International cover. Text on the US version is colored red instead of blue, and the image has a slight red tint.

The Fame era began with Gaga being signed with Interscope Records in May of 2007. However, promotion for the album began in late March of 2008. The era marked Gaga rise to fame which started internationally before reaching the US in the fall. The era ended on September 29, 2009 with the last show of The Fame Ball Tour.


Prior to her performance at Lollapalooza, Gaga was signed to Streamline Records by Vincent Herbert. In November of 2007, Vincent Hertbert signed a deal with Interscope Records in which they agreed to promote five of his acts, including Lady Gaga.


Lady Gaga had a goodbye party with her lowersides friends of New York from a Bar. The next day she flew to Los Angeles to meet RedOne in the studio and still hungover, she wrote Just Dance in ten minutes as "A happy record". In a week, they wrote together Poker face and LoveGame. After that, she signed a recording deal with Interscope and began officially the production of her Debut album.

Also, she was sent to write songs with Akon for Tami Chynn, an artist signed to Konvict Muzik in Atlanta. For the first time, Akon recognized her vocal abilities during her singing of a reference vocal to one of his tracks in the studio.

Lady Gaga with Colby O'Donis in a recording studio.

"When we were working, Akon would say, 'Get in the booth and cut these vocals,' and he'd always tell me I could really sing. So he decided he wanted to be a part of my music," Gaga said about working with Akon, who ultimately convinced Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman and CEO Jimmy Iovine to sign her to a joint deal with Konlive. "He spoke to Jimmy, and we decided to become a big family." —Lady Gaga

As a result, she was commissioned by Interscope to write for labelmates New Kids on the Block with RedOne, Nicole Scherzinger's solo album and the Pussycat Dolls with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and some others with Akon. Two of hers songs was picked by Britney Spears and recorded but only one was released, "Quicksand" as a bonus track in Europe. Gaga also joined the roster of Cherrytree Records, an Interscope imprint established by producer and songwriter Martin Kierszenbaum, after co-writing four songs with Kierszenbaum.

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Gaga came back in New York to shoot her first promotional photo shoot for Interscope Records and do her last Lady GaGa Revue. Learn more

On the 6th, Gaga started to use Twitter for the very first time. The following day, Gaga began her first promotional world tour with two performances that month. On the 31th, Melina Matsoukas directed the music video for "Just Dance" in a rented house located in Los Angeles. Learn more

In this month, "Just Dance" was released officially as single. Meanwhile, Gaga attended some nightclubs where she was photographed by Adrian Sidney. Learn more

In May of 2008, Gaga and the Haus debuted the Disco Stick and the "Fame" glasses made of frozen acrylic. She also did her first live performance on television at the 2008 NewNowNext Awards. Learn more

In this month, the first episode of "Transmission Gagavision" was released, and Gaga did two photoshoots with David C. Lee and Pierpaolo Ferrari and performed on Isle of MTV, her first performance recorded outside of the United States. Learn more

In this month, Gaga shot the music video for "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" and filmed "The Fame: Part One". She also performed on "So You Think You Can Dance" and five more episodes of "Transmission Gagavision" were released. Learn more

Gaga recorded "Murder My Heart" with Michael Bolton; videos of Gagavisions, while conducting performances in the United States, Canada and Germany. During the fortnight, was officially released the video "The Fame: Part 1" on their official YouTube account. Learn more

Gaga continued her Just Dance Promo Tour by performing for the first time in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France and Australia. She was accompanied onstage with Space Cowboy doing live mixes and dancers Celine Thubert (Coco Chanel) and Melissa Emrico (Dina). Learn more

In this month, Gaga shot the music video for "Poker Face", which was released later in the month, and started performing opening acts for New Kids on the Block: Live. Learn more

The New Kids on the Block: Live continued into November in the United States while making a few stops in the middle of the month in Canada before returning to the States. Learn more

After two dates in Mexico, the New Kids on the Block: Live ended and Gaga continued to perform a similar set for various radio stations for their Christmas shows. At the very end of the month, Gaga filmed the "Who Shot Candy Warhol?" (Crevettes Films) three-part story to be used for the visuals of the upcoming Doll Domination Tour in January. Learn more


Gaga filmed two music videos will debut album, "LoveGame" and "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"; and had several photo shoots for various fashion magazines. Learn more

In this month, Gaga performed at the 2009 Brit Awards and continued performing the opening act for New Kids on the Block: Live. Learn more

In this month, Gaga debuted The Fame Ball Tour at the House of Blues in San Diego. She also did a few photoshoots. Learn more

In this month, Gaga proposed filming her next single "Paparazzi". Throughout the day, attended various radio channels appearances, interviews and other performances. She had photoshoots in Hotels, and also in France visited the Museum tribute to Andy Warhol, previously, Gaga contacted David LaChapelle, who to start, he organized a surprise party after her performance on American Idol. Learn more

During this month, Lady Gaga continued her tour The Fame Ball, while attending several radio, television and some magazines for interviews. She also collaborated with rapper Wale on Chillin' in the filming of the video. Learn more

In this month, the "Paparazzi" music video and the "Chillin" music video with Wale both premiered. Lady Gaga also performed "LoveGame" and "Poker Face" at the MuchMusic Video Awards. Learn more

In this month, Gaga did a few photoshoots and continued performing The Fame Ball Tour in Eurasia. Learn more

In this month, Gaga continued The Fame Ball Tour and gave some interviews in Asia and Africa. Learn more

In this month, Gaga performed at the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards and her Heartbeats headphones were unveiled. Learn more