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What Happened to Lady Gaga

Updated on October 19, 2011

She peaked, and now she falls

Like every celebrity, Lady Gaga has officially reached her peak. We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later, and she actually lasted longer than most expected. With her 2nd full length album "Born This Way" coming out earlier this summer, she finally managed to over-saturate herself into oblivion.

Now don't get me wrong, I've been a Lady Gaga fan since the beginning. Before she got mainstream attention, her song Just Dance was released in early 2008 and pretty much flopped in the US. It hit big in Canada, because Canadians know where their music is at. Soon after the song rebounded in the US and reached number 1. To prove herself as no one-hit wonder, Poker Face, her next single, hit even bigger and reached #1 in every major chart.

Chart-wise Poker Face is where Lady Gaga peaked. It is to date her best selling single. Whether the song Born This Way has topped it yet or not is still to be determined but is unlikely. After Poker Face Lady Gaga instantly became a force to be reckoned with. At this point, she was still known for her catchy dance beats. Love game was released as her third single and again performed very well. While it did not garner nearly as much success as her previous singles, it still topped the Pop and Dance charts and established Lady Gaga's fame even further.

With her fourth single, Paparazzi, Lady Gaga began to focus on her public image. While her previous 3 Music videos were nothing more than typical pop videos, Paparazzi saw the beginnings of the "weird" Lady Gaga persona we see today. A short scene proceeded the music video, followed by a video filled with odd poses and strange outfits. At this point Lady Gaga started gaining media attention for herself as well as her music. Paparazzi charted very well and ended her line of multi-platinum singles from her first, full-length studio album, The Fame.

The Fame Monster

Her next studio effort, The Fame Monster, was nothing short of a monster. Bad Romance, the first single, was an instant hit. At this point, Lady Gaga's fan base was at its biggest. Those who were fans of Lady Gaga from the first album still remained, but millions of new fans grew fond of the heavier metal influence of the song Bad Romance. The music video for it also became the highest viewed music video on YouTube of all time at that point. Her next single Telephone reached out to even more fans with an urban/hip-hop influence. Telephone was perhaps the earliest sign of the casual music listeners getting bored of Lady Gaga. At this point however, the core fans still remained, and casual fans still enjoyed listening to her music. Telephone went on to win many awards and is perhaps her greatest music video to date.

Alejandro, her third single from the album, had a bit more 90's influence to it and while did not do as well as previous singles still became a monster hit world-wide. It introduced what would be lady Gaga's current image. The music video was filled with religious imagery and caused quite a bit of a controversy in some nations.

After a bit of a much-needed pause from Lady Gaga music-wise, there was a lot of pressure for her third album release. During this break she signed many campaigns and further enhanced her image to the media, never for a second letting us forget of her existence. She also topped Oprah as the world's most powerful woman.

After what seemed to be an eternity to her fans, Born This Way, the first single from her new album was finally released. It instantly debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and stayed on top for several weeks. As successful as her single was, it was clear that this is where Lady Gaga's reign would end. Her second single Judas peaked at number 10, her lowest on the Billboard Hot 100, before falling completely off the chart a few weeks later. It was her WORST performing single to date. In my opinion that is really a shame, since I think Judas was not only the best song from the album but one of her best songs over all. After her album release in May, many of her songs charted on the Hot 100, but mostly due to heavy media hype. The only reason her album even sold as much as it did in the first week is because of an Amazon promotion that sold it for 99 cents for the week. It quickly fell out of the #1 position soon afterwards.

Her third single Edge of Glory quickly (perhaps too quickly) jumped into the Top 10. It may be part of the reason Judas performed as bad as it did. May was about the last of the Lady Gaga hype in recent news. Her album burned out as quickly as it ignited, and her single Edge of Glory, while still a huge hit, is nothing compared to previous songs. Her core fan-base is shrinking, and casual listeners are just tired of her.

For the time being, the era of Lady Gaga has official ended. The best of the best could not keep themselves stable at the top, including Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. Will she make a comeback? Probably. Will she ever top herself? Probably not.


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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Born this way Labum and its physical sales is success. The amazon's special offer were cater by paying the difference of the actual value of the album. So, Gaga has nothing to do with it. Either way, Judas is one of the deep song and powerful one, the public didn't understand the very meaning of it therefore it fails. The other singles except The edge of glory which very successful as a song itself, we're failed to put her at a top. Gaga knows this would happen, because BTW album was the most risky above all with its complete length experimentation. she also states that this era will test her fans.

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      MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

      LOL, what Jason wrote was funny!

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      Lilbittybetty 5 years ago

      And good riddance...

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      Sergio Quintanilla 5 years ago

      You think she's over just because she's on tour and hadn't had time to amaze with new music!

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      Jason 6 years ago

      Interesting article .. i think she is a talented musician and can write good songs. but that's it. the problem i have with her is that she is trying too hard to have a cultural impact and be an "artist" but it all seems too forced and deliberate. she should perhaps spend some time in her egg and rethink about her career goals :)

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      Jessi 6 years ago

      The reason I no longer like her is because her new album was horrible. Just sounded like a bunch of garbage 80s music. I LOVED her earlier music. The last album, I practically loved every song. I want that Lady Gaga back. I think she was trying to be more artistic or something.. It didn't work.

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      herobrine 6 years ago

      she was on the edge of glory, i guess

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      Leonard Michael 6 years ago

      Who is this Girl lady Gaga?, never seen hair face, anyone here know lady Gaga Real Look???

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think people like artists who are interesting, but at this point she is becoming more of a gimmick. Not everyone want to see outrageous outfits every five minutes. I believe she might have some more hits, but she's going to have to do another "Poker Face" or something that's really iconic.

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      brooklyn00123 6 years ago

      Good hub. However, I don't agree, Lady Gaga still has more star power than any other artist. She is the biggest superstar and I don't see her going anywhere for a while

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      Neerizzle 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the comments :)

      @RJ It'd be really hard but I guess there's a slight chance she might go even bigger. Only time will tell. And thanks for the welcome!

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      MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

      Voted INTERESTING as well.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      She has a lot of talent and it is too early to say it is over. She'll take it to a whole new leveel soon , I'd bet. The Beatles did that with their Sgt Pepper Album.

      Welcome to HUB writing. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and Useful.” I'm now your fan! RJ

      Based upon this HUB, you might enjoy…

      or see a story "Razzle Dazzle" that involves show business.

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      MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

      I agree with you!!!! Rated 'interesting'.

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      Neerizzle 6 years ago from Canada

      It's true, no ones fame is everlasting. She was on top for 3 years. I wonder who's going to replace her. :P

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      Reena J 6 years ago

      It is good to remember all her songs and performance. No one in this world stands in the same peak....Everyone faces ups and downs...

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      stunnercold 6 years ago from Dubai

      This was long time coming, i think its gonna end for rihanna soon too. Was just searching and came across her transformation from a cute girl to a complete sell out.