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.
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 Willies’ For the Good Times (No. 74) and Vince Gill’s Guitar Slinger (No. 75).
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.
Lionel, you should come to town more often.