This is the real reason Lady Gaga doesn't go by her real name
If you're a budding musician looking to make it big in the world, then one of the most important things you'll have to decide is how your potential adoring fans will address you once you make it big. Like Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar or Kanye West, some names lend themselves naturally to memorability (and as a result stardom), but at other times, you've got to get more creative.
When it comes to creativity in the music business, there are few performers as consistent nor as spectacular as Lady Gaga. From her controversial meat dress to her astonishing performance at Super Bowl 51 earlier this year, she's always got something to demonstrate that when it comes to the predictability of her live performances or publicity, no-one can read her pah-pah-pah-pah-poker face.
As a lover of pop culture and pop music, you'll probably be at least vaguely familiar with Lady Gaga. You may not, however, be aware of her real name: before her debut album The Fame, Lady Gaga went by her actual name, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. So why did she change her name, launching herself into the artistic stratosphere as Lady Gaga? Well, it's a bit of a funny story.
It all came about via her ex boyfriend Rob Fusari, who also used to work as her producer back in the day. Going diligently about his job as you might expect, he was texting Germanotta about the Queen song Radio GaGa when he suffered one of life's most tragic First World Problem, the autocorrect feature.
Unbeknownst to him, his phone changed "Radio" to "Lady", and understandably, Germanotta had no idea what he was talking about. Luckily, she liked the sound of "Lady Gaga" so much she actually decided to run with it as a stage name, and I'm not sure how to feel about that. Yes, Lady Gaga is a very memorable stage name, but I also think Stefani Germanotta had a nice ring to it as well.
As Lady Gaga herself has said, this quirk of modern technology turned inadvertent stage name has actually helped Germanotta out in the long term. Thanks to Lady Gaga, Germanotta has been able to separate the artist from the musician, and is better for it as a result. She explained as much to Elle magazine in 2013.
"I am – Stefani is – a perpetually tortured artist, That's why I changed my name. I can't be her in public. She would be a mess!"
Well there you have it, folks: one of the most iconic musicians of our generation in Lady Gaga, one of the most creative performers in nearly two decades, came across her iconic stage name by accident.
It just goes to show two things; one, the gloriously improvisational quality of true artistic genius, as well as the astonishing ubiquity of Steve Jobs in modern culture. Seriously, is there anything he hasn't influenced at least a little bit at this point?