Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s “Cheek To Cheek” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Album Chart

Credit: Alex Vanhee
Credit: Alex Vanhee

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s widely acclaimed jazz album,Cheek To Cheek, debuted at no. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 Album and hits #1 on the Jazz Album and Traditional Jazz Album Charts. ReleasedSeptember 23rdon Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records,Cheek To Cheekhas received extensive widespread critical praise around the world, including such leading publications asUSATODAY (“an epic musical mashup”), ROLLING STONE (“Gaga has real chemistry with Bennett”), PEOPLE (“An unlikely pairing results in beautiful music on this album of jazz standards. [Gaga] is a revelation.”), THE TIMES OFLONDON(“crooning nirvana”) and theCHICAGOSUN-TIMES (“A musical match made in jazz/standards heaven.”)

With the release ofCheek to Cheek, Bennett breaks his own record, set in 2011 when DUETS II debuted at #1 at the age of 85. Now at 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album on the #1 spot on the Billboard charts.Cheek To Cheekmarks Lady Gaga’s third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years; this is the second time in Bennett’s career that he has had an album debut at #1 in both Billboard’s Pop and Jazz Album charts. Two tracks released prior to the album, theCole Porterclassic “Anything Goes”, and the Jimmy McHugh andDorothy Fieldsstandard “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”, both debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Digital Jazz charts.

Cheek To Cheekfeatures classic jazz standardssung by Lady Gaga andTony Bennettin acombination of vocal duets and soloperformances.Each song was handpicked by the artists, and the album features classic selections from the GreatAmerican Songbook including “Anything Goes,” “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If ItAin’t Got That Swing),” “Sophisticated Lady,” ”Lush Life,” and therecord’s title track, “Cheek To Cheek.” Recorded inNew York City, the recordtook over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with bothartists including members of Bennett’s quartet,Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent,Harold Jones andMarshall Woodas well pianistTom Lanier.Jazz trumpeterBrian Newman, along-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well withhis NYC based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracksinclude tenorsaxophonistJoe Lovano, trumpeterGeorge Rabbaiand flutistPaul Horn, who passed away in July.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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