Cheek to Cheek (album)
|Cheek to Cheek|
|Studio album by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga|
|Recorded||2012–14; New York City|
|Label||Streamline, Interscope, Columbia|
|Tony Bennett chronology|
|Lady Gaga chronology|
Cheek to Cheek is the upcoming collaboration album by American singers Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, which was originally scheduled to be released on January 1, 2014. Bennett later confirmed in an interview that the release date has been pushed back to March 2014. However, the album has been delayed until late 2014. Cheek to Cheek is Bennett's second collaboration with Gaga, the first being a duet of "The Lady Is a Tramp" recorded for his Grammy Award-winning album, Duets II.
Background and recording
In September 2012, Tony Bennett stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that Lady Gaga wanted to do a jazz album with him. He said "of all things, she called me from New Zealand and said, 'I want to do a jazz album with you.'" Bennett says that the mystery composer is not as well known as greats like George Gershwin or Cole Porter, but has had several hits to his name.
On January 8, 2013, Marion Evans, the Grammy-award nominated songwriter/composer who arranged Bennett and Gaga's duet "The Lady Is a Tramp" for Bennett's duet album, Duets II, announced in an interview he would have a fairly significant part in the making of the album. "I don't know at this point exactly how many songs will be on the CD, but I'm sure we'll have about four or five different-sized orchestras or bands. It'll turn into a giant panic, I can assure you. That's just how this business is," he was quoted saying in the article. Later that month, Lady Gaga, after her performance with Bennett at the final inaugural ball of President Obama's second inauguration, announced the album formally through her Twitter. "And here's me and my handsome date, I simply cannot wait for our album together, he's my darling!" she wrote as a caption for a photo tweeted of the pair.
In June 2014, Gaga began promoting the album in a string of public appearances with and without Bennett, the first of them being at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City. At the school, which was founded by Bennett and his wife, the pair performed as a duo and individually, fielded questions from the audience, and concluded their engagement by watching a performance from the school's choir. Two days after her performance at the school, Gaga showed a new tattoo of a trumpet she had gotten earlier. The singer posted a picture to her Instagram account of her getting the tattoo with friend Brian Newman, announcing his involvement on the album while proclaiming, "It's jazz time, world". Bennett confirmed that he and Gaga had written original songs for the album, including one titled "Paradise". There would also be solo songs from each artist, along with the duets. Bennett concluded by saying:
I do not understand why she [Gaga] had to make contemporary music! When she sings great standards, she does it with such emotion... It will surprise people by the quality of her voice when making quality songs. We sing a duet again on the album, but also separately. With this album, I think she will become bigger than Elvis Presley! Of course we recorded the album in New York. As the saying goes: 'If you can make it in New York, you'll make it anywhere.
In September 2013, Bennett announced in an interview the album will come out in January 2014, and was quoted saying, "We recorded all great standards, quality songs; George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, songs like that. With a big swingin' band and great, great, jazz artists playing." However, on December 12, in an interview to CNN, Bennett revealed that the album's release was delayed and the final release date was confirmed as March 18, 2014. USA Today reported that the album has been delayed and is expected to be released in late 2014. On April 9, 2014, during the Museum of The Moving Image's salute to Kevin Spacey, Bennett told a reporter that the album would be released during September.
- Paradise (written by Lady Gaga)
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