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At 95, Tony Bennett again at top of the chart with Lady Gaga duet


NEW YORK — At the ripe old age of 95, Tony Bennett is on top of his game.

The legendary pop music crooner — recently recognized by Guinness World Records as the “oldest person to release an album of new material” — has debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart with his latest Lady Gaga collaboration, “Love for Sale.”

The acclaimed 12-track set of Cole Porter standards also landed on the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, which tracks the best-selling albums sold and streamed in the United States.

According to MRC tracking data, “Love for Sale,” released on Sept. 30, accumulated 41,000 album-equivalent units, consisting of 38,000 sales, and 3,000 streaming units calculated from the 3.85 million on-demand streams the album received in its first week.

The project is the sixth top 10 album of Bennett’s illustrious career, with which, he marked the longest span of top 10 albums for any living artist. He scored his first one 59 years ago with 1962’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

“Love for Sale” is Bennett’s second collaborative album with Lady Gaga. In 2014 the genre-defying duo’s “Cheek to Cheek” debuted atop of the Billboard 200 chart.

Before Bennett (whose given name is Anthony Dominick Benedetto) retired from performing live, the multiple Grammy winners performed two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in early August, called “One Last Time: an Evening with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.”

Bennett’s family shared in an interview with AARP this year that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

Bennett, who was born in Long Island City, has won 19 Grammys in his career, while Gaga, who hails from Manhattan, has won 12.