Tony Bennett has announced his 61st studio album is his last, and that it is once again a collaboration with Lady Gaga.
The album features the duo singing Cole Porter compositions, as duets, as well as solo performances. Titled Love for Sale, it will be released on October 1.
Bennett, who celebrated his 95th birthday this week, revealed to AARP The Magazine in February that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, but hadn’t made it publicly known until the interview. He says the slow progress of the disease has allowed him to continue to record music and tour until the pandemic struck.
Love for Sale was recorded between 2018 and early 2020. The first track, I Get a Kick Out of You was released on Tuesday, with the music video set to premiere on MTV on Friday.
This isn’t the first time Bennett and Gaga have teamed up – they released a full-length collaboration, Cheek to Cheek, in 2014. The album topped the Billboard 200 charts and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
"The day we released Cheek to Cheek in 2014, @itstonybennett called me and asked me if I wanted to record another album with him, this time celebrating the songs of Cole Porter," Gaga tweeted. "I'm always honoured to sing with my friend Tony, so of course I accepted the invitation."
The pair performed at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on August 3, and perform a second show on August 5, with the two appearances billed as Bennett’s last in New York City.
Source: The National