Late March, Death March- Mother Monster

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MARCH, 2017

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Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, this pop culture icon rushed to the rescue when mainstream pop was losing its sheen. Lady Gaga, born on March 28, 1986, had her first tryst with music at the age of 4, when she was introduced to the piano. She was enrolled in a private Roman Catholic school, where she was mercilessly bullied. However, Stefani credits that bullying, for better and for worse, with her drive to overcome.

At the age of 17 she enrolled at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in their Collaborative Arts Project 21. Not long afterward, she left school so she could focus on her music, fronting a band called SGBand, which released two EPs prior to splitting. Germanotta then teamed with producer Rob Fusari, a collaboration that produced not only her stage name Lady Gaga, but recordings that led to her signing with Def Jam in the fall of 2006. Rob Fusari officially turned Stefani into Lady Gaga when he sang Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga” in response to hearing some of her glam-influenced harmonies.

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Her association with Def Jam was short-lived: the label dropped her early in 2007. However, Gaga rebounded by working with performance artist Lady Starlight, the two developing the “Lady Gaga & the Starlight Revue”, a tongue-in-cheek neo-burlesque act that gained positive press and proved to be her last stop before signing with Interscope later in 2007. While at Interscope, she created a bond with Akon and began working with producer/songwriter RedOne, a union that led to the songs that would bring her fame: “Just Dance”, “LoveGame” and “Poker Face.” These songs formed the foundation of “The Fame”, the debut album that appeared in August 2008. The album went on to sell more than 4 million units, transforming her into a legend. She further went on to give “Born this Way”, “Artpop” and “Cheek to Cheek” (in collaboration with Tony Bennett) as record breaking albums.

She sang a tribute to The Sound of Music at the 2015 Academy Awards and, a year later, she was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar for “Until It Happens to You”. Gaga was also cast as a lead in the 2015-2016 season of American Horror Story, winning a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Elizabeth. She returned with new music in 2016 with Joanne, which was inspired by her late aunt of the same name.

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”

Her flamboyant live performances had already won her millions of supporters, and she often says she relates to her misfit fans — dubbing them as “Little Monsters” — because she felt like a freak growing up. Lady Gaga’s shows and public appearances are all marked by her elaborate fashions, which have drawn comparisons to Grace Jones and Madonna. Be it her ensemble fashioned from raw meat at the VMAs, her 24-inch heels at the CFDA Fashion Awards or her outfit made of human hair at the oak room; Gaga’s dressing style has become her distinctiveness as an artist.

One of the most attention-grabbing facts about her albums is that all of them have at least two songs conveying a message about her personal life. She revealed her bisexuality, announcing the lyrics described dreaming of being with a woman while in bed with a man through her numbers. “LoveGame” hit Number Five, and “Paparazzi” (Number Six) became known for its lengthy, cinematic video, which solidified Gaga’s dedication to accompanying every performance and song with striking, provoking visuals. Each of her albums also contains different music genres including the glam rock, disco, europop, hip hop as well as jazz aspect.

Fashionably gaudy, a self-made postmodern diva sewn together from influences of Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Andy Warhol, Lady Gaga was the first true millennial megastar. Her persistent labours before each performance, dedication to her fans as “Mother Monster”, roll up your sleeves attitude and fortitude have efficaciously inducted her into the hall of fame. Gaga’s state of the art techniques of showcasing herself and her songs have made her an enigma for music analysts. She truly serves as a muse to all to continue to follow their dreams and never letting others rob them of what they feel is right.

Muskaan Malhotra

Muskaan Malhotra

Time Turner

 

Intrigued by the Indian political system, Muskaan is a MUN enthusiast, an avid debater, a dilettante baker, a history buff and a tireless blabber. A staunch believer in the principle that life is as difficult as you make it, she is the sort of person who prides herself in being an optimist. Aspiring to be Sheldon Cooper, she possess the potential of making a world record in babbling about various television series all day long.

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