The casual music fan who watched this season’s American Idol finale and saw Tony Bennett, who turns 85 next month, dueting with Haley Reinhart knows Bennett is still going strong, but you can’t really appreciate how amazing he sounds until you see him live. I caught a show recently, and he’s the first singer to ever make me tear up twice in the same song (“Maybe This Time”). After 60 years in the business, his voice is still powerful and he’s made holding a mic into an art form — he knows precisely how the distance from his mouth will affect not only the volume but the mood. I love it when he drops the mic by his side and the sound is faint, intimate, and pure. READ FULL STORY
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Hey, remember when Johnny Depp surprised a group of kids in London by showing up at their school in character as Captain Jack Sparrow? Well, this story is kind of the opposite of that one. A staff developer who works for Tenafly Elementary Schools in New Jersey is in hot water for promising kids an appearance by Lady Gaga herself — then delivering a Lady Gaga impersonator instead. READ FULL STORY
Breaking: Papa Bear just might be a closet Little Monster. During the “Pinheads and Patriots” segment of last night’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly named Lady Gaga a patriot — apparently, he admired the way the singer chowed down on one of Dave Letterman’s note cards during her bizarre appearance on The Late Show. “I wish I had thought of that when I was on the Letterman program,” O’Reilly declared, looking amused. “I would have done that.” Watch the video below.
Lady Gaga took a little time to enjoy The View today, stopping by to promote Born This Way with a half-hour interview with Barbara Walters and Co. And she pretty much made a headline every minute. Escorted by two men wearing shades, Gaga looked a little wobbly stepping onto The View’s set. Maybe those eight-inch boots had something to do with that. Today she continued her goth-take on I Dream of Jeannie, streaks of Cruella DeVil black in her blonde bob. Yeah, there were the usual platitudes — “I’m so grateful,” “I never dreamed I’d be here,” “the spirit of the audience inspires me” — but she also proved herself to be quick-witted, open-hearted, and endearingly self-deprecating. She opened up more about the bullying she suffered at New York City’s Convent of the Sacred Heart (those Upper East Side mean girls made fun of her “big nose” and “buck teeth” and even threw her in a trash can, a moment she reinterpreted for her Rolling Stone shoot last June). “When I was in school I wanted to wear a mask every day, but now I wear my mask, and I wear it proudly,” she said.
For the first time I can think of, Gaga also introduced her mother to the world. READ FULL STORY
Forbes placed the singer at the top of its Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the most powerful people in the entertainment business.
Let’s not quibble too much with Forbes‘ methodology, which credits celebs with the strongest web presence. In this case, they might be confusing simple popularity and crass self-promotion with real power, but let’s move on. Oprah, who earned $290 million in the last 12 months, ranked second, and Justin Bieber debuted on the list in the third spot. READ FULL STORY
By all accounts, human society is slowly but surely evolving towards the cultural moment when “News Media” will just be the coastal elitist term for the Twitter feed that will stream infinite happenstance straight into your frontal lobe by way of a neural implant installed by our horrible robot overlords. But there are still some crusty old-school journalists who believe in the power of the printed page. And then there is Lady Gaga, who served as guest editor-in-chief at the London office of the free daily Metro for one whole day, despite being neither crusty nor old-school, nor even really a journalist, unless you think that she is a metaphorical journalist embedded in the trench warfare of human emotions (in which case you should seriously consider cutting your hair and getting a job, hippie). READ FULL STORY
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