Lionel Richie on Track to Top Billboard 200

Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Becomes Year's Second-Biggest Album

L ionel Richie might be "dancing on the ceiling" right now, as his "Tuskegee" album is on track to hit No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 chart. It would mark his third chart-topping album -- and his first since 1986's "Dancing on the Ceiling" spent two weeks at No. 1.

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We'll have exact Nielsen SoundScan figures and official chart positions on Wednesday morning, April 18.

While last Friday it seemed Adele's "21" set was on course for a 24th nonconsecutive frame at the top, Richie's "Tuskegee" pulled in big sales over the weekend. Industry sources say the album sold about 125,000 copies through the week ending Sunday, April 15 -- well ahead of the perhaps 90,000 that Adele's "21" sold.

Richie's weekend sales were driven by his two-hour Friday night CBS concert special "ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert." The all-star show featured Richie singing with Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride and more, all of whom appear on the collaborative album. The broadcast earned 7.7 million viewers according to Nielsen and was the most-watched show on Friday evening.

Richie's "Tuskegee" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 two weeks ago with 199,000 -- his best sales week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. He was lodged behind the also-debuting "MDNA" by Madonna, which topped the list that week with 359,000. Last week, "Tuskegee" fell from No. 2 to No. 4 with 95,000 (down 52%).

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