Well, this didn’t take very long. Lionel Richie‘s country duets album “Tuskegee” has already been certified platinum by the RIAA for selling over one million copies since its release. The album has been a huge success for the music legend, spending two weeks at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, and four weeks at the top spot on the Country Albums Chart. He’s managed all this impressively in just five weeks.
Even with a career as long as Lionel’s, he’s still surprised by what his project has achieved already:
“This album continues to amaze me and I am so grateful for all that it has accomplished,” Richie says. “Just when I think it couldn’t get any bigger, Tuskegee reaches a new level of success. When I came up with the idea for Tuskegee, I didn’t want to be confined by boundaries of age, genre or demographics. I am thrilled with how well this album has been received by people from all walks of life. It is truly living up to the vision we had when we created it.”
“Tuskegee” remains the best-selling country album so far in 2012. It’s also the first country album in almost a year to spend two consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. Lionel has sold more than 100 million albums in his career, 22 top 10 hits, five GRAMMY awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and many more achievements. It’s not the first time Lionel has had a number one album, but it’s first time having a country album go number one.
“Tuskegee” has become a world-wide hit, including earning the number one spot in Canada and top 20 in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Holland, Australia, Hong Kong, and Sweden. It’s his first number one album in Canada in the SoundScan era, and his first number one album in Canada since his sophomore album “Can’t Slow Down” in 1983.