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Ladu Gaga

Lady Gaga is one of the biggest celebrities of recent years… maybe of all time. Her music, clothes and behaviour are all guaranteed to turn heads. But Lady Gaga hasn’t always had such a successful career.

Why everyone is still going gaga for Gaga.

Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Lady Gaga started life in Yonkers, New York. Her parents are Italian-American. Her father (Joseph) is an internet entrepreneur, and her mother (Cynthia) worked in telecommunications. Lady Gaga taught herself to play the piano by the age of four (she was later classically trained) and went on to write her own music in her teens. She went to a strict Catholic school and later became one of the very few people in the world to get early admission onto the Clive Davis program (a prestigious course in music) at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Lady Gaga was irst taken on by Def Jam Records when she was 19, but they dropped her three months later. Big mistake! After working as a stripper and waiting tables, she was eventually given a contract by Sony/ATV Music Publishing where she worked as a songwriter for some big name artists including Britney Spears and New Kids on the Block. In fact, one of her biggest hits, “Telephone”, was written for Britney, but Britney turned it down. Lady Gaga’s big break came while she was testing the recording equipment in a studio. One day, hip-hop star Akon heard her and decided to sign her to his label. It was one of the best decisions he ever made.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (204) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 8 common mistakes in English. Plus, 100 words for hobbies and pastimes, 10 useful words for talking about trains, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Jokes – jokes in English. • Employment – work-related stress. • Grammar – the future perfect. • Health – vegetable benefits. • Functional language – persuasion II. • Language – how to improve your listening skills. • Music – summer festivals. • Social media – YouTube superstars. • Musicians – Lady Gaga. • Culture – smoking. • Business – marketing. • Psychology – lie detectors. • Personality – graphology. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!