Lady Gaga is one of the most successful female solo artists in the music industry today. This talented singer, songwriter, and actress is well-known for her chart-topping songs, her unconventional approach to performing, her unique fashion sense, and her provocative visual experimentation. While she is widely acknowledged as one of the top female performers of the last two decades, it may still surprise you to learn that she has an estimated personal net worth of $275 million. So just how did Lady Gaga become so financially successful?
Born as Stefani Germanotta in New York City on March 28, 1986, this performer was brought up by an affluent Catholic family. She began performing from a young age, often singing and dancing in school performances or in productions put on in the local community. She also began taking piano lessons from the age of four as her mother aspired for her two daughters to become cultured women. By her teens, she would perform at open-mic nights. She then gained early entry to the Collaborative Arts Project 21 at the New York University Tisch School of Arts at the age of just 17.
In 2005, she decided to quit university to focus on establishing her music career and recorded two songs with Grandmaster Melle Mel, a hip-hop singer. These were for an audiobook. In the same year, she also formed a band called SGBand and began playing gigs around the New York club scene. Talent scout Wendy Starland recommended the singer to Rob Fusari, a music producer. He worked with Lady Gaga to develop her music and the pair began dating. He also says he was the first to call her Lady Gaga after the Queen track ‘Radio Gaga’.
The pair set up the company Team Lovechild to record electropop tracks which they sent to record labels. This led to Lady Gaga being signed with Def Jam Records, although she was dropped after just three months. Lady Gaga then performed in neo-burlesque shows and this helped to evolve her on-stage persona. Meanwhile, Fusari continued to send out their work.
The singer was signed to Streamline Records by Vincent Herbert in November 2007. Over the next few years, she continued to work on her own music while also writing songs for many other artists, including Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls, and Fergie.
Lady Gaga finally released her debut album ‘Fame’ in 2008. It reached the top five in Australia and the United States while hitting the top spot in the UK and several other European countries. The first two singles released from her album were ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Poker Face’. Both reached the top spot in the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia. These were followed by three other singles from the album; ‘Paparazzi’, ‘LoveGame’, and ‘Eh Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say’. Lady Gaga won multiple awards for this album and its singles.
The following year, she reissued the album with eight new singles and retitled it ‘The Fame Monster’. Two of the most successful singles from the re-release were ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Alejandro’. Again, this artist won multiple awards for the album.
During this time, Lady Gaga also earned a lot of money from headlining concerts, touring, and doing live performances. She was also working on material for her studio album ‘Bad Romance’, which she released in 2011. The lead single of the same name was released in the same year. Other hit singles from this album included ‘Marry the Night’ and ‘You and I’.
Lady Gaga began collaborating with other artists for music that would appear on their albums and which she also featured in her concerts. She next released her third album ‘Artpop’ in 2012. The lead single of this album was ‘Applause’, which reached number four in the US charts. This album was less successful than her previous work, so she began to reinvent herself.
In addition to establishing a successful career in the music industry, Lady Gaga had always dreamed of becoming an actress. She finally turned this dream into a reality in 2015 when she starred in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’. This was the fifth season of the anthology series ‘American Horror Story’ and it ran from October 2015 to January 2016. She returned for the sixth season of the series playing the role of the witch Scathach.
This award-winning artist is currently working on her sixth studio album and is continuing to perform in her sixth tour, the ‘Joanne World Tour’. This work will most likely mean that Lady Gaga’s personal net worth will grow well in excess of the current estimated worth of $275 million.