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How Stefani Germanotta Became The Ruler Of Pop Music!

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It's story we can hear over and over again, but now it's being told by someone on the front lines of Lady GaGa's global music take over.

Once upon a time, there was a young, ambitious, but "painfully shy" musical genius named Stefani Germanotta. She walked among us without meat on her head or bricks in her shoes, but she was talented beyond belief. Bob Leone, who became GaGa's first manager, first met our wifey at an open mic night when she was 13 or 14 years old.

He recalls the first time he heard her perform as being "prodigy-like" and then, spent six months in 2006 watching her transfrom from Stefani to GaGalicious! He explains:

"It was a very important six months because going into it, she was Stefani, and she was still writing pop music. By the end of that six month period, she was officially Lady Gaga."

After that, Bob explains she was off and running. He took her to an artist showcase, where she quickly became the talk of the event. It was there that her true purpose was finally revealed. Bob explains:

"She blew everyone away. Nobody talked about anything after that show but Lady Gaga. She bantered with the audience and was very funny. I never noticed that sense of humor when she was Stefani…Whenever someone asked her, 'what is your goal?' she would always give the same two-word answer: 'world domination.'"

Hell yes! Four years later, she's totally done it!

We're so proud of what she's been able to accomplish in just a short time. It's truly awe inspiring to watch her journey continue to unfold!


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73 comments to “How Stefani Germanotta Became The Ruler Of Pop Music!”

  1. 1

    ok, i have to say this. the bitch has a hell of a voice BUT the fact is that she had to become a clown to get noticed. no one notices her voice, just her insane costumes. wtf happened to the music industry? what happened to noticing true talent and having that be the cornerstone and foundation of the act? now for a woman to be poplar, she has to dress like a whore or a clown. or in "gaga's" case, both. she'll always be better than britney though. at least gaga sings for real, not through 15 filters.

  2. 2

    Shes a rip off of Dale Bozzio from MIssing Persons

  3. 3

    ….I don't know about the world, but she dominates this website.

  4. 4

    I remember when Madonna was on American Bandstand and Dick Clark asked her what her goal in life was, and she said, "I want to rule the world!" Gaga is totally following in her footsteps.

  5. 5

    She channels Madonna, Christina Aquilera and Cher quite liberally…..she's talented but offering nothing new…she is certainly not original.

  6. 6

    even though its only publicity, this is sounding like propaganda, its very dangerous that the teens who read your blog believe this to be fact instead of paid advertisment.

    you didnt like hitler and you dont like gay bashers,..what your doing is the same but in another way mario.

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  8. YUCK says – reply to this


    Does this ugly hamster bitch have one original bone in her ugly body. I hope people remember when Madonna said the same thing to the same question decades ago. This bitch is just a loser that has copied Madonna 100% of the way. Don't put this ugly whore infront of me because I would spit on her just to see her thick makeup rundown her face and maybe just once the real gaga would come out for one brief shunning moment. What a fucking loser. Gaga get your own life and stop sucking madonnas cock, it's been done bitch it's been done!

  9. 9

    Holy shit this person was a "child prodigy"? Then what happened? Her music is passable at best…it sounds like every other pop song out there. Her gimick is the way she dresses…and even that's not original.

  10. 10

    Any hardcore GaGa fan knows that she didnt really become "GaGa" till way later and that she was not writing pop music and was more into rock-piano. We all know if it wasnt for Fusari we wouldnt have pop gaga.

  11. 11

    Re: Jackie Costa – lol thats funny gaga better then britney i think not.and gaga does the same thing as britney or any other pop star gaga uses a backing track when she sings and she lip syncs when she is dancing the same as britney or riri or who the fuck ever.britney has one of the biggest and most loyal fan bases of any pop star did her fans not use there fan power to get her a GLEE episode yes we did and we got her the 2nd most watched episode ever of GLEE.your just a hater NEXT this post had nothing to do with britney but yet u brought her name up.AS FOR THE TOPIC CONGRATS GAGA ON YOUR SUCCESS NOW QUIT MILKING THIS 1 1/2 ALBUMS AND PUT OUT NEW MUSIC!!!!

  12. 12

    Just a note, America is not "the world". Most parts of the world probably are not listening to Gaga. :)

  13. 13

    Why do people continue to associate her with music? Clearly she is not famous for her music. She has released one and a half albums - gasp - none of which have offered the pop music world something new. Her tracks are very much the same old, same old. The Ruler of Pop Music? Hardly. The Ruler of Gimmicks and Costumes? Perhaps.

  14. YUCK says – reply to this


    Re: Fabulizz – thank you. I really hate this ugly copy cat bitch! I try not to post about this ugly whore but this post really got me riled up today. I hate her swagger jacking but now she is even stealing personalities. Ugh!!!!!

  15. 15

    This could not be further from the truth. She is NOT the best thing out there. She relies on her shock value to get her places, who gives a flying eff about the music as long as she's wearing a baby deer on her head. There are better artists.

  16. 16

    Your obsession is becoming quite irritating. Can Lady GagMe sing? yes. Is she original, NO. Its hilarious that she claims that she has "always been this way"..wait excuse me, "born this way" and yet you see picture of her before she made it, she was a typical italian chick from New York, long brown hair..preppy clothes..TYPICAL, performing in small bars and clubs and not really getting noticed, maybe a few people in the crowd enjoyed her singing, but no one was rushing to sign her. Then she came up with this gimmick to get noticed..because lets face it, these days the music industry is less about talent and more about gimmick and how much $$$$ an artist can make..she created this Lady GagMe character..by ripping off every single female artist before her, and what do you know..she got signed. Its quite laughable how unoriginal she is. Cant stand her.

  17. 17

    im sick and tired of people saying lady gaga is unoriginal! she is the most original person of 2010!! rihanna is the one who tries too hard! an so f-ing what if madonna WAS like that?! Madonna's career is basically over. GAGA is the new thing, and she has changed fashion in the industry (now people are trying way too hard to be edgy: katy perry rihanna). That's All.

  18. 18

    Yes shes ruling the world of pop but do you have to keep calling her wifey? ugh

  19. BCip7 says – reply to this


    Perez is ruining Lady Gaga

  20. 20

    Re: Lilplayboii – Yes actually. I hope you know that it's ok to change and evolve. People dont have to like/perform the same type of music for their entire life. Little Monsters know everything about Gaga then and Gaga now. Please speak for yourself and don't speak for her fans.

  21. 21

    Re: Jackie Costa – agreed. The girl has one hella of a voice. I think its her fault, the few time i heard her showcase it was on SNL and the song Speechless. The industry want someone shockworthy to sell.. No more Whitney Houston and the old Mariah Carey.

  22. 22

    Re: mali78 – chilll… Madonna's ticket prices are threw the rough and she manage to still sell out stadiums. Madonna doesn't work her butt off and need to put out an album as well to even have a tour. She is an icon.. i don't like her voice.. just like Britney Spears but you have to admit when you say either name you know everything about them by that brand. Thats what an Icon is.

  23. 23

    "talented beyond belief"?????? am i supposed to laugh or cry here?

  24. 24

    She's a shock rocker and her music is mediocre at best. I am always in shock when I come to this website since it is so obviously dedicated to her and her mediocrity.

  25. 25

    que hueva me das, mario!!!!

  26. 26

    The timeline of this story would put her at 18 years old???

  27. ScarD says – reply to this



  28. 28

    You Go GaGa! You totally won over this STRAIGHT 58 year old, 7-time granddad. I’ve been to lots of concerts since the late 60’s and thoroughly enjoyed the 4 times I’ve seen you since Jan at Radio City. Feb can’t come fast enough. ConGrats!

  29. 29

    For some reason I am getting fucking tired of hearing about Lady Gaga all the time. And with the headlines getting filled with stuff about her it's hard not to notice.

  30. 30

    Re: Obnoxious_Joe – Better get use to it, when Born This Way drops all you will hear is GAGA

  31. 31

    It's pretty freaking amazing that you constantly talk about the genius of Lady Gaga. Blah blah blah. Today is what would've been John Lennon's 70th birthday, with worldwide celebrations and acknowledgments, but their is nary a mention of him on this shit entertainment site. You know, Lennon was a friend to the gays too.

  32. 32

    "How Stefani Germanotta Became The Ruler Of Pop Music!"
    Oh Perez, as much as you try to convince the rest of us, she's ABSOLUTELY NOT the ruler of pop music. She's not even close. I don't know how much she's paying you to say all these things but you are seriously DELUSIONAL! Get the facts straight bitch! I'm not really a fan of Britney Spears but even I know that that title belongs to her. LOSER!

  33. 33

    Gaga the ruler of pop music????? Um, try BRITNEY!! None of Lady Gaga's albums went to number #1, and she's certainly not original. She's the sum of David Bowie+Grace Jones+Lina Morgana (best friend of Gaga's while growing up)+ Roisin Murphy+Madonna+Marilyn Monroe.

  34. 34

    "Musical genius"?She MUST be a genius if she can heist content and personas from artists around the world to the extent she does and never get called out for it by the powers to be.

  35. 35

    shes over rated…all off 1 album? what are we going to have next an unnecessary behind the music on this one hit album character? Perezito u are going overboard with her, enough is enough…she is not the most thrilling artist out there…and she isnt original…we could go on for hours on who she has copied…

  36. 36

    Most Italian girls are hot, but this bitch is just plain ugly. Her piss-colored hair makes me want to vomit, as does her music. And no, she doesn't have a helluva voice. She sounds like a fucking drag queen. That's why gay Perez likes her so much.

  37. 37

    I've had enough gaga. I used to enjoy her music. But, anyone who dresses in
    public like she does needs her head examined. When she showed up to a
    ball game dressed in practically nothing..it showed the world the woman has
    no common sense. She seems desperate for constant attention. She's certainly
    not attractive and I have to agree with the person who compared her to a

  38. 38

    just like Madonna… I LOVE lady gaga with all my heart but I've ALWAYS known her music is not that original and her style is just a mixture of pop icons + crazyness just to shock

  39. 39

    perez is making lady gaga look bad if you ask me. I am surprise queen gaga has not shown up to say anything to defend her. I personally love ady gaga but with perez obssession with lady gaga and bashing on other artist that lady gaga is the best singer in history and making other artist look bad just to make gaga look the best is complete bs and i think thats pretty much why people are starting to hate gaga because of perez hilton.

  40. 40

    I FUCKING LOVE MM SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! The world needs to open it's eyes and see that we have an amazing woman in our mits who is changing millions of lives every day!!!!!!! Love you gaga and perez xxxxxxxxx

  41. 41

    Rule the world? Ah no. She has merely captured rhe attention of the ADD generation for 15 minutes or until their mobile phone needs a recharge. Her real genius is in self-publicity and self-promotion. She is one of the smartest business women out there.
    Last year, $50 million on the back of five pop tunes and a never ending parade of nutty fashion statements. In the future textbooks on Marketing will include a whole chapter on Gaga and her career. But the sun is setting. Even her diehard fans are starting to move on. That's pop music.

  42. 42

    Is she God? I am sick of Lady Gaga already. She is not all that. She is not a musical genius. Everything she does is unoriginal. He voice is not the best, her music is plastic, her outfits are crazy. She can't dance. And she's ugly and on crack.

  43. 43

    GaGa is very talented BUT…….she is NOT the "ruler of pop music" that title will always belong to Michael Jackson

  44. 44

    Lady Gaga is amazing :)

  45. 45

    Who gives a damn?! She is a waste of Oxygen, pure and simple.

  46. barny says – reply to this


    The facts about Lady GaGa are she copies other artist,a publicity WHORE,looks like an ASS in the outfits she wears and is just plain UGLY.Looks more like a man then a woman.She's like a new fad,she will be gone and out of the picture in less then 4 years..Sooner I hope.To top it off she will never come close to madonna are britney.

  47. 47

    oh please…Madonna said that to Dick Clark when she was first on American Bandstand

  48. 48

    The "ruler" of pop music? LMAO! She's had ONE album with only 2 actual hits so lets not be hasty. Of course a meth addict like Mario would claim such a falsehood.

  49. 49

    Re: Lucrecia
    The world begs to differ. She has FANS EVERYWHERE. Look at her worldwide sales. Actually, her fanbase began out side of America first. Most of her fans aren't here, they're all around Europe, Asia, and Australia. She actually gets more support outside the U.S.

  50. 50

    The fact that she's "dominating" only proves that people are becoming more stupid by the second…

  51. 51

    Ruler of pop music? Last time I checked Madonna (the Queen) and Briteny (the Princess) and Mariah Carey (the diva of divas) still rule the charts and hold the most records. GaGa isn't even in the same league as Janet Jackson let alone the ruler of pop music. She's popular for recycling old Madonna ideas and rehasing them to people under 25 that are too naive to realize Madonna did it all already but better and when it actually mattered. GaGa is just walking down the road Madonna built for her and I'm getting so fucking sick of the hype around her.

  52. 52

    Re: mali78 – Madonna's career is over? You're a f-ing moron if you think that. Her tour from last year was the highest grossing for a solo artist ever, she's in the Rock & Roll Hall of fame yet still manages to have the biggest global hit EVER with Hung Up in 2005, and another huge hit with 4 Minutes in 2008. Do you think that GaGa will ever be able to last as long as Madonna? HELL no.

  53. 53

    Re: HeavenOBliss – Who's talking about Bieber's fans?

  54. 54

    In all honesty Perez, if you REALLY cared about this woman, you'd cease to associate with her any further. The majority of the world really hates you and thinks that if she's in league with you then she too is a horrible person and you are eventually going to lead to her downfall. I like her less and less the more you write about her. You are waaay overhyping her!

  55. 55

    Re: robert26101 – hi robert i agree with u on britney, she's amazing and talented, yes she uses back track beccause she dances but so does everyone else, iv personally seen gaga doing it too. oh but i think brit's glee is the no1 most watched glee episode, not number 2. i disagree with u on the gaga part though, i dont want to hear any more shit music from her

  56. 56

    ruler of pop will always be michael jackson and britney spears. everyone knows that, no one has topped them by far. gaga, she's just a copy cat and seriously a lot of people cant stand her fame whoring ways. so fake

  57. 57

    Didn't she also used to be a drug addicted stripper?

  58. 58

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  59. Brtt says – reply to this


    You people fighting over who's the better pop star–that's so junior high. These artists don't give a crap that you're defending their honor on Perez Hilton. And all this Queen of Pop BS–there's no such thing as a Queen of Pop (yes, Madonna fans, I said it). Those are just arbitrary titles people like to give every Janet, Mariah, or Madonna out there when it seems fitting–it doesn't mean shit. The only reason Michael Jackson got away with being called King of Pop was because his people insisted he was called that, and every other male pop star at the time could have cared less about being associated with such a lame title.

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  61. 61

    Re: robert26101 – yes britney has one of the biggest fan bases but that just shows how many dumb people are out there. they are so dumb that they worship a woman who is basically the trashiest of white trash who cant sing nor dance and has mental problems to boot. shes so bad she cant even make decisions on her own. i am no longer a gaga fan (shes too contrived) but anyone with a pea brain knows that gaga has much more talent than britney. at least gaga doesnt need her father to tell her when she can piss.

  62. 62

    Re: the Period – you and your period stain panties should just die, you'll never be anything close to britney, she's a legend, and YOU are just some piece of trash

  63. 63

    wow - this is TOTAL propaganda in hopes of downplaying Gaga's recent settlement with her producer & co-writer Rob Fusari, or maybe Mr. Leone just wants his day in the sun. I'm not saying this manager never knew her, but everyone in the industry knows that the *ACTUAL* manager who shopped and got Gaga her 2 record deals (she was first signed & dropped from Island/Def Jam) was Laurent Besencon of New Heights Entertainment along with the producer who developed her and co-wrote/recorded her demos and half of 'The Fame' Rob Fusari. Wendy Starland (another NYC singer/songwriter) introduced her to Rob after seeing her play a show in NYC. This is the REAL story. Gaga and her label will do almost anything to make it seem like she came out of the womb wearing a wig and bubble dress. Please can the music just speak for itself, and artists and their A&Rs give credit where it is due?

  64. 64

    ahahah domination?? ahah this is the same quote MADONNA USED WHEN SHE STARTED.gaga is so fake. so ridiculous. shes pathetic. noone thinks amdonna pathetoic.gaga doesnt rule the pop music asshole. she rules like britney did. but never like madonna does. MADONNA IS THE POP GODDESS. GAGA IS A WANNABE THAT WONT LAST LONG. EVEN BRITNEY HAD MORE SUCCESS WHEN SHE STARTED. AND MADONNA IS MADONNA.
    gaga is not evebn close to madonna

  65. 65

    i feel sorry 4 u perex. everybody thinks shes and idiot a madonna wannabe. grow up man. gaga sucks. and the world hates her and thinks shes a madonna wannabe. all here belongs to amdonna. she creat this all. and gaga like many others copy her.

  66. 66

    madonna is the God.she creat this all and even after 30 years ppl like gaga copies. gaga is nothing .just a thief. madonna is the genius

  67. 67

    You actually sound like you're deranged and foaming at the mouth when you talk about GaGa. It's unsettling.

  68. china says – reply to this


    lol, world domination in ugliness? definitely the single most disgusting skank to ever call itself a singer.

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  70. Brtt says – reply to this


    Re: Mildred Pierce
    Yeah, and the Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus. Pretty much the same sentiment.

  71. 71

    Yeah what? dominating the world of tabloid potshot freaks? The only interest is to see what jokes people can get off this freak.

  72. 72

    as much as i adore LADY GAGA.. ( I LIKED HER BEFORE YOU PPL EVEN KNEW WHO SHE WAS.. ?) SHE GETS ALL THIS CREDIT FOR BEING UNIQUE .. but the moment i saw her i imediatly thought .. wow SHE is alot like MADONNA , GRACE JONES,ELTON JOHN, LINA MORGANA, ROSIN MURRPHY, CHRISTINA AGUILERA.. AND OTHERS …ALL ROLLED UP IN ONE .. COOL I THOUGHT .. but now that you all think that she is so original.. that she INVENTED the FART… i am begining to lose my taste for her… you idiots who say that christina copies gaga.. need to get your heads outta your asses and go back and re think why you have become such lemmings .. and waggoneers.. (jumping onto the band waggon ) of the latest hot fad.. and realize the truth you ?(christina ) cant be copying some1 else (gaga) when you were doing your own controversial thing .. long before (gaga) ever decided she wanted to become a singer /artist.. after watching … christina , rosin , grace jones and elton john.. on tv.. .. btw .. when steffani germ.. was a privallage manhattan.. prep school girl .. going to school with the likes of NIKKI HILTON.. and other privallaged shool brats.. CHRISTINA WAS DOING HER WIERD THANG in videos like Fighter … WHILE STEFFANI WATCHED AND DREAMED OF DOING THE SAME THANG .. ON TV..

  73. 73

    .. also steffani was hired to write songs for LINA MORGANNA who dressed alot like GAGA does today with all the wigs and wird clothes and LINA had the EXACT SAME STYLE OF MUSIC , DANCE , AND SINGING STYLE AS WELL AS FASHION SENSE.. as gaga does today.. just so you know … steffani became GAGA LESS THAN 1 MONTH AFTER .. LINA MORGANNA ALEDGEDDLEY JUMPED TO HER DEATH..! before that stepphani was brunette boing average dresser like you and me .. SEEMS SHE STOLE LINA MORGGANA IDENTITY … TOO.. DID ANY1 QUESTION STEFFANI's WHERABOUTS WHEN LINA SUPPOSSEDLY "JUMPED " TO HER DEATH .???