Of course, Gaga had spent most of the previous decade focusing on her music career. The artist, born Stefani Germanotta, hit the world stage in the late ‘00s with number one debut single “Just Dance.” Both follow-up “Poker Face” and parent album The Fame reached pole position in the U.S., too.
Gaga went on to dominate the pop landscape for several years. Her 2011 sophomore Born This Way shifted over one million copies in its first week in America alone. And its empowering title track sold a similar number over the same time frame to become the fastest-selling download in iTunes history.