Bette Midler’s new CD – It’s The Girls – marks her fifth consecutive decade of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart with the new release coming in at #3 this week. That marks her highest debut on the chart ever.
Midler becomes only the second woman, after Barbra Streisand, to have top 10 albums in each of the last five decades (1970s through 2010s).
Midler has only climbed higher on the chart once before, when the 1989 Beaches soundtrack hit No. 2. (It consists entirely of Midler tunes heard in the film, including the No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Wind Beneath My Wings.”)
The three-time Grammy Award winner’s first top 10 came with her debut, The Divine Miss M, which arrived almost 42-years ago on the chart dated Dec. 9, 1972. It peaked at No. 9 the following March. She later visited the top 10 with a self-titled album (No. 6 in 1974), the Beaches soundtrack (No. 2 in 1989), Some People’s Lives (No. 6 in 1991) and Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook (No. 10 in 2005).