The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition) by Lady Gaga (Music)

CD Info
The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition) by Lady Gaga
©2009 Interscope Records
ASIN: B002QGUFWE

Summary
The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition) combines Lady Gaga’s debut album The Fame with her 8-song EP The Fame Monster that was released between full length album releases. The Fame skyrocketed Lady Gaga into fame, as if she could predict the future. Her addictive pop sound and catchy lyrics, combined with her artistic, if not eccentric, fashion sense made her an instant success. Pop hits such as “Just Dance” and “Paparazzi” still get hours of radio airplay, and echo across dance floors all over the world. To keep up her momentum between albums, she released The Fame Monster, which did not disappoint by bearing more major hits like “Bad Romance” and “Telephone.”

Annotation
The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition) fabulously combines Lady Gaga’s debut album The Fame with her 8-song EP The Fame Monster that was released shortly after. Gaga fans can listen to most all of their favorite hits in one place!

Critical Evaluation
Gaga’s infectious brand of pop music speaks to the masses, but as a performer and artist she goes so much deeper than the kitschy bubble gum pop she’s known for. She is essentially a living, breathing and walking piece of art and her entire life is a performance. She wears outrageous outfits, and releases scandalous videos that to the average person might seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the song it’s made to visually support. But what I really love about Gaga is her message and fight for love, equality and acceptance for all. Every single one of us is unique, special and amazing in our own way, and that is a message that everyone can do with hearing.

Information about the Artist
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American pop singer-songwriter. After enrolling at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2003 and later performing in the rock music scene of New York City’s Lower East Side, she signed with Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records. During her early time at Interscope, she worked as a songwriter for fellow label artists and captured the attention of recording artist Akon who, recognizing her vocal abilities, signed her to his own label, Kon Live Distribution.

Gaga came to prominence following the release of her debut studio album The Fame (2008), which was a critical and commercial success and achieved international popularity with the singles “Just Dance” and “Poker Face”. The album reached number one on the record charts of six countries, topped the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart while simultaneously peaking at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States and accomplished positions within the top ten worldwide. Achieving similar worldwide success, The Fame Monster (2009), its follow-up, produced a further three global chart-topping singles “Bad Romance”, “Telephone” and “Alejandro” and allowed her to embark on her second global concert tour, The Monster Ball Tour, just months after having finished her first, The Fame Ball Tour. Her second studio album Born This Way (2011) topped the charts in all major musical markets after the arrival of its singles “Born This Way”, “Judas” and “The Edge of Glory” – the first-mentioned achieved the number-one spot in countries worldwide and was the fastest-selling single in the history of iTunes, selling one million copies in five days

Genre
Pop
Dance music

Reading Level/ Interest Age
12+

Challenge Issues

  • Language
  • Sexual Innuendo

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Why Included?
Gaga is today’s spokeswoman for love, acceptance and being yourself, and her music is catchy and fun. She may be risqué at times, but she sends a good message and as a victim of childhood bullying, looks out for the underdog.

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