Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Is The Best-Selling Album So Far This Year
For the first half of the year, Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" is the best-selling album released in 2012. The album features duets of 13 of his timeless hits with Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Shania Twain.
By July 1, "Tuskegee" sold approximately 912,000 copies, according to Billboard. It comes in second only to Adele's "21" for total sales of all albums at the mid-year point.
"Tuskegee" claimed the number-one spot on the overall Billboard Top 200 albums chart for two consecutive weeks and sat atop the Billboard Country Albums chart for four weeks. It was certified platinum for sales of 1 million in an impressive five weeks.
"Tuskegee" was released on March 26 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the country albums chart. It was his best sales week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.