10 years ago, a young woman who went by the stage name of Lady Gaga was working hard in New York City to be noticed with a goal to be a pop star. Stepping out of her NYC comfort zone, she flew to Los Angeles and teamed up with producer and writer RedOne to write a hit song that would prove to be her one shot. She used her struggle from back home as a basis for the song and after only 10 minutes, "Just Dance" was born and so was a star. The song was officially released just shortly after her 22nd birthday on April 8, 2008.
"Just Dance" was written by RedOne, Gaga and Akon and features Colby O'Donis on the track. It would serve as her debut song and lead single from upcoming album The Fame. The hit was intended to be a song of letting go of angers, disappointments, defeats and other negativity for just a moment to unleash and "just dance." The song was a sleeper hit at first but once it built up momentum, Lady Gaga was officially on the mainstream music scene - a dream come true.
Prior to its massive mainstream success, "Just Dance" became a dance hit in the summer of 2008. It then would enter the Hot 100 in Aug. 2008 and crept its way to No. 2. Once it reached No. 2 in January 2009, five months after entering the Hot 100 songs chart, the following week it would become Gaga's first No. 1 hit of her career that would only ascend from there. "Dance" stormed the charts around the world and would eventually become one of the best-selling singles of all time with 10 million copies sold. Along with being the hottest song, it would reach No. 1 on Mainstream Top 40 (Pop Songs on the Billboard charts) while peaking at No. 3 on rhythmic radio. In the U.S., "Just Dance" has been certified 8x Platinum for over 8 million copies sold/shipped.
"Just Dance" was just the beginning. Following the No. 1 track, she released "Poker Face," another song that would be a sleeper hit from parent album The Fame. "Dance" earned Gaga her first Grammy nomination.for Best Dance Recording.
Check out Lady Gaga's first single and music video above.