Make sure you have some ear plugs at the ready. Because Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are set to tribute the late legend Donna Summer at the 28th annual ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’ ceremony on April 18th. You can catch their performances when the show airs May 18th, courtesy of HBO. Aggy and J.Hud previously shared a stage when they both tributed the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Back then they actually did a good job. BUT, as those two trail further into their 30s, their vocal control seems to have hit a mid-life crisis. Hopefully that is not the case this time around. Will they deliver?
The performance was very powerful and her vocals remained in control. Her showing also served as promo for her latest album ‘Lotus’, which was very much needed due to the snail-trailing pace it is selling. Check out her stunning performance below.
Somberness filled the air as victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings received a special tribute from The Voice during last night’s episode.
Coaches Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton performed an emotional tribute of Leonard Cohen‘s classic ‘Hallelujah.’
For the performance, they were assisted by hosts Carlson Daly and Christina Milian, as well as contestants of the show, each person holding cards with the names of children that had tragically lost their lives.
A very nice tribute. We here at Toya’z World offer our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of the victims.
Earlier today, Christina Aguilera and her fellow ‘Voice’ coach Blake Shelton performed their latest duet, ‘Just a Fool’ on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show.’
The performance served as further promo for new album ‘Lotus’, which to date has sold a lack luster 140k copies in the States since being released on November 13th.
Not only did Aggy perform on the show. She sat down for an interview as well. You can watch both plugs in the playlist below.
This is what real music and talent sounds like. One of her better performances this era, given the hit and misses she’s had over the past few weeks. During the interview portion, Ellen asks the singer about that awkward photo of Hillary Clinton staring lustfully at her boobs. She also talks about the artwork for her album, which she notably posed nude for. Less clothing is better for her because she likes to be free, she shares. Nothing new there then.
Christina Aguilera hits the stage once again to perform ‘Lotus’ album cut ‘Let There Be Love’. She receives vocal assistance from Dez Duron and Sylvia Yacoub, the contestants she mentors on NBC’s ‘The Voice’.
Team Aguilera sat in the singer’s big red chair before they joined her on stage using their vocals to take on different lyrical portions of the infectious dance cut. Check out what they served up below:
This was a really fun performance! Nothing more and nothing less. The performance also comes on the same night as reports that her new album ‘Lotus’ will open at #7 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 73,408 copies (that is, according to Hits Daily Double).
This marks her lowest opening numbers of her career and comes as no surprise given the lack of promo (zero radio interviews, magazine covers and vice versa). Then there’s the problem of the album failing to churn out a real hit single this era. Can she turn things around?
After performing on ‘The Voice’ with fellow coach Cee Lo Green last week, it was Blake Shelton‘s turn to sing with Christina Aguilera on their duet ‘Just A Fool.’
The casually dressed diva was seated at first, while surrounded by a swaying crowd. Shelton was also seated, until the pair walked towards each other and met in the middle of the stage. Aguilera’s raspy, yet soulful vocals matched nicely against Shelton’s twang. On paper, this wasn’t suppose to work but it did.
Take a look at the video of the two coaches performing a subtle rendition of ‘Just a Fool’ on The Voice, below.
The pair exchanged dynamic vocals and Aggy even toned it down opting not to go overboard with the belting. A case of less is more always works in her case. This was actually a good performance.
‘Just A Fool’ is lifted from Aggy’s new album ‘Lotus’, which was released last week.
Last night’s American Music Awards saw Usher and his protege Justin Bieber deliver choreography-heavy performances, while Christina Aguilera brought some empowerment to the stage.
Usher was given the honour of opening up the show, with green laser lights beaming onstage. Rocking out in all black (with the exception of his red shoes), he delivered a high-octane medley of hit songs. Those included ‘Numb’, ‘Climax’ and ‘Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop’, off his seventh studio album, ‘Looking 4 Myself.’
The R&B crooner later accepted the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist beating out both Chris Brown and Trey Songz.
So okay I lied. The only massive hit he had this era was ‘Scream’, so his song selection was pretty random but it was a great performance nonetheless. He never lip-syncs but how about NOT attempting to run on stage while singing live and trying to pull off those massive notes? It just didn’t work. It was like listening to a starved howling wolf crying out for some meat.
Meanwhile, his protege Bieber gave a stripped down, acoustic performance of ‘As Long As You Love Me’, before transitioning to the dance-heavy ‘Beauty and a Beat.’ Rapper Nicki Minaj joined him onstage, and briefly grinded with the pop pin-up.
Bieber finally hit puberty, with that deep voice. He hasn’t quite mastered how to use it just yet (his next album will be interesting and will his new voice be embraced?). Also, his vocals were pitchy and all over the place. However, the 18-year-old had a lot to dance about. He won big last night picking up favourite pop/rock album for his platinum-selling third album, ‘Believe’, as well as snagging the Artist of the year award.
Aguilera used last night’s gig to promote her new album ‘Lotus.’ The curvy diva performed in a cleavage-baring star-spangled bodysuit, fishnet tights and leather boots as she screamed out the album title track as well as ‘Army of Me’ and ‘Let There Be Love’:
Dancers had bags over their heads with derogatory words that read ‘pig’, ‘freak’ and ‘loser’, targeting those that have criticized her in the past and continue to do so. The most interesting part? A fat dancer jigging around and doing the splits. The worst? Her backup singer totally out-sang her and it was terrible.
Sadly, Aggy hasn’t been good since the early 2000s and that’s real. She’s also put on more weight so she should really consider dressing to suit her size. And why have we not received a PROPER live performance for ‘Your Body’ yet? I just don’t get it.
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The NBC cameras were welcomed into Christina Aguilera‘s home, where she gave them a guided tour of her home life and more.
The singer spoke openly to Dateline about cherishing every moment of motherhood, her painful childhood, as well as the ups and downs of her career and personal life.
She took the time out to show off some of her many awards, including her five Grammy awards, as well as photos of herself when she was around the same age as her son, Max.
She reflects back on her divorce and career bombs which included the commercial failure of her album ‘Bionic’, and the box office disaster that was ‘Burlesque.’ She tells host Hoda Kotb that she uses her pain and struggles to make hit records.
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RCA announces that the official follow-up single to Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Your Body’, will be the Blake Shelton-assisted duet ‘Just a Fool.’
Maybe she will release the fan favourite ‘Let There Be Love’ as the third single. She’d be ‘just a fool’ not to. It’s become quite apparent that she hardly ever releases uptempo songs back to back after a leading single.
In case you’ve forgotten what the record sounds like:
It’s not a bad song. It’s just not follow-up single worthy. But then again, country music is huge within its territory and Shelton has quite a large following. That much can be said for the simple fact that the Claude Kelly-penned cut currently sits at #13 on the worldwide iTunes chart without any promotional push.
Maybe this was the right decision to further push Aggy’s flagging new album ‘Lotus’. In time, we shall see.
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If Christina Aguilera‘s predicted first week sales are anything to go by, new album ‘Lotus’ is set to crash and burn quicker than ‘Bionic.’
‘Lotus’ is on course to sell a lack luster 75k-80k in first week sales. This marks quite a dip from what she sold with ‘Bionic’ in 2010. That one entered the Billboard 200 at #3 with over 110k units sold. Aggy only promoted the album twice on TV (‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘The Voice’). On top of that, the album’s lead single, ‘Your Body’, only managed to peak at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100.
With the singer due to perform at this weekend’s American Music Awards, it’s possible she can exceed these predictions. But the fact that she can’t hit the 100k mark with such a commercial pop song is very worrying! Even the R&B acts this year did better! Can lack of promotion for the project be blamed for these low sales?
Christina Aguilera celebrates the release of her new album ‘Lotus’, by performing a note-cackling rendition of ‘Make the World Move’.
The big voiced songstress teams up with fellow ‘Voice’ coach Cee Lo Green for the catchy number. It was the first time the pair performed the song on live television. Take a look at Aggy and Cee Lo Green sing ‘Make the World Move’ below.
Aggy sported a wild wig, and excessive outfit as she was accompanied by backing dancers on stage. It all looked very extravagant and award show worthy. Up until she started belting at the top of her lungs. Sadly, those high belts were pretty horrid and that last note was just ear damaging. All that vocal wear and tear came out in those belts tonight. Poor thang.
Christina Aguilera is back and
wants us to believe she’s better than ever! Following a very public divorce, a flop debut film, a flop album, and a series of flop-tastic public appearances consisting of a DUI arrest, flubbing the lyrics to the ‘National Anthem’ live, and that infamous red fluid that flowed down her leg at Etta James‘ funeral—to say that the past two years have been a struggle for the former Mouseketeer would be putting it mildly. Much like her runs, both Aguilera’s personal and professional lives have hit a series of bum notes, however, ‘Lotus’ seems intent to present the veteran Pop Star in a new light. A light which makes it clear she’s eager to put the past behind her and claw her way back to the top.
Similar to one of her earlier idols, Madonna, Christina’s music is ever evolving. From the Bubblegum Pop of her debut, to the raw R&B of ‘Stripped’, and all the way to the icy Electro-Pop of ‘Bionic’, Aguilera is without question one of the most versatile singers of her generation, second only to Beyonce, so it’s no wonder why this LP is one of the most anticipated releases of the year!
Read Mikey‘s full track-by-track review of ‘Lotus’ after the jump and sound-off below!
1. ‘Lotus Intro’ – ‘Lotus Intro’ opens with a lush choir of cascading harmonies until blooming into an buzzing, auto-tuned vocal from Christina who sings, “Songbird, rebirth, unearth creature submerge from hurt pain, broken pieces.” Aguilera’s transparent intention of starting over is overwhelmingly clear as she uses the iconic lotus flower to symbolize new life. The track is ethereal, yet relatable in its tale of hardships and embracing new beginnings—a great opener to Aguilera’s long-awaited fifth studio album.
Noteworthy lyric: “Rise up lotus, rise, this is the beginning,”
2. ‘Army of Me’ – ‘Amy of Me’ finds Aguilera in her vocal comfort zone of excessive chest belts with noticeable strain, however, in this case, it works! ‘Army of Me’ comes off as a first-cousin to ‘Fighter’ in both their aggressive cadence and lyrics of prevailing in the face of opposition. Unfortunately, the song overall disappoints because it feels like we’ve heard it before time and time again…oh wait, we have, it’s called ‘FIGHTER’!
Noteworthy lyric: “One of me is wiser, one of me is stronger, one of me is a fighter,”
3. ‘Red Hot Kinda Love’ – Christina finally hits her stride with this Secon produced number that deserves immediate placement atop every Pop chart across Billboard. ‘Red Hot Kinda Love’ is shamelessly catered towards Pop radio but it’s okay because the track is genuinely a great song packed with flirty vocals, bouncy production, and a relentless melody that sticks with you long after the song is over.
Noteworthy lyric: “Feeling like fifteen again/No I won’t lie,”
4. ‘Make the World Move’ feat. Cee Lo Green – ‘Make the World Move’ is an uptempo dance track that’s meant to both uplift and make the world move with its inspirational lyrics and bubbly production. It’s not the LP’s best track, but it’s certainly the most earnest and eclectic. Good stuff!
Noteworthy lyric: “If one smile could erase a frown/Imagine what two could do,”
5. ‘Your Body’ – Ok, so when ‘Your Body’ first debuted I wasn’t sure why it was chosen as the album’s lead single. Sure, it’s hook is catchier than the flu and its melody is simple enough for a toddler to remember, but it was missing that particular je ne sais quoi generally associated with a first single. However, after listening to ‘Lotus’ in its entirety, it’s obvious that ‘Your Body’ is one of the LP’s best songs and a clear stand-out. Max Martin has done it yet again by pairing Aguilera’s illustrious pipes with his stomp-and-start production marking a marriage made in Pop heaven.
Noteworthy lyric: “So don’t even tell me your name/All I need to know is whose place/And let’s get walkin’,”
6. ‘Let There Be Love’ – Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first, shall we? Produced by Max Martin, ‘Let There Be Love’ sounds exactly like Usher’s ‘OMG’, Cobra Starships ‘You Make Me Feel’, and just about anything produced by David Guetta all at the same damn time. On the upside, Christina knocks it out of the park and shows the world just how effortlessly she can transform a generic Pop song into a heart-pounding club anthem with her earth-shattering voice and arrogant delivery!
Noteworthy lyric: “Hit the right spot/Make my eyes roll back”
7. ‘Sing For Me’ – Stand back, Christina is about to unleash the beast—that voice! ‘Sing For Me’ is this former genie’s answer to the haters who say she cannot sing and excessively adorns her songs with overindulgent riffs and runs. “Because when I open my mouth my whole heart comes out,” she confesses with palpable passion and sincerity. Besides the stratosphere-piercing vocals and vulnerable lyrics, I loved how raw Aguilera allowed herself to be. She’s well aware of the public’s perception of her as the “over-singing Queen of Mean forever stuck in Britney’s shadow”, however, that has not stopped her one bit from being who she is and doing what she wants—for that, I applaud Miss Aguilera.
Noteworthy lyric: “I don’t even care what the world thinks about how I sound,”
8. ‘Blank Page’ – When all us fails, put Christina on an emotive torch ballad and let her voice do all the talking—and that’s exactly what producer Braide and songwriter Sia did for ‘Blank Page’. For the most part, Aguilera sounds raw, pure, and undeniably soulful as she keeps her big voice in check by showing signs of skilled restraint many have been begging her to implore for years. Easily the LP’s best vocal. Still, they don’t call her Shoutina for nothing, when she gets to the climax do your ears a favor and turn the volume down.
Noteworthy lyric: “Lord knows I’ve been no saint/In my own way, regret choices I’ve made/How do I say I’m sorry?”
9. ‘Cease Fire’ – ‘Cease Fire’ is a sonic clash of R&B, Dub-Step, and Electro-Pop, unfortunately as a whole it comes up short compared to the sum of its parts. I can’t help but think that someone like Rihanna would have been much better suited for Alex da Kid’s metallic production and more convincing than Aguilera as the leader of an army of heartbroken women.
Noteworthy lyric: “Rolling out/White flag I surrender/Screaming out/Make it stop,”
10. ‘Around the World’ – To be honest, by this point in the album Aguilera’s throaty chest belts and poor technique have not only become tiresome but downright exhausting to listen to. Right from the song’s opening “Uh-oh, oh, oh, oh!”’s the songbird sounds painfully strained and hoarse. While the song does the trick of giving ‘Lotus’ another contender as a potential future single, the new unpleasant texture of Aguilera’s poorly trained voice have never been so nakedly apparent.
Noteworthy lyric: “We can talk dirty in different language: ‘Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir’”
11. ‘Circles’ – ‘Circles’ starts off with a drunken refrain of “Spin around in circles on my middle finger,” before changing into a faux-rapped reggae rhythm throughout the verses, and then finally blossoming into a full-blown rock song by the chorus! Definitely the bossiest song found on the LP as Aguilera is taking no prisoners this time around telling her haters to “fuck off” while she continues to remain unfazed and unbothered. Although she has many, ‘Circles’ is the best kiss my ass song Xtina has ever recorded.
Noteworthy lyric: “Use my name as your claim to fame/Got my seal of success,”
12. ‘Best of Me’ – ‘Best of Me’ is a drippy piano laced ballad which finds Aguilera finally ready to shed the negative energy that plagued the last couple of years of her life and start anew—seeing a pattern here folks? Vocals aside, Aggy is beginning to sound stale by constantly singing about being a “fighter” and staying “strong”—we get it, you’ve been figuratively beaten and battered by the media for years, but so has all of your peers hun, so get over it and move on. Tepid, wholly uninspired, and just plain dull, ‘Best of Me’ will never get the best of me again by taking away 4:08 minutes of my life.
Noteworthy lyric: “No I won’t let you bring me down!”
‘Just a Fool’ feat. Blake Shelton – Christina closes the album out with a duet with fellow ‘The Voice’ judge Blake Shelton called, ‘Just a Fool’. Straining her voice to capacity, Aguilera’s vocal comes off as far too powerful for what the song calls for as she disrespectfully blew Shelton out of the water on his own turf. To be honest, the laid-back country crooner never stood a chance to Aggy’s full-throttled belts. Unlike her ‘Moves Like Jagger’ duet with Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, this collaboration was awkwardly uncomfortable and out of place. Better luck next time…
Noteworthy lyric: “I had my heart set on you/But nothing else hurts like you do,”
‘Lotus’ is far more ambitious than what it will actually be able to accomplish. Set up as a comeback album from Christina’s ill received and universally panned ‘Bionic’ LP and Burlesque film of 2010, not to mention her recent personal struggles with weight, ‘Lotus’ was intended to wash away the last two years and reposition Aguilera as a contemporary Pop Star able to complete with the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. Sadly the ‘Your Body’ warbler missed the mark as much of ‘Lotus’ is instantly forgettable and only emphasis the damage that years of terrible technique and vocal placement has done to her vocal chords.
As far as the album itself, there’s nothing striking or overtly iconic about the LP or even this era as a whole. It would be wise for Christina to maintain her role on ‘The Voice’ as her star as a Pop music’s leading vocalists no longer shines as bright and we see no signs of a jump-start in its luminosity anytime soon.
Overall score: 3/5
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With only a few days left until the release of new album ‘Lotus’, Christina Aguilera presses ahead with what is so far a poor promotional campaign. A campaign set to drum up interest in what was supposed to be her triumphant comeback.
Feast your ears on 5 exclusive tracks from Madame X below…
Army of Me
Make the World Move
Let There Be Love
Just a Fool
Fans were invited to hear Christina’s personal insight on the creation and inspiration behind these five exclusives. As expected she tooted her own horn by throwing subtle shade (pop tarts anyone?) at her less talented contemporaries while once again hailing 2010’s ‘Bionic’ in her own words as a ‘masterpiece’(Serious Delusion).
I’m a massive Xtina fan but unlike most of her stans, I’m a truthful and very frank one. I really don’t understand who she’s trying to fool, because for a while, ‘Bionic’ was an underrated album. It’s not as innovative and ground-breaking as she would have you believe because songs such as ‘Not Myself Tonight’ and ‘WooHoo’ demonstrate that she was CLEARLY trying to score major Hot 100 hits.
Regarding the new music previewed here, ‘Just a Fool’ NEEDS to be a single because it is the perfect song to crossover with while maintaining the artistic credibility she oh so desires. ‘Let There Be Love’ is nothing more than your run of the mill dance-pop but it stands out due to her commanding vocal delivery. After the lack of success she experienced with her last album it’s no surprise that she’s taken this route. ‘Make the World Move’ is a fun-filled mix of soul and pop with the vocals of Aguilera & Cee-Lo Green meshing together marvelously. ‘Army of Me’ was disappointing on first listen but maybe it’s because she was hyping it up to be a worthy successor of the gutsy & iconic ‘Fighter’ . It’s not bad and with time I should grow to enjoy it more. ‘Blank Page’ as we all know, is simply one of her best ballads and contains perhaps some of her most emotive vocals since ‘Hurt’. This too should also be lined for the single treatment in future.
In simple terms, Lotus is shaping up to be an amazing album.
Welcome Back Christina Aguilera.
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Looking like your every day pop diva, Christina Aguilera sports fluorescent pink hair and choppy bangs in a set of stunning new promos for upcoming album ‘Lotus’. The ‘Your Body’ singer could very well be wearing a wig but she still looks sassy and hot with the edgy look, and subtle make-up.
Nice. She also reveals to MTV last night that her new album was made with “blood, sweat and tears” and hopes it will inspire a younger generation. ‘Lotus’ drops in stores on November 13th.
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With fans now able to listen to ‘Lotus’ in its entirety, Christina Aguilera has been hitting up the interview circuit to promote the project. The vibrant diva speaks with Billboard and ‘The Today Show’ to sell the album some more before it drops in stores next week.
So now that it’s finally happened, what is your favourite song from ‘Lotus’? We want to know.
Christina Aguilera has been a very busy gal. She took to the stage at the ‘Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together’ benefit concert last night where she performed a lovely, very controlled rendition of her hit song, ‘Beautiful’. On top of that, her pre-recorded appearance on the ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ was aired the same evening. She performed her latest single ‘Your Body’ for the very first time. The performance took place in Fallon’s office before the show, where she was assisted by The Roots, who used office supplies for instruments. Check out the hilarious action below.
Aggy’s performance at the ‘Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together’ benefit concert was exactly what it needed to be for such an important event. She didn’t disappoint. When she performed ‘Your Body’ on Fallon, she had so much fun, that it didn’t really matter if this wasn’t her best vocal. All eyes will be on her performance at the upcoming 2012 American Music Awards later this month.
Aguilera – ‘Beautiful’ (‘Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together’):
Aguilera – ‘Your Body’ (Jimmy Fallon):
Today, Christina Aguilera releases a heartfelt ballad called ‘Blank Page’, lifted from her forthcoming new album ‘Lotus’ (out November 13th). Sia Furler‘s demo version has been floating around for quite a while so it’s actually great to finally hear Aggy’s version in its finalised form. Co-written by Sia and produced by Chris Braide, the very pretty ‘Blank Page’ is built on an understated and simple piano-driven production.
Aguilera adopts a powerful, throaty vocal on ‘Blank Page’. Lyrically, she documents her pain and regret with so much raw emotion and conviction. “Lord knows I’ve been no saint,” she sings. “Regret choices I made. I was scared, unprepared for the things you said. I’m a blank page waiting for life to start.” Though her vocals are a bit all over the place, the parts where she does shine, is signature Aguilera at best.
It’s quite impressive that no tracks have leaked so far from Christina Aguilera‘s new album ‘Lotus’. Despite the record dropping in just two weeks (November 13th), everything has been kept underwraps. Until now. Fans can now preview every track from the deluxe edition set courtesy of 30-second snippets.
‘Lotus’ features songwriting and production credits from Max Martin, Sia, Shellback, Alex da Kidd, Claude Kelly and more. Her fellow ‘Voice’ coaches Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green serve as the only guest features. Check out what is being served up below.
1. Lotus (Intro)
2. Army Of Me
3. Red Hot Kinda Love
4. Make The World Move (feat. Cee Lo Green)
5. Your Body
6. Let There Be Love
7. Sing For Me
8. Blank Page
9. Cease Fire
10. Around The World
12. Best Of Me
13. Just A Fool (feat. Blake Shelton)
14. Light Up The Sky
15. Empty Words
16. Shut Up
17. Your Body (Remix)
Showing up in its entirety this weekend, was Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera’s Christmas themed duet for ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’. The track will be featured on Green’s upcoming ‘Cee Lo’s Magic Moment’ Holiday album (out October 30th). Originally penned in 1944 by Frank Loesser, the pair deliver a soulful touch to the festive classic.
The jazzy number begins with horns as the pair serve up an array of flawless vocal runs. Cee Lo opts to sing in his lower register, while Aggy gives us an understated, very controlled and subdued vocal. It’s pretty much everything you would expect from a festive classic.
Tony Bennett partners with Christina Aguilera on ‘Steppin’ Out with My Baby’, lifted from his new ‘Viva Duets’ album. It’s not the first time they performed the jazz standard together. The pair have performed the Irving Berlin classic on numerous occasions including his 2006 NBC special, a 2006 episode of SNL and the 2007 Emmy Awards. The studio recording premiered today courtesy of MTV Buzzworthy!
‘Steppin’ Out With My Baby’ was recorded six years ago at the historic Los Angeles Theater. It’s not surprising because that photo is clearly lifted from her ‘Back to Basics’ era. It’s appearance marks the first time their duet will be included on any of his albums. Aggy is giving us some classy, clear vocals here, which combines nicely with Bennett’s. The overall tone of the song puts you in a jolly good mood too. The 86-year-old will release his new album ‘Viva Duets’, on October 22nd.