What’s a Mother Monster to do when she’s not busy raving and dancing with her Monsters on the ArtRave
or forcing her french bulldog puppy Asia to pose for photos
on Instagram? (#SaveAsia). She’s busy getting all jazzy on us, that’s what.
As we’ve known for a while, Lady Gaga is recording a pop standards record called Cheek To Cheek with the legendary Tony Bennett. The two have teamed up time and time again — most recently popping up during Bennett’s set at the Montreal Jazz Festival — while teasing tracks from the long-delayed duet record.
Last night, Gagaloo invited us into the studio (via Instagram) to show us that she’s still working on that new album. “Studio Rattin’ with the Bennett Boys,” she wrote on one photo. “It’s a Standard night #CheekToCheek,” she captioned another. “Dance with me, I want my arm about you.” (That line, of course, coming from the classic “Cheek To Cheek.”)
Check out more photos of the “Applause” goddess cutting tracks after the jump. Are you excited to hear Cheek To Cheek? More »
It’s not a week in pop unless someone
for all to see. And the latest songbird to art-pop out their cans is Lady Gaga
— well, make that can
Mother is, of course, no stranger to whipping her Monsters out for the cameras. But it seems like her latest is indeed a “nip slip” in the very sense of the term. Gaga posted the photo in question (that has now been deleted) on Instagram today (July 18), while aboard a plane and heading to see her photographer pal Jeff Koons in Montana. Little did she realize (or…?) that her right, bra-less breast was exposed.
Shock and awe, people. Lady Gaga has skin. And boobs. And a nipple. See the full photo below, courtesy of some scoundrel on Tumblr. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Lady Gaga‘s ex-assistant has struck a tell-all deal for her book titled Fame Monster. She took Gaga to court last year seeking unpaid overtime, claiming that she was expected “to be working and available 24/7,” while Gaga reportedly called her a “fucking hoodrat.” [Page Six]
:: Jeezy nabbed Jay Z to record a verse for his new album Seen It All, out September. According to Jeezy, shit got real – the task at hand brought tears to Hov’s eyes, because of how he was reminded of his Marcy Projects upbringing. [MTV]
:: Jack Antonoff, of fun. and now Bleachers, opens up in comedian Marc Maron‘s latest podcast how about a “world-shattering” event informs every decision he’s made in his career. Perhaps he’ll talk more about Taylor Swift and Katy Perry as well. [WTF Podcast]
:: Iggy Azalea‘s boyfriend Nick Young says that when she initially heard of Nicki Minaj‘s apparent BET Awards diss, she didn’t take the news well. “When she got home and was going through her phone and hearing all the things and people talking trash about her, you know I had to be there for her,” he said. “But you know what, Iggy is doing big things and it’s scaring a lot of people!” [Us Weekly]
:: Selena Gomez reveals that she got a new tattoo. She decided to get the words “Love Yourself First,” translated into Arabic, according to the artist Bang Bang. [E!]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
Mark your calendars: The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air on August 24, live from The Forum in Los Angeles. And following the recent announcement of a few performers like Ariana Grande
, 5 Seconds Of Summer
, MTV’s annual throwdown is now fully underway with the nominations.
Revealed today were all of those up for Moonmen, and (no surprise here) Beyonce leads the pack with eight nominations (including Video Of The Year for “Drunk In Love,” Best Female Video for “Partition” and Best Video With A Message for “Pretty Hurts”).
Other ladies up for a prize include Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea (nominated multiple times for both “Fancy” and Grande’s “Problem”), Miley Cyrus (Video Of The Year for “Wrecking Ball”) and Katy Perry (Best Female Video and Collaboration Of The Year for “Dark Horse”). Pharrell Williams is the lone dude up for Video Of The Year (“Happy”), unless we’re to count Jay Z‘s feature on “Drunk In Love.” More »
is real — you know, like the King Of Pop. Lady Gaga
and Katy Perry
? They just make disposable garbage. Or at least so muses fun.
guitarist Jack Antonoff
, with which he took part in an interview to promote his new album Strange Desire
with side project Bleachers
Antonoff puts it this way to the men’s publication: “Taylor Swift is cool, because she’s the closest thing today that hearkens to Michael Jackson — to great, great pop music. There’s a difference between her and Gaga and Katy Perry and Lily Allen and all that. It all feels throwaway, comparatively.”
Interestingly, this very sentiment — the lack of real depth and overall superficiality in pop — is something Lily Allen herself explored recently with her own song “Hard Out Here” and its accompanying music video. Maybe Jack Antonoff didn’t catch that one? More »
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 »