It only took him 60 years, but ageless crooner Tony Bennett will finally snag his first #1 debut on the Billboard album charts next week when his star-studded Duets II album wins the crown.
The disc, which features songs recorded with Lady Gaga and late British R&B diva Amy Winehouse, sold 179,000 copies in its first week, which was good enough to push last week’s top seller — Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night — down to #2, as sales trailed off by 64 percent to 125,000.
Leading the list of other debuts in the top 10 was Demi Lovato, who hit #4 with Unbroken (96,000), followed by Needtobreathe’s Reckoning (#6, 49,000), Mindless Behavior’s #1 Girl (#7, 36,000) Gavin DeGraw’s Sweeter (#8, 34,000) and the soundtrack to Pearl Jam Twenty (#10, 27,000).
The rest of the top 10: Adele, 21 (#3, 117,000); Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV (#5, 84,000); and Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne (#9, 31,000).
Just outside the top 10, teen singer Cody Simpson’s Coast to Coast EP landed at #12 (24,000), hard rockers Thrice hit #18 with Major/Minor (20,000) and Tori Amos came in at #24 with her latest, Night of Hunters (18,000). Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger’s multi-culti super group, SuperHeavy, debuted at #26 with their self-titled debut (18,000), while Staind took a major 23-slot tumble to #28 as their self-titled album shed 68 percent of its first-week business on sales of 15,000.
Bennett couldn’t quite pull off the double-play on the iTunes album chart, where Lovato was #1, followed by Adele and Needtobreathe. Bennett was in at #4, ahead of Lady Antebellum, Wayne, DeGraw, the soundtrack to the movie “Drive,” pre-orders for Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto and Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More.
Maroon 5 continued their hot summer run with “Moves Like Jagger,” which held on to the top spot on the iTunes singles chart, beating out Adele’s “Someone Like You,” Foster the People ’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” Gym Class Heroes’ “Stereo Hearts” and LMFAO again with “Sexy and I Know It.” Rihanna’s “We Found Love” helped round out the chart at #7, in front of David Guetta’s “Without You,” Rihanna’s “Cheers (Drink to That)” and Lady Gaga’s “Yoü and I.”
Look for debuts next week from J. Cole, Blink-182, Jason Derülo, Wilco, Mastodon and reissues from Nirvana and Pink Floyd.