Just like The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga is another artist whose 1-2 punch of songs dominated the airplay throughout 2009. Even more impressive is to realize that Just Dance and Poker Face were not only the pop singer’s first two number ones, but her first singles ever.
If the former established her sound, then the latter added the sexuality. During a live performance, Gaga explained that the song is about her personal experience with bisexuality, more precisely about being with a man but fantasizing about a woman instead and keeping a ‘poker face’ in order to hide that. Urban Dictionary defines the term ‘poker face’ as “a face on a person that shows no emotion, often called poker face because in the game of poker it would be foolish to show any emotional traits that might screw the game for you.”
Just like Just Dance, Poker Face is a dance-pop track with disco and electronic elements. One of the influences is made clear by Gaga’s choice of lifting the “Mum-mum-mum-mah” line from Boney M’s Ma Baker. 2009 also saw the pop singer embrace on a worldwide tour that would last for no less than 2 years. It’s during these concerts that she became famous for her outrageous stage costumes. The Monster Ball Tour as it was called became the highest-grossing tour for a debuting artist ever, with a total of $227.4 million grossed and 2.5 million spectators.