Here’s a classy way to pass the time on your Friday afternoon. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have released some rehearsal footage from their Cirque Royal performance and it’s fascinating stuff. Mother Monster, who rocks a Cleopatra-evoking black bob and golden robe, belts out Cheek To Cheek international bonus track “Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered”, while her duet partner watches on.
The ARTPOP diva gives it her all in the mesmerizing solo performance, belting out the 1940s show tune in fine style. It’s surprising this was left off the US edition because it it really is lovely. (That probably had something to do with Rod Stewart and Cher covering it semi-recently on the rocker’s Great American Songbook 2 album). If you haven’t had the chance to check out Gaga’s version yet, make sure to watch it up top. More »
In support of their duet jazz album Cheek To Cheek, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett will perform a handful of tracks off the LP on the PBS special Great Performances — Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! We already got a brief teaser, with Mother Monster putting her own spin on Cher‘s “Bang Bang.” But more previews have surfaced, where the duo sing album cuts like “I Won’t Dance,” “Nature Boy” and “Cheek To Cheek.”
Cheek To Cheek Live will air on PBS tonight (October 24) at 9 p.m. EST. Check out a few more preview videos from the PBS special after the jump. Cheek To Cheek was released on September 19 via Interscope and Columbia Records. More »
Yikes. This has already been quite a week regarding alleged artist-producer relations after Kesha‘s reported bombshell lawsuit against Dr. Luke, and now, another pop star is speaking out about her own experience in the recording studio.
While promoting her #1 jazz record Cheek To Cheek with Tony Bennett, Gaga opened up to the UK’s The Times about what she considered to be industry “sharks”: “It’s very hard, this business, and there are a lot of sharks, she said. “I’ve had really awful experiences with men in the studio. Made me very uncomfortable….I didn’t feel like I was being cherished for my vocal talents but was seen more as someone to take advantage of.’”
Gaga has always been vocal about her struggles in the industry, as documented in the video for “Marry The Night,” for instance. In the article, Gaga also confirmed that she was sexually objectified: “I don’t have to elaborate, but when women who are in the business that are young read this article I hope [they realize] that you do not have to put up with that…I hope to be an inspiration that if you’re talented enough, you can work hard and achieve your dreams.” More »
Judging from Instagram pictures and red-carpet events, it’s pretty clear that Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney are madly in love. But did the couple finally make their relationship official? The Daily Mail is reporting the two recently held a commitment ceremony to show how much they truly love each other.
According to the site, Gaga and her actor boyfriend (who has starred in films and television shows like Zero Dark Thirty and Chicago Fire) held the ceremony at NYC restaurant Joanne Trattoria, which is owned by the singer’s parents. Only a few family members and close friends were said to be in attendance.
They reportedly plan on getting officially married next year when they have more free time. The couple met back in 2011 on the set of Mother Monster’s “You and I” music video, and have been dating ever since. More »
We’ll be honest: If Kelly Clarkson isn’t involved, we don’t really follow Jason Aldean. But congrats to the 37-year-old Georgia native, anyway, for earning his second chart-topping album on the Billboard 200 with Old Boots, New Dirt. The LP sold 278,000 copies this week, thus bumping Blake Shelton from #1 and racking up the third-largest opening for an album in 2014, behind Coldplay‘s Ghost Stories (383,000) and Eric Church‘s The Outsiders (288,000).
Coming in just behind Aldean is Irish crooner Hozier, whose weekend appearance on Saturday Night Live no doubt aided his self-titled debut landing at #2 with 58,000 copies sold. After that, music’s old standards continue to rule, as Barbra Streisand and the duo of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga refuse to budge from the #3 and #4 positions, respectively.
See how the rest of the Top 10 played out this week below. More »
They just can’t get enough! Musical soulmates Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have delivered yet another video from their #1 jazz record, Cheek To Cheek.
With “But Beautiful,” Mother Monster and the legendary Mr. Bennett team up inside the studio to sing the classic standard for a straightforward performance, as opposed to their previous montage clips like “Anything Goes.” Ditching the big Cher hair for a cute cropped blonde ‘do, Gaga serves up plenty of emotion throughout, while Tony faithfully croons the tune to his Lady.
These two clearly love nothing more than making music together, smiling sweetly at each other throughout. Tony even wipes Gaga’s tears at one point! Awwww.
Watch the video up top. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers. We did it. We made it through yet another week of pop!
There’ve been some major releases along the way — from Tinashe‘s Aquarius to Betty Who‘s Take Me When You Go, to Gorgon City‘s Sirens — along with some major premieres. Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj gave us the official “***Flawless” remix performance, Marina And The Diamonds debuted her “Froot” and a newly slimmed down Take That returned with “These Days.”
Over ’round these parts, we interviewed the fantastic Molly Lambert and premiered the Giorgio Moroder remix of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s Cheek To Cheek jam, “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” Naturally, all of the above (and more!) got our readers talking.
Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Mackintosh Braun, an electro-pop duo from Portland, Oregon, have made a name for themselves through song features on some of your favorite TV shows (Gossip Girl, Chuck, Grey’s Anatomy). But now they are ready to take on the the music scene at full speed, with the release of their The City Below EP – out on October 14. The project is slated ahead of their forthcoming third studio album, Arcadia, which will arrive early next year.
The duo, comprised of Ian Mackintosh and Ben Braun, have a bright approach to their music – which has a breezy ’80s charm (think along the lines of John Hughes). But their modern twist on classic synths and airy drum patterns is what makes them stand out in the pop world – and it may be genetic! Ben’s father (Michael Braun) was a longtime drummer for Hall & Oates, and has been his musical inspiration.
I spoke with them about their upcoming releases and their love for Portland, as well as their experience working with Lady Gaga. Read on to see what Mackintosh Braun had to say in our Q&A below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Can you believe a year has passed since the release of Miley Cyrus‘ controversial media circus, that was Bangerz? The singer took to Instagram (duh) to celebrate the album’s first anniversary, and posted cute collages and gifts from her fans. [MTV]
:: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett continue to take their Cheek To Cheek project on the road! The jazz duo’s final performance for 2014 will be in Las Vegas’ The Cosmopolitan Casino for a special New Year’s Eve concert. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 10. [HitFix]
:: Talk show host Wendy Williams will host the 2015 Soul Train Awards. The award show will occur on November 7 at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, and will air on BET and Centric at 8p.m. EST on November 30. [Huffington Post]
:: Rockstars like Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe and Muse‘s Matt Bellamy plan to contribute to a special cause. The musicians have designed custom Carparelli guitars, which will be auctioned off at Bonhams New York on November 9. Proceeds will go to War Child USA. [Rolling Stone]
:: Paul Revere, leader of ’60s rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders, passed away at the age of 76. The band is known in music history for being a major influence for garage rock and early punk. [Brooklyn Vegan]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga may have channeled the jazz greats for their chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek, but legendary producer Giorgio Moroder is taking the pair straight to the modern day dancefloor with his remix of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.”
It’s not a jarring overhaul, either; rather, Moroder gives his re-working a charming pop sheen with simple chords, bright synths and a bouncy bassline that compliments the cute, playful nature of Tony and Gaga found in the vocals of the song.
Listen to Giorgio’s interpretation of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” below. More »