Shortly after she surprised dean of pop vocalists Tony Bennett
at the Montreal Jazz Festival
, Lady Gaga
teased more of what’s to come from their forthcoming duets album, Cheek To Cheek
. During an ArtRave
tour stop at Ottawa’s Bluesfest, she sat on top of a bubble-wrapped grand piano to sing “I’ve Got A Crush On You,” a 1928 standard written by George
and Ira Gershwin
“What I’ve been wanting to tell you is that, Canada, I’ve got a crush on you,” Gaga said to introduce her brief cover. She sang the hook a cappella, as made famous years later by the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra, before launching into her larger-than-life dance anthem “Born This Way.”
Bennett first announced Cheek To Cheek in 2012, while assuring that the collection of covers would “really affirm that [Gaga]‘s one of the best jazz singers that anyone’s ever heard.” The two have delayed the album’s release a few times since then, although recent appearances at the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Frank Sinatra School of Arts hint that it will (finally) arrive this year.
Watch Lady Gaga sing “I’ve Got a Crush On You” up top, then revisit Sarah Vaughan’s 1957 take below. More »
What a wonderful surprise! Only Lady Gaga
can go from projectile paint vomit mechanical bull riding
to a classy jazz soiree in Canada.
Mother Monster made an appearance during legendary crooner Tony Bennett‘s set at Montreal Jazz Festival last night to premiere a few songs off of their forthcoming duets album, Cheek To Cheek — a long-awaited collaborative record in the works for nearly two years now.
The two performed jazz standards, including “But Beautiful” and “Lush Life,” to the roar of an approving audience (applause, plause), allowing Gaga to show off her ever-impressive, powerful chops. She also reportedly told the crowd that their upcoming album “will be the end of the beginning of my career.”
This wasn’t the first time the two debuted new material together, either — the two surprised students at the Frank Sinatra School Of Arts in NYC as well earlier this year.
“I had the time of my life tonight,” she later wrote on Instagram after posting two photos of herself on stage with Bennett. Check out live footage from the set after the jump, and let us know what you think of Gaga’s classic crooning in the comments below. More »
Is Britney Spears
releasing new music this summer? According to a “press release” posted to fan forum Breathe Heavy
, she will. Produced by Stargate (Femme Fatale
“All the Way” will be released in mid-August and featured in the official soundtrack for Search Party
, directed by Jon Armstrong
, The Hangover
) and set to hit theaters in September.
It’s tough to tell whether this rumor is true. On one hand, the “release” says that the Search Party soundtrack will also feature Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, plus new remixes by Lil Jon featuring LMFAO. Yes, both of those artists would make sense for a film by the director of The Hangover. What doesn’t make sense, though, is how the “release” mentions a “physical CD single” of “All the Way” to be released via Universal. Labels still support CD singles, though they’re hardly a top priority. More »
The second quarter of 2014 delivered a veritable onslaught of sexy pics from our favorite pop divas. Leading the charge was the holy queen of unnecessary nudity Rihanna
. She posed topless (and bottomless) for French men’s magazine Lui
and then posted the pics on Instagram, which led to her account being temporarily deleted. She never reactivated it and we’re still in mourning.
Seasoned attention-seekers Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus got in on the act, losing their clothes for multiple photo shoots, but they were put in their place by pop veteran Madonna. Her nipples took pride of place in Italian Vogue and she proved that there’s no age limit for shameless publicity stunts. Bless her heart. While not as rowdy as the previously-mentioned divas, good girls Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato posted bikini pics, while pop legend Mariah Carey wore a pearl necklace (let’s not go there) and little else for sleazy snapper Terry Richardson. See all the sexy pop star antics up top. More »
TGIF, Idolator readers!
This was a very busy week in pop, including some major album releases: Lana Del Rey gave us all of her Ultraviolence, Sam Smith came to give us all the feels with his In The Lonely Hour and J.Lo threw her LOVE?rs a party with A.K.A. Which albums are you loving so far?
There was also some MAJOR scandal. (But isn’t there always?) Lady Gaga‘s controversy-riddled “Do What U Want” video with R. Kelly and Terry Richardson partially surfaced online, Miley suggested that her loss to Selena Gomez was rigged at the MuchMusic Video Awards, and Lana Del Rey got into a heated exchange with The Guardian over her interview. Drama!
Over ’round ours, we had a bunch of fun premieres, including JoJo‘s Five Minutes To The Stage webisode, Wrabel‘s “Into The Wild,” Brooklynn‘s “Mile High”, Deluka‘s Bonds EP and more. Phew!
Plus, it’s officially the start of summer this weekend, which means we’re obsessing over which song will become the official Song Of Summer ’14 — and we want you to help us decide! There’s still time left to vote in our poll.
As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Here are some of the week’s best comments below! More »
How long has Lady Gaga
been dressing like Cher
circa 1987? We know Mother Monster is a fan but the latest pics on her Instagram feed could be used as evidence for a restraining order. The ARTPOP
diva has basically turned back time (get it?) to the decade that taste forgot and is reliving her former duet partner
‘s look, one wig at a time.
The weird thing is how well the garb suits Gaga. Sure, she looks like she just walked off the set of Moonstruck but dark hair really works for her and the crazy curls bring out her Italian heritage. Perhaps the “G.U.Y.” singing could use Cher’s hey-day as a starting point and then tone it down a bit. Just so she doesn’t get requests to sing “I Found Someone” while walking down the street. More »
Initially, Lady Gaga
was to release her “Do What U Want”
video last December. She never did, though, blaming time constraints and “betrayal” – an unsatisfying explanation, considering how her ARTPOP
duet with R. Kelly
with Christina Aguilera
) blew away critics and fans alike. Earlier today (June 19), a leaked snippet and anonymous statements hint at other, more incriminating reasons why the “Do What U Want” video was never released.
In the snippet, Lady Gaga lays naked on a hospital bed, covered by only a sheet. R. Kelly, playing doctor, reaches for her underneath the sheet, making her moan slightly. (“Sounds like that medicine’s starting to kick in,” he says.) The video cuts to a party scene, over that same hospital bed: As R. Kelly lights up a cigar, nurses crawl over and toy with a comatose Gaga’s body. Another scene catches her in a room, either in dancing in a dress of tabloids or naked and writhing explicitly, before director Terry Richardson. See it below. More »
plans to balance his Trap Muzik
roots with his pop-centric present
with Paperwork: The Motion Picture
, out September on Columbia. During a New York listening session hosted by VH1, the Atlanta rap mogul revealed that he plans to feature Lady Gaga
on the record, in a song called “New National Anthem.”
While the song already features rising R&B singer Victoria Monet, T.I.’s finalizing plans to feature Lady Gaga too, according to HipHopDX. This collaboration follows “Jewels N’ Drugs,” Gaga’s ARTPOP posse cut also featuring Too $hort and Twista. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett surprised students on the last day of class at the Frank Sinatra School of Arts in New York City yesterday. They even performed a duet version of the classic song “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”. [Walb]
:: Talk about great casting! Execs at Lifetime have chosen rising Disney diva Zendaya to play Aaliyah in a new biopic. It makes sense especially given that her breakthrough hit “Replay” sounded like a lost Baby Girl demo. In a good way. [Vulture]
:: Chris Brown has hit the studio with Justin Bieber to record a collaboration for their loyal fans. This doesn’t sound like a particularly wise move for either of them but there you have it. [Rap-Up]
:: Well, this is kind of sweet. Casper Smart, who has been accused of cheating on Jennifer Lopez with a transgender Instagram model, took it upon himself to plug his famous ex’s new LP A.K.A. online. At least he’s trying. [Radar Online]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
What happened to Lady Gaga
? One minute, she’s the biggest pop star on the planet. The next, she’s posting semi-nudes on social media to get people talking. (The curse of ARTPOP
is real and terrifying!) As for the pic? Well, Mother Monster took a bath in her least flattering wig and made sure somebody was there to capture the moment for Instagram.
This is pretty tame as far as the 28-year-old’s multitude of nude pics are concerned. You can see a bit of side-boob but the unruly mop on her head steals the show. Gaga is clearly channeling underground singer/songwriter L.P., which is actually kind of cool. It also looks like we use the same shower gel, so that’s nice. See the “G.U.Y.” diva’s post after the jump. More »