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On April 8, 2008, the album was revealed to have a fall release. However, the album was released earlier in select countries. The fall date was confirmed to be October 28, 2008 in the United States.

Title and artworkEdit

The name of the album was revealed simultaneously with the release of "Just Dance" in April of 2008. The artwork was revealed on July 26, 2008 via her official website.

The photoshoot for the album cover took place on May 19, 2008 with photographer Warwick Saint. However, after a session with Pieter Henket in May, Gaga asked to use these photographs instead. The official album artwork for "The Fame" features Lady Gaga's face, with her Crystal Glasses and Disco Stick. Gaga explained that she wanted to portray the look of an already established artist, as she had been making music for a long time prior to her album release. The cover has been compared to an old Italian Vogue magazine from the 70s to 80s, and expresses the idea of bringing back the concept of fame. All editions of the album besides the United States version have "Lady Gaga" written in blue. The US edition used red instead.

Tracklist and release historyEdit

The tracklist was announced a few days before the release on August 19, 2008. On September 4, 2008, Gaga revealed through the Haus of Gaga blog on her official website that she intended to have a different song replacing track eight on each different localized version: "Money Honey" on the Canadian version, "Starstruck" on the US version, and the European release, "Vanity". However, only the Canadian version followed the original schedule as "Starstruck" became track nine in the US and "Vanity" was exclusively released by the online music store, Rhapsody.

Canadian and original international editionEdit

Planned for a fall released, Gaga mentioned that they rush-produced the mastering of the album in order to release it as early as August 19, 2009.

This first set of released had a slightly different than the other release with some different photos used and the misprints on some lyrics. For example, the chorus of "Poker Face" reads: "She's goy me like nobody" instead of "She's got me like nobody". The ending of "LoveGame" is different and the introduction on this version of "Money Honey" is longer than on other releases. On select pressing, the bonus track is listed as "I Like It Rough" (non-LP version).

Release historyEdit

The Canadian and Russian release had a Jewel Box while the other release had a Super Jewel Box.

Region Date Catalog # Barcode
Ca August 19, 2008 0251766489 602517664890
Au Mx Ru My Ua1 + EU September 6, 2008 1781425 602517814257
Ru September 30, 2008 237871 4605026699762
Kr October 16, 2008 DA9927 8808678238303
Pl October 31, 2008 345283 602517903098
  1. The Ukrainian edition have a different back cover and was released through Moon Records Ukrain for Universal Music / Interscope Records. Poker Face is mispelled as "Pocker Face" and this edition had 2 different disk colors: the original blue and also a red one.

US and international editionEdit

Following the limited release of the first edition, a second edition labeleld "Revised (International) Edition" was released throughout 2008 to 2009. This version of the album is the most known and available version released.

The revised edition includes an altered track listing and some minor artwork changes; the booklet have new photos and lyrics to the new songs added. Aside from artwork differences, "LoveGame" and "Money Honey" were slightly remixed. "Again Again" was removed, while "Starstruck", "Paper Gangsta", and "I Like It Rough" were all added. The iTunes Store has "Disco Heaven" as a bonus track.

Announced for October 9, 2008 in the United States, the date was pushed to October 28. Unique to the US version, the text "Lady Gaga" on the front cover is colored red for this version.

No. Title Length
1. "Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis) 4:01
2. "LoveGame"   3:35
3. "Paparazzi"   3:30
4. "Poker Face"   3:59
5. "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"   2:55
6. "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich"   2:50
7. "The Fame"   3:35
8. "Money Honey"   2:52
9. "Starstruck" (featuring Space Cowboy and Flo Rida) 3:35
10. "Boys Boys Boys"   3:20
11. "Paper Gangsta"   4:23
12. "Brown Eyes"   4:05
13. "I Like It Rough"   3:22
14. "Summerboy"   4:14
Total length:
54:19

Release historyEdit

All countries except the UK, Ireland, Japan, and Canada received this edition of The Fame. A new Australian version was also released to replace the first one. The Taiwanese edition has a Chinese translation of the booklet and blue colored text on the cover.

Region Date Catalog # Barcode
Globe-green September 6, 2008 17913974 602517913974
Us October 28, 2008 B0011805-02 602517891388
Th Sg My In Id Pl Cz Sk November 24, 2008 (3) 602517929647
Th Cn May 26, 2009 GEO250C / 179 296-4 9787880941258
Us December 8, 2008 SDCM-14827-A571 619659055530
Us November 4, 2008 B0011805-01 2 602517854772
Kr February 12, 2009 DS6042 8808678239447
Cn April, 2009 1231280 (6) 8809055012479
Gb May 11, 2009 (8) 602527852003
De June 23, 2009 (7) 602527114705
Br De Ar Cl Uy Mx August 21, 2009 5321334 (4) 600753213346
Fr September 20, 2010 (5) 600753297902
Za October 14, 2009 SLIDECD 57 6009143390034
Kr January 18, 2011 DC6912 8808678248173
DC6464 8808678243697
Kr January 4, 2012 DC30070 8808678249743
  1. slotMusic released the album on a special SD card.
  2. The album was released as 12" vinyl
  3. Some of the International editions(3) have a white border with "'country name' edition" repeated around the cover. Some also have the flag printed on the jewel case.
  4. CD is housed in special cardboard slipcase. Sold in Germany as part of the PUR edition series that offers CDs in cardboard slipcases without booklet for cheaper prices.
    1. Slidepack edition with border with "Argentina/Chile/Uruguay" written, Mexico edition.
  5. Eco digipack
  6. Special edition of the iRiver Series E50 FM 4GB
  7. Special limited edition sold in Saturn store only.
  8. Vinyl 12", comes with the CD

UK, Irish, and Japanese editionEdit

For the release in the UK, Ireland and Japan, a third version was released in 2009. This version include a few minor modifications to the track listing: "I Like It Rough" and "Starstruck" were moved and "Again Again" was added back. "Again Again" was first released in the first edition and was excluded from the revised international edition. A brand new track, "Retro, Dance, Freak" was released as a bonus track in Japan.

Gaga explained that she wanted to include "new tracks" because some of her fans had already the album for over 5 months when this third edition was released. The artwork used the original blue color for the text "Lady Gaga".

Release historyEdit

Region Date Catalog # Barcode
Gb Ir January 12, 2009 1791747 602517917477
Gb Ir January 12, 2009 17965713 1 602517965713
Jp May 20, 2009 UICS-1186 4988005560148
Jp June 22, 2009 UICS-9104 2 4988005569622
EU July 9, 2009 602527035529 3 602527035529
  1. HMV.com UK released the album with an exclusive slipcase with a completely different cover artwork but with the same track list as the local edition.
  2. This edition has a 10,000 release copy limit, a holographic foil cover and every music video from The Fame, on a seperate DVD except "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich".
  3. This limited edition of 250 copies is a special 2 GB USB Key (about 700mb used for the content). The content include 24 mp3 tracks at 256 kbps CBR, 4 music videos ("Just Dance" to "Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)"), some pictures (digital single covers and promotional photos) and a digital copy of The Fame booklet. The USB Key is 70 mm x 48.5mm and 11mm thick and was designed by Irene Silva along with the packaging.

The Fame MonsterEdit

Originally intended to be a re-release of The Fame with eight additional tracks, Gaga and her record label announced that The Fame Monster would be a standalone album containing the eight new songs. The deluxe edition of the album contains The Fame in its entirety along with The Fame MonsterLearn more

BookletEdit

The gallery below is a digital copy of the "Special Edition" booklet..

Along the songs lyrics, For A Moment by late Joanne Germanotta is printed.

PersonnelEdit

Liner notesEdit

The Fame original liner notes

I am sitting in a hotel room in Vietnam. Preparing to perform on the first ever American/Vietnamese broadcast since the war. It really is the perfect time to write.
There are so many people, places, and things that I need to thank for the success of this project. But before I begin, I need to say that each and every chemical moment of my life, every person I have spoken with, every street I have traveled, every museum, country, city, space or home that I have visited has been a profound instance and is mirrored, whether obviously or in some refracted way, in the work you see today. So if your name is not here, it is purely because this is the distilled version of my “thankyous.”

Thank You
Mom, Dad, Natali, Grandma Angelina, Grandma Ronnie, Granpa Paul, Grandpa Joe, Aunt Merle and Uncle Bobby, Aunt Sheri and Uncle Steve, Aunt Carol and Uncle Doug, Laura and Jenny

– I love you.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of family, and showing me the value of always sitting down to dinner together— and never taking a bite till everyone was present. And thank you to all the women in this family,for teaching me how to be one.


Bo, Arianne, and Tania. For being my only true friends


To my mentor Don Lawrence. You are the greatest and most gifted teacher I have ever had.Thank you for my voice, my work ethic, and my discipline.


Jimmy Iovine, Doug Morris, Vincent Herbert, Martin Kierszenbaum, Troy Carter, Leah “My Leg” Landon, Jolene Cherry, RedOne, Akon, Rob Fusari, KNS Productions, Laurie-Ann Gibson and Richie, Melina, Devyne Stephens, Shawn Holiday, Johan Lindgren, Dyana Kass, Bobby Campbell, Brenda Romano, Troy Marshall, Steve Berman, David Cohen, Rand Hoffman, Max Hole, Jurgen Grebner, Tony Harlow, Matt LaMotte, Jennie Boddy, Jen Zeller, Jodi Gerson, Tomoko Itoki, Andrea Ruffalo, Erika Savage, Tom Land, Vicki Boyd, Nino Cuccinello, Juan Martinez, Garnett March, Greg Brooks, Guenael Geay (AKA Lady GG), Thorsten Koenig, Mark Cheatham, Gretchen Anderson, Faith Dillman, Lane Bentley, Jeremy Summers, Irene Silva, Clark Pardee, George Robertson, Space Cowboy, Aaron Bay-Schuck, E-Class, Jen O'Neil, Aimee Nadeau, Josh Feldman,Tamar Braxton, Big Jah, One-Feme aka Efe.


Thank you for believing in me, your support means the world to me.


To my previous bands: Mackin Pulsifer, SGBand, Lady Gaga & The Starlight Revue.


I would like to thank Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Prince, Madonna, and Chanel.


I would like to thank New York. I would like to thank Fashion.

And I would like to thank You: Haus of Gaga: L.G, L.L., M. "Dada" W., M. “D”. E, C. “C”. D, R. “Ninja”, Space Cowboy, S. “Kamikazee” M., David “Dark” C., A. “The Ornament" C., L.A.G.

The Fame credits included with the Deluxe Edition of The Fame Monster

I am sitting in a hotel room in Vietnam. Preparing to perform on the first ever American/Vietnamese broadcast since the war. It really is the perfect time to write.
There are so many people, places, and things that I need to thank for the success of this project. But before I begin, I need to say that each and every chemical moment of my life, every person I have spoken with, every street I have traveled, every museum, country, city, space or home that I have visited has been a profound instance and is mirrored, whether obviously or in some refracted way, in the work you see today. So if your name is not here, it is purely because this is the distilled version of my “thankyous.”

Thank You
Mom, Dad, Natali, Grandma Angelina, Grandma Ronnie, Granpa Paul, Grandpa Joe, Aunt Merle and Uncle Bobby, Aunt Sheri and Uncle Steve, Aunt Carol and Uncle Doug, Laura and Jenny

– I love you.

Thank you for teaching me the importance of family, and showing me the value of always sitting down to dinner together— and never taking a bite till everyone was present. And thank you to all the women in this family,for teaching me how to be one.


Bo, Arianne, and Tania. For being my only true friends


To my mentor Don Lawrence. You are the greatest and most gifted teacher I have ever had.Thank you for my voice, my work ethic, and my discipline.


Jimmy Iovine, Doug Morris, Vincent Herbert, Martin Kierszenbaum, Troy Carter, Jolene Cherry, RedOne, Akon, Rob Fusari, KNS Productions, Laurie-Ann Gibson and Richie, Melina, Devyne Stephens, Shawn Holiday, Johan Lindgren, Dyana Kass, Bobby Campbell, Brenda Romano, Troy Marshall, Steve Berman, David Cohen, Rand Hoffman, Max Hole, Jurgen Grebner, Tony Harlow, Matt LaMotte, Jennie Boddy, Jen Zeller, Jodi Gerson, Tomoko Itoki, Andrea Ruffalo, Erika Savage, Tom Land, Vicki Boyd, Nino Cuccinello, Juan Martinez, Garnett March, Greg Brooks, Guenael Geay (AKA Lady GG), Thorsten Koenig, Mark Cheatham, Gretchen Anderson, Faith Dillman, Lane Bentley, Jeremy Summers, Irene Silva, Clark Pardee, George Robertson, Space Cowboy, Aaron Bay-Schuck, E-Class, Jen O'Neil, Aimee Nadeau, Josh Feldman,Tamar Braxton, Big Jah, One-Feme aka Efe, Tony Seyler, Kerry Hickey, Staci Yamano, Chris Lopes, Enrique Ongpin, Nathalie Levey, Amina Elshahawi, Dave Tomberlin, Marty Diamond, Sara Ramaker, Nicole Ehrlich, Emma Banks, Angela Ciemny.


Thank you for believing in me, your support means the world to me.

To FlyLife: Carmen, Peter, and my dear Martha, I love you so much. You were the first heartbeat in this project, and your support and brilliance means the world to me. I will always fight for the gay community hand in hand with this incredible team.


To my previous bands: Mackin Pulsifer, SGBand, Lady Gaga & The Starlight Revue.


I would like to thank Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Prince, Madonna, and Chanel.


I would like to thank New York. I would like to thank Fashion.

And I would like to thank You: Haus of Gaga: L.G, L.L., M. "Dada" W., M. “D”. E, C. “C”. D, R. “Ninja”, Space Cowboy, S. “Kamikazee” M., David “Dark” C., A. “The Ornament" C., L.A.G.

Additional Thanks to: Beyonce, Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley, Fernando Garibay, Ron Fair, Hedi Slimane, Peter Savic, Billy B, Nicola Formichetti, Francis Lawrence, Jonas Åkerlund, Gary Stiffelman, Jeff Gilman, Marvin Oblanca, Wendi, Asiel Hardison, Michael Silas, Ian McKenzie, TJ, Junko, Arleishia, Piers, Jaclyn, Scottie, Jimmy, Eric, Kenny, Marc Geiger, John Marx, Michele Bernstein, David Levy, Solomon Parker, Dave Wirtschafter

A poem for JoanneEdit

For all the words you could not say
I promise they’ll be mine,

The one you meant to marry J
I promise I will find


And when your brother calls for me
I promise I will come,


Cause when I feel that I may break
You heart, it makes mine strong”

–Stefani Joanne Germanotta

Related releasesEdit

Title Globe-green Released
Vanity Vanity Ca September 23, 2008
Exclusively released in the online music store, Rhapsody.
Christmas Tree (feat Space Cowboy) Christmas Tree (feat. Space Cowboy) Globe-green December 16, 2008
Digital release only
The Cherrytree Sessions The Cherrytree Sessions Us February 3, 2009
1st pressing: Limited edition sold in store by Borders. Digital version available in the US/CA.

2nd pressing: The EP was re-released on August 3, 2010 in North America and Europe.

CA HM HitMixes Ca August 25, 2009
Limited remixes EP released in Canada only

NotesEdit

  • Intro: Contexte + a lot of variations +  TFM
  • Complete release history
  • Rework TFM section
  • Rework Booklet
  • Booklet for TFM.. 2 sections? 1 -TFM + 2 -TF?

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