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The Fame

The Fame
Gaga's face wearing black glasses, whose right side is covered by blue crystals. On the bottom of the left side of the glasses, the word "The Fame" is inscribed in white.
International cover. Text on the US version is colored red instead of blue, and the image has a slight red tint.
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 2008 (2008-08-19)
Recorded2006–2008
Studio
Genre
Length50:20
Label
Producer
Lady Gaga chronology
The Fame
(2008)
The Cherrytree Sessions
(2009)
Singles from The Fame
  1. "Just Dance"
    Released: April 8, 2008
  2. "Poker Face"
    Released: September 23, 2008
  3. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
    Released: January 10, 2009
  4. "LoveGame"
    Released: March 23, 2009
  5. "Paparazzi"
    Released: May 29, 2009

The Fame is the debut studio album by American singer Lady Gaga. It was released on August 19, 2008, by Interscope Records. After joining Kon Live Distribution and Cherrytree Records in 2008, Gaga began working on the album with different producers, primarily RedOne, Martin Kierszenbaum, and Rob Fusari. Musically, The Fame is an electropop, synth-pop, and dance-pop album that displays influences from 1980s music. Lyrically, it visualizes Gaga's love of fame in general, while also dealing with subjects such as love, sex, money, drugs, and sexual identity. The album was primarily promoted through The Fame Ball Tour and multiple television appearances, and was reissued as a deluxe edition with The Fame Monster on November 18, 2009.

The album received generally favorable reviews from critics, who commended its lyrical content, Gaga's musicianship and vocal ability. It was a commercial success, topping the charts in several countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Poland, and Switzerland. In the United States, it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, and also topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart for 150 non-consecutive weeks, the most time on top in history. The Fame became the fifth best-selling album of 2009, and has sold over 4.9 million copies in the United States as of January 2019. Combined with The Fame Monster, the album had sold over 18 million copies worldwide as of August 2019.

Gaga promoted the album with many television performances, award shows and also in her first headlining tour, The Fame Ball Tour in 2009. The first two singles "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" gained international success, topping the charts in several countries worldwide including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The subsequent singles "LoveGame" and "Paparazzi" were commercial successes as well, charting within the top-ten of over ten countries worldwide. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" had a limited single release, while "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" and "Boys Boys Boys" served as promotional singles.

The Fame has won multiple awards since its release. In the United States, the album was nominated for a total of five Grammy Awards at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. It won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album and the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for the single "Poker Face", and also won Best International Album at the 2010 Brit Awards. In 2013, Rolling Stone named The Fame as one of the "100 Greatest Debut Albums of All-Time". As of 2018, it is the 12th biggest album of all time on the Billboard 200 in the United States.

Background and development

RedOne (pictured in 2017) produced a large portion of The Fame.

While establishing herself as an artist and working her way up through the New York underground club scene, Gaga released her debut studio album, The Fame. Speaking about the title and concept of the album, Gaga explained: "The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous. [...] Pop culture is art. It doesn't make you cool to hate pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it's a sharable fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this lifestyle." Gaga stated in an interview with MTV UK that she had been working on the album for two and a half years and completed half of it during the first week of January 2008. As well as writing the lyrics, Gaga worked on the melodies and synth work of the album, with record producer RedOne. According to Gaga, the first track "Just Dance" is a joyous, heart-themed song, which appeals to people going through tough times in their life. "LoveGame", the second track, was inspired by Gaga's sexual crush on a stranger in a night club to whom she said, "I wanna ride on your disco stick". It was written in four minutes based on the disco stick hook. "Paparazzi" has been interpreted with different meanings. However Gaga explained in an interview with About.com, that the song was inspired by her struggles and hunger for fame and love. Essentially a love song, "Paparazzi" dealt with enticing the media and asked the question, whether one can have both fame and love.

"Poker Face" was inspired by Gaga's boyfriends who enjoyed gambling, and also dealt with her personal experience of bisexuality; her fantasies about women while having sex with men, thus representing her 'poker face'." "Boys Boys Boys" was inspired by the similarly titled Mötley Crüe song "Girls, Girls, Girls". Gaga explained that she wanted a female version of the song that rockers would like too. "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" summed up her time of self-discovery, living in the Lower East Side and dabbling in drugs and the party scene. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" was about breaking up with a boyfriend and finding someone new. "Brown Eyes" was inspired by the British rock band Queen and, according to Gaga, is the most vulnerable song on the album.

Gaga further clarified the ideas behind The Fame, and her inspirations and visions for the album. She believed that the most important thing missing from contemporary pop music was the combination of the visual imagery of the artist with the music. Gaga incorporated theatrics in her live performances of the songs from the album. Hence she hoped that people would take notice of the performance art, which she was trying to bring back with the album and its music; according to her, the music put the lifestyle in front of it.

"I just feel like this record is really different- you[']ve got club bangers to more 70s glam to more singer-songwriter records to rock music. [...] The Fame is not about who you are—it's about how everybody wants to know who you are! Buy it and listen to it before you go out or in the car. [...] I think you've really got to allow artists' creativity to marinate. It took me a while but really delving into myself I finally got it. I couldn't be more proud of it. It's not just a record[,] it's a whole pop art movement[.] It's not just about one song."

Composition

A blond woman standing on a stage. She wears a black tutu shaped dress with a shiny triangle attached on her right bosom. Her hair is in bob and she wears sunglasses while singing to a microphone held in her left hand. Behind her, a set piece encrusted with broken glasses is visible.
Lady Gaga performing "Paparazzi" on The Fame Ball Tour. The song talks about the desire of capturing attention.

Musically, the album combines electropop, synth-pop, and dance-pop, while drawing influences from 1980s music. Songs like "Poker Face", "Just Dance" and "LoveGame" are uptempo dance songs, with "Poker Face" carrying a dark sound with clear vocals on the chorus and a pop hook. "Just Dance" is synth-based while "LoveGame" has a more dance-oriented beat, and "Money Honey" has a moderate techno groove. All of them combined synths of clipped marching beats, sawing electronics and contained mild R&B-infused beats. "Paparazzi" carried a sultry beat while "Summerboy" had influences of the music of Blondie. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" is credited as a ballad compared to the rest of the dance-fueled tracks from The Fame. The song has a 1980s synth-pop feel to it, while incorporating the "Eh, Eh" hook from Rihanna's single "Umbrella" (2007).

Lyrically, the songs on The Fame talk about being famous and achieving popularity; "Poker Face" is about sexual innuendo and teasing. Gaga explained to the Daily Star that the lyrics carry a bit of an undertone of confusion about love and sex. According to the BBC, the "Mum-mum-mum-mah" hook used in the song is sampled from Boney M.'s 1977 hit "Ma Baker". "Just Dance" talks about being intoxicated in a party, with lyrics like "What's going on on the floor? / I love this record, baby but I can't see straight anymore". "LoveGame" portrays a message about love, fame and sexuality. "Paparazzi" portrays a stalker who is following somebody being their biggest fan. The lyrics also portray the desire of capturing the attention of the camera as well as achieving fame. Gaga explained that,

"This idea of The Fame runs through and through. Basically, if you have nothing—no money, no fame—you can still feel beautiful and dirty rich. It's about making choices, and having references—things you pull from your life that you believe in. It's about self-discovery and being creative. The record is slightly focused, but it's also eclectic.[...] The music is intended to inspire people to feel a certain way about themselves, so they'll be able to encompass, in their own lives, a sense of inner fame that they can project to the world, and the carefree nature of the album is a reflection of that aura. I like to funnel interesting ideas to the rest of the world through a pop lens."

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.1/10
Metacritic71/100
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic
The A.V. ClubB−
The Boston Phoenix
Entertainment WeeklyB−
The Guardian
The Irish Times
PopMatters7/10
The Rolling Stone Album Guide
The Sunday Times
URB

The Fame received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, based on 13 reviews. AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine called the album "music that sounds thickly sexy with its stainless steel synths and dark disco rhythms", and wrote that it is "glorious pop trash and a wicked parody of it." Nicole Powers of URB complimented its "irony-laden lyrics, delivered in a style that owes a little something to Gwen Stefani," as well as the album's "deluxe ditties". Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly called it "remarkably (and exhaustingly) pure in its vision of a world in which nothing trumps being beautiful, dirty, and rich. In this economy, though, her high-times escapism has its charms".

Alexis Petridis of The Guardian found it "packing an immensely addictive melody or an inescapable hook, virtually everything sounds like another hit single", and predicted that it "certainly sounds like it could be big." Daniel Brockman from The Boston Phoenix wrote that "Gaga ups the ante in terms of catchy songwriting and sheer high-in-the-club-banging-to-the-beat abandon." Ben Hogwood of musicOMH praised Gaga's "blend of sassy attitude, metallic beats and sharp, incisive songwriting", elements which he felt are integral to "creating pop music".

Although he panned "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)", "Paper Gangsta", and "Brown Eyes", Evan Sawdey of PopMatters called The Fame "a solid dance album" and wrote that "much of the album's success can be attributed to rising club producer RedOne." Joey Guerra from the Houston Chronicle felt that although the songs present in the album are not innovative, Gaga deserved credit for bringing real dance music to the mass. Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club felt that the "whole point" of the album is "glitter-laced, dance-inciting energy that bodes well for extended club play". Slant Magazine's Sal Cinquemani viewed that Gaga's lyrics veer between "cheap" and "nonsensical drivel", while her singing is "uneven at best". He added that the highlights such as "Poker Face", "Starstruck", "Paper Gangsta", and "Summerboy" rely "almost solely on their snappy production and sing-along hooks."

Freedom du Lac from The Washington Post criticized the album for lacking originality. MSN Music's Robert Christgau gave the album an "honorable mention" and quippedly referred to it as "shallowness at its most principled." The Fame garnered five Grammy nominations at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards on December 2, 2009. The album itself was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Electronic/Dance Album.

Commercial performance

Gaga performing the title track of the album on The Monster Ball Tour

In the United States, The Fame debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 24,000 on the issue dated November 15, 2008. After fluctuating down the charts, the album reached number 10 on the issue dated March 7, 2009. The album also topped Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart; it has stayed at the number-one spot for 142 non-consecutive weeks, as of September 14, 2021, and holds the record for the most time on top in the chart's history. In March 2020, the album was certified six-times platinum for shipments of six million copies, by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). With the release of The Fame Monster, which was also combined with The Fame as a deluxe edition, the album jumped from 34 to 6 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 151,000. It reached its highest sales week on the issue dated January 9, 2010 with 169,000 copies sold. On the issue dated January 16, 2010, The Fame moved to a new peak of two on the Billboard 200 after being on the charts for 62 weeks. By the end of 2009, The Fame became the fifth best-selling album of the year.

The Fame has sold 4.9 million copies in the United States as of March 2019 and is the seventh best-selling digital album, selling 1.086 million digital copies. Including equivalent album units, The Fame has sold 8.8 million in the country. It was ranked at number 12 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums of All Time list. Following Gaga's Super Bowl LI halftime show performance, The Fame re-entered the Billboard 200 at number 6, selling 17,000 copies and 38,000 total album-equivalent units. It has spent a total of 257 weeks on the chart.

In Canada, the album reached number-one, and has been certified seven times platinum by Music Canada for shipment of 560,000 copies. It had sold 476,000 copies as of March 2011. The album debuted at number six, and peaked at number two in New Zealand as well as being certified double platinum. In Australia, the album debuted at number 12 and peaked at number three. The album has been certified sextuple platinum in Australia, by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 420,000 copies.

The Fame debuted in the United Kingdom at number three with first week sales of 25,228 copies. After spending 10 weeks in the top 10, it replaced Ronan Keating's Songs for My Mother at the top position. Since then, the album spent four consecutive weeks at the number-one spot. It has since been certified ten-times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), and has sold 3 million copies as of October 2018. It also became the first album to reach the platinum certification based on digital sales after selling 300,000 units in the UK. The album is the ninth best-selling album in the UK of the 21st century, and the 31st best-selling album in UK chart history.

In France, The Fame debuted at number 73 and peaked at number two for five weeks. It has been certified diamond status by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique and, as of February 2012, has sold 630,000 copies. In Ireland, the album entered the charts at number-eight, and in its fifth week climbed to number-one for two consecutive weeks. In mainland Europe, the album peaked at number one on the European Top 100 Albums, the Austrian Albums Chart and the German Album Chart. In Germany, it became the fourth most downloaded album ever. It also reached the top 20 in Mexico, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Switzerland. Combined with its reissue, The Fame Monster, the album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide.

Promotion

Live performances and media appearances

To promote the album, Gaga did several performances worldwide. Her first televised appearance was on Logo's NewNowNext Awards on June 7, 2008. She also performed on Michalsky StyleNite at Berlin Fashion Week, So You Think You Can Dance, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as in Vietnam for the 57th Miss Universe beauty pageant during the swimsuit competition. On January 31, 2009, she performed on television in Ireland on RTÉ One's show Tubridy Tonight. Three songs from The Fame were used in the second season of The CW's series Gossip Girl: "Paparazzi" in the episode "Summer, Kind of Wonderful", "Poker Face" in "The Serena Also Rises", and "Money Honey" in "Remains of the J". Gaga also performed "Poker Face" on American Idol on April 1, 2009. To celebrate the launch of the show Dirty Sexy Money, ABC created a music video of Gaga's song "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich", directed by Melina Matsoukas. It was initially announced as Gaga's second single, but "Poker Face" was chosen instead, with "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" being released as a promotional single. There were two videos released for the song – the first was composed of clips from Dirty Sexy Money, and the second was the actual music video. The song charted on the UK Singles Chart due to digital downloads and peaked at number 83.

Tour

The album received further promotion from her first headlining concert tour, The Fame Ball Tour, which started on March 12, 2009, in San Diego, California. It was Gaga's first concert tour with North American shows in March, followed by dates in Oceania and a solo trek through Europe. Dates in Asia soon followed, as well as two performances at England's V Festival and two shows in North America that had been postponed from April. Gaga described the tour as a traveling museum show incorporating artist Andy Warhol's pop-performance art concept. Tickets were distributed for charity also. Alternate versions of the show with minimal variations were planned by Gaga to accommodate different venues.

The show consisted of four segments, with each segment being followed by a video interlude to the next segment, and it ended with an encore. The set list consisted of songs from The Fame only. Gaga appeared on the stage in new costumes including an innovative dress made entirely of plastic bubbles and premiered an unreleased song called "Future Love". An alternate set list with minor changes was performed for European dates. The show received positive critical appreciation with critics complimenting her vocal clarity and fashion sense as well as her ability to pull off theatrics like a professional artist.

Singles

Gaga performing the lead single, "Just Dance" in a Montreal club. Before embarking on her first tour, Gaga had performed songs from the album in several small clubs.

"Just Dance" was released as the album's lead single commercially worldwide on June 17, 2008, through digital distribution. The song was critically acclaimed with reviewers complimenting its club anthem-like nature and the synth-pop associated with it. It achieved commercial success by topping charts in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, as well as reaching the top 10 in 16 other countries. The song received a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance Recording category but lost to electronic duo Daft Punk for their song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger".

"Poker Face" was released as the second single from the album. It was also well received by critics, most of whom have praised the robotic hook and the chorus. The single achieved greater success than "Just Dance" by topping the charts in almost all the countries it was released to. "Poker Face" became Gaga's second consecutive number one on the Hot 100. On December 2, 2009, "Poker Face" received three Grammy nominations in the categories of Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and won for Best Dance Recording.

"Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" was the album's third single in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Denmark and fourth in France. The song received mixed reviews. Some critics compared it to nineties Europop while the others criticized it for bringing the party-like nature of the album to a halt. It failed to match the success of the previous singles in Australia and New Zealand by reaching 15 and nine, respectively. It peaked at two in Sweden and at seven in France.

"LoveGame" was released as the third single in the United States, Canada and some European nations. It was the fourth single in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The song was critically appreciated for its catchy tune and the "I wanna take a ride on your disco stick" hook. The song has reached the top 10 in countries such as the United States, Australia and Canada and the top 20 in others.

"Paparazzi" was announced as the third single in the United Kingdom and Ireland with a release date of July 6, 2009, the fourth single in the United States, and the fifth single overall. The song has reached the top five in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. It also reached the top 10 in the United States. The song has received critical acclaim for its fun-filled, club-friendly nature and is deemed the most memorable and telling song from the album. The associated music video for the song was shot as a mini-movie with Gaga starring as a doomed starlet who is almost killed by her boyfriend, but in the end takes her revenge and reclaims her fame and popularity.

The Fame Monster

The Fame Monster is a reissue of The Fame, released on November 18, 2009. Initially planned solely as a part of the deluxe edition of The Fame, Interscope later decided to release the eight new songs as a standalone EP in select territories. The decision was also due to Gaga believing the re-release was too expensive and that the albums were conceptually different, describing them as yin and yang. The deluxe edition of the album contains The Fame in its entirety along with The Fame Monster. The album deals with the darker side of fame, as experienced by Gaga over the course of 2008–09 while travelling around the world, and are expressed through a monster metaphor. Cover artwork was done by Hedi Slimane and has a gothic look which Gaga had to convince her record company to allow her to shoot. The composition takes its inspiration from Gothic music and fashion shows. Contemporary critics gave mostly positive reviews of the album, with the majority of them complimenting the songs "Bad Romance", "Telephone", "Dance in the Dark", and "Monster". In some countries the album charted together with The Fame while in others like the United States, Canada and Japan, it charted as a separate album. It has reached top 10 in most of the major markets. She announced The Monster Ball Tour supporting the album, which started on November 27, 2009, in Montreal, Canada, and finished on May 6, 2011, in Mexico City, Mexico.

Legacy and impact

With the release of The Fame, Gaga was credited for reviving electronic dance music during the late 2000s on radio. Jonathan Bogart from The Atlantic stated, "EDM came in by no back door but right through the front gate, with Lady Gaga's 'Just Dance' in 2008" and that "the sound didn't take long to spread". DJ Tommie Sunshine told MTV that "there wouldn't be a David Guetta top 10 hit... there wouldn't be this Black Eyed Peas record, if it wasn't for The Fame. The influence of that record is epic, and we are hearing talking about all of this because of that." St. Louis Post-Dispatch's journalist Kevin C. Johnson with his article "Lady Gaga helps bring EDM to the masses", acknowledges the impact. In the article, Rob Lemon said Gaga "definitely has had influence" and that she "is exposing people to the music, and anybody exposing people to it is part of the machine." Radio personality Zane Lowe and record producer/DJ Calvin Harris, addressed the impact of the album in a Beats 1 radio interview. Lowe stated: "Mike Skinner told me this, cause we were having a debate about Lady Gaga and he was like 'One thing you gotta remember about Lady Gaga, she put four-on-the-floor back on American radio'" and that "up until that moment there was nothing resembling four-on-the-floor in pop music." Harris added: "A 100%. They even had a hip-hop version of 'Poker Face', for radio" and that "it was the 4/4 one that hit, and then it just went ridiculous."

Track listing

The Fame – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis)RedOne4:02
2."LoveGame"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:36
3."Paparazzi"
3:28
4."Poker Face"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:57
5."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
Kierszenbaum2:55
6."Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari2:52
7."The Fame"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:42
8."Money Honey"
RedOne2:50
9."Starstruck" (featuring Space Cowboy and Flo Rida)
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Space Cowboy
3:37
10."Boys Boys Boys"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:20
11."Paper Gangsta"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne4:23
12."Brown Eyes"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
4:03
13."I Like It Rough"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:22
14."Summerboy"
  • Germanotta
  • Brian Kierulf
  • Josh Schwartz
Brian & Josh4:13
Total length:50:20
The Fame – iTunes Store edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Disco Heaven"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
  • Tom Kafafian
Fusari3:41
Total length:54:01
The Fame – Canadian edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
4."Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari2:53
5."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
Kierszenbaum2:57
6."Poker Face"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:59
7."The Fame"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:43
8."Money Honey"
RedOne3:06
9."Again Again"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari3:05
10."Boys Boys Boys"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:22
11."Brown Eyes"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
4:05
12."Summerboy"
Brian & Josh4:14
Total length:42:21
The Fame – Canadian iTunes Store and Australasian edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."I Like It Rough"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:22
Total length:57:43
The Fame – UK, Irish, and Japanese editions
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
5."I Like It Rough"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:24
6."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum2:57
7."Starstruck" (featuring Space Cowboy and Flo Rida)
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Dresti
  • Dillard
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Space Cowboy
3:39
8."Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari2:53
9."The Fame"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:43
10."Money Honey"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
  • Hajji
RedOne2:52
11."Boys Boys Boys"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:22
12."Paper Gangsta"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne4:25
13."Brown Eyes"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
4:05
14."Summerboy"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierulf
  • Schwartz
Brian & Josh4:14
15."Disco Heaven"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
  • Tom Kafafian
Fusari3:41
16."Again Again"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari3:05
Total length:57:23
The Fame – Japanese edition (bonus track)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Retro Dance Freak"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari3:23
Total length:60:45
The Fame Saturn deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
16."Poker Face" (piano and voice version)
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:38
17."Just Dance" (stripped down version; featuring Colby O'Donis)
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat, Thiam
RedOne2:05
18."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (electric piano and human beat box version)
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:03
19."Again Again"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari3:05
Total length:66:09
The Fame – Japanese deluxe edition (bonus DVD)
No.TitleLength
1."Just Dance" (music video; featuring Colby O'Donis)4:06
2."Poker Face" (music video)3:35
3."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (music video)2:56
4."LoveGame" (music video)3:37
5."Paparazzi" (music video)7:37
Total length:21:52
The Fame – USB edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis)
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
  • Thiam
RedOne4:02
2."LoveGame"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:39
3."Paparazzi"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
3:30
4."Poker Face"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:59
5."I Like It Rough"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:24
6."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum2:57
7."Starstruck" (featuring Space Cowboy and Flo Rida)
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Dresti
  • Dillard
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Space Cowboy
3:39
8."Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari2:53
9."The Fame"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
Kierszenbaum3:43
10."Money Honey"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
  • Hajji
RedOne2:52
11."Boys Boys Boys"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne3:22
12."Paper Gangsta"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
RedOne4:25
13."Brown Eyes"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
4:05
14."Summerboy"
  • Germanotta
  • Kierulf
  • Schwartz
Brian & Josh4:14
15."Disco Heaven"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
  • Tom Kafafian
Fusari3:41
16."Again Again"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari3:05
17."Poker Face" (piano & voice version live at the Cherrytree House)
  • Germanotta
  • RedOne
Kierszenbaum3:38
18."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (Pet Shop Boys extended remix)
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Pet Shop Boys[b]
6:30
19."Just Dance" (Space Cowboy remix; featuring Colby O'Donis)
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
  • Thiam
  • RedOne
  • Space Cowboy[b]
5:04
20."LoveGame" (Robots to Mars remix)
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
  • RedOne
  • Robots to Mars[b]
3:12
21."Paparazzi" (Stuart Price remix radio edit)
  • Germanotta
  • Rob Fusari
3:19
22."The Fame" (Glam as You remix)
  • Germanotta
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Guéna LG[b]
3:57
23."Christmas Tree" (featuring Space Cowboy)
  • Germanotta
  • Nicolas Dresti
  • Kierszenbaum
  • Space Cowboy
2:22
24."Retro Dance Freak"Germanotta, FusariFusari3:22
25."Just Dance" (music video; featuring Colby O'Donis)  4:08
26."Poker Face" (music video)  3:39
27."LoveGame" (music video)  3:43
28."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (music video)  3:02
Total length:103:26
The Fame – 10th anniversary USB edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
17."Retro Dance Freak"
  • Germanotta
  • Fusari
Fusari3:22
18."Bad Romance"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
4:54
19."Alejandro"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
4:34
20."Monster"
  • Germanotta
  • Khayat
  • Space Cowboy
4:10
21."Speechless"Germanotta
4:31
22."Dance in the Dark"4:49
23."Telephone" (featuring Beyoncé)
  • Darkchild
  • Gaga[a]
3:41
24."So Happy I Could Die"
  • Germanotta
  • RedOne
  • Space Cowboy
  • RedOne
  • Gaga
  • Space Cowboy
3:55
25."Teeth"
  • Teddy Riley
  • Gaga[a]
3:41
26."Just Dance" (music video; featuring Colby O'Donis)  4:08
27."Poker Face" (music video)  3:39
28."LoveGame" (music video)  3:43
29."Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)" (music video)  3:02
30."Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" (music video)  2:48
31."Bad Romance" (music video)  5:08
32."Alejandro" (music video)  8:44
33."Telephone" (music video; featuring Beyoncé)  9:31
Total length:135:50

Notes

  • ^a signifies an additional co-producer
  • ^b signifies an additional co-producer and remixer

Personnel

Personnel adapted from The Fame liner notes.

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) 6× Platinum 420,000double-dagger
Austria (IFPI Austria) 7× Platinum 140,000*
Belgium (BEA) 2× Platinum 60,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) 2× Platinum 120,000*
Canada (Music Canada) 7× Platinum 560,000^
Central America (CFC) Gold 5,000
Chile (IFPI Chile) 2× Platinum  
Denmark (IFPI Danmark) 2× Platinum 60,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat) Platinum 25,358
France (SNEP) Diamond 700,000
GCC (IFPI Middle East) Platinum 6,000*
Germany (BVMI) 9× Gold 900,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece) Platinum 15,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ) 2× Platinum 12,000^
Ireland (IRMA) 9× Platinum 135,000^
Italy (FIMI) 4× Platinum 240,000*
Japan (RIAJ) Million 1,000,000^
Lebanon (IFPI Middle East) Gold 1,000
Mexico (AMPROFON) 2× Platinum 160,000^
Netherlands (NVPI) Gold 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) 5× Platinum 75,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway) Platinum 20,000*
Philippines (PARI)
Including The Fame Monster
9× Platinum 135,000*
Poland (ZPAV) 3× Platinum 60,000*
Portugal (AFP) Platinum 20,000^
Singapore (RIAS) Platinum 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE) Platinum 80,000^
Sweden (GLF) Platinum 40,000double-dagger
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) 4× Platinum 120,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) 10× Platinum 3,074,496
United States (RIAA) 6× Platinum 6,000,000double-dagger
Summaries
Europe (IFPI) 4× Platinum 4,000,000*
Worldwide 18,000,000

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release dates and formats for The Fame
Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
Canada August 19, 2008 Universal Music
Australia September 5, 2008
  • CD
  • digital download
(standard edition)
October 28, 2008
  • CD
  • digital download
(international version)
United States
  • CD
  • LP
  • digital download
Italy October 31, 2008
  • CD
  • digital download
(standard edition)
Universal Music
Germany December 2, 2008
  • CD
  • digital download
United Kingdom January 12, 2009 Polydor
Italy January 30, 2009
  • CD
  • digital download
(international version)
Universal Music
Argentina February 16, 2009 CD
Spain February 24, 2009
  • CD
  • digital download
Brazil March 31, 2009 CD
China May 4, 2009
Japan May 20, 2009
July 22, 2009


United States December 14, 2018 USB drive (10th anniversary limited edition)
  • Streamline
  • Kon Live
  • Interscope
  • Cherrytree

See also

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