Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee Is Week’s Best-Selling Album

Jake Owen's "Alone With You" Continues as Top Song

How about that!

Lionel Richie — not your usual leviathan of country music — debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart this week with his glittering duet project, Tuskegee.

Nielsen SoundScan reports the collection sold a whopping 198,892 copies its first seven days out to debut at No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200 — right behind Madonna’s No. 1 arrival with MDNA.

Jake Owen has every reason to be happy, too. His single, “Alone With You,” is the top country song for the second week in a row.

There’s not much action elsewhere to talk about. Just one other new album, Hank Williams Jr.’s Best Of: All My Rowdy Friends, bowing at No. 23, and four re-entries: Playlist: The Very Best of Gretchen Wilson (No. 71), Icon: Loretta Lynn (No. 72), the Little WilliesFor the Good Times (No. 74) and Vince Gill’s Guitar Slinger (No. 75).

And there are two new songs: Jon Pardi’s “Missin’ You Crazy” (No. 58) and Pat Green’s “All Just to Get to You” (No. 60).

Lining up behind Tuskegee in the Top 5 country albums contingent are Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines, Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party and Eric Church’s Chief, in that order.

The week’s No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Lee Brice’s “A Woman Like You,” Blake Shelton’s “Drink on It,” Lady Antebellum’s “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” and Taylor Swift’s “Ours.”

Lionel, you should come to town more often.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to