Lady Gaga, The Killers, Coldplay to cover Elton John for new tribute albums

 

Elton John may be saying farewell to his own yellow brick road with a massive final world tour, but don’t think that’s the only thing the iconic performer is giving fans before his final curtain call. On Thursday (March 15), it was announced that John will be releasing a huge 26-track double disc featuring covers of some of his iconic tunes. The records, which have been titled Revamp and Restoration, will feature artists from the pop, rock, and country genres of music putting their own spin on some of John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin’s biggest hits.

Revamp will feature a collection of predominately pop and rock artists covering some of John’s hits such “Tiny Dancer” (Florence + the Machine), “Candle in the Wind” (Ed Sheeran), “Your Song” (Lady Gaga), “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” (The Killers), and many more.

In a press statement, John reveals that he created a list of artists that he wanted to commission to work on the Revamp side of the double disc.

“On Revamp, I wrote out a wish list of people that I would love and asked them and to my surprise, most of them said yes, and we have quite an astonishing eclectic crew.”

As for Restoration, the second album, John explains that it was all about Taupin and what he wanted.

“God, we have so many great artists doing our songs, it’s quite incredible. Restoration was Bernie [Taupin]’s project and he’s a huge country fan. He came up with an astonishing list of country performers, both new and legendary.”

Unlike Revamp, Restoration will feature all country music artists. The record will bring together some of the newer faces of country alongside some classic country musicians. Current stars like Little Big Town, Marren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves will join the likes of Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Rosanne Cash on the record.

For many of the artists featured on the records, this will not be their first time working with John and Taupin. Back in January, musicians including Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Alessia Cara, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Lady Gaga took part in CBS’ special Elton John: I’m Still Standing – A Grammy Salute. The show was put together by the Recording Academy to honor both John and Taupin for their contribution to the music world.

Revamp and Restoration currently has a tentative release date of April 6.

The covers album comes a few months after John announced his final massive outing for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The multi-year, 300-show excursion will kick off this fall after he wraps up his Las Vegas residency.

For now, the complete tracklisting for both Revamp and Restoration can be seen below.

Revamp Tracklisting:
1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay
3. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” – Alessia Cara
4. “Candle in the Wind” – Ed Sheeran
5. “Tiny Dancer” – Florence + The Machine
6. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” – Mumford & Sons
7. “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” – Mary J. Blige
8. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” – Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato
9. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – The Killers
10. “Daniel” – Sam Smith
11. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me” – Miley Cyrus
12. “Your Song” – Lady Gaga
13. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Queens of the Stone Age

Restoration Tracklisting:
1. “Rocket Man” – Little Big Town
2. “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” – Maren Morris
3. “Sacrifice” – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. “Take Me to the Pilot” – Brothers Osborne
5. “My Father’s Gun” – Miranda Lambert
6. “I Want Love” – Chris Stapleton
7. “Honky Cat” – Lee Ann Womack
8. “Roy Rogers” – Kacey Musgraves
9. “Please” – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. “The Bitch is Back” – Miley Cyrus
11. “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” – Dierks Bentley
12. “This Train Don’t Stop” – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. “Border Song” – Willie Nelson

Lady Gaga Addresses On-Campus Sexual Assault with New Music Video

With the rising epidemic of on campus sexual assault and those so-called schools attempting to cover it up because you know, it looks bad for their image, people have become more vigilant in trying to bring all of these issues to light. On Friday, Lady Gaga joined the list of people trying to do something to change how on-campus sexual assault is viewed.

The singer released a music video for a song titled “Til It Happens To You” written for the documentary The Hunting Ground. The music video starts out with the message: “The following contains graphic content that may be emotionally upsetting but reflects the reality of what is happening daily on college campuses” ensuring that the viewer knows that this is not going to be one of those sugar-coated press released colleges release when something like this is exposed.

The music video was directed by Catherine Hardwicke (of Twilight fame) and features several scenes of sexual assault at various college locations such as a dorm room and a party as well as the aftermath for the victims. Hardwicke spoke with The Huffington Post about the video and revealed that the five-minute video does exactly what the documentary does.

“I hope that this PSA, with its raw and truthful portrayals, will send a clear message that we need to support these courageous survivors and end this epidemic plaguing our college campuses,” Hardwicke said in a statement.

Watch the music video for “Til It Happens to You” below. According to Lady Gaga’s YouTube page, all proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of sexual assault.

Jimmy Kimmel Posts New “All Music Edition” of #MeanTweets

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One of Jimmy Kimmel’s funniest sketches comes courtesy of all the negative posts people send across Twitter about celebrities then having said celebrities go on his show and read them out loud (some of them having laughing fits along the way).

This week, we got a new all-music edition of the sketch in honor of the Grammy Awards set to take place this upcoming weekend.The cast of musicians include some of pop’s biggest artists and some fellow Grammy nominees as well.

Musicians like Josh Groban, Drake, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and more take a crack at reading the mean tweets because nothing shows you have a sense of humor about those “haters” than reading those hateful messages out loud and laughing (all the way to the bank) about them in the process.

Check out the new edition below.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air live this Sunday, Feb. 8, beginning at 8 P.M. EST on CBS.

Lady Gaga Reveals Dark Secret in New Interview

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Lady Gaga has always been known for being caring for her fans as much as for her outrageous fashion, but there was something that the Mother Monster had been keeping in the shadows for years; she had been raped when she was a teenager.

During an appearance on the Howard Stern Show, the topic train managed to somehow go to the topic of rape.

“I went through some horrific things,” Gaga admitted to the DJ. “I’m able to laugh now because I’ve gone through a lot of mental, physical and emotional therapy.”

In the interview, she indicates that the dark and horrific experience happened when she was a teenager and was done by a producer who was roughly 20 years older than her.

“I wrote a song called ‘Swine’; the song is about rape,” she also revealed about her track from last year’s album, ARTPOP.

“The song is about demoralization. The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release.”

Gaga also told Stern that like many rape victims, she did not want to admit that such a thing had happened to her after the event.

“I wasn’t even willing to admit that anything had even happened,” she admitted to him.

Then, a few years later she revealed she saw her rapist at a store where she froze, “paralyzed by fear.”

It took her years to come to terms with what had happened and reveals that she found solace through therapy, maturation and positive relationships.

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Reveal Album Title, New Music Video

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It has been sometime since it was confirmed that Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett would be collaborating on a new album, though they previously worked together on Bennett’s 2011 album, Duets II.

Today, the official title of the album and the lead song from it, had been released. During an appearance on the Today Show, the two music powerhouses revealed the title of the album will be Cheek to Cheek (get it, since they’re always cheek to cheek) and is set for a September release date.

In addition to the album titled, the video for the first single of of it was also revealed; the cover of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.”

During the interview, Bennett revealed that he loves the way Gaga sings, while Mother Monster herself revealed that one of her newest tattoos, a trumpet, was sketched by Bennett himself. 

“I asked Tony to sketch a trumpet for me, and he decided to sketch Miles Davis’ trumpet — an iconic trumpet. I decided to get a tattoo ’cause I loved it so much,” she explained. 

Cheek to Cheek will be released on September 22 and will feature the pair singing jazz standards including “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Lush Life” and more.

Check out the music video for “Anything Goes” below. 

Summerfest 2014 Headliners Revealed

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Summerfest 2014 is set to take place later this Summer in Milwaukee and now the event has revealed its full list of headliners. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Brand New and Fall Out Boy will be taking a trip to Wisconsin for the two-week event set to take place June 25th-29th and continue on July 1st-6th.

Festival organizers who have coined the event as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” announced the complete list of headliners through a video which begins with giving statistics about the event including “11 days, 11 stages, over 800 acts and 900,000 fans” which then transitions to the long-lost of headliners.

The full video can be seen below as well as the long list of already confirmed artists.

SUMMERFEST 2014 HEADLINERS:

  • Bruno Mars
  • Lady Gaga
  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Outkast, Brad Paisley
  • Darius Rucker
  • Motley Crue
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Paramore
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • New Order
  • Rise Against
  • Kip Moore
  • Ray LaMontagne
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Nas
  • Brand New
  • The Neighbourhood
  • Fitz & the Tantrums
  • Ludacris
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • The Fray
  • The Head and the Heart
  • Neon Trees
  • The Airborne Toxic Event
  • Tegan and Sara
  • B.o.B.
  • Robert DeLong
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Atmosphere
  • Girl Talk
  • REO Speedwagon
  • Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
  • ZZ Ward
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Cheap Trick
  • Walk Off the Earth
  • Ziggy Marley
  • Kongos
  • A Great Big World
  • .38 Special
  • Jake Miller
  • Kool and the Gang
  • Switchfoot
  • Jake Bugg
  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Bleachers
  • O.A.R.
  • Timeflies
  • Wailers
  • Los Lonely Boys
  • Scotty McCreery
  • Pentatonix
  • SoMo
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Rusted Root
  • George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  • DJ Pauly D
  • Kansas
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
  • Michael McDonald
  • Clay Walker
  • The Crystal Method
  • Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
  • Matisyahu
  • Crowder
  • Best Coast
  • Taj Mahal Trio
  • David Nail
  • The Hold Steady
  • Delta Rae
  • Cowboy Mouth
  • Saints of Valory
  • Bombino
  • Kopecky Family Band
  • Moon Taxi
  • St. Lucia
  • Wild Feathers
  • James Hunter
  • Six
  • San Fermin
  • Bad Suns
  • Kitten
  • Wild Cub
  • Foy Vance

Lady Gaga Releases “G.U.Y.”

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With a headline making performance at the South by Southwest, Lady Gaga used the headline making publicity stunt to promote new music video for the track, “G.U.Y.”

Before announcing when the full video would premiere, the pop star had unveiled a short teaser of it to hold her Little Monsters over before revealing that the full video would debut during NBC’s Dateline.

The video which comes in at almost twelve minutes, is another “performance piece” from the ARTPOP star. The video features Bravo’s Andy Cohen as well as some scenes featuring the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” stars Kim Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and Kyle Richards.

In total, the music video incorporates four tracks from ARTPOP including “ARTPOP,” “Venus,” “manicure” and of course “G.U.Y.”

Lady Gaga Puts on ‘Artful’ Show at SXSW

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We all know Lady Gaga has a few screws loose in her head and for the most part, listeners and Little Monsters love her for her unorthodox take on pop stardom, but during her show last night at South By Southwest, things went beyond that.

The pop star was slated to take the stage to perform as one of the shows of the evening at the Doritos #BoldStage and air exclusively on Fuse.

She began the night by coming on stage strapped to a spit over an active grill. The entire time, she performed her opening song while her leather-clad men spun her on the spit. There was also the matter of her long, blonde dreads continuously dancing on the flames below her.

But that wasn’t the most shocking display of the evening; no that came during her song “Swine.” Gaga brought a woman up to the stag who had been drinking an odd colored beverage from a large bottle. As the song began, the lady got closer to the pop star and eventually began to vomit on her, repeatedly. The woman reportedly did it ten times throughout the song.

Yep. Fame is definitely a monster. A really weird, disgusting, puke-y monster. The NSFW video can be seen below so if can’t stomach it, then please don’t watch it, but we’ll leave it here.

Lady Gaga Shoots Down Rumors

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A lot of rumors have been surfacing that things are not roses over at Lady Gaga’s camp.

First there’s the rumor that her record label, Interscope Records lost millions with her new albums. Now there’s talk about the reasons as to why her new music video for her current single, “Do What U Want” is taking longer than expected to be made.

Taking to a fan chat last night, Mother Monster hit those rumors head on and in a way threw shade at some of the people responsible for some of the grievances with the new album and other things. One of her punching bag, though they were not names specifically was her former management.

Though ARTPOP was successful, selling about 258,000 copies in its first week, it did not do the stellar sale that Born This Way did back when it was released; BTW sold about 1.1 million in the same time frame. Back when the album was released an article was published, claiming that Interscope lost a reported $25 million on the campaign for the album resulting in employee lay-offs.

But that’s not the only issue that has raised some eyes brows. Back in November, it was revealed that the video for “Do What U Want” would be released in a month’s time from that confirmation. Here we are in 2014, and still no video has been released. During the fan chat, Gaga released the following statement about why the video is taking so long.

“[The “Do What U Want” video] is late because, just like with the “Applause” video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it… All my most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored. 

Those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time and health and left me on my own to damage control any problems that ensued as a result. Millions of dollars are not enough for some people. They want billions. Then they need trillions. I was not enough for some people. They wanted more…

The next few months of ARTPOP will truly be its beginning. Because those who did not care about ARTPOP‘s success are now gone, and the dreams I have been planning can now come to fruition. 

Please forgive me that I did not foresee this coming, I never thought after all the years of hard work that those I called friends and partners would ever care so little at a time I needed them the most…”

She ended her message by asking her fans to forgive her and “be for you the Goddess that I know I truly am.” And as for the rumor about the Interscope slump and investment, she tied that up nicely by saying. “there is no truth to many of your comments, including the 25 million dollar deficit. These are rumors that are being repeated and spread.”

Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera Release “Do What U Want (Remix)”

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We’re sure that when Lady Gaga was announced to perform on The Voice season finale, nobody guessed that the pop star would be taking the stage with one of the judges to put on one the most stellar performances. The performance was so good, that it even outshone the winner of the season (it was Tessanne for those that haven’t gotten the results yet).

Since the public took the remixed version of the song so well, it was announced that Christina Aguilera and Gaga went into the studio to record an official version of the song. Gaga announced via Twitter that the song would be for sale come the new year.

“Here’s ‘Do What U Want feat. Christina Aguilera’ STUDIO Version. http://smarturl.it/DoWhatUWantX  pink champagne, gold lame, hair, and fearlessness,” Mother Monster wrote on the social media site to get her Little Monsters excited for the new year.

Aguilera tweeted something similar to Gaga’s message; “Happy New Year! Loved performing #DWUW with @LadyGaga so we made a special version just in time for NYE! Xo Xtina http://smarturl.it/DoWhatUWantX.”

Check out the official studio version here:

Up until the performance which took place last month, there had been some rumors that the two divas were in an intense fight. All that went out the window when they took the stage.

“I was really excited because The Voice called and wanted me to perform on the finale and I obviously can’t refuse,” said Gaga about getting the opportunity. “It’s such an amazing show and I said, ‘I’ll do it, but I want to know if Christina will do it with me.”

“This is the first time we’ve ever met and I have to say, when I heard she wanted to collaborate I said, ‘Of course! Lady Gaga!’ I’ve been waiting to meet her. She’s such an innovative artist and a risk taker and as a fellow female, I have so much respect for that.”

“She’s the most down to earth real person that I’ve ever met in this business. Female to female in this industry, it’s really hard to find that kind of a person,” Aguilera added. “I love you girl, and you deserve everything that you’ve earned.”