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Lady Gaga And Tony Bennett Record Jazz Album
Tony Bennett says the public is about to find out what a great singer Lady Gaga is. Lady Gaga says the public is about to find out what a crazy dresser Bennett is, when he shows up in his meat dress. The two have hit it off so well, they're releasing an album of jazz standards called "Cheek to Cheek" on September 23. Lady Gaga says she's been singing jazz since she was 13 and she's more comfortable with jazz than pop or R-and-B. She says she's happier than she's ever been.
Amy Lee of Evanescence is a first-time mom. She has posted a photo online of her son born on Thursday. She and husband Josh Hartzler have named him Jack Lion Hartzler. Lee says, "I have never known the depths of my heart til now. The world just exploded into Technicolor."
5 Seconds Of Summer Become Target Employees
The band 5 Seconds Of Summer made sure shoppers at Target knew about their new record by posing as Target employees. The band has posted a video that shows them pushing the CD to customers as they entered, directing one customer to the CDs instead of the microwaves and sneaking CDs into shoppers' carts. When one customer looked at the cover and asked, "Would that be you?" singer Luke Hemmings said, "No! He's awful." The video does not indicate in what city they pulled the prank. 5 Seconds Of Summer recently surprised fans in Inglewood, California, by manning a box office to sell their own concert tickets.
Aretha Franklin Discusses Fried Food, Upcoming Album
You might see a familiar face sneaking around the food booths at the Ohio State Fair: Aretha Franklin. She says she loves elephant ears. Franklin plays the fair tomorrow. In the meantime, Franklin has been taking French lessons and studying classical piano with a Julliard graduate. That training will be reflected in her upcoming record, which as yet has no title. Franklin will cover such classics as "Midnight Train To Georgia" as well as modern songs like "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys.
Primus Rework Songs From "Willy Wonka"
Primus frontman Les Claypool says he was just looking for an excuse to wear a purple velvet waistcoat and a brown top hat for the next 18 months. Primus' next album will be "Primus and the Chocolate Factory," a remake of the soundtrack to the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." It comes out October 21. Claypool says that film was very influential to him musically and he's always wanted to work a cover of "The Candyman" into Primus sets. He says they plan to sell Primus chocolate bars on the tour, which begins October 22 outside Philadelphia.
Toby Keith Tops Forbes List Of Top-Earning Country Acts
To say Toby Keith has made a buck or two as a country singer is an understatement. Forbes magazine puts Keith at the top of its list of top-earning country artists. Forbes estimates Keith earned $65 million in the past year and $335 million over the past six. That's from his music sales as well as his restaurants, his endorsement deal with Ford, his Wild Shot mescal and his Show Dog record label. He just squeaks past Taylor Swift, who is second on the list with $64 million. Kenny Chesney is third with $44 million, Jason Aldean in fourth with $37 million and Luke Bryan in fifth with $34 million.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Sues Over Failed All-Star Version Of "Jesus Christ Superstar"
The production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" that was supposed to feature Johnny Rotten as King Herod and Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas is now the subject of a lawsuit. Andrew Lloyd Webber's company is suing theatrical producer Michael Cohl for canceling the North American tour of the show, which was supposed to begin in June. The show also featured Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child and JC Chasez of 'N Sync. Ben Forster won the role of Jesus in a British reality show. Cohl's company had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.
Chadwick Boseman Works On James Brown Role
The actor who plays James Brown in the film "Get On Up" felt that one song really captured what he wanted to bring to the role. Chadwick Boseman says he played "Lost Someone" from the "Live at the Apollo" album on repeat for days. He even had it on when he left because he wanted it to be playing when he walked in. Boseman says the majority of his fear in playing Brown was the dancing, while 30 percent was getting past the caricatures of Brown and what people think they know about Brown. "Get On Up" opens Friday.
Katrina And The Waves Singer Plans United States Tour, Album Release
Katrina of Katrina and the Waves will tour the U.S. for the first time since the 1980s. Katrina Leskanich will be part of the Retro Futura Tour featuring Tom Bailey of The Thompson Twins, Midge Ure of Ultravox, China Crisis and Howard Jones. The tour begins August 21 in New York. Leskanich also will release "Blisland," her first record in ten years, on August 19. It's an album of covers of songs from the 1970s.
Rob Zombie Brings Haunted House To Suburban Chicago
Rob Zombie is expanding his haunted house to another city. Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will run on select nights from September 26 to November 1 in Villa Park, Illinois. Zombie will perform on opening night. The haunted house is also running at the same time in Scottsdale, Arizona. It's based on Zombie's three horror movies.
Trace Adkins Will Sing Anthem At Red Sox-Yankees Game
Trace Adkins will sing the national anthem at Fenway Park this weekend. He will sing before the Red Sox-Yankees game on Saturday.
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