The Biography Of Lady Gaga Born Name : Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (/ˈstɛfəniː dʒɜrməˈnɒtə/ STE-fə-nee jur-mə-NOT...
Born Name : Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (/ˈstɛfəniː dʒɜrməˈnɒtə/ STE-fə-nee
Popular Name : Lady Gaga
Born : Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta
March 28, 1986 (age 28)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Education : Convent of the Sacred Heart
Alma mater : Collaborative Arts Project 21
Occupation : Singer-songwriter
Years active : 2001–present
Net worth : US $110 million (estimate as of June 2011)
Religion : Catholicism
Associated : Tony Bennett Stefani
acts : Germanotta Band
Website : www.ladygaga.com
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born in New York City to a Catholic family on March 28, 1986. She is the elder daughter of internet entrepreneur Joseph Anthony "Joe" Germanotta, Jr. and Cynthia Louise "Cindy" Bissett (born c. 1955). Gaga has Italian and French ancestry. Her sister Natali (born c. 1992) is a fashion student. Despite her affluent upbringing on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Gaga says that her parents "both came from lower-class families, so we've worked for everything—my mother worked eight to eight out of the house, in telecommunications, and so did my father." From age eleven she attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart, a private all-girls Roman Catholic school on Manhattan's Upper East Side. She described her academic life in high school as "very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined" but also "a bit insecure": "I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn't fit in, and I felt like a freak." Gaga began playing the piano at the age of four, wrote her first piano ballad at thirteen, and started to perform at open mic nights by the age of fourteen. She performed lead roles in high school productions, including Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She also appeared in a very small role as a mischievous classmate in the television drama series The Sopranos in a 2001 episode titled "The Telltale Moozadell" and auditioned for New York shows without success.
After high school, her mother encouraged her to apply for the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), a musical theater training conservatory at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. By age seventeen, after becoming one of twenty students to gain early admission, she lived in an NYU dorm on 11th Street. In addition to sharpening her songwriting skills, she composed essays and analytical papers on art, religion, social issues, and politics, including a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst. She also auditioned for various roles and won the part of an unsuspecting diner customer for MTV's Boiling Points, a prank reality television show
Gaga rose to prominence with her August 2008 debut album, The Fame, which was a critical and commercial success. The record included the international number-one tracks "Just Dance" and "Poker Face". In November 2009, her extended play, The Fame Monster, was released to a similar reception, and produced the hit singles "Bad Romance", "Telephone", and "Alejandro". Gaga's second album, Born This Way, was released in May 2011 and topped albums charts in most major markets. It was preceded by the chart-topping songs "Born This Way", "Judas", and "The Edge of Glory". After taking a sabbatical for a hip injury and the cancellation of the remaining dates of the Born This Way Ball Tour, Gaga's third album Artpop was released in November 2013 and became her second number one album in US. Artpop was preceded by singles "Applause" and "Do What U Want".
Influenced by David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Queen, Gaga is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse, and outré contributions to the music industry through her fashion, performances, and music videos. As of November 2013, she had sold an estimated 24 million albums and 125 million singles worldwide and her singles are some of the best-selling worldwide. Her achievements include five Grammy Awards and 13 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gaga has consecutively appeared on Billboard magazine's Artists of the Year (scoring the definitive title in 2010), ranked fourth in VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women in Music, is the fourth best selling digital singles artist in US according to RIAA, is regularly placed on lists composed by Forbes magazine, including The World's 100 Most Powerful Women from 2010 to 2013, and was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine
Gaga's first foray into the limelight occurred in summer 2005 when she recorded two songs with hip-hop artist Grandmaster Melle Mel for an audio book that accompanied a children's novel called The Portal in the Park. In September that year she also established the Stefani Germanotta Band with some friends from her former university. Playing a mixture of self-penned tracks and classic rock covers at bars across New York, Stefani’s band generated a small fan base which drew the attention of record producer Joe Vulpis.
By the time the group disbanded the following year, Stefani had been chosen by music producer Rob Fusari to front a new band, he also helped her create the stage name Lady Gaga. Their relationship grew slowly but they were soon recording, the subsequent electropop motivated Def Jam to sign Gaga in late 2006, the intention was to release an album in 9 months' time, but she was dropped after just 3.
A dark period of Gaga's life then followed, she experimented with drugs and became a go-go dancer, all contributing factors to alienating her once supportive father, but she didn’t stay down for long. In 2007 she performed at 'Lollapalooza Festival' with Lady Starlight who she’d met earlier that year. The show was critically acclaimed and received positive reviews. It also helped Gaga find her musical niche by fusing pop music and glam rock.
Later that year, Fusari helped Gaga get signed to the Vincent Herbert run Streamline Records and became a songwriter for Sony/ATV. After writing songs for the likes of Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block and the Pussycat Dolls she joined Cherrytree Records.
Gaga then came into her own – she moved to Los Angeles and released her debut album Fame on 19 August 2008. The Fame Ball tour helped the album to sell but it wasn't until the lead single Just Dance reached the international charts that she became a star. In January 2009, it topped charts across the globe and Fame went stellar. Just Dance earned her first Grammy nomination which became one of the world’s best-selling singles.
Her next song Poker Face was even bigger selling 9.8 million copies and winning the Best Dance Recording Grammy at the 52nd edition of the awards. The album also took home the Best Dance/Electronica Album at the same ceremony. More accolades followed including Billboard's Rising Star title and three MTV VMA nominations. She took home the prize for Best New Artist for the video of her third single Paparazzi.
In 2009 she realised her EP, The Fame Monster, the lead single Bad Romance topped the charts in 18 countries and won 2 Grammys. Her next single Telephone, featuring Beyonce Knowles, was accompanied by a risqué music video and became her fourth UK number one single.
Her following single Alejandro was criticised for its rather dark and blasphemous music video, despite this, she became the first musician to attract more than one billion views on YouTube. She also went on to win 8 of its 13 nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to which she wore her now iconic meat dress.
Gaga’s second worldwide tour The Monster Ball, ending in May 2011, was one of the highest-grossing tours of all time and was followed by the release of her second album Born This Way on 23 May 2011. Positive critical acclaim followed and in its first week 1.108 million copies were sold. Unfortunately this tour had to be cut short after Gaga damaged her hip which required surgery.
After taking a sabbatical, Lady Gaga released Artpop in November 2013. By this time she’d had hits with Judas, The Edge of Glory, Marry the Night and You and I. At the time of the release of this, her third album, Gaga had sold an estimated 24 million albums and 125 million singles worldwide. Her achievements include 5 Grammy Awards, 13 MTV Video Music Awards and as she prepares for her fourth world tour, Lady Gaga remains an irrepressible tour de force in the music business.
New songs for Gaga's third studio album, Artpop, were "beginning to flourish" as she worked with producer Fernando Garibay in early 2012.Gaga's manager, Vincent Herbert, said the singer began working on the project during the Born This Way Ball tour and promised new material consisted of "insane, great records".Gaga herself explained that she yearned to make audiences have "a really good time" with Artpop, crafting the album to mirror "a night at the club". "When you listen to it, it really flows nicely. It's really fun to pop in with your friends. I really wrote it for me and my friends to pop in from start to finish." At the same time, Gaga began collaborating with Terry Richardson on a documentary detailing her life, the Haus of Gaga and the evolution of Artpop. The album was released on November 11, 2013 in the United States through legal music downloading outlets as well as through an app developed by the Haus of Gaga. It eventually became her second number-one album in the United States with first week sales of 258,000 copies. Music critics were divided in their assessments of Artpop. The album has thus far spawned successful singles in "Applause" and "Do What U Want", the later featuring R&B singer R. Kelly. Gaga had split from her longtime manager, Troy Carter, shortly thereafter citing "creative differences". On March 28, 2014, Gaga's 28th birthday, "G.U.Y." was released as the third single from Artpop.Gaga starred in Robert Rodriguez's project Machete Kills as La Chameleón. The picture, released on October 11, 2013, was poorly received critically and commercially. Her performance earned her a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Supporting Actress.The singer also hosted the November 16, 2013 episode of Saturday Night Live, closing out the program with a performance of "Do What U Want" with Kelly. Later that month, she held her second Thanksgiving Day television special on ABC, Lady Gaga and the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, where she played a selection of songs with The Muppets, Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and RuPaul. Future film projects for Gaga includes a cameo in another Robert Rodriguez film, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, starring opposite to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, and Bruce Willis. It is scheduled for release on August 22, 2014.Besides her film endeavors, Gaga would also be involved in other musical ventures. Cheek to Cheek, a jazz album with Tony Bennett, was supposed to be released on January 1, 2014, but it was later announced that the release has been delayed tentatively until the fourth quarter of 2014. In early 2015, Gaga will perform the first ever concert in space as part of Zero G Colony, a three-day music festival. She will travel via Spaceport America, the world's first commercial spaceport, in New Mexico, and the event will feature a mix of entertainment and cutting-edge technology. Gaga will be the grand finale.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Gaga