Richie debuts atop country chart
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Richie debuts atop country chart

Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Lionel Richie made a successful turn to country as "Tuskegee" topped the Billboard Country Album chart for the week ending April 14. Jake Owen once again held down the number one spot on the Country Songs chart with Alone With You.

Richie took over from Luke Bryan's "tailgates & tanlines," which slipped to second. Scotty McCreery was a big mover. "Clear As Day" jumped 10 to 3. Jason Aldean was fourth with "My Kinda Party," one ahead of Eric Church's "Chief."

Jake Owen was at 16, up 3, with " Barefoot Blue Jean Night." A compilation disc, "47th Academy of Country Music Awards," moved from 23 to 17. "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" was up 6 to 18. Eli Young Band's "Life At Best" jumped from 28 to 22. "Best Of: All My Rowdy Friends" from Hank Williams Jr. debuted at 23. Hunter Hayes was a big mover with his self-titled disc up 12 to 24. Chris Young jumped 9 to 25 with "Neon." Brad Paisley also was a big mover with "This is Country Music" at 28, hopscotching 14.

Thompson Square's self-titled debut was 37, up 3. "Act of Valor: The Album" went from 43 to 39.

On the songs chart, Lee Brice was second with A Woman Like You, up one. Blake Shelton's Drink On It, was third and Lady Antebellum's Dancing Away With My Heart fourth, both up one. Taylor Swift was fifth, down three, with Ours. Jason Aldean climbed into the top 10 again, this time with Fly Over States, at nine up three. Carrie Underwood's Good Girl was up 1 to 10.

Luke Bryan jumped 5 to 16 with Drunk On You. THE FARM stood at 25, up 3, with Home Sweet Home. The biggest mover by far was Beers Ago by Toby Keith, jumping 12 to 26. Newcomer Dustin Lynch was 27, up 3 with Cowboys And Angels. The new single from The Band Perry, Postcard From Paris, moved to 29, up 6.

On the bluegrass album chart, " The Gospel Side Of Dailey & Vincent" was back at the top. Carolina Chocolate Drops were second with "Leaving Eden." Last week's chart topper, "Who's Feeling Young Now" from Punch Brothers was third. "The Goat Rodeo Sessions from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, was fourth. Alison Krauss & Union Station stayed fifth with "Paper Airplane."

On the overall top 200, Richie was 2nd, Bryan 11th, McCreery 21st, up 46, Aldean 23rd and Church 27th.


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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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