Lady Gaga and her ladylike transformation.
Lady GaGa shocked us all by following up her attemptedly avant-garde 'Artpop' album with the tremendously traditional Tony Bennett collaboration of 'Cheek To Cheek', but now she's gone one step further for the 2015 Oscars, with a Julie Andrews inspired 'Sound Of Music' tribute medley.
Lady Gaga seems to have some new favourite things...
So what's with the transformation? Her outfits have been decidedly low-key compared with her 'Artpop' promotional appearances - which can only be expected if she's bandying about some classic love tunes with Tony Bennett at the moment. But maybe with 'Cheek To Cheek' topping US charts, she's found a more permanent angle in her music career. So what is Lady Gaga into now?
Lady GaGa and Tony Bennett - 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center at Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 6th February 2015
Tony Bennett and Susan Crow - Shots of a variety of stars as they arrived at the Robert F Kennedy Ripple Of Hope Gala awards ceremony which were held in Manhattan, New York, United States - Tuesday 16th December 2014
One of the biggest trends in music today is that new rhythms, beats and backing vocals are sounding more and more like the old ones. Vintage and retro have defined some of the big hits of the last few years, from Pharrell's 'Get Lucky' and 'Happy' to Meaghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass'. Most of these sounds only call back to the 1970s and maybe the 50s and 60s for their funk and their groove, and for some people that's just not enough. So leave it to Lady GaGa, never one to go halfway on anything, to team up with good old-fashioned showman Tony Bennett to deliver us all the way back to the Roaring 20s and the era of swing with their collaboration album titled 'Cheek To Cheek'.
If you've come into this album thinking that this will be a blend of Lady Gaga's pioneering pop methods and Tony Bennett's timeless style, I regret to inform you that it has missed the opportunity to feature Tony Bennett's cover of 'Bad Romance'. 'Cheek To Cheek' plays it straight, with Lady Gaga ditching her usual brand in favor of a 20s crooner. This is all Bennett's wheelhouse, and she really fits right in. Lady Gaga fits effortlessly into the role of the saucy dame, best seen in 'Goody Goody' where she cops her native New York accent to complain that she is no "goody goody", adopting a sly attitude as Bennett tries to romance her in all the wrong (yet right) ways.
Bennett and Gaga are both at their best in the call-and-reply songs, employing fitting referential metaphors in 'They All Laughed', convincingly affectionate back-and-forth in 'Cheek To Cheek' and, what must be one of the most comical lines, fitting the words "silly gigolos" into the album opener 'Anything Goes'. Gaga and Bennett also deliver two solos each, although Bennett's 'Sophisticated Lady' and Gaga's 'Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye' and 'Lush Life' sound a bit too similar as slow-paced piano ballads in comparison to Bennett's string-dominated 'Don't Wait Too Long'. Other songs pack more instrumental flair, with the manic energy of 'Firefly' and the jazzy overtones of 'I Can't Give You Anything' conjuring images of smoke-filled old boys clubs. And, of course, the duo's rendition of 'It Don't Mean a Thing' closes the album with a bang.
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The legendary singer has teamed with Gaga for 'Cheek To Cheek', an album of jazz standards.
Tony Bennett will be celebrating hitting the top spot of the US billboard charts this weekend, beating his own record for the oldest living artist to earn a number one album. The 88 year old released Cheek To Cheek, an album of jazz duets with Lady GaGa on September 23rd, and has so far sold over 131,000 copies of the album.
The record breaking Tony Bennett
The album is the third number one debut in a row for Bennett’s collaborator Lady Gaga, who last hit the top spot with ARTPOP, less than a year ago. For Bennett, it marks his second number one album after he set his original record for oldest living artist to earn a number one, with Duets II in 2011.
Musical superstars from different eras score huge success on collaboration album of jazz covers.
One of the less likely musical match-ups in pop music history has caught the public’s imagination. Pop superstar Lady Gaga’s collaboration album Cheek To Cheek with legendary crooner Tony Bennett has entered the Billboard chart at number 1.
The jazz standards covers record sold 131,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, narrowly beating out albums by Kenny Chesney and Barbra Streisand at numbers 2 and 3 respectively. It also reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom on its debut week.
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Lady Gaga has declared - as if we didn't know it already - her admiration for Tony Bennett. Speaking in a recent interview to promote their upcoming album 'Cheek to Cheek', Gaga claimed Bennett had saved her life earlier this year.
Infamously eccentric Lady Gaga and smooth aged crooner Tony Bennett may appear to make unlikely friends, but in recent interviews the two have expressed their great affection for one another and close bond. The pair first met in 2010 and, after releasing a rendition of 'The Lady Is a Tramp' back in 2011, decided to create an album of Jazz covers together entitled Cheek to Cheek.
Lady GaGa at Harper's Baazar Celebrates Icons By Carine Rotifield in New York last week.
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