At age 63, Saori Yuki became the oldest female singer to enter the Top 10 of Japan’s Oricon weekly album charts with her collaboration with Portland, Oregon-based jazz orchestra Pink Martini.
The album, "Pink Martini and Saori Yuki--1969,” entered at No. 7 for the week of Nov. 14-20, selling a total of 11,000 copies.
The album has also enjoyed great success abroad, climbing to the top of the jazz chart in Apple Inc.’s iTunes store in the United States, top of the iTunes foreign music category in Canada, and fourth in the album chart in Greece.
Oricon officials said the collaboration does not count as a single artist's work but that, at age 63, Yuki is the oldest woman to enter the Top 10, beating pop singer Mariko Takahashi who charted last year at 61-years-old.
It is Yuki’s first Top 10 hit in 41 years, since "Ikigai (Something to live for)" reached No. 7.
The new album features 12 songs from the past, including Yuki's 1969 debut hit "Yoake no Scat (Melody for a new dawn)" and "Puff the Magic Dragon," by Peter, Paul and Mary.
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