Tony Bennett’s new release, DUETS II debuts at the #1 position on Billboard’s top albums chart, with 179,000 units sold in the first week. The album has remained in the top 5 on iTunes’ album chart in the US and other countries since its release. It was stated by RPM Records / Columbia Records, today, Sept. 28.
Digital albums represented 20% of overall sales, said to be the highest for any Bennett album to-date.
Earlier, the track and video of “Body and Soul,” recorded by Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett was released in its entirety to commemorate Amy Winehouse’s birthday. (Read: Amy Winehouse’s Body and Soul to be Released)
Danny Bennett, Tony’s son and manager stated, “It’s an unprecedented and historical event that an artist at the age of 85 has topped the charts. He’s remained at the top of his game without having ever compromised his integrity and standard of excellence.”[ Also Read: Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist on Display ]
“The number one success of Duets II pays tribute to the enduring genius of Tony Bennett,” said Steve Barnett, chairman, Columbia Records. “It is a true testament to Tony’s artistry that he continues to top the charts while at the same time reaching a broader fan base and breaking new ground.”
DUETS II has received good response in sales and profile internationally, including the UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Australia.
An extended campaign was implemented early on in the project to develop and expand awareness and exposure for Tony Bennett and DUETS II through promotional trips, publicity outreach, and concert appearances.