Tony Bennett Becomes Oldest Living Artist to Top The US Charts

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Legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with “Duets II,” making the 85-year-old the oldest living act to reach No. 1. His all-star collaborations album bows in the top slot with 179,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Bennett previous highest chart position was in 2006, when his first “Duets” album debuted and peaked at No. 3 with 202,000 sales. According to Billboard, Bennett has been charting on Billboard’s charts since 1951 and notched his first hit on the Billboard 200 six years later.

Until today, the oldest living artist to top the Billboard 200 was Bob Dylan, whose “Together Through Life” debuted at No. 1 in 2009 when he was 67 years old.

Bennett’s “Duets II” features 17 pairings with such stars as Lady GagaMariah CareyCarrie Underwood and the late Amy Winehouse.

The track with Winehouse was her final recording before her death in July while Gaga and Bennett perform an impressive version of ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’ which was written in 1937.

The tracklisting is as follows:

Andrea Bocelli – ‘Stranger In Paradise’
Michael Bublé – ‘I Wanna Be Around’
Mariah Carey – ‘When Do The Bells Ring For Me’
Natalie Cole – ‘Watch What Happens’
Sheryl Crow – ‘The Girl I Love’
Aretha Franklin – ‘How Do You Keep The Music Playing’
Josh Groban – ‘This Is All I Ask’
Faith Hill – ‘The Way You Look Tonight’
Norah Jones – ‘Speak Tonight’
Lady Gaga – ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’
KD Lang – ‘Blue Velvet’
John Mayer – ‘One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)’
Willie Nelson – ‘On The Sunny Side Of The Street’
Queen Latifah – ‘Who Can I Turn To’
Alejandro Sanz – ‘Yesterday I Heard The Rain’
Carrie Underwood – ‘It Had to Be You’
Amy Winehouse – ‘Body And Soul’

Tony Bennett & Norah Jones perform Speak Low

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