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

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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 11, 2012 8:00AM
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I'm surprised that anyone bought Madonna's music.
Apr 11, 2012 4:50AM
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If the sales of Madonna's concert tickets are to blame for the rise of her album, it would stand to reason that those ticket holders would have purchased her album if it were not given as a free download.  So, no apologies needed.  Once again Madonna was the first to do something new and now she is slammed for it.  Get over it!

Apr 10, 2012 11:36PM
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You're a classic Madonna. You have nothing to worry about. Your songs are, have been, and will always be great! The music market is just weird, but you are and will always be great. Sales up or down, you will always be standing.
Apr 10, 2012 8:03PM
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your time is up maggie MDNA- HAAAAAAAA

Apr 10, 2012 5:53PM
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Madonna MDNA should hold the title of top album!! It is an amazing, dancey, and unique album with sensational tunes and fantastic singing!! In other countries she is also number 1!! Love you Madge and your music will last forever!!
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