Lady Gaga’s wildly succesful, nine-times-platinum debut album The Fame, which saw it’s initial release back in 2008, celebrates it’s sixth anniversary today, so what better time to take a look back at her most iconic performances from the album.
The Fame has currently sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, with 2.8 million sales in the UK alone. It spent an astonishing 166 weeks in the UK Top 40 (that’s more than three years) and while her following albums have never quite managed to reach the same level of success, every release has hit the number one spot on the charts.
Gaga’s first single Just Dance, the song that sparked her hit-making partnership with producer RedOne, was released in April 2008 and was a certified sleeper hit on the American Billboard Hot 100, spending nearly five months on the charts before peaking at number one in January the following year. The song, which Gaga claims to have written in ten minutes (whilst hungover), also spent three weeks atop the UK charts, and was a result of her first major recording studio session in Hollywood.
On June 7 2008, Gaga made her TV performance debut on the NewNowNext Awards, giving us our first taste of what was to come from the new face of pop music.
The albums second single Poker Face, a pulsing electronic dance track with allusions to bisexuality and references to her ‘muffin’, served only to build on the name she had made with Just Dance. Topping the charts in twenty countries around the world, it was the biggest selling single of 2009 in the UK, and became the eighth most downloaded track of all time.
In April she gave a stripped back (but no less eccentric) performance of the song on Radio One’s Live Lounge, proving herself to be more than just the unique hair and glamourous outfits she so often stepped out in.
Next up came the arrival of the iconic ‘disco stick’ with Love Game, which unsurprisingly carried it’s own slew of sexual connotations and innuendos. Along with this came the infamous hermaphrodite rumour, and although it’s unclear where this started (comments from a certain Dirrty artist probably didn’t help) those suspicions have long been debunked by the many nude pictures the pop provocateur has posed for over the past few years.
By the end of 2009, Gaga was a household name, with an unprecedented amount of success in a such a short amount of time, it seemed nothing could stop her rise. Paparazzi marked her fourth and final single release from The Fame, and with it she gave one of her most elaborate performances of all time at the VMA awards, where she staged her own death on stage (and every gay man around the world simultaneously wet their pants).
The operatic vocals, theatrical choreography and blood-stained costume had Gaga’s name on everyone’s lips. By this point her one-hit-wonder label had long gone – she was here to stay, and she was going to do it in style.