– Figure skater Weir marries Atlanta lawyerNEW YORK – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants the world to know that while he might have shared a New Year’s kiss with Lady Gaga it was nothing compared with the one he got later from his longtime girlfriend.

The 69-year-old politician and the pop star locked lips shortly after leading a Times Square crowd in a final-minute countdown to midnight. They made quite a pair: He was in an old-fashioned American-flag sweater; she had her eyes hidden behind a sparkly mask.

When asked about the kiss Tuesday, Bloomberg said he’d “be remiss” if he didn’t say “the best kiss of the night came after that,” from girlfriend Diana Taylor.

Bloomberg also called Gaga “a young lady,” noting she’s about the same age as his daughter Georgina.NEW YORK – Figure skating star Johnny Weir celebrated the New Year by tying the knot.

The three-time U.S. champion married Atlanta lawyer Victor Voronov in a Friday morning ceremony in front of both men’s parents at the New York City Courthouse. The two are planning a July wedding, but Weir said in a Twitter post Saturday that “all the official stuff is done now!” He thanked fans in another post Monday.

“I am so happy to have found my match,” the two-time Olympian said. “Marrying Victor has been the greatest moment in my life and I will work very hard to make him proud and happy.”

The two are using the surname “Weir-Voronov,” but the skater will continue to use Weir professionally. Though Weir has not competed since the Vancouver Olympics, he has not ruled out a comeback for the 2014 Games in Sochi.

Weir came out last January in his autobiography, “Welcome to My World.” He had previously avoided questions about his sexuality, saying he wanted people to see him “for who I am, not what I am.”NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Bonnie Raitt is releasing a new album in 2012, her first in seven years.

“Slipstream,” out April 10, follows a long break from studio work for the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member. She lost her parents, her brother and her best friend.

“I hadn’t stopped moving in a very long time so I really wanted to take a total break and not concentrate on making a new record or what I was going to do next,” Raitt said. “So that was really valuable because I waited until I was really ready to come back.”

“Slipstream” is the 62-year-old slide guitarist’s first album since 2005’s “Souls Alike.” The 12-track album will feature four songs recorded with producer Joe Henry and his musicians, which she describes as experimental. The remainder of the album is self-produced with her touring band.

She says she’s thrilled with the resulting eclectic mix of blues, rock and soul that even includes a dash of reggae and Celtic sounds. She covers Bob Dylan’s “Million Miles” and “Standing in the Doorway,” and Loudon Wainwright III’s “You Can’t Fail Me Now” as well.

“It’s just a new batch of great songs,” Raitt said.