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Bette Midler Scores Fifth Straight Decade of Top 10 Albums

Bette Midler, 2014

Bette Midler celebrates a fifth consecutive decade of top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as It’s the Girls debuts at No. 3. She's only the second woman, following Barbra Streisand, to notch top 10 albums in each of the last five decades (1970s through 2010s).

The new album's arrival gives Midler her highest debut ever, her second-highest charting album, and sixth top 10 overall.

It's the Girls — a tribute album celebrating girl group songs — sold 40,000 in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 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).

It's the Girls, released on Warner Bros. Records, is Midler's first album since 2008's greatest hits album Jackpot! The Best Bette, and first set of new material since the 2006 Christmas effort Cool Yule. It's the Girls is also her first studio set for the Warner Music Group since 2000's Bette (on Warner Bros.) hit No. 69. After that, she released three albums for Sony's Columbia Records, and then Jackpot! for Atlantic Records in 2008.