Lady GaGa has done it again.
The Pop powerhouse’s ambitious foray into the world of Jazz has paid off handsomely.
For ‘Cheek To Cheek’, her collaborative album with the legendary Tony Bennett has rocketed straight to #1 on the Billboard 200 tally.
The LP, which is comprised of classic standards (covers) sold an impressive 131,000 copies in its opening week according to Nielsen SoundScan. Intriguingly, the set sold just one thousand copies more to beat out its nearest competitor Kevin Chesney, whose project ‘The Big Revival’ shifted 130,000 units.
‘Cheek’, which also hits #1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts, becomes GaGa’s third LP to hit the top spot (the previous being 2011’s ‘Born This Way’ and last year’s ‘ARTPOP’). For Bennett, it’s his second.
Interestingly, the feat sees the 88-year old serve as the oldest living act to earn a number one album, besting a record he set himself back in 2011. That year, a then 85-year old topped the charts with ‘Duets II’ (which featured a collaboration with GaGa on ‘The Lady Is a Tramp’).
Congrats! Both the album and its banner artists are entirely deserving.