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Lady Gaga hints at impending duet album release with Tony Bennett

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Lady Gaga kisses Tony Bennett at Frank Sinatra School for the Arts benefit

Lady Gaga has raised hopes that her much anticipated collaborative effort with Tony Bennett may finally soon be released. Cheek to Cheek, a duet album featuring the pair of multi-Grammy winners has been in the works for over two years and had its release date bumped twice already this year.

According to an article posted July 25 at Billboard.com, the controversial pop diva has posted pictures of herself on Thursday working in the recording studio with the veteran crooner to her Instagram account. The photos show the "Bad Romance" hitmaker seated in front of a microphone, garbed in a plaid jacket and wearing headphones.

The captions posted with the pixs make it clear that the studio work depicted is definitely connected to the Bennett collaboration. The captioning reads, "Studio Rattin' with the Bennett Boys" and "It's a Standard night #CheekToCheek."

Cheek to Cheek was originally scheduled to be released on January 1, 2014. Bennett later said in an interview that the release date had been pushed back to March 2014, but the album has since been delayed until late 2014.

The album will be Gaga's second collaboration with Bennett. They originally teamed on a recording of "The Lady Is a Tramp" for Bennett's 2011 Grammy Award-winning album, Duets II. The pair sang the song during Gaga's 2011 Thanksgiving special and, most recently, appeared together onstage at the Montreal Jazz Festival earlier this month, performing "But Beautiful" and "Lush Life."

Gaga is currently wrapping up the North American leg of her Lady Gaga artRave: The ArtPop Ball Tour. The next scheduled date is July 30 in Phoenix, Arizona, at US Airways Center. The next Canadian stop and final show of the leg is a previously postponed make up date on Aug. 9 in Vancouver at Rogers Arena. For more details, click here.

Did you know? Lady Gaga was so enamoured with Tony Bennett she posed completely naked for a Bennett art sketch.