As was recently announced, music legend Tony Bennett and art-pop songstress Lady Gaga have come together for an album of jazz songs and standards, and now the duo has dropped a video for the second single off the album, Cheek To Cheek, which is set to be released on September 23rd via Columbia Records.
“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, a popular jazz standard dating back to 1928, follows Bennett’s longstanding tradition of duet projects, but the unlikely pairing with Gaga has breathed new, relevant life into Tony’s already illustrious career. The video documents both artists in the studio, with the “Poker Face” singer looking relatively tame compared to her usually flamboyant appearances. Bennett and Gaga exude undeniable chemistry throughout the song and video, and buzz about the album’s release has been growing since its initial announcement.
For Tony Bennett fans, “Love” and the album’s debut single “Anything Goes”, a Cole Porter song, are hardly a departure, but the project is new territory for Gaga, known for her pulsing, electronic based dance-pop. Bennett, though, has gushed over the “Applause” singer and even admits that it was Gaga who approached him for the project. “Of all things, she called me from New Zealand and said, ‘I want to do a jazz album with you’.”
Tony has also revealed plans for live performances, and although the album has yet to hit stores, the duo is reportedly already at work on a follow-up, which will be a recreation of Cole Porter’s Red, Hot & Blue. While no tour dates have been announced, the duo will present Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! on October 24th on PBS.
88 year-old Tony and Gaga have collaborated in the past, appearing together on Bennett’s 2011 collection Duets II, which also featured duets with the late Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, and Mariah Carey. Gaga is no stranger to unlikely collaboration, most recently joining Queen + Adam Lambert on stage in Sydney, Australia. Lambert shared his excitement after the performance, tweeting “So much fun tonight! @ladygaga”
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) August 27, 2014
With Cheek To Cheek set to hit shelves in September, inevitable touring in the pipeline, and a follow-up already in the works, Bennett has shown no signs of stopping any time soon. The legend even made it clear in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone that coincided with the original Gaga collaboration on Duets II, that he’ll “never retire”. Tony Bennett fans, rejoice.
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