Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett’s “Cheek to Cheek LIVE!” Hits DVD Jan. 20

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIt aired on PBS earlier this year, but now the concert special Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! is coming to DVD.

The special was taped in New York City on July 28, and features Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett performing music from their #1 album Cheek to Cheek, backed up by a 39-piece orchestra and a group of jazz musicians.

Cheek to Cheek recently scored a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album.

Here’s the DVD set list:

“Anything Goes”
“Cheek to Cheek”
“They All Laughed”
“Lady’s in Love with You” (Tony Bennett Solo)
“Nature Boy”
“Goody Goody”
“How Do You Keep the Music Playing?” (Tony Bennett Solo)
“Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” (Lady Gaga Solo)
“Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered” (Lady Gaga Solo)Firefly
“I Won’t Dance”
“Don’t Wait Too Long” (Tony Bennett Solo)
“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”
“Lush Life” (Tony Solo)
“Sophisticated Lady” (Tony Bennett Solo)
“Let’s Face the Music And Dance/Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” (Lady Gaga Solo)
“But Beautiful”
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”

In other Gaga/Bennett news, the two have recorded a duet version of “Winter Wonderland,” which is now available on iTunes.

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“Fancy,” Sam Smith Top MTV’s Best of 2014 List

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAnother day, another year-end list: this time it’s MTV, with their Best of 2014 roundup.  Topping the list of the network’s “Best Songs” list is Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy,” while Sam Smith grabbed the title of Best Artist.

Speaking about Sam and the impact of his hit “Stay with Me,” MTV writes, “The tear-stained agony of a love unrequited on ‘Stay with Me’ captured the imagination of heartbroken Americans like it was the second coming of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You.’ Still, the most remarkable part of that success might be that this relatable message was communicated by a gay man.”

As for “Fancy,” MTV says, “Iggy had shown signs of rap stardom in her earlier mixtape days, and scratched the surface with the release of her debut, The New Classic, in April, but she fully took things there by ruling the summer with ‘Fancy.’ Combining hip-hop, pop and electronic sounds with verses from the Australian rapper and an infectious hook from Charli XCX, the track became an inescapable smash.”

The rest of MTV’s Best Artists of the Year include Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Drake, Charli XCX and Fifth Harmony.  As for Best Songs, the list includes Nicki’s “Anaconda,” Taylor’s “Shake It Off,” Ariana’s “Problem,” Sia‘s “Chandelier,” Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Sam’s “Stay with Me,” and DJ Snake‘s “Turn Down for What.”

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Ed Sheeran “Went Wild” After Learning of Album of the Year Grammy Nod

Ben WattsLast Friday, Ed Sheeran was up bright and early to help announce the Grammy nominations, and he found out he’d received several, including Best Pop Vocal Album.  He didn’t have much of a celebration at the time, but later that same night, when he found out he’d received a nod in the most prestigious category — Album of the Year –  he partied like a madman.

Speaking to Yahoo Celebrity, Ed says after the the initial nominations were revealed, he and fellow British nominee Sam Smith “went out for lunch and had a catch-up and celebrated but in the evening when I found out I had the Best Album nomination I went wild.”

And what did that entail?  “I went to a dive bar and just ended up outside and I ordered loads of rounds of Jagerbombs for everyone,” he says. “People I hadn’t even met, I was just buying drinks for everyone outside. It was good. I had this huge metal mug that I’d stolen and I was just filling it with champagne and drinking it like it was beer. It was a mad night.”

In addition to Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year, Ed is also up for Best Song Written for Visual Media, for “I See Fire,” from the second Hobbit movie.

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Lorde “Shocked & Happy” About Golden Globe Nomination

Image Group LA/ABC“YOUR GIRL GOT NOMINATED FOR A FREAKING GOLDEN GLOBE.”  That was Lorde’s initial reaction, via Twitter, to the news that “Yellow Flicker Beat,” her song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, had received a nomination in the Best Original Song from a Motion Picture category.

Later, Lorde released an official statement expressing her joy at the honor. 

“I am so shocked and happy to know that ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ has been included in the running for Best Original Song. I thought Katniss” — the heroine of the Hunger Games films — “was one of a kind when I first laid eyes on her in a cinema in 2012 — a rough, sparkling diamond of a mind. It was a privilege getting to step inside her head and speak her thoughts, even for a brief moment,” she said.

“Getting to write a song for a film like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is a truly singular experience, and I am blown away that that experience got me nominated for a Golden Globe. I’ll see you there,” Lorde added.

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MAGIC! Talks Upcoming Tour with Maroon 5: Our Music Goes “Really Well Together”

Image Group LA When the Grammy nominations were announced last week, MAGIC!‘s hit “Rude” was shut out, despite its huge popularity.  But the band has a couple of pretty good consolation prizes:  on December 31, they’ll be performing live in New York City’s Times Square as part of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, and in February, they’ll hit the road as the opening act for Maroon 5‘s big tour.

“You can expect a fantastic performance from Maroon 5 because they’re awesome,” jokes MAGIC! frontman Nasri when asked what fans can expect from the tour.  “But you know we’re going to do our best to get the crowd going and get them revved up for the guys.”

Asked to describe their stage show, Nasri tells ABC News Radio, “Everybody will hear, like, about half our album. And we’ve been already kind of getting the rehearsals together. You’ll see more of a light show with us — [it'll be] a little more kicked up.”

A lot of times, bands who are touring together won’t actually meet until the day the tour kicks off, but Maroon 5 and MAGIC! has actually had a chance to hang out a bit.

Guitarist Mark Pelli tells ABC News Radio, “We actually played a show with them in Montreal and we met a bunch of the dudes — we didn’t meet the whole band — but they were so nice. Our music went really well together so we’re excited. We think it’s going to be a good tour.” 

The tour kicks off February 16 in Dallas, Texas.

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Lorde, Sia, John Legend Receive Golden Globe Nominations

Andrew WhittonAll of Lorde’s hard work on the soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 has paid off with a Golden Globe nomination.

Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat,” one of the songs she contributed to the soundtrack, has been nominated for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.  Her competition includes John Legend, who with rapper Common co-wrote the song “Glory” from the movie Selma. Also nominated is Sia, who co-wrote the song “Oppportunity” from the movie Annie.

Lana Del Rey is nominated for the song “Big Eyes,” from the movie of the same name, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith has received a nomination for co-writing “Mercy Is,” from the movie Noah.

The 72nd Annual Golden Globes will air January 11 on NBC, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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Taylor Swift & 5 Seconds of Summer Among “People” Mag’s “Most Intriguing” of 2014

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteYou already know that Taylor Swift is one of the Most Fascinating People of 2014 — she’s featured in the Barbara Walters special of the same name, which airs on ABC on Sunday.  But did you know that Taylor’s not only “fascinating,” but “intriguing” too?  At least, that’s according to People magazine.

Taylor is one of the few musicians who made it onto People magazine’s list of the “25 Most Intriguing People” of 2014.  She’s described as “The Hit Maker” on a list that also includes Angelina Jolie, the magazine’s Woman of the Year, as well as “The Champ,” Matthew McConaughey; “The Leading Lady,” Jennifer Lawrence; and Taylor’s BFF Lena Dunham, “The Storyteller.”

Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer also made it onto the magazine’s list — they’re dubbed “The Tween Dream.”  The only other musician on the list is Kanye West, as one half of a couple with his wife, Kim Kardashian.  They’re “The Power Couple.”

Other musicians included in People’s 2014 roundup:

Meghan Trainor, in a Year of the Butt feature

Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo, in Weddings of 2014

Gwen Stefani and son Apollo Flynn Bowie, Kelly Clarkson and daughter River Rose in Babies of 2014

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon, Robin Thicke & Paula Patton, Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin, Jewel & Ty Murray in Splits of 2014

Ariana Grande vs. Bette Midler, Justin Bieber vs Seth Rogen, Jay Z vs Solange Knowles in Feuds of the Year

The new issue of People magazine is on newsstands this Friday, December 12.

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Sam Smith Needs to Remind Himself: Awards Shows Are “Weird” and “Surreal,” Not “Normal”

Image Group LA/ABCSam Smith attended his fair share of award shows this year and took home a number of trophies. Next year, more will be coming — including Grammy Awards.  Sam says in order to keep his ego in check, he always needs to remind himself that attending awards shows isn’t a “normal” thing to do, and what happens at them is “weird.”

Speaking to MTV, Sam says that since he’s found fame, he’s “been able to remain the same person with the same morals and the same beliefs,” but adds, “That becomes challenging at these awards shows, where everyone’s walking around, sitting in their chairs, pretending what’s happening is totally normal — like this is a normal part of life. I’ve got to remind myself that what happens at these events is weird, because I don’t want to get used to them.”

“When I’m at one, I like to feel like an outsider who has gotten a special pass for the day, because not a lot of people live like this,” Sam goes on. “It’s surreal, and I don’t want it to become my normality. That’s partially why my main aim for next year is to keep my head on my shoulders and not get ahead of myself.”

While Sam admits that after his whirlwind year, he wants 2015 to be his year to “sit back, reap in the rewards a little bit and just be 23…which I will be next May,” doing that is proving more difficult than he thought.

“It’s true that I’m already writing music — I can’t stop writing music, actually,” he tells MTV.  “I feel like I’ve found the title and the concept for my second record, which I’m really excited about, and I feel like my music grows more and more honest every day.”

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Rep Says Taylor’s Still Single

ABC/Fred LeeThe latest rumors on Taylor Swift‘s love life have tainted her upcoming 25th birthday.

There’s been speculation that she’s dating Matt Healy of the British rock band The 1975. Perhaps more interestingly, the Internet was abuzz last week with talk that she may have made out with supermodel Karlie Kloss at a concert by The 1975 in New York.

However, it appears Taylor is single and still not ready to mingle. Her rep tells People magazine, “Taylor remains happily single,” adding, “It is disappointing that her one birthday request was ignored.”

The rep is referring to a tweet by Taylor on Monday that read, “As my 25th birthday present from the media, I’d like for you to stop accusing all my friends of dating me. #thirsty.” Her birthday is on Saturday.

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Ryan Tedder Has Plans to Work with Sam Smith; Still Writing for Adele’s Album

ABC/Donna SvennevikOneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder has been touring the world with his band in support of their album Native, but of course, he’s also found time to collaborate with some of the world’s hottest pop artists.

Speaking to Britain’s Capital FM, Ryan revealed,  “I just did something with Ed Sheeran and will hopefully do some more.  Sam [Smith], I have plans to hopefully do something with him.”  Ryan also noted that while OneRepublic has been his “main focus,” saying that during the band’s European tour, adding, “All that I’ve been doing on the European tour is writing for OneRepublic, and a little bit of Adele!

Ryan added, “She’s kind of the only artist in the world where I’ll just drop what I’m doing.”  Unfortunately, he didn’t reveal anything about when Adele might release new music.

As for OneRepublic, coming off the huge success of “Counting Stars” and their current single, “I Lived,” Ryan says he wants them to have a new single out before next fall, and then an album to follow “shortly thereafter.”

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