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Madonna's 'MDNA' set for biggest second-week sales drop in history


Madonna's "MDNA" sailed into the peak position on Billboard's Top 200 last week, but Forbes is crying foul and declaring that Lionel Richie, whose "Tuskegee" was No. 2, is owed an apology.

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The publication reports that "MDNA" is set to have the largest second-week sales drop — 88 percent, to be exact — in chart history. According to Forbes' Roger Friedman, the bulk of Madge's first-week sales tied in to concert ticket purchases and "artificially inflated Madonna's numbers, putting her first before Lionel Richie and his 'Tuskegee' album."

And while "Tuskegee" sold another 110,000 copies over the past week, "MDNA" moved a mere 46,000, claims Friedman. (Billboard will post official chart figures Wednesday.)

"I do think that all the people involved in the Madonna ticket-CD deal should apologize to Richie for denying him his rightful place at No. 1, starting with Billboard and SoundScan," says the writer. Do you agree?

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Apr 13, 2012 7:49PM
I'm watching Richie's special tonight, and it is absolutely wonderful.  His music is timeless.
Apr 13, 2012 1:42AM

Madonna's music is new and fresh. Lionel Richie's new album is what we call in Spanish refried songs. The only change is that his old songs have been turned into country music.

Apr 12, 2012 7:58AM
I will take ANY of Madonna's music over Lionel Richie.  Talk about droll, people are still buying his music? Why?? There has always been a lot of hating on Madonna, the most talented female in the music biz ever.
Apr 11, 2012 8:26PM
Madonna Rocks, Best Selling female singer of all time. Wonder why people have to write bad about her, guess they are so frustrated in their own lives.
Apr 11, 2012 2:48PM
What anyone thinks really is not important. The jaded no talented Friedman can not take away her legacy no matter how much negative BS he throws at her. If any one deserves an apology that would be the public for being subjected to this vile person!
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