born in in Livingston, NJ, United States
Rob Fusari is a Grammy Award-winning record producer and songwriter, best known for his previous association with Lady Gaga.
Fusari was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey.
Fusari began writing songs while a student at William Paterson University. He started recording demos, and subsequently met hit songwriter Irwin Levine, who was known for writing "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" and several other hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn.
In the late 1990s, Fusari became producing partners with Vincent Herbert. It was at this time that he wrote his first #1 hit single, "No, No, No", which launched Destiny Child's career. In 2001, Fusari produced "Bootylicious" for the group's third studio album Survivor. The song also peaked at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In 1999, Fusari produced Will Smith's successful single "Wild Wild West" from the film of the same name.
In 2002, he produced the songs "Train on a Track" by Kelly Rowland and Whitney Houston's "Love That Man", which were both released as singles to varying degrees of success in 2003. The same year, Fusari first worked with Britney Spears on a track titled "Love's Supposed 2 Be", which failed to be included on In the Zone. Fusari later introduced Herbert to Lady Gaga at Interscope Records.
In 2008, Fusari served as co-executive producer on Gaga's Grammy-winning debut album, The Fame. He co-wrote, produced and is credited on five songs: "Paparazzi", "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich", "Again Again", "Brown Eyes" and "Disco Heaven". Fusari also produced and co-wrote "Vanity", "Glitter & Grease", and "Retro Dance Freak".
In 2012, he started an independent music label, Last Quarter Records. Fusari is currently signed to Sony ATV Publishing.
Lady Gaga controversy
Fusari sued his former girlfriend Lady Gaga for $30.5 million in March 2010.
- Rose, Lisa. "Lady Gaga files lawsuit of her own against Rob Fusari", The Star-Ledger, 20 March 2010. Accessed 24 February 2011. "The 42-year-old Livingston native, who helped pen and produce such hits as 'Bootylicious' by Destiny's Child and 'Wild Wild West' by Will Smith, was singing a different tune during a taped interview with The Star-Ledger in January."
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- Official Website