"You won't be able to order a cup of coffee at the f—ing deli without hearing or seeing me," Lada Gaga [Stefani Germanotta] told her boyfriend in 2008.  It took only two years for her prophecy (or threat) to come true.  Tickets to her Monster Ball global tour were so in demand that [Gaga] expanded it from 30 cities to 106 cities. Her provocative music videos made her the first person to get more than 1 billion hits on YouTube. . . .      [Italics added.]

See article at: Bloomberg Businessweek Year in Review, 20Dec10 — 02Jan11, p. 112