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Lady Gaga spoke out about a lot of things during her interview with Howard Stern yesterday, from a past incident of sexual assault by a producer to her love of great, underappreciated singers like Sia. But one of the other things she revealed? Her newfound appreciation for 1989 darling, Taylor Swift!
It wasn’t always this way, however.
“We’ve met a few times, and I can’t say anything bad about her. What she doesn’t know [is] I was at the AMAs or something,” she explained on the radio program. “Her and I were sitting next to each other and she goes, ‘Oh my God! I love ARTPOP. I love ‘Applause,’ and ‘Applause is my favorite song,’” she explained on the program. And yes, there is photographic evidence of this exchange. (See up top.) But that wasn’t enough to sway Gaga — yet. More »
“She is the most consummate performer I’ve ever met, and I’ve met a lot of performers in my lifetime,” Tony Bennett gushed about Lady Gaga during the pair’s sitdown on The Colbert Report last night. Bennett and Gaga explained to host Stephen Colbert how they came together to record their chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek, as well as their process for choosing which songs to cover from the Great American Songbook.
After their interview, the jazz-loving twosome performed their rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “Cheek To Cheek” — or rather, their musical number was taped before the chat, but aired after it…a production secret comically Gaga blew when she blurted out “Didn’t we just sing?” while Colbert was attempting to set up the performance for viewers. Oops! More »
Earlier this morning (December 2), Lady Gaga shocked fans by revealing that she was raped by a producer as a 19-year-old. She didn’t name her attacker but that didn’t stop Kesha‘s lawyer, Mark Geragos, from pointing the finger at Dr. Luke. He tweeted a link to an article about Mother Monster’s assault with the inflammatory caption: “guess who the rapists [sic] was?” The mud-slinging attorney then blamed the super-producer directly.
Embarrassingly for him, and indirectly for Kesha, Gaga immediately refuted the allegations. “It’s absolutely not true… the Dr. Luke lawsuit is utterly incomprehensible,” one of her representatives told TMZ. “This simply isn’t true and how dare someone take advantage of such a sensitive matter.” The man behind hits like “Dark Horse” and “Timber” then issued a statements saying: “Mark Geragos’ statement is completely false and defamatory. Luke met Lady Gaga twice for less than half an hour total in those two meetings combined.” See the lawyer’s tweets after the jump. More »
Lady Gaga sat down with Howard Stern this morning (December 2) to plug Cheek To Cheek, her duets LP with jazz legend Tony Bennett, but also opened up about the dark side of the music industry — revealing that she was raped by a former producer. “I went through some horrific things but I’m able to laugh now… but I was a shell of my former self at one point,” Mother Monster says of the assault, which occurred when she was just 19 years old.
“It happens every day and it’s really scary and sad,” Gaga continued. “It didn’t affect me as much right after as it did about four or five years later.” Her reason for not calling out her attacker? “I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened. I don’t want to be defined by it.” The ARTPOP pioneer called for record executives to look after female artists, which seems like pertinent advice given Kesha‘s recent allegations.
The hitmaker was also questioned about her fellow divas and found some kind words for Sia and Taylor Swift. “It is a shame that someone like Sia isn’t bigger and people that can sing are bigger,” she lamented. As for the 1989 record-breaker? “I’ve met her a few times and I can’t say anything bad about her.” Gaga then explained that Taylor was a big fan of “Applause”. Listen to the interview in full after the jump. More »
All year long, ARTPOP diva Lady Gaga and the legendary Mr. Tony Bennett have kept us moving and grooving to the jazzy, swinging sound of their #1 record, Cheek To Cheek, from their live PBS special to their glam holiday campaign with H&M to their recent duet on The View.
And so, to celebrate the year in Cheek To Cheek, we’re giving away one VERY special limited edition box set of the record just in time for the holiday season, complete with autographed sheet music, vinyl records…even a personalized handkerchief! Want to enter to win? It’s easy. Find out how after the jump. More »
Lady Gaga recently wrapped up her extensive ArtRave tour, and upon her return to New York City she joined her old pal Tony Bennett on The View! The loving jazz duo performed “Cheek To Cheek” on the talk show today (November 25), with a ton of sparkling energy.
Afterwards, the two sat down with the hosts to discuss how they first met and their working relationship together. Gaga and Bennett are planning to perform even more shows in 2015, including a post-Grammys gig on February 8.
Watch the performance up top, and catch their interview after the jump! More »
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett love nothing more than dancing Cheek To Cheek — and their tireless #CheekToCheekPromo certainly isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
In a new Johan Renck-directed advertisement for their H&M holiday campaign, the two superstar duet partners have teamed up yet again to give us all their jazzy glamour with a truly chic holiday soiree. The clip, filled with devastating attractive partygoers, sees the two doing what they do best — entertaining the crowd! — while performing “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” off of their jazz standards LP. As per usual, Gaga’s giving us lots of look in her massive Cher wig and Mr. Bennett is looking dapper in a suit as the two slow dance, croon and flirt the night away. We certainly wouldn’t mind being invited to the next one.
Watch Gaga and Tony’s clip up top, and let us know what you think in the comments below. More »
Another promotional video from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s chart-topping Cheek To Cheek album has premiered, and this time it’s for the pair’s cover of Duke Ellington‘s 1931 jazz standard “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”. Like the rest of the clips from this project, Mother Monster and Tony are shown here in a studio while recording their vocals for the album. There’s nothing groundbreaking being visualized, but it is a treat to see Gaga channeling her inner Liza by bopping around with quirky hand gestures and tossing her short blond hair to and fro.
Cheek To Cheek is still hanging in there on the Billboard 200 at #30 in its eighth week on the chart. Do you think Gaga will be giving the gift of a new pop album, a la this now-classic masterpiece, in 2015? More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Did you have a good week? Same. As always, a whole bunch of pop happenings went down in the past few days — including the release of One Direction‘s highly anticipated fourth studio album, FOUR! (And yes, it’s already on track to having the second highest-selling opening week sales of 2014…just below Taylor Swift, of course.)
Plus, Sia announced her new “Iko Iko” cover for her husband’s Kickstarter project, Pentatonix gave us their “Mary, Did You Know?” visual and we celebrated the 5th anniversary of Lady Gaga‘s Fame Monster EP. (Time flies when you’re cheek to cheek!) And, in case you haven’t seen it yet, we took a time machine back to the grand year in music that was 1994 and counted down the Top 50 best songs, with interviews from acts like Ace Of Base, Haddaway and Lisa Loeb. Check it out!
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out some of the week’s best and worst comments after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Wendy Starland, a talent scout who helped to find Lady Gaga, just won a major lawsuit! She filed against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari, claiming that he failed to share the profits in discovering the “female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes.” Starland is now walking away with $7.3 million in her pocket! [Billboard]
:: It turns out that Bono‘s injuries from his cycling accident are very serious. The U2 frontman suffered from various fractures — including a facial one, a shoulder fracture and one on the humerus. He had to undergo five hours of surgery. [Billboard]
:: Justin Timberlake just got even richer! The singer is now the co-owner of audio technology company, AfterMaster. The business focuses on re-mastering and enhancing the quality of songs. [Entrepreneur]
:: Watch out, #Directioners! Taylor Swift is still friends with her ex-boyfriend, One Direction‘s Harry Styles. The pair split last year, but have recently been talking again. Maybe their conversations began with the songs she wrote about him on 1989? [Just Jared]
Find out what music you can catch on TV below. More »