Despite being hospitalized, Luther Vandross scores his first No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "Dance With My Father." The J Records set sold 442,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to give the R&B singer his best sales week in the SoundScan era. Vandross leads six albums into the top-10, including impressive first week sales for Radiohead, Annie Lennox and George Strait.
George Strait will on June 10 deliver "Honkytonkville," his 31st release for MCA Records. Bumped up from an originally planned June 24 release, the album marks the first time the country artist has recorded vocals at home in Texas, rather than in a Nashville recording studio. First single "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" is No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.