Tony Bennett teases new album with Lady Gaga
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga might soon be dancing cheek-to-cheek yet again on another collaborative album, according to the 90-year-old.
“She and I are talking about doing a second album,” Bennett told Billboard during an interview posted Wednesday. “There’ll be just wonderful songs that she and I both like.”
Bennett added: “She’s busy right now, but at the beginning of next year we’ll start doing an album. The first one went way over a million, and it’s still selling.”
Cheek to Cheek, their previous joint effort, features covers of classic jazz standards. The album became Gaga’s third consecutive No. 1 LP on the Billboard 200 after debuting with sales of 131,000 copies in 2014, and went on to sell over one million copies worldwide — 717,000 of which were purchased in the U.S. alone. The collection also won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and spawned the Emmy-nominated PBS special Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live! The pair previously worked together on Bennett’s Duets II album, performing “The Lady is a Tramp.”
In Oct. 2015, Bennett revealed to Vulture that he and Gaga, who’s currently at work on her upcoming pop album, planned to release a new album filled entirely with covers of Cole Porter songs. During a performance in Idaho in June, Bennett revealed the album would be released later in 2016, though an official announcement has yet to be made.
Bennett’s new memoir, Just Getting Started — co-written with NPR’s Weekend Edition host, Scott Simon — will be released on Nov. 15. In celebration of Bennett’s Aug. 3 birthday, NBC will air the musical special Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best is Yet to Come on Dec. 20. Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Bublé, and Bennett himself are set to perform during the special, while celebrities like John Travolta, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, and Bruce Willis will honor the singer with tributes.