With her new album IT’S THE GIRLS debuting at No. 3, Bette Midler can now mark her fifth consecutive decade of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. According to Billboard, she is only the second woman to do so, after Barbra Streisand.
IT’S THE GIRLS is Midler’s second-highest charting album ever; the 1989 soundtrack to BEACHES (with all-Midler tunes, including “Wind Beneath My Wings“) reached No. 2.
Before that, her 1972 debut album THE DIVINE MISS M hit No. 9, followed by her No. 6 self-titled album in 1974 and SOME PEOPLE’S LIVES in 1991, and finally BETTE MIDLER SINGS THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK, which peaked at No. 10 in 2005.
Her first studio album in eight years, IT’S THE GIRLS features songs from female groups who have had the greatest influence on her throughout her career. The album dropped on November 4 via Warner Bros. Records. Covering seven decades of music beginning with the 1930’s, the album features an array of girl groups including The Boswell Sisters, The Andrews Sisters and R&B legends TLC. Marc Shaiman produces.
Midler also recently announced on her official site that she will be touring the country beginning May 2015 in support of the new solo recording.
The actress finished her Broadway run of I’LL EAT YOU LAST this spring, starring as the legendary Hollywood agent Mengers in her first Broadway appearance in almost 40 years. Written by John Logan, I’LL EAT YOU LAST was directed on Broadway by Joe Mantello.
Midler began her legendary career as an entertainer in 1965, in New York, where she developed the trademark act that would make her one of the most renowned talents of her generation. Her debut album, 1972’s The Divine Miss M set her on the path that has led her to earn Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes and Academy Award nominations in a career that has spanned over 40 years. She has toured the world, sold millions of albums, published two books and appeared in over two dozen films, including The Rose, Beaches, Ruthless People, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club and For The Boys.