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Michael Bolton recalls Lady Gaga hookup

of the Oakland Press

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Michael Bolton didn’t know Lady Gaga from Lady Marmalade in 2008, when he was referred to the then-fledgling performer to collaborate on a song for his new album “One World.” But after writing “Murder My Heart” with her, Bolton was gaga for Gaga.

“My management called and told me about ‘a new artist who is a great songwriter ... and she’s a big fan of yours and would like to write with you for this album,’ ” recalls Bolton, 57, who was eliminated during the second week of the current season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” “And I said, ‘OK.’ I knew there was a reason that I was on the phone with them about it and it wasn’t a little e-mail communication; they wanted to get me attention on this. They were really excited about this news that she wanted to work with me.”

Bolton says that even pre-fame, getting together with Gaga would take a few of his fans by surprise. “She had this whole look and this kind of very provocative whole presence about herself,” he explains, “and I said, ‘If we’re going to write something together, we’ve got to slay people with this.’ And she said, ‘Well, I like the idea because I have ... an idea for a title and it’s ‘Murder My Heart.’ And that’s how it began.

“Three or four months later she became the biggest artist in the world,” he noted, “and wherever I traveled, the question would always come up, ‘What was Gaga wearing in the studio?’ I’m not used to that being the center of the interview, but I got used to it.”

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