Annie Lennox lands her first No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart, as her new release, Nostalgia, grabs the top slot. The set — which features interpretations of such tunes as “Summertime,” “I Put a Spell On You,” “Strange Fruit” and “Memphis in June” — also debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, her first top 10 since 2007.
“I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted that my album Nostalgia has come in at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart and No. 10 on the Billboard 200,” Annie Lennox tells Billboard, via email, about her new chart achievements.
In addition to the overall Jazz Albums chart, Nostalgia ranks at No. 1 on the Traditional Jazz Albums chart.
“I was drawn towards exploring and recording in the classic jazz genre,” Lennox says, “interpreting 12 songs from the legendary American songbook — the fact that many of the compositions were written almost eighty years ago stands as testimony to the calibre of their legacy.”
The new album starts with 32,000 sold in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Lennox last visited the top 10 of the Billboard 200 when 2007’s Songs of Mass Destruction debuted and peaked at No. 9. Between Destruction and Nostalgia, she released a greatest hits album, The Annie Lennox Collection, which reached No. 34 in 2009, and the holiday set A Christmas Cornucopia, which climbed to No. 35 in 2010.
Lennox adds: “I’m grateful to everyone who’s worked with me, especially my co-producer, Mike Stevens; my management at XIX, Blue Note/Capitol and Island/Universal records for supporting me on this adventure and Natalie Johns and her team for creating the most beautiful series of performance videos.”
Lennox had a very busy release week, visiting such TV shows as PBS’ Charlie Rose and ABC’s Good Morning America (both Oct. 22), Live With Kelly and Michael (Oct. 23), PBS’ Tavis Smiley (Oct. 23 and 24) and ABC’s The View (Oct. 24).