Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Narrowly Beat Kenny Chesney For The Week's No. 1 Album

by Zach Seemayer 7:10 PM PDT, October 01, 2014
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The magic between Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga must be real, because they are dominating the charts.

Bennett and Gaga's new album Cheek To Cheek, a collection of jazz duets, took the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, beating out country crooner Kenny Chesney's new album The Big Revival.

Cheek To Cheek, released on September 23, has sold 131,000 copies according to Billboard, while Chesney's Big Revival nipped at its heels, selling 130,000. So close!

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This is the third No.1 album for Gaga, and only the second for Bennett. This is also the second week in a row a music industry record has been set. Last week, Barbra Streisand became the first singer to have a No.1 record in each decade, and now the 88-year-old Bennett has distinction of being the oldest living singer to earn a No. 1 release.

The previous record was actually held by none other than Bennett himself, which he set at 85 in 2011 when he got his first No.1 record for another duets album – simply titled Duets II – and Gaga even collaborated on that record for the track 'The Lady Is a Tramp'.

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The news of Gaga's triumphant return to the Top 10, after the release of her 2013 album Artpop, followed speculation earlier this week that Gaga may have secretly wed her long-time boyfriend Taylor Kinney.

Meanwhile, Chesney may have just barely missed the top spot, however this is his 12th record – out of 17 - to reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200. The Big Revival also came in first on the Country Albums chart, making it Chesney's 13th record to top that list.

Chesney sat down with ET's Nancy O'Dell in September to talk about the album, which he took a year off from touring to write and record.

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"I just felt like I was at that time in my career, my life as an artist, as a human being, that we just needed to reset things and to revive, if you will," Chesney shared with O'Dell. "The Big Revival meant more than just a cool album title, it had a real meaning about how I felt in the studio, about where I was in my life and what I wanted to say to my audience."

Check out the video below for more from ET's interview with Chesney on his new album.