Producer RedOne tells
MTV News how the Gaga track turned into one seriously epic duet.
For all the Lady Gaga
and Cher fans out there who fainted at the news that two of pop
music's biggest stars have teamed up on a soon-to-be released
record, your wait is almost over!
Cher herself confirmed via Twitter back in August that we would hear
"The Greatest Thing" sometime in September, and because the month is
quickly coming to an end, we should only have a few more days to
wait to hear the highly anticipated track.
To hold you over until the release, MTV News recently caught up with
RedOne, the producer mastermind behind the soon-to-be hit, to find
out how the song came to be and why everyone will love it.
"[Gaga and I] recorded the song a few years ago, and we were always
in the studio enjoying that song. It's weird we never did anything
with it," he said. "So I remember my management and Cher's
management were trying to get us together, and I thought, 'Oh my
God, I'd love to meet Cher, just to meet her!' And so I met her, I
played her some songs, and I played her 'The Greatest Thing,' and
she loved it. She said, 'This is my song,' I said, 'Yes, it's your
RedOne said he let Gaga know via text message, and she was ecstatic.
Then, about a month later, Red received a text from Gaga that
inspired an epic pairing.
"I cut the vocals with Cher first, and I was in Madrid and got a
text from Gaga saying, 'I'm thinking about jumping on the song in
the remix,' " he recalled. "I was like, 'No, you should jump on the
original! Make it a duet.' She said, 'Oh yes, OK, absolutely,' and
then I spoke to Cher, and it became a party.
"Everybody loved it," he added. "Gaga on it, Cher, two big icons,
[they are] part of music history. So it happened. I'm very happy to
be a part of this."
Of course, RedOne wouldn't reveal when we'll hear the track, only
that it's coming soon.
Cher is proving, once
again, she's got her baby's back.
When Chaz Bono stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show (airing today) to
chat about competing on the new season of Dancing With the Stars, he
received a surprise phone call from his mom, who didn't hesitate to
lash out at all those hating on her kid...
"If you got that excess
time and that amount of hostility, I'm not so sure that I can say
anything to you that would make you change your feelings," said
Cher. "I don't know that I would have any magic words to make you
feel more comfortable and to soothe you into not being terrified of
my child dancing on Dancing With the F--cking Stars."
Although, there is one thing that Chaz and Cher themselves are a
little fearful of...the actual dancing!
"My first dance is pretty good now. The cha-cha," said Chaz. "The
quickstep gives me nightmares, but I'm starting to feel pretty
confident. We did it for some of the other people on the show today
and they seem to really like it."
To which, Cher quickly added with a laugh: "I got to tell you
something. You doing this dance is about as scary as you making 'the
CHER COMES TO TCM
AS GUEST PROGRAMMER ON WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7
and entertainer Cher, who counts herself among Turner Classic
Movies’ most devoted fans, will present four of her favorite films
as TCM’s Guest Programmer for September. “The love of my life from
the time I can remember has been movies,” she tells TCM host Robert
Osborne during the introductions to the movies. She also confesses
that whenever she enters a hotel room, the first thing she does is
“click the TV until I see TCM.”
The four films Cher chose for her night as Guest Programmer are
movies she has always loved, but which aren’t seen very often:
8 p.m. (ET) – Follow the
Fleet (1936) – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers teamed up for the
sixth time in this delightful farce about two sailors on leave who
romance a dance-hall girl and her prim sister. Randolph Scott plays
Astaire’s sailor buddy while Harriet Hilliard (later known as
Harriet Nelson) is Rogers’ sister. Among the many highlights are the
Irving Berlin classics “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” “Let
Yourself Go,” “I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket” “Get Thee
Behind Me Satan” and the hilarious opening number, “We Saw the Sea.”
Future stars Betty Grable and Lucille Ball also show up in small
10 p.m. (ET) – Hobson’s Choice (1954) – Charles Laughton, whom Cher
calls a “consummate actor,” stars in this light-hearted film as a
Victorian widower trying to keep his headstrong daughters in line.
Directed by David Lead, the movie co-stars Brenda De Banzie, Daphne
Anderson and Prunella Scales as the daughters and John Mills as
Laughton’s unappreciated employee. Cher chose this winner of the
1954 British Academy Award because, “It’s a movie about hope.”
Midnight (ET) – The Big Street (1942) – This rare Damon Runyon love
story stars Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda about a busboy and his
relationship with a heartless singer. Cher considers this film a
favorite because it gives Lucille Ball a chance to prove “she had
the chops to be a dramatic actress.” The cast also includes Agnes
Moorehead in her third screen role, following Citizen Kane (1941)
and her Oscar-nominated performance in The Magnificent Ambersons
1:45 a.m. (ET) – Lady of Burlesque (1943) – Cher closes out the
night with this Barbara Stanwyck mystery about the murder of two
strippers in a New York burlesque theater. The story is based on the
novel The G-String Murders, written by legendary strip-tease artist
Gypsy Rose Lee. Cher says the combination of Stanwyck’s sparkling
performance and “lots of strippers hanging out” makes this movie “a
perfect storm of happiness.”
CHER DEFENDS CHAZ
BONO AFTER SON SLAMMED OVER 'DANCING' CASTING
Cher has leapt to the
defense of son Chaz Bono after a host of angry "Dancing with the
Stars" fans hit the show's website and other online portals to
protest casting the singer's son on Season 13 of the show.
"lovelies!" Cher wrote on Twitter, addressing her faithful. "Chaz is
Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on
DWTS!This is Still America right ? It took guts 2 do it."
The superstar said she
stands by Chaz, and vouched for her son's spirit to compete.
"I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always
be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts ! TG Chaz has an Unlimited
supply," she Tweeted.
"Mothers don't stop
Getting angry with stupid bigots who (expletive) with their
children" she added.
In mama bear mode, Cher continued her Twitter rant, noting Chaz, "is
Such a Good Person inside lota heart."
She went on to suggest that Chaz, who is dancing with professional
partner Lacey Scwhimmer, will become one to watch as the season
"[I] bet VAST MAJORITY
of People will LOVE CHAZ on DWTS ! & it's took (expletive) Guts 2!
Chaz isn't exactly the 'Gotta Dance Gotta Dance'kinda Guy," she
At the same time as Cher was Tweeting, a user who only registered as
"Guest," slammed ABC for casting the transgender celeb.
"WELL ABC YOU HAVE
REACHED A NEW LOW WITH BONO, GOODBYE DWS, IT IS NO LONGER A FAMILY
SHOW," the unidentified user wrote.
As for Chaz, he was thrilled to have his mom's support.
"Thanks for all your support mom," Chaz Tweeted Cher back. "The
haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as
long as I possibly can."