It was a slow day for new releases on the Billboard 200, but legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieved a big feat … topping the chart with his first #1 album, making the 85-year old the oldest living act to reach #1 with his Duets II LP.
A few slots down, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV descends from #3 to #5 with 84,000 sold in its fourth week, taking his album to just shy of 1.4 million to date.
Teen R&B quartet, Mindless Behavior, lands in the top 10. Their debut set, #1 Girl, opens at #7, selling 36,000 copies in its first week. The group is set to hit the road with the Scream tour, featuring Diggy and New Boyz, beginning September 30 in Augusta, Georgia.
Closing out the top 10, and top tier is Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, landing at #9 this week with 31,000 sold. To date, the LP has sold 902,000 copies.
Much later down the rankings is the latest from Houston veteran, Z-Ro. His album Meth, the latest in his “drug” series, opens at #85 with 5,400 copies sold. He previously released Crack, Cocaine and Heroin. This is the fourth album, which features Willie D, Yo Gotti and Slim Thug.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Sept. 25) totaled 5.28 million units, down 5% compared to the sum last week (5.58 million) and up 5% compared to the comparable sales week of 2010 (5.03 million).