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More about Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, in New York City. She began performing on New York City's Lower East Side in 2003 and enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She soon signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. She worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of the rap artist Akon, who recognized her vocal abilities and signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.
Gaga came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album, The Fame, in 2008. The album reached number one in six countries, peaked at number two in the United States and spawned two hit singles, "Just Dance" and "Poker Face."