Lionel Richie Sells 198,892 In First Week For Country Album
April 4, 2012 at 1:40 PM (PT)
Congrats to MERCURY NASHVILLE artist LIONEL RICHIE as his album “Tuskegee” sold 198,892 units in its first week, making him #2 on the SOUNSCAN Top 200. He was beat only by MADONNA’s “MDNA,” which sold 358,653.
“Tuskegee” is LIONEL’s first Country album and features duets with many Country artists like LUKE BRYAN, LITTLE BIG TOWN and KENNY ROGERS. This is LIONEL’s best highest-charting album since 1986 and the best-selling debut by any Country artist this year.
“I am ecstatic!” RICHIE said. “These songs are like my children, so I am overwhelmed that they are being embraced by several generations of music lovers. I am so grateful to all of my duet partners for bringing their own distinctive styles and personalities to this album and interpreting these songs in fresh new ways.
Chairman/CEO of UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE LUKE LEWIS added, “It is gratifying to see consumers react this way to a collection of timeless songs, great performances and an outstanding marketing effort by the UMG team.”
The album also debuted at number one on CANADA’s Top Album chart and reached the Top 10 Album Charts in the UNITED KINGDOM, DENMARK, HOLLAND and SWEDEN.
For more on LIONEL RICHIE, visit www.lionelrichie.com.