Entertainment

Tony Bennett Becomes the First 80-Something to Top the Charts

| by Michael Allen

85-year-old Tony Bennett's 'Duets II' sold 179,000 copies its first week out, making him the oldest artist to ever earn the top spot on the Billboard album chart.

Bennett broke the record  previously held by Bob Dylan, whose last studio album topped the chart two years ago when he was 67. Bennett’s original 2006 'Duets' album debuted with 202,000 copies sold, but this was still an impressive accomplishment.

Some wondered if sales would suffer as a result of his statements on Howard Stern’s program about US foreign policy being partly responsible for the events of 9/11 (which was also stated by Rep. Ron Paul and others). But Bennett’s quick apology apparently accomplished the damage control.