In a world of contrived, manufactured and mass-marketed pop, Lady Gaga isn't so much a breath of fresh air as an unstoppable, category 5 hurricane of creativity. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in her beloved New York, the quixotic performer discovered her stage name thanks to a mistyped text message from her producer Rob Fusari about the anthemic Queen song, Radio Ga Ga. She honed her craft in the clubs of the Big Apple, sparking her love for outrageous fashion as part of Lady Gaga And The Starlight Revue. As her flamboyant alter ego, the pop, electronica and dance artist shot to fame in 2008 with the album The Fame containing her number one debut single, Just Dance, plus the tracks LoveGame, Poker Face and Paparazzi, the latter song earning her two coveted MTV Video Music Awards. When she isn't injecting va-va-voom into the charts, Lady Gaga writes for other artists including Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls and New Kids On The Block, touring with the two bands in 2009 to rave reviews from critics who suggested that she was effortlessly upstaging the main acts. Lady Gaga is renowned for off-kilter taste in fashion and her unique, one-off performances which shock and thrill in equal measure. She embarks on artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour laden to promote her third studio album, which features the singles Applause and Do What U Want.