85-Year-Old Tony Bennett Scores First #1 Album On Billboard Hot 200

Tony Bennett this week scored the #1 album spot on the Billboard 200 for Duets II, the first time the 85-year-old singer has topped the list. Bennett’s age also makes him the oldest musician to take the honor after selling 179,000 discs in the first week of release.

The 14-time Grammy Award winner received his best placement in 2006 for Duets which actually sold more albums (202,000) but landed at No. 3 due to more competition.

Duets II features an impressive list of all-star singers including Amy Winehouse, Carrie Underwood, Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey.

Bennett’s Billboard Hot 100 appearance which comes compliments of his Body and Soul duet with Amy Winehouse also makes him the oldest musician to reach that chart, the single has reached No. 87.

The only competition Bennett faced was Demi Lovato’s third album Unbroken which debuted at No. 4 with 96,000 units. Other releases including music from Pearl Jam and Gavin DeGraw.

In general digital track sales were down year-over-year with 20.78 million songs downloaded in the last week, a 1% drop (21.01 million) from last year.

Here’s the Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse single Body and Soul:

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