Billboard: Michael Bubl_ Was Bestselling Jazz Artist of 2005

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Crooner Michael Bubl_ was the bestselling jazz artist of 2005, Billboard reports in its year-end issue.

Bubl_'s It's Time debuted at number one on the jazz chart in February and spent much of the year in the top spot; it is currently at number two. The album has been certified platinum, meaning that it has sold over one million copies.

Following Bubl_ on Billboard's list of top artists are trumpeter Chris Botti, singer Madeleine Peyroux, singer and pianist Diana Krall, singer and pianist Harry Connick Jr., singer Jane Monheit, singer Paul Anka, singer Ren_e Olstead, and singer Linda Ronstadt. Saxophonist John Coltrane, who died in 1967, was tenth on the list on the strength of three archival recordings released this year.

In addition to It's Time, the list of top jazz albums includes Botti's When I Fall in Love, Peyroux's Careless Love, Krall's The Girl in the Other Room, Botti's To Love Again: The Duets, Connick's Only You, Krall's Christmas Songs, and the newly uncovered live recording of Coltrane at Carnegie Hall with the Thelonious Monk Quartet.

The top contemporary jazz artist of the year was saxophonist Kenny G, followed by Herbie Hancock and Norah Jones. The top contemporary albums of the year were Kenny G's At Last... The Duets Album, Hancock's Possibilities, and Jones' Come Away With Me.

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