The race for #1 on the Billboard 200 over the past week was a tight one, but in the end it was Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga who (barely) won it. The pair’s collaborative album of jazz duets, Cheek To Cheek, topped the main album chart after selling 131,000 copies, thus giving 88-year-old Bennett his second #1 LP (after 2011′s Duets II) and 28-year-old Gaga her third (following 2011′s Born This Way and 2013′s ARTPOP).
Just behind Cheek To Cheek is Kenny Chesney‘s 17th studio LP The Big Revival, at #2 (130,000). Giving both a run for their money was last week’s #1 album, Barbra Streisand‘s Partners, which slips to #3 after selling another 127,000 copies.
Head below to see where the rest of this week’s players wound up on the album chart. More »
Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you to decide which album ultimately ruled.
It’s that time again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for September! Last month, art-pop purveyor from down under Kimbra dazzled our readers, resulting in a crowning victory for her daring and ambitious The Golden Echo.
And now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of September. More »
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett traveled to Brussels earlier this week to promote pop standards album Cheek to Cheek. The odd (but delightful) couple strutted arm in arm on stage at the city’s Grand Place to perform their rendition of “Anything Goes,” as shown in a new video from that night (above).
Bennett appeared completely at ease – after all, he has appeared in a suit and before a jazz band throughout his decades-long career. Meanwhile, Gaga twirled in her gold sequined gown as she belted her parts in the song, originally the title track from Cole Porter‘s 1934 Broadway musical. More »
Another week has passed in the Pop world, and boy was it jam-packed!
It kicked off with song releases from Jessie J with “Burning Up”, and Kiesza‘s collaboration with Joey Bada$$ on “Bad Thing.” Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s jazz collaboration Cheek To Cheek was released, and Danity Kane surprised everyone with a new album announcement and accompanying single. Kendrick Lamar dropped his anticipated single, “i” while Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose called it quits. Lastly, Carrie Underwood announced Greatest Hits: Decade #1 (her first compilation album) with the new single “Something In The Water” to be released on September 29.
Here at Idolator, we spoke to LIGHTS about her new album and also interviewed K. Michelle (it included a ton of shade, of course).
As usual, you were all quite vocal this week! Check out some of the best comments below. More »
Following yesterday’s tease, Lady Gaga‘s full, live “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” visual has arrived. If you’re not quite up on the tune, it was originally performed by none other than Cher in 1966 — hence Gaga’s “Turn Back Time”-esque wig — and has been subsequently covered in some form or other by the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Audio Bullys, Charlotte Church and David Guetta. Needless to say, the song is a classic, which made it ripe for Gaga to tackle a rendition for her and Tony Bennett‘s just-released LP of standards, Cheek To Cheek — albeit as a live bonus track, recorded (in one take!) at Lincoln Center.
Tony and Gaga have an upcoming PBS special airing October 24, during which the pair will be performing selections from Cheek To Cheek. “Bang Bang” serves as an appetizer for what’s to come from that. Get cocked and loaded by watching above. More »
Just after the release of Cheek To Cheek, her collaboration album with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga has teased a new visual for the jazz LP. The two are gearing up for a live performance of the album for PBS’ “THIRTEEN’s Great Performances,” which will include Gaga’s rousing rendition of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”
Made famous thanks to Cher‘s 1966 single (as well as Beyonce‘s recent take on it for the “On The Run Tour” promo), Lady Gaga put her own spin on the classic song in the 30-second teaser video. Dressed in a red-leather jumpsuit and donning a Cher-inspired wig, the singer stuns with her tender vocals. More »
In case you hadn’t already heard the news, this is a week of celebration for true lovers of jazz standards.
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s duet record Cheek To Cheek has finally hit the streets this week, and critics are already abuzz. To keep that momentum going strong, the two superstar acts hopped on Twitter this afternoon to answer a few questions from iTunes (and fans!) about their brand new record. More »
Lady Gaga has shown signs of her love for Jazz throughout her career, but with her latest project she dives into the genre at full speed! Cheek To Cheek, her collaborative album with the legendary Tony Bennett, was released today (September 23). The album finds the usually over-the-top singer putting her vocals to the forefront, and displaying a more soulful personality – not to mention that she manages to hold her own next to one of the biggest musical greats of our time.
Featuring classic ditties like “Nature Boy” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” Cheek To Cheek is a refreshing listen that highlights the undeniable talent of both Gaga and Bennett and how well they work together.
But what did the music critics think of Cheek To Cheek? Keep reading to see what they had to say about the duet’s album. More »
Sam Smith put his paws up recently by sending Lady Gaga an emotional fan email. Mother Monster was moved to tears by his words and jumped on Twitter to respond. “You’re so special my baby,” she wrote. “Your email made me cry @samsmithworld With the voice of an angel, u need no permission or advice. You’re perfect.” That’s adorable but what on earth did he say?
Well, the chart-conquering crooner cleared the matter up in a new interview. “I wrote her an email basically just saying, ‘I remember being a 17-year-old, queuing up for your concert, dreaming up doing this and being in the music industry’,” Sam told AMP Radio Boston. “The thing I admire most about [her] was the hustle and what she did to get into the industry.”
But he didn’t stop there. “I just ran with it, saying, ‘Thank you so much for inspiring me to do this because the reason why I’m here now is partly because of you.’” The “Stay With Me” hitmaker should strike up a conversation with Cher. She recently went on a Twitter tirade expressing her love for all things Gaga. ARTPOP might have tanked but high-profile Monsters continue to represent. More »
Lady Gaga is in a much better place today than she was a little over a year ago — at least, that’s according to Mother Monster herself.
In a revealing new interview with CBS Sunday Morning (which aired on Sunday morning over the weekend, obviously), the Born This Way pop diva and the legendary Mr. Tony Bennett sat down to discuss their jazz standards duets record Cheek To Cheek (out Tuesday!), their unique chemistry and the events in Gaga’s life that motivated her to begin this new musical endeavor. More »