Arguably, there aren’t many people in the world who haven’t heard of Lady Gaga. She shot to fame back in 2007 with her chart-topping single ‘Just Dance,’ and since then, has continually dominated the music scene worldwide with a trail of best-selling albums. She’s also dipped her toe in the acting pool, with her appearance on American Horror Story: Hotel leading her to receive a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She’s also known for her eccentric sense of style, which is expressed through various quirky and wacky outfits – for example, a dress made solely of meat that she wore to an awards ceremony.
It seems as though there’s nothing that Lady Gaga can’t do – and it’s no surprise, therefore, that she has acquired an extensive global fan base who can’t seem to get enough of her. However, while Lady Gaga may live the majority of her life in the public eye, there are some little-known facts about the superstar that we found fascinating – read on to discover our top five.
A Star Is Born
Although ‘Lady Gaga’ is a household name around the world, the superstar was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on 28 March 1986 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York. It wasn’t long before it was evident to her family that she was destined for great things, as she expressed her musical talent at a very young age.
By the age of 4, she was playing the piano with the same skill as people much older than her, and by the age of 13, she had already written both the music and lyrics of a ballad. At 14, she was performing at music open mic nights and playing the lead roles in multiple high school productions.
A Career Turning Point
Despite her great success and huge global fan base, it may come as a surprise to learn that Lady Gaga did not always take her own music seriously, as she didn’t have the confidence in herself. Instead, she was focusing on ghost-writing music for stars such as The Pussycat Dolls, Jennifer Lopez, and New Kids On The Block.
This mindset completely changed after a chance conversation with none other than American singer-songwriter Akon, who was, by this time, at the height of his successful career. He encouraged Lady Gaga to focus on her own music and her own success, and she cites this as being a turning point in her outlook and, consequently, her career.
I Heard It On My Radio
‘Lady Gaga’ may seem like an unusual stage name for anyone to choose, but there’s an interesting story behind it. The inspiration behind it is, in fact, the hit song ‘Radio Ga Ga’ by iconic British rock band Queen. She was a big fan of both the band and the song and felt that some of the lyrics resonated with her.
However, this was to all change as a result of a chance text-message-gone-wrong from her producer. It was meant to read ‘Radio Ga Ga,’ but autocorrect changed ‘Radio’ to ‘Lady.’ After receiving it, Gaga replied with, “That’s it,” – and the rest is history. Now, you can’t imagine her being called anything else.
Blondes Have More … Recognition
Lady Gaga’s hair is always blonde – it’s part of her iconic look and, although she’s known for being extremely adventurous when it comes to clothing and fashion style, it’s something she’s never changed throughout her entire career so far. It may, therefore, come as a shock to learn that her natural hair color is brown.
That’s not the only surprise, though – the reason that it’s now blonde is someone once mistook her for singer Amy Winehouse in an interview. However, the constant dying has taken its toll: “I need a chemical haircut because my blonde hair is falling out,” Gaga stated to People magazine in an interview discussing her hair loss due to over-dying.
Lady Gaga: A Social Event
You know you’ve made it when students can take a university course dedicated to you. Not many people around the world can hold claim to this, but guess who can? Yes, of course – Lady Gaga. ‘Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame’ was added to the full-time course list at the University of South Carolina in 2011 and has proved to be popular.
Led by Professor Matthieu Deflem, a self-proclaimed fan of the superstar, the official course description is “to dissect the sociologically relevant dimensions of the fame of Lady Gaga concerning her music, videos, and other artistic endeavors.” Course documents say students learn to “engage in sound and substantiated scholarly thinking” on issues related to her fame, looking at the superstar as “a social event.”