- For other uses, see The Fame (disambiguation).
In 2007, Lady Gaga went to the Cherrytree Records office to see Martin Kierszenbaum. When they tracked the song, Gaga sang everything in one take and spent about five hours on the harmony (background vocals). The title explains the meaning of the song, pop culture, the media, celebrity life, and the after effects.
She was a brunette. But she was dynamic, and had that exuberant personality we all know now. She hadn’t recorded any of those songs—“Just Dance” or “Pokerface”—yet. [...] She started talking about Prince saying 'He’s the greatest.' Well, I love Prince too. So we started talking about his records. I said, 'Come to my studio, and let’s work. If you like Prince, and you want to get down, let’s do it. I have all of the old drum machines, and all of the old keyboards.' She came over, and the first song we wrote was “The Fame.” She then told me, 'I love this song. I want to call my album this.' So my song becomes the anchor for the album. She developed a whole campaign, aesthetic and persona for it.
- Glam As You Remix Radio Edit By Guéna LG — 3:57
In January of 2009, Lady Gaga started to perform the song occasionally and it became a regular addition to her set list since The Fame Ball Tour. On her first tour, the song is basically the same except for the repeated ending remixed by Space Cowboy. For The Monster Ball Tour, the song is mixed with "Ghosts n Stuff" (Original Mix) by Deaumau5 and became a little bit longer than the original version because of the instrumental interlude between the verse.
Reference in popular culture
- The song was used as background music in the 2009 publicity spot for "Michael Kors", perfume for women.
- The song was used as the promotional theme for Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model.