert in New Zealand, the singer became ill, and she collapsed right on stage. But she decided to bring the show, which gathered a crowd of thousands of her loyal fans, to its logical end at any cost. She took off part of the costume and, lying on the stage, without showing fatigue, masterfully completed the performance.
On December 15, 2012, the city of Newark, New Jersey, played host to an iconic event - the final concert of The Rolling Stones' 50th Anniversary Tour. The musicians prepared a big surprise for the fans by inviting their friends to the show, including Lady Gaga.
The singer performed the song "Gimme Shelter" together with Mick Jagger. Later the star duet was highly appreciated by the critics, and Gaga deserved special praise. According to them, the singer coped with the honorable duty of congratulating the legendary band brilliantly.
Here is what she wrote after performing with the legendary Rolling Stones on her Twitter: “It is a great honor for me to perform on the same stage with the Rolling Stones. I always had a dream - to be transported in a time machine to 1973 in New Jersey and rock with Jagger. And now it has come true!”
After Gaga's tracks topped the top 10 pop hits eleven times in a row, the singer rose to fame as one of the best pop stars in the world. In 2013, one of the most anticipated albums in the history of pop music, Artpop, was released. The work received mixed reviews. Although many critics gave positive reviews, at the same time stated that the lead single "Applause" was much weaker than the previous compositions.
In the end, "Applause" broke tradition by not topping the Billboard Hot 100, but still reaching No. 4. The work itself debuted No1 on the album chart. "Artpop" broke out to more than 250,000 copies in its first week, but sales were a far cry from the millionth run of the same "Born This Way."
Gaga's next breakthrough was the album "Cheek to Cheek", recorded in traditional jazz motives with Tony Bennett. Hitting the public eye in September 2014, it immediately took the lead on the album chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Gaga shared her impressions with reporters about her collaboration with Bennett:
“Working with Tony made me forget about some personal problems and internal conflicts. It’s just that in one moment I pulled away from this world and completely immersed myself in a noisy musical ... Tony always uses this method, and now I do!”
In early 2015, Lady Gaga sang a medley from the tracks of Robert Wise's musical film The Sound of Music in honor of the film's 50th anniversary. With this performance, the singer earned great recognition. In October of the same year, she starred in the hit TV series American Horror Story, for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie.
February 2016 was remembered by Gaga's fans thanks to her performance at the Super Bowl, where the singer solemnly sang the national anthem. Gaga won an Academy Award for "Til It Happens To You" for Best Original Song. At the award ceremony, the girl performed the song live, which was very impressive.
In February 2016, Gaga, along with guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers, performed a tribute to the late David Bowie. Paying tribute to the beloved musician, Gaga, in a red wig, sang a short medley of his hits.
Success with "Joanne"
Gaga's next studio album "Joanne" was released in the fall of 2016 and immediately took first place in the top album chart. The work is named after her father's sister Joanna, who died when she was only 19. Here is what the singer told reporters ahead of the release:
“In the album, I expressed all the pain that each of us feels when losing a loved one. I tried to show that the cruelty of loss makes us strong and who we are after this pain. Joanna is a woman who inspires me and helps me to be strong. To a greater extent, I owe my work to her ... ".
On The Elvis Duran Show, Lady Gaga spoke more about the contents of the album:
“Each song is completely autobiographical. It's not that the others aren't, they're just tangentially connected to my life. And here I put a lot of what was in my life into each track.
In the summer of 2017, Gaga organized a 59-day world concert tour in support of the new album, which was later recognized as one of the 15 highest grossing of 2017. In October of the same year, "Joanne" was certified platinum in the US.
It was Lady Gaga who greatly contributed to the revival of the former popularity of dance-pop music. It also helped revive disco as a legitimate element of modern dance-pop.
The singer made large donations to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti (2010) and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (2011). Gaga also joined MAC Cosmetics and launched Viva Glam lipstick, which raised more than $200 million in funds to help fight HIV and AIDS.
The blond diva launched her own Born This Way Foundation, which aims to expand opportunities for creative youth. Gaga is an outspoken LGBT rights activist. It was she who played a key role in the completion of the US military policy "don't ask, don't tell."
Interestingly, the singer's work prompted her father to perform a life-saving heart operation. The girl wrote the song “Silence” (“Silence”) for him, in which she urged him to take this difficult but important step.
“This song opened his eyes to my work, and showed that my ideas are becoming stronger. Now my father loves my work…”, admits Gaga.
She is the most downloaded singer in the history of the internet.
But to all this, Gaga briefly answers:
“I don’t want to fly through history with one song. I want to stay in it like a bright bomb, opening the eyes of the World to important problems with my work, and, perhaps, giving someone self-confidence ... ".