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Cher Sets Personal Chart Record, Elton John Scores Big Debut with New Albums

Warner Bros. Records; Capitol RecordsWhen it comes to the charts, age ain't nothing but a number for Cher and Elton John.  The two superstars, who are aged 67 and 66, respectively, have managed to debut in the top five on this week's Billboard album tally.

Cher's new album, Closer to the Truth, her first collection of original material in more than a decade, enters the chart at #3.  Incredibly, this is not only the famed entertainer's highest debut ever, but it's the highest-charting solo album of her entire career.  Previously, the highest she'd ever gotten was #4, with 1999's Believe and 2003's The Very Best of Cher

The only time Cher's ever been higher on the Billboard album chart was as half of Sonny & Cher: Their 1965 album Look at Us reached #2.

Meanwhile, Elton John adds to his impressive chart history with his new album, The Diving Board. The record enters the chart at #4, making it his 18th top-10 album.  Only nine other artists in history have had 18 or more top-10 discs: Frank Sinatra, the champ with 39; plus Elvis Presley, with 27; Bob Dylan, with 20; and Paul McCartney and country star George Strait, each with 18.

According to Yahoo! Chart Watch, this also is the first time that Elton and Cher have both had albums in the top 10 at the same time.  The two have, of course, known each other for years.  Back in 1975, they even duetted on a Cher TV special, singing "Bennie & the Jets."

Meanwhile, another 60-something star landed a bit further down on the chart,  Sting.  The former Police frontman's latest, The Last Ship, premiered at #13.  The debut may be something of a disappointment for the 62-year-old artist, who has reached Billboard 200's top 10 with all his previous full-length solo albums of original material.

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