Lady gaga came to
prominence following the release of her debut studio album the fame (2008),
which included the hits "just dance," "poker face,"
"bad romance" and sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The album
earned her six grammy nominations and two wins as well as a slew of other
awards recognition, including a record setting thirteen mtv video music award
nominations. Gaga is the first artist in history to claim four #1 hits from a
debut album ("just dance," "poker face,"
"lovegame" and "paparazzi").
she is also the only artist
in the digital era to top the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits.
Gaga broke the record when her single "poker face" reached 5 million
in sales after her debut single "just dance" accomplished the same
feat the year before. She has over 1.3 billion combined views of all her videos
online. She is also a staple in the social networking world. She's one
of the biggest living people on facebook with over 33 million 'likes' and is #1
on twitter with over 9.5 million followers. Her third studio
album, born this way, is scheduled for release on may 23, 2011. The first
single from the album, title track "born this way", set a music
industry record by becoming the fastest single in history to reach sales of 1,000,000
copies (five days after its february 11th release). Only the 19th single to
ever debut at #1 on the billboard hot 100 (issue date february 26,2011), the
recording was lady gaga's third #1 on the chart. On itunes, the song debuted at
the top spot in 14 countries, including the u.s., and hit #1 in all 23 itunes
stores worldwide its first week out. "born this way" was gaga's 7th
single to hit #1 at top 40. The second single from the album, "judas"
has eclipsed 500,000 in sales and lady gaga's latest single, "the edge of
glory," went straight to #1 on itunes in its first day of release and
stayed there for 3 days. Gaga is
well-recognized for her outré sense of style as a recording artist, in fashion,
in performance and in her music videos. Her contributions to the music industry
have garnered her numerous achievements including five grammy awards amongst
twelve nominations, two guinness world records and the estimated sale of 15
million albums and 51 million singles worldwide. Billboard named her both the
"2010 artist of the year" and the top selling artist of 2010 ranking
her as the 73rd artist of the 2000s decade. Gaga has been included in time's
annual "the 2010 time 100" list of the most influential people in the
world as well as forbes' list of the "the world's most powerful
celebrities" in the world. Forbes also placed her at number seven on their
annual list of the world's "100 most powerful women."