Lionel Richie Hits Number One

Lionel Richie.

Congratulations to Lionel Richie and the team at Mercury Universal! His country duets album, “Tuskegee,” is number one on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and again number one for the second week in a row on the Billboard Country Albums chart. It’s the best-selling album in the United States for the second week in a row, selling more than 128,553 copies this week alone for a total of 422,856 so far. The album, released on March 26th, is already approaching gold status, which is awarded by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 copies.

It’s the album’s third consecutive week in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top 200. “Tuskegee” is the best-selling debut album by any country artist so far this year. It’s Lionel’s best first-week sales according to Soundscan, which first began tracking in 1991.

“I love the feeling!” Richie says. “You cannot beat the feeling of sitting on top of the charts. I had almost forgotten what it feels like, but now that I am there, I know exactly what it feels like. It feels great! It is really a very exciting time and I am enjoying the ride.”

Lionel is quick to thank the 13 different duet partners who joined him on this special album.

“With a record like this, you can’t take the bow alone,” he says. “You take it with the wonderful talent that came onboard and believed in this project. It is just amazing to have all of the very talented artists, producers and musicians who participated in this. This was one big family reunion, as far as I am concerned. We take the bow together because it was an outstanding group effort.

But most important of all, Lionel wanted to thank his fans for their support with his new venture.

“To the fans, thank you for allowing me to enjoy what I do for all of these years, and for enjoying what I do. I thank you for being a part of my story.”

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