When you browse for the most viewed music videos on Youtube, “Poker Face,” “Bad Romance,” and “Just Dance” are the ultimate viral videos in the Internet that immediately comes to your attention. Of course, the woman who started this craze is Lady Gaga. From ordinary people to Israeli special forces soldiers, they are already doing their own rendition of this pop culture phenomenon.

Regarded for her bizarre yet outlandish sense of style in homage of glam rock artists like Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, Lady Gaga also made herself known in her live performances and music videos. She has transcended music into pop culture and it seems everybody is following her act.

She picked up her name from a Queen hit song “Radio Ga Ga” and from that moment on, she has revolutionize pop music the way Madonna did it 25 years ago. Her musical style immediately draw comparisons to the Material Girl and Gwen Stefani as well. Unlike her predecessors, Lady Gaga has combined music, fashion, art, and technology.

Under the Haus of Gaga, her own creative production team created her own style of clothes, stage props, and even hairdos. Her flamboyant, provocative behavior has stirred both admiration and controversies. Her “blood soaked theme” in the Monster Ball Tour in Manchester, England, has triggered protests in the aftermath of a taxi driver rampage that killed 12 people. The infamous “meat dress” at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards also drew flak from PETA and animal rights activists.

To add more controversy, Lady Gaga has treated her fans as “Little Monsters.” Despite the Internet meme and highly commercial nature of her music and image, 'The Sunday Times' writer Camille Paglia went on to say that Lady Gaga “is more an identity thief than an erotic taboo breaker, a mainstream manufactured product who claims to be singing for the freaks, the rebellious and the dispossessed when she is none of those .”

Lady Gaga attributed her rise in the music industry to her gay fans because it was the LGBT community that helped her get into the airwaves. Now the rest is history. Her influence to the LGBT community makes her a rising gay icon and helped bring about change to pop culture and public perceptions to gay people.

With the world going gaga over Lady Gaga, the University of South Carolina has even offered a course called “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame” as a nod to her influence on modern culture and society. Ever wondering taking your sociology class at this prestigious educational institution just unravel the sociologically relevant dimensions of her fame with regards to her music videos, avant-garde fashion, and other artistic achievements.

Just recently, Lady Gaga became the first artist to surpass one billion video views with “Poker Face” netting 375 million viewers, “Bad Romance” getting 360 million views, and “Just Dance” streaming to 273 million users.

Whether if its an Internet meme or viral videos, Lady Gaga is totally a cut above the rest.

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