Album Sales: Lionel Richie Receives 3rd #1 Album of His Career, Monica Debuts Low, Madonna Falls Out Top 10

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Lionel Richie Tuskegee

Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’

Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee has managed to become a #1 album after all. In its third week on the chart, the artist’s country comeback album has sold a total of 129,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. Tuskegee serves as the R&B and pop icon’s third #1 album of his career — and his first since 1986’s Dancing on the Ceiling, which spent two weeks in the spot.

Although it seemed, at least late last week, that Adele‘s 21 was going to come out on top, sales surged over the weekend–thanks to last Friday’s CBS special ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert. The segment pulled in a total of 7.7 million viewers  according to Nielsen and was the most-watched show of the night.

Last week’s #1 album, Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, fell from #1 to #3 with a total of 81,000. Monica‘s 6th studio album New Life has started off okay, debuting at #4 with a total of 69,000 and serves as her 5th top 10 album. All of her releases, except for her 1995 debut Miss Thang, have managed to land within the set. Take a look at the full top 50 list below.

 #1 Lionel Richie Tuskegee 129,000
#2 Adele 21 91,000
#3 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 81,000
#4 Monica New Life 69,000 **debut**
#5 One Direction Up All Night 66,000
#6 Bonnie Raitt Slipstream 64,000 **debut**
#7 Gotye Making Mirrors 52,904
#9 Rascal Flatts Changed 41,000
#10 Hoodie Allen All American 28,000 **debut**

#12 The Hunger Games Soundtrack 25,900
#16 Madonna MDNA 19,248
#20 fun. Some Nights 17,059
#21 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 15,057
#22 Adele 19 14,974
#23 Marvin Sapp I Win 14,829
#26 Now 41 14,169
#27 Whitney Houston The Greatest Hits 14,060
#28 Drake Take Care 13,869
#29 Kelly Clarkson Stronger 13,577

#30 Think Like A Man Soundtrack 13,355 **debut**
#31 Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball 13,196
#34 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance 11,181
#36 Lady Antebellum Own the Night 10,933
#37 Rihanna Talk That Talk 10,736
#38 Katy Perry Teenage Dream/Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection 10,544
#39 Skrillex Bangarang 10,108
#42 Tyga Careless World… 9,802
#43 Nickelback Here and Now 9,465
#45 Lana Del Rey Born to Die 8,955
#47 Melanie Fiona The MF Life 8,497
#48 LMFAO Sorry for Party Rocking 8,478
#49 Mumford & Sons Sigh No More 8,226

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