While Gaga and Starlight were performing, Fusari continued to develop the songs he had created with her, sending them to the producer and record executive Vincent Herbert.Having served as an apprentice songwriter during an internship at Famous Music Publishing, Gaga struck a music publishing deal with Sony/ATV.
She is known for experimenting with new musical ideas and images, and for her unconventionality and provocative work.As a result, she was hired to write songs for Britney Spears, New Kids on the Block, Fergie, and The Pussycat Dolls.She collaborated with him in the recording studio for a week on her debut album, signing with Cherrytree Records, an Interscope imprint established by producer and songwriter Martin Kierszenbaum; she also wrote four songs with Kierszenbaum.Gaga described her academic life in high school as "very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined" but also "a bit insecure".She considered herself a misfit among her peers and was mocked for "being either too provocative or too eccentric".After an unsuccessful contract with Def Jam Recordings, Gaga worked as a songwriter for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where Akon helped her sign a joint deal with Interscope Records and his own label Kon Live Distribution in 2007.
Gaga achieved success the following year with her debut album, a dance-pop and electropop record titled The Fame, and its chart-topping singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face".
Two other singles were released from the EP, "Telephone" (featuring Beyoncé), which became Gaga's fourth UK number one single, and "Alejandro", which attracted controversy when its music video was deemed blasphemous by the Catholic League.
In 2009, Gaga spent a record 150 weeks on the UK Singles Chart and became the most downloaded female act in a year in the US with 11.1 million downloads – earning an entry in the Guinness World Records.
Gaga ventured into R&B and disco with her third album Artpop (2013), which topped the US charts and included the single "Applause".
In 2014, Gaga released a jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, her third consecutive number one album in the US.
It topped the charts in more than 20 countries, including the US, where it sold more than one million copies in its first week.