Lady GaGa.
When Lady Gaga was a little girl, she
would sing along on her mini plastic tape
recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi
Lauper hits and get twirled in the air in
daddy’s arms to the sounds of the
Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The
precocious child would dance around the
table at fancy Upper West Side
restaurants using the breadsticks as a
baton. And, she would innocently greet a
new babysitter in nothing but her
birthday suit. It’s no wonder that little
girl from a good Italian New York family,
turned into the exhibitionist, multi-
talented singer-songwriter with a flair for
theatrics that she is today: Lady Gaga,
who nicked her name from Queen’s song
“Radio Gaga” and who cites rock star
girlfriends, Peggy Bundy, and Donatella
Versace as her fashion icons. That goal
might seem lofty, but consider the artist:
Gaga is the girl who at age 4 learned
piano by ear. By age 13, she had written
her first piano ballad. At 14, she played
open mike nights at clubs such as New
York’s the Bitter End by night and was
teased for her quirky, eccentric style by
her Convent of the Sacred Heart School
(the Manhattan private school Nicky and
Paris Hilton attended) classmates by
day. At age 17, she became was one of
20 kids in the world to get early
admission to Tisch School of the Arts at
NYU. Signed by her 20th birthday and
writing songs for other artists  before
her debut album was even released,
Lady Gaga has earned the right to reach
for the sky. On The Fame, it’s as if Gaga
took two parts dance-pop, one part
electro-pop, and one part rock with a
splash of disco and burlesque. “The
Fame is about how anyone can feel
famous,” she explains. “Pop culture is
art. It doesn’t make you cool to hate pop
culture, so I embraced it and you hear it
all over The Fame. But, it’s a sharable
fame. I want to invite you all to the party.
I want people to feel a part of this
lifestyle.”