Sep 29 2011

Mariah Celebrates Tony Bennett’s First #1 On the Billboard 200 Chart!

It’s a spot on the chart that Mariah has landed many times during her career but this week legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Duets II," making the 85-year old the oldest living act to reach #1.

Bennett's all-star collaborations album with such stars as Mariah Carey, John Mayer, and the late Amy Winehouse takes the top spot with 179,000 copies sold in its first week.

Be sure to get your copy of Tony Bennett's album DUETS II featuring his beautiful duet with Mariah, "When Do The Bells Ring For Me" in stores now or download it on iTunes.

For the 1986 CD Astoria: Portrait of the Artist, composer Charles DeForest wrote three original songs for Tony Bennett including "When Do The Bells Ring For Me" and this recording of the song for the DUETS II sessions Tony chose Mariah Carey. "She's just so talented," said Bennett, "and she invited us to travel to her beautiful home in Los Angeles which is equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio.

During the session, recorded when she was close to giving birth to a set of twins, I kept kidding her that our record was more than just a duet because I was actually recording with three people! And let me just say that she knocked that performance right out of ballpark. She was sensational."

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