Tony Bennett makes Billboard history with 'Duets II'

LOS ANGELES — Tony Bennett’s 85th birthday was last month, but the legendary crooner got a major belated gift this week when his album “Duets II” took the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The disc, which pairs the singer with some of music’s biggest players, including Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Aretha Franklin and Carrie Underwood, bowed at No. 1 after logging 179,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Bennett, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, made history as the oldest living artist to hit No. 1. He’s also the oldest living artist to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart after his duet with the late Amy Winehouse, “Body and Soul,” debuted on the chart.

Bennett pushed Lady Antebellum to No. 2 as that band’s “Own the Night” sold an additional 125,000 copies, while Adele’s “21” maintained its staying power by clutching onto the No. 3 spot.

Other notable chart debuts include Demi Lovato’s post-rehab disc, “Unbroken,” opening at No. 4 with 96,000 copies sold, teeny boppers Mindless Behavior entering at No. 7 with their debut, “1 Girl,” and the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty,” which features rarities and unreleased tracks from the grunge rockers. It rounded out the top 10 after selling 27,000 units.