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 »
Gaga, eau la la!
Lady Gaga‘s jet-black debut scent Fame has gone on to sell over 30 million bottles (!) since its release back in the summer of 2012, so it’s no surprise to anyone that the ARTPOP diva is back this year with a second spritz for her many loyal Little Monsters: Eau De Gaga, a unisex fragrance “where nothing is off limits.”
In the newly released Steven Klein-directed advertisement for the scent, Gaga goes into full-on glamour mode, posing and writhing with a gaggle of handsome models. (Tough life!) The visual is stunning as always, although it is more than slightly awkward to watch her get sexy to the sound of the legendary Tony Bennett crooning an old-timey classic in the background. They couldn’t use, say, “Sexxx Dreams” or something? Oh, well! Get that Cheek To Cheek promo, Gagz. More »
Jazz warrior and peace and love-spreading seashell bikini goddess Lady Gaga is feeling especially Cheek To Cheek-y in Athens, it seems.
The ARTPOP diva is currently out on the road with her ongoing ArtRave Tour, entertaining Little Monsters all across the world. Earlier today, the “Venus” chanteuse touched down in Greece to prepare for her upcoming performance at Olympic Stadium on September 19. And once Gaga got a glimpse of her posh hotel room, she set to taking some very intimate snapshots — especially the bathroom.
“Bathtime. “The Royal Suite” fit for a Goddess, or you know, a downtown New York gal with big dreams, and a lotta nerve,” Gaga wrote on the first butt-baring shot. “This shower ain’t too shabby either.” And then, she took it one step further: “Aphrodite Lady Shower Greekini, feeling frisky. #Venus” she teased. Where’s that BF Taylor when you need him?!
Check out more shots of Gaga getting frisky after the jump. More »
Remember when Lady Gaga and Cher recorded “The Greatest Thing” (it actually lived up to its title!) for the legendary diva’s Closer To The Truth LP but then it got ditched at the last minute because Mother Monster wasn’t happy with the fact that it sounded like the best song never to win Eurovision? Well, that mess is all in the past! The gay icons have made up and showed a lot of love for each other on Twitter yesterday (September 15).
It turns out someone sent Cher a copy of Lady Gaga’s jazz LP with Tony Bennett and she really liked what she heard. “SO F-ING PROUD OF U #GAGA HEARD (&SAW) AMAZING CD COLAB #CheekToCheek W/4 EVER HIP #TONYBENNETT BABE, UR CHANNELING JAZZ GREATS & KIL-N-ME,” the “Woman’s World” singer tweeted. (If you’re unfamiliar with Cher-speak that translates as “I enjoyed your album”). The ARTPOP pioneer was quick to return the love and even demanded her fans trend #MonstersLoveCher. See their cute exchange after the jump. More »
Jazzy pals Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga continue to roll out their Cheek To Cheek tracks ahead of the album’s release next week (on September 23). This time around it’s “Nature Boy,” a cover of the classic standard written by eden ahbez (yes, his name was in lower case) and made famous when the 1948 Nat King Cole version was released.
Says Gaga of this track (via a press release), “You will recognize ['Nature Boy'] also famously as used in Moulin Rouge, but our rendition with the now late multi-reedist Paul Horn is spectacular. Horn was meant to join Tony & me for the PBS special but sadly passed just weeks before, a New Age Jazz pioneer, lets celebrate him 2day. You will hear his genius in the flute solo of our ‘NATURE BOY’ a solo that will echo through the world today. And forever.” More »