Having served as an apprentice songwriter during an internship at Famous Music Publishing, Gaga struck a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV.
As a result, she was hired to write songs for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, Fergie, and The Pussycat Dolls.
Joshua Sarubin, the head of Artists and repertoire (A&R) at Def Jam Recordings, responded positively and, after approval from Sarubin's boss Antonio "L.
A." Reid, Gaga was signed to Def Jam in September 2006.
Having sold 27 million albums and 146 million singles as of January 2016, Gaga is one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Her achievements include several Guinness World Records, three Brit Awards, six Grammy Awards, and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
She studied at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to become a professional musician.
At NYU, she studied music and improved her songwriting skills by writing essays on art, religion, social issues, and politics, including a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst.
They recorded and produced electropop tracks, sending them to music industry executives.
The album topped the US charts, where it sold more than one million copies in its first week.
Its title track also became the fastest selling song on i Tunes with over a million downloads in less than a week.