Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop

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Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett speak to Lester Holt onstage at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett make surprise appearance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga pose backstage after her show at Roseland Ballroom on April 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Lady Gaga, left, and Tony Bennett, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Recording artists Tony Bennett, left, and Lady Gaga, right, attend a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping on Monday, July 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga performs onstage at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga performs onstage at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
MONTREAL, CANADA - JULY 01: In this handout image provided by Patrick Beaudry,Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga jazzed it up at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 1, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. Gaga surprised the crowd by joining Bennett on stage for a few numbers. The two are collaborating on a jazz album to be out later this year. (Photo by Patrick Beaudry via Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - JULY 01: In this handout image provided by Patrick Beaudry,Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga jazzed it up at the Montreal Jazz Festival on July 1, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. Gaga surprised the crowd by joining Bennett on stage for a few numbers. The two are collaborating on a jazz album to be out later this year. (Photo by Patrick Beaudry via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett make surprise appearance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett make surprise appearance at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett attend The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Recording artist Tony Bennett, left, and his wife Susan Crow, right, attend the SeriousFun Children's Network Benefit Gala on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Singer Tony Bennett is seen on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Lady Gaga arrives to their 'Cheek To Cheek' taping at at Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - JULY 01: Tony Bennett performs during the 2014 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal on July 1, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Roberta Parkin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Singer Lady Gaga is seen heading to a recording studio on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 21: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga performs onstage during 'artRave: The Artpop Ball' Tour at Staples Center on July 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 21: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga performs onstage during 'artRave: The Artpop Ball' Tour at Staples Center on July 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: (Exclusive Coverage) Lady Gaga performs during her 'artRave: The Artpop Ball' tour at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett attend The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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By MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga is a bona fide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop.

Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called "Cheek to Cheek," to be released this fall.

"You know, it's funny, but jazz comes a little more comfortable for me than pop music, than R&B music," Gaga said in an interview Monday. "I've sung jazz since I was 13 years old, which is kind of like my little secret that Tony found out. So this is almost easier for me than anything else."

Gaga made the comments with Bennett by her side ahead of the duo's taped performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

The 28-year-old and 87-year-old Bennett first collaborated on his Grammy-winning, platinum-selling 2011 album, "Duets II." Bennett said fans will be impressed with Gaga's vocal performance on the upcoming album.

"They're going to say we had no idea she sings that well," he said.

"And they're gonna say they had no idea that Tony dressed so crazy," Gaga added, as Bennett smiled. "When you come out in your meat dress Tony, nobody is going to know what's going on."

"Cheek to Cheek" is Gaga's first release since last year's "Artpop." Bennett released a collaborative album with Latin singers in 2012 called "Viva Duets."

The duo performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival earlier this month and surprised high school students at Bennett's Frank Sinatra School of Arts in Queens last month.

Gaga, who is currently on her "Artrave: The Artpop Ball" tour, says she is "actually happier than I've ever been."

"There's 60 years between us, and when we sing, there's no distance," she added about working with Bennett.

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