The hip injury that led to Lady Gaga’s canceled world tour last month will not prevent her from recording a jazz album with Tony Bennett as scheduled, Bennett told Rolling Stone in an interview Thursday in New York.
“We’re working on it from now until June, and then we’ll record in June. She’s phenomenal,” he said during a dinner at the Amy Winehouse Gala and Inspiration Awards, which recognized him with a Lifetime Achievement honor. “I get along great with her. She’s looking forward to it and so am I.”
Inspired by their lone collaboration, “The Lady Is a Tramp” for Bennett’s Duets II album, the pair plan to expand on their relationship when they enter a studio in Astoria, Queens. “Once you have an idea, then you go for it,” Bennett said. While they have not settled on a producer, Dae Bennett and Phil Ramone worked on the 2011 song.
In addition to Gaga’s vocal ability, Bennett added that her business sense also impresses him. He recalled admiring a skyscraper-length advertisement for Fame, her women’s fragrance line, during a visit to Germany last year. “She sold one billion bottles of perfume,” he said with a laugh.
“It’s the best time of my life right now,” he said. “I’m 86 years old and I really feel like I’m just starting out right now, because I want to prove that I can get better as I get older.” Asked if he plans to record other albums beyond this project, Bennett replied, “Absolutely. I’m studying all the time, learning as much as I can.”
Source: Rolling Stone
The title sounded like wishful thinking when Stefani Germanotta’s album arrived in August 2008 to a shrug from radio programmers and record-buyers. By the spring of 2009, though, Germanotta, aka Lady Gaga, was famous indeed. Gaga’s debut was a game-charger, making dark, booming dance-pop—buoyed by the almighty four-on-the-floor thump of Eurodisco—the dominant sound of the global charts. And it introduced the world to an outrageously plus-sized form of pop divadom—to a provocateur and fashion plate who treated the whole world as her red carpet. Those paparazzi she sang about weren’t just metaphorical, after all.
Source: Rolling Stone
After a long news drought, members of Gaga’s team are finally starting to open up about her latest album, ARTPOP. Both Gaga’s manager, Vincent Herbert, and ARTPOP producer, Madeon, opened up to The Associated Press and Digital Spy respectively. Check out what they had to say below.
Gaga’s manager, Vincent Herbert:
Lady Gaga’s manager says the pop star is “doing unbelievable” a month after she had hip surgery that caused her to cancel her U.S. tour.
Vincent Herbert said in an interview Tuesday the 26-year-old Grammy winner is “doing wonderful, doing great.”
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, canceled her “Born This Way Ball” tour last month. She’d hurt herself while performing some time ago. Herbert says Gaga is finishing her new album, ARTPOP, and is “ready to get back to work.”
He calls the new album “very, very refreshing” and says the “Born This Way” singer continues to “push the envelope.” Herbert adds: “I can’t wait for the world to hear her new music and see her come back healthy, strong and better than ever.”
ARTPOP producer, Madeon:
Lady GaGa has been praised for being “really impressive” in the recording studio.
French DJ Madeon told Digital Spy that the singer gave “everything” during their recording sessions for her upcoming album ARTPOP. “She’s great. She’s a really, really interesting and nice person,” Madeon said.
“From a personal standpoint it’s been hugely admirational, to be like, ‘Wow – you’re at this level of super, ultimate fame – and there’s this aura of superstardom – and you’re still an engaging and nice person’. So that was really humbling.”
He added: “Professionally, I think she’s amazing. She would come out of a show after singing live for three hours and giving it everything, but just go straight to the studio and record. She would still give everything – even on the demo take! She’s really impressive.”
Madeon explained that collaborating with the star has affected the way he now works on his own debut album, which is due out later this year.
“I learnt a lot because I don’t really work with vocalists in real life that often,” he said. “For my previous collaborations I’d never met them while doing the song. It was really interesting for me to feel the vibe of working together, sitting at the piano and collaborating on ideas right away.”
ARTPOP is due out later this year.
The Born Brave Bus Tour is heading back out on the road!
The Born This Way Foundation has teamed up with local organizations and youth across the U.S. to create a free and fun experience unlike any other. Aimed at youth between the ages of 13-25, the Born Brave Bus is a place where you can hang out, participate in creative and interactive activities, meet resources in your community, and bond with other youth – just like you – who are ready to make a difference and start building a kinder, braver world.
Dates, location, time, and pre-registration links below:
- March 16 – Philadelphia – Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy– 3pm to 7pm – Pre-register
- March 19 – Washington D.C. – The National Mall between 9th St. and 12th St. and Jefferson and Madison, between the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian – 1pm to 7pm – Pre-register
- March 23 – New York City – Times Square, between 46th and 47th Streets – 3pm to 7pm – Pre-register
- March 24 – New York City – Times Square, between 46th and 47th Streets – 12pm to 6pm – Pre-register
- March 27 – Chicago – Gateway Park at Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Avenue – 12pm to 6pm – Pre-register
If you plan on attending the tour, please make sure to pre-register.
Can’t make the Born Brave Bus tour? No worries! Head on over to the Virtual Bus Tour, where you can participate in many of the same activities helping us build a kinder, braver world.
For more information, please visit the official Born This Way Foundation website.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 15, 2013
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) March 15, 2013
According to WWD, Lady Gaga’s VOGUE issue, which features her photo shoot by Mert and Marcus, officially topped 2012 sales. At first it seemed like Taylor Swift got to sell more copies, but today the exact amount of copies sold was published.
For Vogue, Taylor Swift sold 329,371 copies, digital sales included, which was a little above the six-month average that ended in June 2012, but no match for Lady Gaga, the magazine’s top seller last year, with about 602,000 copies. Or for that matter, Adele, the second-best seller with 410,343. All numbers come from the publisher’s statements to the Alliance for Audited Media.
Lady Gaga is out of hiding and sporting a fabulous new accessory. Terry Richardson published photos of her in her new Chariot by KEN BOROCHOV of MORDEKAI.
Lady Gaga commissioned Ken to create a one of a kind wheelchair for her to recover in post-hip surgery. Ken has designed pieces for Gaga previously, he also has designed for Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Cher Lloyd to name a few. He says:
I certainly wasn’t expecting that phone call and have never done a wheelchair but am always up for a challenge and was thrilled to create what I affectionately dubbed the Chariot, a chair fit only for a queen.
Quick facts about the wheelchair:
- Ken’s inspiration was the idea of a queen’s throne;
- The finished product is a 24 Karat gold plated chair with black buffed tufted calf leather seat complete with a removable leather canopy;
- The leather portions were inspired by a motorcycle jacket and produced in a car factory;
- It has a sexy high back and is able to recline all the way to 180 degrees if she needs to lie down;
- The wheels were special ordered spoke rim wheels from LA. They were gold plated in Dallas and assembled in Wisconsin;
- He had about 1 week to complete the project;
Also, the first Mordekai project for Gaga was the crown for her Guggenheim NY perfume launch and performance. The crown was 24kt plated and made in NYC in the diamond district.
The second project was another crown and a pair of bracelets for her Paris launch of THE FAME perfume. She used the bracelets and a set of armor nails I produced for her for the Harrod’s launch in London. That piece became known as the Claw.
The third moment was when she was set to perform with the Rolling Stones. She wore an S&M style cage on the way to the concert with a full Saint Laurent look and was photographed by Terry Richardson.
Lady Gaga’s sister Natali celebrated her birthday on March 10th. Lady Gaga, her parents and some members of the Haus attended the event
Last 5 mins: Alexis Mabille taught me to say “Je suis une poule de luxe!”, I ate a pretzel M&M, then random chat w/wheelchaired @ladygaga
— Dita Von Teese (@DitaVonTeese) March 11, 2013
She’s alive! Lady Gaga and her wheelchair were spotted out in NYC Sunday night, presumably out celebrating her sister Natali’s 21st birthday. Model-slash-burlesque performer, Dita Von Teese Tweeted about the brief and “random” run in with our beloved recovering pop star. Check it out!