Lionel Richie proved anyone he can still produce international hits when he released his new album “Tuskegee” in March. The country-inspired LP seems to be better than those released by Jason Mraz and Train as it went straight to the first position of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Whether they were eager to hear his melodious voice or just curious to get Lionel Richie’s new album, one thing is for sure: “Tuskegee” sold like hotcakes. The singer sold 114,000 copies even though the LP was only launched a month ago. The album made it to Nr.1 in the Billboard 200 chart last week and it is determined to remain there for a while as other performers were not able to dethrone it this week.
This is the 10th studio album that the 62-year-old artist releases in his career. If you were expecting to hear something new from Richie, you might be a little bit disappointed as the LP features a collection of some of the best songs that were released by the singer since his solo debut in 1982. The novelty is that Lionel Richie teamed up with country-music artists, such as, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Billy Currington and Darius Rucker to interpret his most-famous songs. Some of the titles that were included on the album are: “Endless Love”, “Say You, Say Me”, “Stuck On You”, “Hello”, etc.
Lionel Richie is immediately followed in the chart by Jason Mraz whose album is on the second place due to selling 102,000 copies in its first week. The interpreter preserves the same beach-inspired style for his fourth collection called “Love Is A Four Letter Word”. The album might become even more popular in the future as its lead song “I Won’t Give Up” went platinum this week thanks to its 1 million sold copies since its release in January.
Train was the second most important comeback of the chart due to their sixth studio album “California 37”. They debuted at Nr. 4 because they have sold only 75,000, but their evolution might be better in the future.