Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986, she is now known as Lady Gaga across the entire planet. Her claim to fame came not to long ago, when she released her first album Fame in August of 2008. With that album came the chart topping single "Just Dance," and that one song propelled her into stardom. Her unique stage name came from music producer Rob Fusari. Every day, when Stefani came into the studio, he would play the Queen Song "Radio Ga Ga." The name Lady Gaga was created purely by accident, when Rob Fusari sent her a text message that was supposed to be titled "Radio Ga Ga," but the phone automatically corrected it to Lady. Thus the moniker Lady Gaga was born. Germanotta refused to be called by her name from that point on, and goes only by the name Lady Gaga now, and introduces herself as Gaga.
After producing many songs with Rob Fusari, Fusari sent those songs the producer and record executive Vincent Herbert. After hearing the songs, she was quickly signed to his label, Streamline Records. Herbert was credited as the person who discovered Lady Gaga. Since Gaga was also skilled in the art of songwriting, and because she had been an apprentice songwriter during an internship at Famous Music Publishing, she also landed a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She was then hired to write songs for established artists such as the Pussycat Dolls, Fergie, Britney Spears, and New Kids on the Block.
During her stay at Streamline Records, songwriter and singer Akon discovered just how vocally talented Lady Gaga is when she sang some vocals for one of his tracks in the studio. After hearing her vocals, he convinced the CEO of Streamline/Interscope and CEO Jimmy Iovine to have Lady Gaga sign with his own label, Kon Live Distribution. Later on, she also signed on with Cherrytree Records, established by Martin Kierszenbaum, whom she co-wrote four songs with.
When it comes to her fashion, Lady Gaga is sure to surprise every time she walks out the door. She can put together the most outrageous outfits, and yet, they all seem to fit her personality perfectly, and the public has even come to love her wacky and out-there outfits. She can take almost anything and make it into an awe inspiring dress, such as plastic bubble, or even the Muppets. Lady Gaga has said that Donatella Versace is her muse, and other famous designers, such as Alexander McQueen and Armani have all helped her create her infamous looks.
Alexander McQueen's outfits have been featured numerous times in Lady Gaga's videos, predominantly in Bad Romance. Since the designer himself had a wildly creative and shocking mind, it was no wonder she sought him out and enlisted his help in creating her looks. Recently, Gaga was also named number three on the Forbes Top 100 List. This was the first time she even made it onto the list, and being ranked that high just goes to show how much star power and influence this singer has over the world.