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Star-Studded Release is a Popular Draw

Wednesday 4 October 2006 @ 16:48 - GMT

Tony Bennett: Duets/An American Classic featuring guests like Paul McCartney and Elton, has entered the Billboard Top 200 Charts at #1, with first week sales of 201,536.

 In addition, the CD held #1 positioning at Target, Starbucks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Borders and was #3 on iTunes.

"For Tony Bennett to have his highest charting debut ever is an incredible tribute to an incomparable American singer on his 80th birthday," said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. "Columbia Records is honoured to be part of Tony's music and enduring artistic legacy."

Danny Bennett, Tony's son and manager, commented, "This overwhelming response is something that Tony and I both view as confirmation that the music of the Great American Songbook -- which Tony has championed with such passion and dedication throughout his career -- has a far-reaching and enthusiastic audience. The fact that Tony recorded the songs live with such an incredible array of artists created a unique focus for this fantastic project."

The promotional and marketing campaign for Duets/An American Classic kicked off with a star-studded party, hosted by Target, for Tony's 80th birthday on August 3rd.

 The album's first single, Just in Time, featuring Tony and Michael Buble, was released on Tony's birthday. It has received significant airplay from many AC stations around the country while charting in the Top 25.

Recent appearances on NBC's Today Show (where Bennett performed with Billy Joel the Friday before the album's September 26 release date and with Michael Buble the day after the album's release) and CBS's Late Show With David Letterman (where Tony was joined by Elvis Costello) probably helped sales, as did print features in a variety of major publications including Parade and USA Today.


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