Posts Tagged ‘Lady Gaga’

Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett On HSN?

August 23, 2014

Lady Gaga, one of our favs, and music legend Tony Bennett have teamed up and sung together in the past. They have a mutual admiration society. And they have collaborated on a new album, “Cheek to Cheek.”


HSN is getting a piece of this action. The network posted on Facebook and its website that it will be offering viewers a behind-the-scene look at Gaga’s and Bennett’s new album on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.

From that description, it doesn’t sound like there will be an live performances, just sales of the CD.

Lady Gaga, by the way, is an HSN viewer. She once talked on Facebook about using her My Little Steamer.

HSN, Comp Lady Gaga A Joy Mangano Mini-Steamer Right Now!

March 2, 2012

Lady Gaga really does dig HSN.

The Queen Monster posted this on Facebook last weekend:

“Me steaming my vintage polyblend Halston with a teapot is a vision, should have sprung for the ministeam on HSN. #KettlesAreForTeaNotFashion”

Lady Gaga regrets not springing for Joy Mangano's $19.95 mini-steamer

By “ministeam,” Lady Gaga had to be referring to HSN queen Joy Mangano’s “My Little Steamer” mini-steamer.

A recent profile of HSN CEO Mindy Grossman in Elle magazine ended with an anecdote about “Born This Way” Gaga.

Grossman was meeting with Lady Gaga about doing a line for HSN. According to Elle, Lady Gaga told Grossman, “You have the neatest job,” or words to that effect.

Tony Bennett, After Duets With Lady Gaga And Amy Winehouse, Is Coming To HSN Sept. 10

August 24, 2011

Tony Bennett doing a duet with Lady Gaga, as well as with the late Amy Winehouse? We’ll explain.

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman had mentioned during the home shopping channel’s second-quarter earning call that Bennett was coming to St. Petersburg, Fla. But we were so busy last week we missed the official press release.

Bennett will perform live on HSN Sept. 10 to celebrate his 85th birthday and hawk an “exclusive” collection of his greatest hits “with Music’s Biggest Stars including: Michael Buble, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Queen Latifah, John Mayer, Carrie Underwood and many more,” the HSN press release said.

Crooner Bennett, will appear on HSN for a one-hour multi-platform concert at 7 p.m. to launch his latest CD, DUETS II.

“Bennett fans can also go to, keyword: Tony Bennett to send birthday well wishes to Tony and view special content and videos leading up to his HSN debut,” according to the home shopping network.

Bennett’s new 17-song compilation includes hit songs featuring today’s hot artists. with the duets including, “The Way You Look Tonight” with Faith Hill; “The Lady is a Tramp” with Lady Gaga; “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” with Michael Buble; “It Had To Be You” with Carrie Underwood and “Stranger in Paradise” with Andrea Bocelli.

The other musicians joining Bennett on the CD include Mariah Carey, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Norah Jones, Lady Gaga, k.d.lang, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Alejandro Sanz and Winehouse.

“HSN is continuing to keep HSN current and relevant while entertaining our customers is a core component of our entertainment strategy,” HSN senior vice president of merchandising Sandy Conrad said in a canned statement. “Welcoming Tony Bennett for the launch of his new Duets II CD collection gives us the chance to provide our customers an exclusive opportunity to connect with one of the world’s greatest talents.”

There’s no doubt that Bennett is a legend. He has won 15 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Award.

HSN customers will have the opportunity to order a special exclusive 2-disk bundle that will include Duets II and a bonus disk which will be available on-air at HSN, through and via HSN Mobile for $14.95.

Here’s the boilerplate on Bennett:

Entering his seventh decade as a recording artist with over 100 albums and 15 Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Bennett has earned his legendary status many times over. He remains the Columbia recording artist with the greatest longevity at the label.

In 2006 his DUETS CD was released in honor of his 80th birthday and became the singer’s best selling CD to date garnering three Grammy Awards and platinum sales. His 2007 prime-time special, “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” won seven Emmy Awards. A visual artist as well, three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian. He has published three books – his autobiography, “The Good Life” and two books of his paintings, “Tony Bennett: What My Heart Has Seen,” and “Tony Bennett In the Studio; A Life of Art and Music.”

His humanitarian efforts are renowned and the United Nations honored him with their Humanitarian Award in 2007Bennett founded, in association with the Department of Education in New York City, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts – a public arts high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens. With his wife Susan, he established Exploring the Arts, a charitable organization that supports arts education in NYC public high schools.

Lady Gaga Goes Goo-Goo Over QVC…Not Really, But She Mentioned It

April 8, 2011

We love it when the consumer press, as we in the biz call it, writes the millionth version of the “home-shopping-networks-are-no longer-just-for-middle-aged-women-in-the-Midwest” story.

“Snap out of it,” as Cher told Nic Cage in “Moonstruck.”

The latest of these stories is a piece The Los Angeles Times did a few days ago, headlined, “HSN makes its beauty mark in the world of boundary-less shopping,” as HSN CEO Mindy Grossman put it.

We would not even mention it, but we liked a remark in it from Lady Gaga.

The Times quoted Extra TV quoting Lady Gaga as saying, “I sort of have a secret desire that when I turn 55, I want to become a QVC girl and sell domestic vacuums. It’s all about the hair flip and the manicure.”

We likey.

QVC’s Joan Rivers Skewers Her Own Red Carpet Disasters In Us Weekly

March 10, 2010

QVC vendor Joan Rivers is all over the media this week, fallout from her Oscar “Fashion Police” commentary on E! Entertainment Television.

First, it was a profile in the Sunday New York Times. Now, Us Weekly has done a piece where Rivers rates her biggest fashion disasters. She’s as tough on herself as she is on anyone on the red carpet.

The comedian’s missteps include wearing a sleek black Vera Wang gown, and an eye patch, because she had a sty in her eye.

There’s also a nice shot of Rivers wearing a Pamela Dennis gown with a huge feather collar. “Looks like I was playing ring toss with an ostrich” Rivers tells Us Weekly.

Our favorite, however, is Rivers in a copper-colored puffy taffeta Oscar de la Renta cape. “Today, it’s Lady Gaga’s casual Friday outfit,” Rivers tells Us.

Our Hometown, Parsippany, N.J., Helped Create The Lady Gaga Monster

January 22, 2010

We’re plugging our hometown, Parsippany, N.J., today. That’s because we were surprised, and pleased, to learn that the suburb we grew up with has a connection to our latest obsession, Lady Gaga.

The Newark Star-Ledger Friday has a story headlined “Gaga Begins in Jersey: Pop Diva Found Her Sound — And Name — As Stefani Germanotta in Parsippany.”

Lady Gaga is the media darling, dance-music diva who has carefully crafted an image that centers on her outrageous outfits and makeup. But she can sing. We love her latest hit, “Bad Romance,” and last night must have played its video — an S&M-inspired set piece — at least 20 times. Yes, we know we’re nuts.

But how many times have you told a guy, or a girl, “I don’t want to be friends”? That one of the best lines in “Bad Romance.”

According to the Ledger, Lady Gaga (real name the aforementioned Stefani Germanotta) developed her outrageous stage persona and came up with her name when she was working with music producer Rob Fusari at a studio in Parsippany in 2006.

While they were working, Lady Gaga and Fusari would have lunch at the Chili’s on Route 46, a place we’ve gone with our parents to eat many times.

According to the Ledger story, “Lady Gaga” is a reference to the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga,” which was one of Fusari’s favorite songs. He would sing it when Germonotta came into the studio. One day Fusari sent Germonaotta a text that referred to “Radio Ga Ga,” but he claims there was an autocorrect and “Radio Ga Ga” became “Lady Ga Ga.”

Germonotta loved it, and chose it has her stage name, according to the Ledger.

And like that other Italian-American bad girl, Madonna, Lady Gaga references her Catholic background in her videos. In “Bad Romance,” for example, she makes the sign of the cross during one of her dance numbers. And she’s wearing a gemstone cross over her crotch at one point.

Parsippany is about 45 minutes away from New York City, and you likely have not heard of it. It is also the hometown of “30 Rock” actress Jane Krakowski, who used to act in the local community Barn Theater with our long-lost friend Mark Phelan.

QVC Jewelry Queen Joan Rivers Dishes To New York Post On Nicole Kidman, Lady Gaga

January 17, 2010

QVC jewelry queen Joan Rivers is in the news again, this time because she will be back on E! Entertainment Television Monday night doing a Golden Globes edition of “Fashion Police.”

Rivers, who was known for her cutting red-carpet commentary at E!, lost favor with the channel at one point, and landed at TV Guide Network. But now she’s back at E!, where she will be offering her blunt remarks on what the stars wear tonight at the Globes.

The New York Post Sunday published a Q&A with Rivers Sunday.

In the interview, Rivers sounds off on topics such as plastic surgery (an area she knows well), and gets in a nice shot at Nicole Kidman.

“Four years ago she showed up in a red dress with that white face,” Rivers told the Post. “She looked like a ketchup bottle.

Surprisingly, Rivers says she’s a fan of outrageous singer-performance artist Lady Gaga.

“I love her,” Rivers said.

We love Lady Gaga, too. Her “Bad Romance” song and video is our favorite.