It’s no secret that Lady Gaga is a case study in music industry development. The NYC native climbed the corporate ladder with ease, meat dresses and all, and now she’s a global pop star. It all began, however, with Rob Fusari and Wendy Starland. The three linked up in 2005, when Starland the talent scout introduced a young Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to Fusari the producer.
“Fusari asked me to find an artist under the age of 25 who could be the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes,” Starland said. “I only brought Rob Fusari one artist for us to work with…and that artist became Lady Gaga.” Gaga’s star began to rise, with Starland and Fusari helping her along as “developers.”
The industry relationship turned sour in 2009, when Fusari attempted to alter the terms of their deal. Starland sued, and four years later she has been awarded $7.3 million. Gaga apparently helped Starland’s case in her disposition, saying “my understanding was that Wendy and him had initially agreed upon 50/50 perhaps before Wendy ever found me, and after I was signed to Rob and made music, Rob began to change his mind.”
Gaga doesn’t seem overly concerned with the legal circus, evidenced by her incredible outfit worn in Manchester last night.