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’s Duets II features 17 pairings with such stars as Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood and the late Amy Winehouse. Last week, Bennett made news as the oldest living artist to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, when his duet with Winehouse, Body and Soul, debuted at No. 87.
Last week’s No. 1 album, Lady Antebellum‘s Own the Night, falls to No. 2 with 125,000 (down 64%) while Adele‘s 21 also drops a spot to No. 3 with 117,000 (down 2%). Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV descends 3-5 in its fourth week with 84,000 (down 28%).
The second-highest debut this week belongs to Demi Lovato‘s third album, Unbroken, which debuts at No. 4 with 96,000 sold.
Bennett and Lovato lead a total of six new arrivals in the top 10 this week. They are joined by rock act NeedToBreathe, Mindless Behavior, Gavin Degraw, and Pearl Jam.
R&B vocal group Mindless Behavior rides in at No. 7 with its debut album #1 Girl, selling 36,000 copies in its first week. The teen quartet — who rank at No. 16 on Billboard.com’s 21 Under 21 list — will hit the road with the Scream tour, featuring Diggy and New Boyz, beginning Sept. 30 in Augusta, Georgia.
Gavin DeGraw‘s Sweeter lands the singer/songwriter his second top 10 set as it starts at No. 8 with 34,000. His last release, 2009′s Free, debuted and peaked at No. 19 (26,000) and spent just three weeks on the chart. His first top 10 came with his 2008 self-titled set, which bowed at No. 7 off a 66,000 start.
The final new entry in the top 10 is Pearl Jam, with its soundtrack to its Pearl Jam Twenty film, bowing at No. 10 with 27,000. The companion piece to the Cameron Crowe-directed documentary includes demo recordings, live tracks and rare cuts. It’s the band’s tenth top 10 album. Pearl Jam is one slot behind the final holdover in the top 10: Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch the Throne, which holds at No. 9 with 31,000.