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Richie debuts in second behind Madonna

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 – Lionel Richie's first country disc, "Tuskegee," is the second best selling CD in the country beyond Madonna's "MDNA."

For Richie, the showing is his highest-charting album since 1986. Richie sold 199,000 units, his best sales week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. 2006's "Coming Home" began with 75,000 units, good for number 6 on the chart in 2006.

Billboard releases preliminary chart information on Wednesday with the charts out on Thursday.

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CD review - Tuskegee Country music's definition has devolved to mean almost anything with slightly verifiable Southern roots, which means that Alabama-born Lionel Richie's music is about as country as anything else under the huge country umbrella. Some might call Richie's original songs soul/R&B. However, the singer/songwriter hasn't sounded truly funky since Brick House with The Commodores, and that song dates way back to 1977. "Tuskegee" is Richie's attempt to revive his ...

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