Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek is available for pre-order in multiple configurations. The standard version of Cheek To Cheek features 11 tracks, and the deluxe version features 15 tracks. A 180-gram vinyl edition of Cheek To Cheek will also be available for pre-order at Amazon and select retail outlets.
A new studio video for “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.” will be premiered on VEVO later this week.
The debut song from Cheek To Cheek, Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” released at the end of July, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Digital Jazz charts becoming their second duet track to hit the top spot on the jazz charts, having done the same with “The Lady Is A Tramp,” from Duets II.
The standard and deluxe album covers for Cheek To Cheek, shot by fashion photographer Steven Klein.
Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. From the title track to “But Beautiful” to “I Won’t Dance,” the record’s duets showcase the chemistry between the two artists, who span 60 years in age.
“What I really love about being a jazz singer is that jazz artists are very creative, very honest, from phrase to phrase,” Bennett states.
“We wanted to make something that sounded perfect because of the quality of the emotion…the honesty,” Lady Gaga adds.
Cheek To Cheek also features the Lady Gaga solo, “Lush Life,” accompanied by Tony Bennett’s solo of “Sophisticated Lady.” The two songs complement each other, as Lady Gaga explains, “I loved making ‘Lush Life,’ Tony mentored me emotionally through the process.”
“I sang ‘Sophisticated Lady’ to answer her on ‘Lush Life,’ and because Duke Ellington wrote it, who collaborated with Billy Strayhorn, the writer of ‘Lush Life,’” Bennett adds.
Recorded in New York City, Cheek To Cheek took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet, Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Ranier. Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter George Rabbai and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away in July.
On Saturday, September 13th at 11 PM (EST) leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN will broadcast Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek. This one-hour, HSN Live music special will offer fans an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at the making of their new album, while featuring never-before-seen footage of the two artists collaborating in the recording studio.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek takes the audience on a journey from how the two legendary performers first met to how they selected and performed songs for the album. It showcases their tremendous talent and rich knowledge of the Great American Songbook and their love of jazz music. Throughout the special, fans will be able to pre-order an HSN exclusive deluxe version of Cheek To Cheek that includes two bonus tracks – “The Lady Is A Tramp” (from Tony Bennett’s Duets II) and “Lady’s In Love With You” (Tony Bennett Solo, Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center). There will be an encore airing of the broadcast on Sunday, September 14th at 7 am (EST) and fans can pre-order the HSN exclusive deluxe version of Cheek To Cheek now at HSN.com.
Exclusive bundles for Cheek To Cheek are available via Cheektocheek.ladygaga.com and Cheektocheek.tonybennett.com.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recently taped a television special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek To Cheek LIVE! in New York City at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The special will air on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances on PBS on October 24 at 9 pm ET (check local listings).
1. Anything Goes
2. Cheek To Cheek
3. Nature Boy
4. I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
5. I Won’t Dance
7. Lush Life (Lady Gaga solo)
8. Sophisticated Lady (Tony Bennett solo)
9. Let’s Face the Music and Dance
10. But Beautiful
11. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
1. Anything Goes
2. Cheek To Cheek
3. Don’t Wait Too Long (Tony Bennett solo)
4. I Cant’ Give You Anything But Love
5. Nature Boy
6. Goody Goody
7. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Lady Gaga Solo)
9. I Won’t Dance
10. They All Laughed
11. Lush Life (Lady Gaga solo)
12. Sophisticated Lady (Tony Bennett solo)
13. Let’s Face The Music And Dance
14. But Beautiful
15. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)
Global iTunes Bonus Track
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Lady Gaga solo)
US Target Deluxe Bonus Tracks
On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) (Tony Bennett solo)
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Lady Gaga solo)
US HSN Deluxe Bonus Tracks
The Lady’s In Love With You (Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center) (Tony Bennett solo)
The Lady Is A Tramp (from Tony Bennett’s Duets II)
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