Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Release Date for Their Jazz Album

PRNewsFoto/Interscope RecordsWe finally know the release date for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s much-discussed jazz album. The duo announced Tuesday on NBC’s Today show that the album, titled Cheek to Cheek, will debut September 23.

The first single off Cheek to Cheek is a duet of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” from the musical of the same name. The accompanying video shows Gaga and Tony hanging out in the recording studio and elsewhere. You can watch the clip now on YouTube.

The collaborators sang each other's praises on the Today show.  Tony has certainly left an impression on Gaga, literally: she now has a tattoo of a trumpet on her right arm, thanks in part to the legendary crooner. She explained, "I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis' trumpet -- an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo 'cause I loved it so much." 

Gaga added, "It's so natural singing with Tony."

On Monday night, Gaga and Tony taped a PBS concert special, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live, at New York City’s Lincoln Center. It will premiere October 24 as part of the Great Performances series.

Gaga and Bennett first sang together a few years ago on Bennett's hit album, Duets II, and he later appeared on her ABC Thanksgiving special.  Since then, the pair have performed onstage together a number of times.


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John Legend Says Intimate Acoustic Tour Has Been “Beautiful”

ABC/Randy HolmesJohn Legend's been out on his All of Me tour for quite some time, but he's still got plenty of dates to go: he wraps things up in the U.S. at the end of August; then, he'll head to Singapore, followed by dates in the U.K. and in Europe.  While John's career's now at an all-time high, thanks to the success of "All of Me," the tour, billed as "An Evening with John Legend," is the opposite of a big production.

"This is the first time I've done, really kind of like a Storyteller vibe for the whole show," he tells ABC News Radio.  "We stripped down the band to a very core, small group.  I have a string quartet and a guitarist.  I tell more stories to the fans, and it's just a more intimate situation.  And it's been beautiful."

"I've been so happy with it and the fans have been really eating it up," he adds.

Even if you haven't seen John live in concert, you've probably caught him singing on one of the many awards shows he's performed on over the past year or so. According to the singer, being able to play your song on a big awards telecast is a huge deal for an artist's career: so much so that he prefers it to actually winning an award.

"Performing is more impactful, because people don't really remember who won, but they remember performances if they stand out," he notes. "Like, I didn't win any Grammys, but when I performed 'All of Me' at the Grammys this past year, the song went from 49 on the iTunes charts to number three.  And so that performance was so important for the song and for my career....If you nail it, you can really help the song a lot."

John's received a nomination for Best Male on the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, but it's unlikely that he'll be performing on that particular award show, since he has a concert booked in Las Vegas that same night.


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Purported Madonna Demos Leak Online

Mert & Marcus/Warner Bros. RecordsA couple of purported Madonna demos from the early 1990s have surfaced online.

Idolator.com notes that the tunes, titled “Shame” and “You Are the One,” were produced by Shep Pettibone, who worked on Madonna’s 1992 album, Erotica.  Both tracks have been linked in the past to “The Rain Tapes,” a collection of demo snippets from the Erotica era.

Madonna is currently focusing on a new album. Earlier this month, she hinted on Instagram that one of the songs she’s working on may be titled “Messiah.”


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Adam Levine’s Wife: There’s a “Definite” Plan to Have Kids

Trae Patton/NBCNow that they're married, will Adam Levine and his new wife, Behati Prinsloo, start a family in the near future?  The model wants to have kids, though she suggests that parenthood isn’t necessarily on the immediate horizon for the newlyweds.

In an interview with the fashion magazine Net-a-Porter conducted prior to the couple’s July 19 wedding in Mexico, Prinsloo shares that there is a “definite” plan to have children. However, she adds, “I have no expectations. Not in a bad way, but I’ve learned that you can’t plan ahead. I live day by day and see what happens. It’s vague, but I like it that way.”

Adam and his wife may have to hold off on the baby-making for a while. His band Maroon 5 will release their new album, V, in September, the same month the new season of The Voice premieres, on which he'll return as a judge.


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Colbie Caillat Adds Two Dates to Her Upcoming Tour

Courtesy: Republic RecordsColbie Caillat has added two dates to her upcoming U.S. tour. She will now visit Birmingham, Alabama, on September 12 and Draper City, Utah, on September 18.

Pre-sale tickets for both shows are available now. Tickets go on sale to the general public for the Draper date on Wednesday and for the Birmingham date on Friday. For more info, visit ColbieCaillat.com.

Colbie -- whose latest single, “Try,” is currently #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- will launch her tour in Denver on August 27.


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Sale of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s Bel Air Home Falls Through

ABC NewsMariah Carey and her hubby, Nick Cannon, have unloaded their property in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air -- or so they thought.

TMZ initially reported the couple had sold their home -– which features seven bedrooms, a movie theater, a gym, a basketball court and other amenities -- for more than 10 million dollars. That total was three million less than what Mariah and Nick sought, but around three million more than what they paid in 2009.

However, a TMZ update states the buyer has backed out, so the home is back on the market.

TMZ’s sources say Mariah and Nick want to sell the property so they can focus on living in New York City.


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Lady Gaga Makes Appearance in Red-Band Trailer for “Sin City” Sequel

Trae Patton/NBCLady Gaga makes a very brief cameo in the red-band trailer for the sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which debuted at San Diego’s Comic-Con over the weekend and was released online Monday.

About two minutes and 50 seconds into the clip, we see Gaga as a waitress in a diner. She hands over a crumpled one-dollar bill to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, Johnny, and remarks, “This won’t take you far.” Johnny, whose face is badly bruised, replies, “Sweetheart, it’s going to take me to the moon.”

The gritty drama, which also stars Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and several other big stars, hits theaters August 22.


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The Script’s New Album Now Available for Pre-Order

Columbia RecordsThe Script has made their latest album, No Sound Without Silence, available for pre-order on iTunes.

If you pre-order the album, you’ll receive an instant download of its first single, “Superheroes.” You’ll also be able to purchase “Superheroes” as a digital single, beginning Tuesday.

No Sound Without Silence, The Script’s fourth studio album, will be released September 30.

The Script is currently touring the U.S. with OneRepublic. Their next date is Wednesday in Omaha, Nebraska.


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One Direction’s Liam Teases Fans with “Naked” Photo

ABC/Matt BrownLiam Payne showed off his sense of humor on Instagram on Sunday.

The One Direction singer posted a photo of himself standing on a boat, appearing to be naked. His midsection is pixelated. The picture is captioned, “Damn that was my last pair!”

The snapshot threw 1D’s young female fans into a tizzy, but it turns out Liam wasn’t nude after all. He eventually uploaded the same picture again, only this time it was uncensored, revealing that he was actually wearing a bathing suit.

Liam quipped, “Oh I found them never mind aha.”   

Incidentally, one of Liam's band mates, Zayn Malik, also caused a stir on social media over the weekend when he tweeted, "#FreePalestine."


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“Weird Al” Yankovic Says His First #1 Album Will Be His Last

Robert Trachtenberg/RCA Records"Weird Al" Yankovic's thrilled that his new album Mandatory Fun has become the first #1 album of his career.  But ironically, it's also going to be the last album of his career.

"It feels strange to say that but it's also very poetic to be able to go out on top," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I want to stress I'm not retiring. This isn't the end of the line for me, but I'm pretty sure this is the end of my conventional albums. I just think it makes more sense for me to release songs individually -- be more of a singles artist instead of an albums artist."

Al always felt constrained by the fact that he couldn't just put out his song parodies while a song was topping the charts: he always had to wait, gather up a bunch of them, and release them as an album.  But these days, thanks to the advent of digital downloads, you don't have to wait, so that'll be his business model going forward.

As for why Mandatory Fun was the disc that finally rang the bell for him after three decades, Al says he's got a few theories.

"I'm not one hundred percent sure why this album did so much better than all my previous albums," he tells ABC News Radio. "I think partly because I think it is, in, fact my best album. I'm very proud of this  And I think my marketing plan had a lot to do with is as well -- the eight videos in eight days thing really seemed to work in a major way. I had a world premiere every single day of release week."

Al says the nature of comedy videos today meant that he had to constantly provide something new for people to check out, and that's what he did, by releasing one new video each day for eight days straight.

"Things go very viral for a day and then the next people say, 'OK, well, seen that. What's next?' So it gave people something to talk about and be excited about every single day and also something to look forward to," he explains. "So there was anticipation there. And it worked so well that by the end of the eight days, there was kind of a Pavlovian effect. People woke up the ninth morning and said, 'Well, where's the Weird Al video!? Why should I even wake up in the morning if there's not a new Weird Al video?!!!'"

The first video in the onslaught was the star-studded clip "Tacky," a parody of "Happy," which featured comedic actors Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho and Jack Black.  Al says all of those people are friends of his, but he knew the clip would work if he could get one of them in particular.

"Jack Black was number one on the list," he reveals. "I figured, 'OK if we get Jack Black, he's going to have so much energy, and knock it out of the park.' And I found the one day Jack was available to do it. He was in Atlanta, shooting a movie and he said he would fly in for one day and do the video."

Also making "Tacky" possible was the fact that Pharrell Williams, who wrote "Happy," gave Al permission to do the parody. "I won't tell you how I got his personal email, but I emailed him and I explained what I wanted to do," Al tells ABC News Radio. "And Pharrell got back to me immediately and he was extremely nice and said he was honored that I wanted to do a parody and gave me permission on the spot." 

Al says he'll launch a tour next year to promote Mandatory Fun. Meanwhile, he says he's living large celebrating his chart-topping success....not.

"Yeah, my family and I went out," he says when asked how he marked the milestone.  "We had some Mexican food and I had a burrito." 


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