October 22, 2015


Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's Next Album Already Has a Concept

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Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

Tony Bennett is making the rounds supporting his new covers album, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, but is already thinking about his next covers project alongside Lady Gaga, following last year's Grammy-winning Cheek to Cheek.

In an interview with Vulture, the 89-year-old music legend confirmed that there's already a concept for a Cheek to Cheek sequel. "Yeah, we're doing an album," Bennett says of Gaga. "It's going to be all Cole Porter songs. He was the best writer of all of them in the Great American Songbook. Highly intelligent. We're going to have a lot of fun doing that."

Bennett also noted that Cheek to Cheek, a duets album consisting of jazz standards which debuted at No. 1 on the albums chart upon its release last year, was a mutually beneficial project.

Bennett explains:

"Gaga is a gorgeous singer, and when she sings a great ballad, I get goosebumps. She helped me and I helped her by doing Cheek to Cheek. Through her telling her audience how much she likes me, all of them became fans of mine, all these young teenagers. On the other hand, by her singing these beautiful songs on the album, the audience I have, all of them said, 'God, I never knew she sang that wonderfully.' So we both helped one another. We get along great. She's got a lot of talent. I think someday she's going to be very big in films, which I'm not too interested in. I work live, to audiences, but I think she's going to surprise everybody and make some good films."

In the meantime, Lady Gaga is starring in American Horror Story: Hotel, which Bennett admits in the interview he hasn't seen (yet). Check out Gaga and 12 other artists who speak openly about mental health in this commendable list.