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.