After finding success crafting catchy tunes for other stars, Gaga dove headfirst into the artist side of the music industry, releasing her debut album The Fame internationally in early 2008.
The album was critically acclaimed, garnering a new following of fans and a spot on tour with 80s comeback group, New Kids on the Block.
Moreover, Gaga’s Fame album hit the top spot in Canada, Ireland and the U.K. and went as high as number four in Australia. Interscope then released The Fame in the U.S. in October 2008, where it rose to number 17 on the Billboard 200 charts.
Gaga’s real name is Stefani Germanotta. She has a degree in music from New York University and is part of Akon’s Kon Live Distribution label, which is a division of Interscope Records. During her rise to fame, Lady Gaga was a fixture on the New York club circuit.
Combining her NYC club and New Kids tour experience, Gaga launched her own electric, super hot Fame Ball Tour. Combining her eclectic music with her bizarre, yet visually interesting, fashion taste, the Fame Ball Tour was an exercise in high fashion and high drama.
In fact, fashion is one of the core concepts of Lady Gaga’s music career. She has been quoted as saying she lives for fashion and that when she is writing music, she is thinking about the clothing she will wear on stage when she is singing that particular song. Gaga has also stated that she channels fashion line Versace in her music and that the design house’s queen bee, Donatella Versace, has become something of a muse for Gaga.
To get her on-stage looks perfected and tailored to her unusual personal style, Lady Gaga has created the “Haus of Gaga” production team that is not only responsible for some of her most outrageous clothing and hairstyles, but also her on-stage props.