Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga haven't had enough of the luscious life.
Bennett told reporters last year he and Gaga had plans to record a second jazz album, and he's a man of his word. When Gaga isn't filming more scenes for American Horror Story: Hotel, she's off to the recording studio. Currently, she's crafting a new pop record, but also finds time to collaborate with Tony Bennett, who she credits for helping save her life.
"She and I are talking about doing a second album," Bennett, who turns 90-years-old today, tells Billboard. "She's busy right now, but at the beginning of next year we'll start doing an album. The first one went way over a million, and it's still selling."
Bennett previously said the LP would be a collection of Cole Porter songs. "He was the best writer of all of them in the Great American Songbook," he told Vulture at the time. "Highly intelligent. We're going to have a lot of fun doing that."
He added their relationship helped attract new audiences, saying: "Gaga is a gorgeous singer, and when she sings a great ballad, I get goose bumps. She helped me and I helped her by doing Cheek to Cheek. Through her telling her audience how much she likes me, all of them became fans of mine, all these young teenagers. On the other hand, by her singing these beautiful songs on the album, the audience I have, all of them said, 'God, I never knew she sang that wonderfully.' So we both helped one another. We get along great. She's got a lot of talent. I think someday she's going to be very big in films, which I'm not too interested in. I work live, to audiences, but I think she's going to surprise everybody and make some good films."
I am so honored to be by Tony's side on his 90th birthday. Today we lit up the Empire State Building together, in the colors of the Italian Flag to commemorate Bennett's legacy as the greatest living legend & example of the Italian American Dream. We love you "Ton'" Happy Birthday! 90 is the new 20!
NBC will honor the living legend with a very special TV broadcast titled "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come" on December 20 at 9 p.m. ET. Mother Monster and the aforementioned acts are some of the bigwigs set to make appearances with the music vet, but it doesn't end there. Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, k.d. lang and Rufus Wainwright. Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Bruce Willis and even Homer Simpson (Yes, Homer Simpson) are also scheduled to make appearances during the special.
Exactly 10 years ago, NBC hosted a similar tribute to Bennett for his 80th birthday and it went on to win seven Emmy awards, so it's easy to see why the network wants to celebrate his life once again.