When it comes to the charts, age ain't nothing but a number. Two superstar performers in their sixties 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 Cher'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 extends his chart history as his new album, The Diving Board, enters the chart at #4. It's 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, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and country star George Strait.
According to Yahoo! Chart Watch, this also is the first time that Elton John 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."
Elton is 66 years old; Cher is 67.
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