Gaga’s Mile-High Hair and Makeup Session
All the world’s a stage for Lady Gaga — and so is a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet. On Feb. 12, the newly engaged pop star made herself at home in the business-class Mint section of a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to New York. A fellow traveler tells Overheard that Gaga’s adorable black French bulldog Asia, adorned in what looked like a diamond necklace, visited passengers in nearby rows while two men stood guard near Gaga for the entire flight. Then, about 30 minutes before landing, a team of makeup and wardrobe personnel approached to primp the artist for re-entry. “There were wigs flying around,” says the source, adding that one “landed on a passenger’s lap.”
Roy Orbison’s ‘Mystery’ Track
The Feb. 23 episode of Fox Business Network’s Strange Inheritance tells the story of how the late Roy Orbison‘s sons found and rescued what had been a previously unreleased song that their father used to sing around the house. After Orbison died in 1988, Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley Orbison dug up a lo-fi copy of “The Way Is Love,” found a group of German engineers to vastly improve the sound quality of the tape and then overdubbed their own backing vocals to the track. (John Carter Cash, the son of Orbison’s good friend, Johnny Cash, plays guitar and helped record and produce the track at his late father’s Johnny Cash Cabin Studio.) The sons released the song on the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of Orbison’s album Mystery Girl in 2014. “That’s the boys singing with their father after all these years,” Cash tells the show. “It’s so inspiring it gave us a chance to get in and be family and spend time together.”
Jenny Lewis’ ‘Bro-chella’ Alternative?
Coachella organizers, where alt-rock goddess and former Rilo Kiley vocalist Jenny Lewis is playing this year, might want to take the singer up on her stated desire to “curate a stage or tent at the festival that has an all-female line-up.” The Indio, Calif., festival is so loaded with male acts that she has taken to calling it “Bro-chella” and says that the only rule for the ladies in her tent would be “no flower crowns,” which were ubitquitous last year.
Fifth Harmony Hellion
Dinah Jane Hansen of Fifth Harmony says she used to make “all the boys cry” during physical education in elementary school — and not because she broke their hearts. “I just didn’t know my childhood strength,” says the 17-year-old X Factor finalist, who recalls that once, while rounding the diamond during a game of kickball, she “knocked [a boy] into the next base.” These days the youngest member of Fifth Harmony says she’s still channeling her competitive nature into the music, but, adds, “I’m better at holding back now.”
George Ezra’s Disc Addiction
English singer-songwriter George Ezra, who is getting ready to head out on the road with Hozier, is pretty old school when it comes to how he likes to listen to music. Ezra tells Overheard that he’s obsessed with CDs, has an impressive collection, and still owns and uses a CD player he bought when he was 11 years old. “It started when I got my first job at 14. With the money I was earning I couldn’t afford to buy vinyl,” he says, so he turned to buying CDs because they were cheaper.
There’s a new power couple in Hollywood. Newly minted Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO Jody Gerson and Zombieland producer Gavin Polone are dating after meeting at the Tangiers wedding of Sony Pictures Entertainment president of worldwide music Lia Vollack in August.
Additional reporting by Shirley Halperin.