85-year-old Bennett Breaks U.S. Album Chart Records

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September 28, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Crooner Tony Bennett has scored his first U.S. number one album at the age of 85.
The veteran’s Duets II release has rocketed to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, thanks in part to much-publicised collaborations with Lady Gaga and the late Amy Winehouse, making Bennett the oldest living act to reach the top spot – beating Bob Dylan’s two-year-old record.

Just last week, Bennett became the oldest living artist to score a Billboard Hot 100 hit when his Body & Soul duet with Winehouse debuted at 87. His album shot to number one with 179,000 sales.

The 14-time Grammy Award winner’s previous high on the U.S. album chart came in 2006, when his first Duets compilation debuted at number three.

Last week’s number one, Own The Night by Lady Antebellum drops a spot to two, as does Adele’s 21 at three.

Demi Lovato debuts Unbroken at four, while Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV rounds out the top five.

NeedToBreathe, Mindless Behavior, Gavin DeGraw and Pearl Jam all debut new albums in the top 10.

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