Lady Gaga playing Piano, through the years.
this is kinda heartbreaking
@ladygaga: Celebrating our Billboard #1 Top 200, #1 Jazz and #1 Traditional Jazz Albums in the US! Sending Tony love across the seas. And to the fans, it’s hard to even find words. I’ll put it in a song.
@ladygaga: So happy today, it’s like dream. Somebody pinch me, but don’t wake me. Heaven, I’m in heaven
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s jazzy new duets album, Cheek To Cheek, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It’s the second No. 1 for Bennett and the third for Gaga.
The standards album, released Sept. 23 on Streamline/Interscope/RPM/Columbia Records, sold 131,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 28, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also hits No. 1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts.
88-year old Bennett is the oldest living act to earn a No. 1 album, beating a record he set himself back in 2011. That year, a then 85-year old Bennett scored his first No. 1 album with Duets II (which included a collaboration with Gaga on “The Lady Is a Tramp”).
Gaga previously led the list with ARTPOP, less than a year ago, and Born This Way, in 2011.
@ladygaga: It’s a late night for the Haus tonight, love you monsters. Miss being #cheektocheek with Tony.
"Who’s your favorite Gaga?” is a question that will be asked more and more as the pop star’s career progresses. The singer, born Stefani Germanotta, has a gift for churning out iconic moments. At this point, it takes more than one hand to count all of them—an especially impressive feat considering her discography is only four studio albums deep. There’s “Poker Face” Gaga; meat dress Gaga; Kermit the Frog-coat Gaga; Alexander McQueen Gaga; leather-and-fishnets Born This Way Gaga; Artpop Gaga; and, most recently, old glamour Gaga, who coincides with the release of Cheek to Cheek, her collaborative album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett.
Over her decade-plus career, Gaga has not only proven herself to be a fearless master of reinvention, she’s bridged the worlds of music and high fashion, introducing avant concepts and niche designers to the masses (one of whom, her former stylist Nicola Formichetti, went on to become artistic director of Diesel). Ahead of her 53rd ArtRave show, Lady Gaga phoned in from Denmark to talk about getting back to her roots with Cheek to Cheek, her relationship with Alexander McQueen, and her off-duty style.
Were you nervous about alienating some of your younger fans with this release?
No, I wasn’t. Little Monsters are very open-minded. They have a thirst for new things. I started singing jazz when I was 13 and I discovered it before then. My mom used to play Billie Holiday on Sundays, I found Ella Fitzgerald—who’s my absolute favorite jazz singer—and my father listened to Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. So part of me knew in my heart that many of my fans would fall in love with jazz the same way I did, because we’re very similar. I’m also not afraid of anything. At the end of the day, it’s much more important to me to put out this great music into the world.
Where do you think pop music is headed right now?
It’s really hard to say where it will go, but I will say that I’m loving watching people gravitate toward the likes of Sam Smith and people who have these rich, beautiful organic voices. I’m excited that this album is coming out now because I think people are ready for an organic type of music. I feel that culture is excited to hear something more natural.
Where are you right now with your clothing? It seems like you’ve been channeling Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard and Cher with your hair. Did you have a particular muse in mind?
I’m always inspired by the greats. I look back at Ginger Rogers, and even though I might not be dressing like her, she’s been a big inspiration for me—as well as Ella Fitzgerald. Ella didn’t care how she looked. She wasn’t worried about anyone thinking she’s beautiful. She was worried about giving the most honest, authentic performance that she could.
When I was choosing what kind of hair I wanted to wear while singing this album, I remembered how I wore my hair when I was 13 when I sang standards for the first time. I’m an Italian girl, so when I get out of the shower, my hair curls up and I get out my diffuser and put spray in it. Because I’m returning to my roots with jazz, I thought I’d also return to my hair roots.
I feel very supportive and blessed that Cher has been so supportive of me borrowing her wigs. That shows the mark of a real artist.
What’s your off-duty Gaga style?
I’m usually naked with my face mask on, running around my hotel room on my cell phone, working my tits off and burning sage.
@ladygaga: Off to Sweden on the bus! #artRaveStockholm what a great show tonight in Oslo! Haus party on the bus! #cheektocheek style !
September 29th 2014: Introducing Tony Bennett on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show”
From the moment that Lady Gaga entered the pop sphere (and ultimately flipped it on its head), her energetic dance anthems, soulful ballads, and eccentric outfits have left us wanting more. Within the span of five quick years, she has managed to rule the pop charts, successfully enrapturing and enlivening a generation of little monsters along the way. Today marks a new chapter in her epic musical catalog with the release of Cheek to Cheek, a delightful album of jazz standards performed and recorded with the eternally suave Tony Bennett. Comprised of 12 covers from the Great American Songbook, it marks a new era for the ever-evolving artist. We caught up with “Lady” (as she introduced herself) to talk about her most recent stylistic shift, documented in the selfie portraits that she sent exclusively to Yahoo Style.
Earlier this year it was all about ArtPop and now Cheek to Cheek, which is totally different. Congrats! How is it going?
Thank you! I’m having a magical time. I’m actually on my way to Belgium now to meet Tony and perform with him at the Grand Place. I’m so excited.
How has the fashion differed with the new album?
I tend to reflect my fashion with my mood. During ArtPop my mood was kind of a mess. It was erratic. I was shape shifting on a daily basis trying to find my happiness. With Cheek to Cheek, it’s totally different. I’m in a serene place. I feel I’m my peaceful, young musician self. I’ve been enjoying dressing up, and you know, feeling like a lady. I had been working with Tony for two years recording, and [when we started] I was quite blond, but I found the sexuality of it all to be quite distracting. It was unnatural in a way. So I began to experiment with the hair that I had back in high school. It was dark and curly. More natural. Something about jazz makes me not care about the way I look.
We caught your performance during New York Fashion Week, didn’t your sister make that dress?
Yes, she hand smocked all that leather herself. I was less comfortable being blond, but that’s okay. It was not so much about showing off the breasts or the hair. It was form fitting. The silhouette, the shape the feel. Those are all the elements that are reflected in jazz.
You recently were asked about your style and said, “I’m a different expression of the same woman.” Are you channeling different women with these varied looks?
I feel like I carry the spirit of many fashionistas that came before me. I feel a very strong kinship to them. The history of art and the history of fashion are very important to me. My fashion is something that people are going to pay attention to. They are going to talk about it. I feel very deeply for Isabella Blow. For Alexander McQueen. His fearlessness is something that I think about a lot. With this album, I am channeling his rebelliousness. Because if you think about it jazz is the most rebellious form of music. It’s totally different from my previous message where there was an intention behind each look. Jazz brings out the fighter in me. The type of clothes that I’ve been wearing is less form fitting. Other days I’ll wear something more corseted and glamorous. Right now I’m wearing a leather jacket that my sister made me withCheek to Cheek painted on the back and piercings and bleached brows.
Let’s talk about the outfits. What do you do with all of those glorious clothes? Do you have an archive? It must be incredible!
I do. I have a huge archive in Los Angeles. It’s 40,00 square feet. I have every single outfit. All those pieces mean so much to me. I’ve kept every single one.
I don’t wear fashion, I am fashion. I don’t mean that to sound arrogant or rude or anything like that but you know when you just love something so much it just hurts. Like when the topstitching is just perfect. The beading is exquisite. It’s like a love affair. Those clothes are so special. I have another relationship with fashion that goes beyond just wearing clothes.
Not only are you fashion but also beauty. Any beauty tips to share?
I think that I am the most beautiful when I’m feeling happy. Keeping your heart peaceful. You should never wear anything you don’t want to wear. Whether you are a man or a woman you should dress and present yourself like the god or goddess that you are.