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A close-up of Lady Gaga, as she is looking away from the camera.

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, 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-pop. The album peaked atop 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 EDM with her third studio album Artpop (2013), which reached number one in the US and included the single "Applause". Her collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett, titled Cheek to Cheek, and her soft rock-influenced fifth studio album, Joanne (2016), also topped the US charts. During this period, Gaga also ventured into acting, playing leading roles in the miniseries American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), for which she received a Golden Globe Award, and the musical romantic drama film A Star Is Born (2018). She also contributed to the latter's soundtrack, which made her the only woman to achieve five US number one albums in the 2010s.

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The discography of American recording artist Lady Gaga consists of two studio albums, two extended plays, seven singles and nine music videos. Debut album, The Fame, topped the album charts in Canada, Ireland, and the UK. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2010, and was nominated for Album of the Year. The album was a commercial success, receiving positive reviews and being certified multi-platinum status in many countries. To date, The Fame has sold over eight million copies worldwide

Her debut single "Just Dance", featuring Colby O'Donis, topped the singles charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the Netherlands. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 51st Grammy Awards. This was followed by "Poker Face", which topped the charts in many countries worldwide including the Billboard Hot 100, and earned numerous Grammy nominations including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and won Best Dance Recording in 2010. Third single "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", was only released in selected markets and charted within the top ten in France, New Zealand and Sweden. "LoveGame" was released as the third single in selected European markets and North America while serving as the fourth single in Oceania and the United Kingdom. "Paparazzi" was released as the third single in the UK and fifth single in Australia. "Paparazzi" topped the German charts and reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Ireland, United Kingdom and the United States.

In late 2009, Gaga released her second album, The Fame Monster. The album proved to be successful reaching number-one in Australia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland and in the United Kingdom. The album reached a peak of five in the United States. The lead single "Bad Romance", reached number one in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom; it reached number two in the US, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and many other European markets. This was followed by the second single, "Telephone", a collaboration with R&B singer Beyoncé. The song has reached number one in the UK and Ireland and the top five in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. "Alejandro" was released as the album's third single and charted in a number of countries before release due to digital downloads. Gaga has also collaborated with other artists such as New Kids on the Block, Britney Spears and Claude Kelly. Gaga was also featured in rapper Wale's single "Chillin" and a remix to Beyoncé's "Video Phone". Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2007.

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The Fame is the debut studio album by American recording artist Lady Gaga. It was released on August 19, 2008 by Interscope Records. Gaga worked with several producers on the album, mainly RedOne, Martin Kierszenbaum, and Rob Fusari. The songs are mostly inspired by Gaga's love of fame in general, and deal with the intricacies of a rich and famous lifestyle, visualized by her. Musically, the album drew inspiration from '80s electropop and synthpop while incorporating dance music and clear hooks.

The album received mostly positive reviews, with critics commending Gaga's ability to discover a melodious hook and comparing her vocal abilities to those of Gwen Stefani. The album went to number-one in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. In the United States the album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Worldwide, the album has sold over 12 million copies.

The first two singles from The Fame, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face", were both international hits, with "Just Dance" topping the charts in over six countries, including the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. "Poker Face" was able to peak at number-one in almost all the major musical markets, and it became her second consecutive number-one hit on the Hot 100 chart. Other singles released includes "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", "LoveGame", and "Paparazzi". Gaga promoted the album by performing the songs in a number of live appearances, including her first headlining The Fame Ball Tour. The Fame is featured as a bonus disc on the deluxe edition of Gaga's EP, The Fame Monster.

The Fame has won a number of awards, since it was released. The album, and the songs from it were nominated in total of six Grammy Awards, including in the Album of the Year category. It went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album and the single "Poker Face" won Best Dance Recording. On February 16, 2010, it also won Best International Album at the 2010 BRIT Awards.

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"Just Dance" is the debut single by American recording artist Lady Gaga. The song was produced by RedOne and co-written by RedOne, Gaga and Akon (who also provides additional vocals), while also featuring labelmate Colby O'Donis. It was released in 2008 as the lead single from Gaga's debut studio album The Fame. The song was written by Gaga in ten minutes as "a happy record". "Just Dance" also has influences of R&B and lyrically speaks about being intoxicated at a club.

The song has been critically appreciated, with reviewers complimenting its club anthem-like nature and the synthpop associated with it. The song has also achieved commercial success by topping charts in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as well as reaching the top ten in many other countries. In the United States, "Just Dance" was a sleeper hit, spending almost five months on the Billboard Hot 100 before finally reaching the summit of the chart in January of 2009, after being released in April 2008. It scored the third-biggest single-week sum of all time selling 419,000 downloads in just one week and went to become the third best-selling digital song of all time in the U.S.

The music video of the song portrayed Lady Gaga appearing in a party where she plays the song, prompting party-goers to start dancing in enjoyment. Gaga compared her experience of shooting the video with being on a Martin Scorsese set. "Just Dance" was performed by Gaga in a number of live appearances including her first headlining The Fame Ball Tour and the second worldwide tour Monster Ball. In 2009, the song received a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance Recording category but lost to electronic duo Daft Punk for their song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".

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