After the release of artpop , in which Gaga intended to fuse art with pop culture in a musical journey, she is taking a break from the flamboyant in favor of a more traditional piece. She teams up with the legendary Tony Bennett to perform a duet "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." In this piece, listeners are drawn to the singer's raw talent and voice rather than her eye-catching outfits and stage antics.
Bennett and Gaga will release a duet album entitled Cheek to Cheek on September 23rd. Bennett listened to Gaga sing Nat King Cole's "Orange Colored Sky" in 2011 and loved what he heard. He asked her to sing alongside him in "Lady is a Tramp." This track was featured on his Duets II album. Gaga and Bennett have since recorded duets by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
The two stars will be featured in TV specials: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!, a concert special. This special will be recorded at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. It will air on October 24th at 9 p.m. on PBS. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album is set to air on HSN on September 13th.
Bennett chatted with Rolling Stone and told reporters what he appreciated about Gaga and why they work well as a team. "She phrases like I phrase. She's a wonderful singer. Everybody knows and loves her very much. I think when they hear this album that we're doing, they're going to say, 'We had no idea that she sings that well.'"
Check out this unconventional duo in the video for "I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,"originally written in 1928.