Did Lady Gaga rip off Lina Morgana?

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The story of Lina Morgana, a singer who died years ago doesn’t seem like headline news, until you factor in Lady Gaga potentially ripping off her style…

In 2007, producer Rob Fusari brought Lina Morgana from Staten Island into his studio. Morgana was looking to launch a career in music.

To write material for Lina Morgana, Fusari brought in another unknown local musician, Stefani Germanotta, who would later become known as Lady Gaga. Stefani was a privileged Manhattanite who began studying music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts while only 17. Fusari had first met her when trying to put together what he termed “a female version of The Strokes.”.

At Rob Fusari’s studio, Lina Morgana and Stefani Germanotta wrote and recorded about a dozen songs together. None were released commercially, though the song “Wunderland” (with back-up vocals by Gaga) has been leaked to YouTube.

In preparation for what she believed would be her debut record, Lina Morgana shot videos and began posing for publicity stills wearing lingerie, outlandish wigs, platform shoes all of which would later become Lady Gaga looks. It was around this time that Stefani Germanotta began morphing into Lady Gaga, a stage name given her by Rob Fusari, and recording her debut solo album…

Lina Morgana’s tracks were never released. Gaga’s album The Fame dropped Aug. 19, 2008, raced up the charts, and would go on to sell 12 million copies.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Lina Morgana died of an apparent suicide, jumping off the roof of a Staten Island hotel on Oct. 4, 2008. 

Two years later, her mother Yana Morgana took her story to the New York Post, alleging that Lady Gaga stole Morgana’s act.

We’ll leave you with a Lina Morgana song…

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