An old-school pop album – albeit one with a cross-generational wrinkle — topped the U.S. album chart for the second week in a row, as Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s standards set “Cheek to Cheek” succeeded Barbra Streisand’s “Partners” at the apex.
The Columbia/Interscope collaboration between 88-year-old Bennett (who maintains his status as the oldest No. 1 album artist in history) and 28-year-old Gaga sold 131,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sept. 28. Bennett logged his very first No. 1 set, “Duets II,” three years ago. Gaga’s “Artpop” hit the top last year.
“Cheek to Cheek” barely trumped country star Kenny Chesney’s “The Big Revival” (Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville), which rode in at No. 2 with a 130,000-unit frame. Last year, Chesney rang up a No. 1 title with “Life On a Rock.” The current album is only the artist’s second since the turn of the millennium to miss No. 1.
Streisand managed a very strong second week, as “Partners” (Columbia) tallied 127,000 (off only 35%), good for No. 3.
“This is All Yours” (Atlantic), the sophomore set by English indie rock unit Alt-J, arrived at No. 4 with a 68,000-unit score. It is the trio’s first American top-10 album. Two years ago, the group took the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize with “An Awesome Wave,” but that title peaked at No. 80 stateside.
A cappella quintet and former “The Sing-Off” champs Pentatonix charted their fourth extended-play set and third top-10 entry with “PTX, Vol. III” (RCA), which bowed at No. 5, shifting 46,000. A sequel to the group’s 2012 Christmas EP will arrive later this month.
Blues singer-guitarist Joe Bonamassa collected his first top 10 album as “Different Shades of Blue” (J&R Adventures) entered at No. 8, moving 26,000. Bonamassa, who has acquired a devoted cult via his live shows and indie releases, saw his previous peak with 2012’s “Driving Towards the Daylight,” which topped out at No. 23.
A second Oscar and Grammy winner joined Streisand in the top 10: Jennifer Hudson’s “JHud” (RCA) commanded the No. 10 slot with a 24,000-unit week. The “Dreamgirls” star and “American Idol” vet previously logged a pair of No. 2 albums, “I Remember Me” (2011) and “Jennifer Hudson” (2008).
Holding over were Chris Brown’s “X” (No. 6, 37,000 sold, off 75%), the soundtrack compilation “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1” (No. 7, 30,000, up 16%), and Maroon 5’s “V” (No. 9, 26,000, off 24%).
New titles by Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, and Prince will shoot it out for chart supremacy next week.