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  • Artist Disillusionment:
    • In around 08-09, she was worried that her over-the-top sexual lyrics and stage antics were inappropriate with the relatively little benefit she perceived women derive from sex.
    • Artpop was put on hold for three months because "Do What U Want" didn't go over as planned and the Artpop album wasn't as successful as she wanted it to be. She also said she felt forced into releasing the album before she had made a full and worthwhile recovery (December/November 2013), as of April 2014 she's started releasing singles and promoting the album again, even touring.
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    • "Million Reasons" is heavily about this issues, which Gaga all but stated this trope:
      You're giving me a million reasons to let you go
      You're giving me a million reasons to quit the show...

      ...I've got a hundred million reasons to walk away
      But baby, I just need one good one, good one
      Tell me that you'll be the good one, good one
      Baby, I just need one good one to stay
  • Ascended Fanon: In 2009, rumors circulated on the internet that Gaga was either a hermaphrodite or a transsexual. When these rumors reached Gaga, she pointedly refused to deny them... until the Telephone video came out and she flashed her genitals at the camera.
    Prison guard: I told you she didn't have a dick.
  • Banned In China:
    • Banned in Lebanon, as a result of "Judas".
    • Following threats by Islamic fundamentalists, Gaga's scheduled performance in Indonesia was cancelled due to security concerns.
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    • Born This Way was temporarily banned due to the religious themes of the song above, "Marry The Night", "Bloody Mary", and "Electric Chapel".
    • Now as of mid-2016, she's actually banned in China despite her previous success in the country due to sharing photos with her and the Dalai Lama on Instagram.
  • Big Name Fan: Behind the glitz and controversy, she has serious chops for a singer. Check out her performance of "The Sound of Music" which had Julie Andrews (the original singer for the damn thing) blown away.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Just Dance", which marked her shift from being Stefani into being Gaga.
  • Content Leak: The first single from the Artpop album "Applause" was released earlier than planned as it had already been leaked multiple times.
  • Creator Backlash: Redid her entire stage show after it didn't go where she wanted it to go, and was generally unhappy with it. After already doing the show for about a month. Went from "evolution in a box X top of the pops" to "getting to my own show in New York X Theater".
  • Doing It for the Art: Given the intense levels of Camp, and the intense levels of Anvilicious mind control imagery, and the intense levels of Fame Monstering, despite the fact that many of her shows are elaborate enough that she literally could not make money on them whatever the turnout, she's making a point about SOMETHING. Good luck getting any agreement on the exact point, though.
    • She has stated that even if all of her success went away, she would still be happy back where she started, performing her music in bars.
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  • Dye Hard: She's naturally brunette, but bleached her hair in her early days when people mistook her for Amy Winehouse. Now that Winehouse has passed, she went back to having brunette phases but has since returned to being blonde.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Little Monsters. In a bit of Misaimed Fandom, some have have also started calling themselves Government Hookers.
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  • Gamer Girl: Played Bayonetta and notes that it's still kicking her ass.
  • Jossed: An announcement was released, saying she was to play Dazzler in X-Men: Days of Future Past. But it was just an April Fools Day prank. Although since she won critical acclaim for her role in American Horror Story, it's not completely out of the question.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Gaga had "Do What U Want" taken completely out of circulation in 2019 due to the sexual abuse allegations against R Kelly. All copies of Artpop pressed after November 2019 don't include the song and it has been removed from all streaming services. The Christina Aguilera remix is still available, as Xtina's vocals replace Kelly's in that version.
  • Old Shame: In 2019, she stated that she regretted working with R. Kelly for the single "Do What U Want", following the allegations against him, calling it an example of how "explicitly twisted" her mind was at the time, and vowed to have the song removed from iTunes and all other streaming services following the release of Surviving R. Kelly, a documentary detailing Kelly's crimes.
  • Promoted Fangirl: She boasts that there is no Madonna fan bigger than her, and she has shared the stage with Madonna a few times. Though she has feuded with her in the past, she's also not put up with interviewers that have tried to deliberately pit her against Madonna. She is also a keen Britney fan, and was going to give Telephone to her. They may do a duet in the future.
  • Release Date Change: Chromatica was originally due to be released on April 10, 2020. In late March it was delayed due to logistical issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It was released on May 28th.
  • Romance on the Set: With Taylor Kinney who played her love interrest in the music video of "Yoü and I" but they have since separated.
  • Schedule Slip: In February 2013 she sustained a hip injury that required surgery and was forced to cancel the remainder of her tour as a result.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Subverted. This YouTube video is, to quote the video's title, "Vintage Lady Gaga". This is what Stefani Germanotta was like before she became Lady Gaga. However, if you look closely, you'll notice she essentially looks like a more voluptuous Sara Bareilles and plays like Norah Jones. So, if she didn't become Lady Gaga, then we'd have on our hands a sort of Broken Fanbase calling her a clone of those two artists. Taken from the opposite point of view, "Stefani Germanotta" might have been an example of Clark Kenting. Gaga's contemporaries — including a few of her critics, such as fellow NYU grad Lindsay Ellis — can testify that her weirdness isn't an act. However, on a few rare occasions, Lady Gaga will still give performances like in that YouTube video.
    • Then there's the question of whether she would've been half as successful if she kept going that route instead of doing the crazy stuff she's known for. (The answer to that question is "No, she wouldn't be", by the way.)
    • Sadly, played straight since Michael Jackson really wanted to work with her before he passed away.
    • Also, apparently, "Just Dance" was originally written as a hard rock song.
    • She originally wrote "Telephone" for Britney Spears who recorded a demo version but this was left off her The Singles Collection album. [1].
    • Given the Latin overtones and references in the lyrics, you'd think the video for Alejandro would reflect it at least to some extent.
    • Blowback from the incident at the VMAs lead to the cancellation of the Fame Kills tour with Kanye West.
    • The Edge of Glory's music video. Reportedly, the video was to include a Latin Lover that would kiss Lady Gaga, fashionable medics, a news reporter akin to the one on Telephone and a bunch of military men packing M16s. What we actually got was the result of a dispute between Gaga and Joseph Kahn, one of the video's producers.
    • Island Def Jam was the original label that she was working with, but was let go when (now former) president L.A. Reid wasn't impressed with her first cut demo. Reid now says he wished he gave her another chance.
    • Before she was famous, she was to be part of the Girl Group No Secrets when one of their members left. But the deal fell through and nothing came of it.
    • She recorded a duet with Cher titled "The Greatest Thing" in 2012 for the latter's comeback album Closer to the Truth but neither were satisfied with the result. A demo of the duet was leaked in August 2013.
    • ARTPOP was going to have a follow-up titled ARTPOP (Act II), which was scheduled for a 2014 release and was going songs left over from the album including "Princess Die". It didn't get released due to Gaga releasing Cheek to Cheek, her collaboration with Tony Bennett instead.
    • Early in Calvin Harris' career, Gaga asked him if he wanted to work with her. Unfortunately due to Gaga not being quite as popular as she is now, Calvin declined the offer because he wasn't interested, and her name sounded stupid to him.
  • Word of God: In an interview with Australian radio, Lady Gaga said most of the placements were gratuitously placed there as a comment on American society. Apparently you are meant to feel sick by the end of the clip; that's authorial intent. On the other hand, given it's Gaga, one cannot rule out mind-altering drugs or Schrodinger's Intent as the real reason for these items being there.
  • Working Title: "Dope" was "I Wanna Be With You" and "Aura" was "Burqa".


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