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Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' becomes year's second-biggest album

Billboard -- This week, Lionel Richie's smash "Tuskegee" album becomes the second-biggest-selling album of the year, with a total of 789,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Mercury Nashville set surpasses Whitney Houston's "Greatest Hits," which falls to No. 3 (784,000). The year's top seller is Adele's "21" with 3.3 million.

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Even better news for Richie: "Tuskegee" has now outsold his last three studio albums combined. His three previous sets have moved a cumulative 751,000. "Just Go" was the album that preceded "Tuskegee" and has sold 95,000 since its bow in 2009. "Coming Home" (2006) and "Just For You" (2004) have shifted 449,000 and 207,000, respectively.

"Tuskegee" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart eight weeks ago with 199,000. It his best sales week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. It rose to No. 1 two weeks later, becoming the R&B and pop icon's third No. 1 album, and his first since 1986's "Dancing on the Ceiling" spent two weeks in the penthouse.

Also: Lionel Richie's Nashville Splash

The new album's single, "Endless Love" (featuring Shania Twain), rises from No. 16 to No. 15 on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart this week. The tune's video is nominated for Collaborative Video of the Year at the upcoming CMT Music Awards, due to be broadcast on June 6.

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May 26, 2012 11:51AM
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RichardMason (Dick).....Must be hell to be tone deaf.  And stupid.

 

Todin (Toad)......same to you.  Idiot.  You have not heard it, but are sure you don't like it.  Remarkable.

 

It is an excellent album.  And shows that country music makes all music sound better!!!  And yes, for you morons posting, it is an album done with country music singers and Lionel.  So there!

May 26, 2012 7:43AM
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All this music is crap. Lionel Richie? Adele? Whitney Houston? All a load of AM radio - elevator pop. Tired and lifeless music.

 

May 26, 2012 7:23AM
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Since when is Adele from the 70's

 

May 26, 2012 7:18AM
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I hope Rush's new album and Joey Ramone's new LP do very well, as I am extremely excited for both. Yes and congrats, Lionel Richie.
May 26, 2012 6:10AM
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Over 40 years in the business and still going strong. Congratulations Lionel....
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