Billboard’s Chart Beat
November 3, 2005
BETTE GETS THE ‘FEVER’: Looks like no one is going to say “Is That All There Is?” after they hear the new Bette Midler album, a tribute to Peggy Lee. The Columbia CD is Midler’s first top 10 album in almost 15 years.
Photo: Nancy Kaszerman
“Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook” enters The Billboard 200 at No. 10. It is the follow-up to “Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook,” No. 14 in October 2003. Midler was last in the top 10 in January 1991 with “Some People’s Lives,” which peaked at No. 6. Midler made her debut on the Billboard album chart the week of Dec. 9, 1972, with “The Divine Miss M.”
The new release gives her a chart span of 32 years and 11 months. “The Peggy Lee Songbook” is the fifth highest-charting album out of Midler’s 20 appearances on The Billboard 200. Her most successful title is “Beaches,” the soundtrack that spent three weeks at No. 2 in 1989.
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