T.O.T.W – Lady Gaga

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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her unconventionality and provocative work as well as visual experimentation. Gaga began performing as a teenager, singing at open mic nights and acting in school plays. She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) through New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a music career. After Def Jam Recordings canceled her contract, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label KonLive Distribution in 2007. She rose to prominence the following year with her debut album, the electropop record The Fame, and its chart-topping singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. A follow-up EP, The Fame Monster (2009), featuring the singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone”, and “Alejandro”, also proved successful.

Gaga’s second full-length album Born This Way (2011) explored electronic rock and techno. The album topped the US Billboard 200 and sold more than one million copies in the country during its first week. Its title track became the fastest selling song on the iTunes Store with over a million downloads in less than a week. Gaga ventured into R&B and disco with her third album Artpop (2013), which topped the US charts and included the single “Applause”. In 2014, she released a jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, her third consecutive number one album in the US. For her acting work in the television series American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), Gaga won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2016. Her fifth studio album, Joanne (2016), incorporated genres such as country and pop and topped the US charts, making her the first woman to have four US number one albums in the 2010s. In 2018, Gaga starred in the musical romantic drama film A Star Is Born, and contributed to its soundtrack.

Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists in history. Her achievements include several Guinness World Records, six Grammys, three Brit Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Gaga has been declared Billboards Artist of the Year and included among Forbess power and earnings rankings. She was ranked at number four on VH1’s Greatest Women in Music in 2012, finished second on Times 2011 readers’ poll of the most influential people of the past ten years, and was named Billboards Woman of the Year in 2015. She is known for her philanthropy and social activism, including LGBT rights, and for her non-profit organization, the Born This Way Foundation, which focuses on promoting youth empowerment and combating bullying.

Lady Gaga

1986 – Present

Perfect Illusion 2016

Born This Way 2011

G.U.Y. 2013

Alejandro 2009

Poker Face 2008

Paparazzi 2008

Bad Romance 2009

Million Reasons 2016

Just Dance ft Colby O’Donis 2008

Telephone ft Beyonce 2009

Starstruck ft Flo Rida 2008

“Yoü And I” 2011

Applause 2013

Judas 2011

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