Cheek to Cheek, the Grammy-winning duet album from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, was a surprise hit, reaching #1 on the chart. Is it any wonder that the dynamic yet unlikely duo is now working on a sequel?
Speaking about Gaga, Bennett tells the Los Angeles Times, “She’s a very good singer. She’s not a flash in the pan. That’s why I had to do these great standards. And it’s really paying off because the album’s so big.” He adds, “Now we’re about to record an album of all Cole Porter songs. That’ll be the second album.”
Cheek to Cheek includes one song by Porter — “Anything Goes” — but he also wrote such standards as “Night and Day,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “You’re the Top” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
Bennett says, “I’m a big believer in the Great American Songbook. A lot of record companies call it ‘old music’ and I think that’s absolutely ignorant. It’s really the greatest music that ever came out of America.”
Gaga and Bennett will officially kick off their joint tour in April; right now, they have dates scheduled through July, including four shows at Radio City Music Hall in their hometown, New York City. No word on the timetable for the next album, since Gaga is also working on a new solo album, in addition to recently recording a “secret” project with Paul McCartney.
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