All posts in April 2012

The Wanted, Lee Brice Heading for Billboard 200 Top 10

It seems a foregone conclusion that Jack White will score his first No. 1 album next week on the with "Blunderbuss" while the top 10 could see arrivals from the Wanted, Lee Brice and Kip Moore. Industry sources suggest that White's solo debut album may sell between 100,000 to 120,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 29. Either Adele's "21" or Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" will end up in the No. 2 slot. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, May 2. Country singer Lee Brice might be the second-highest debut next week with his sophomore album "Hard 2 Love."...

Somethin’ ‘Bout Kip Moore as Hit Single Rises, Album Debuts

Interstate 75 from South Georgia to Tennessee can be a long drive. MCA Nashville recording artist knows this for a fact. The singer remembers making that trek from his native Tifton just a few years ago, questioning himself every mile of the way. "I thought that I lost my damn mind," Moore recalled to Billboard. "I had a great job and a serious girlfriend at the time, and I'd never had a serious girlfriend. Deep down in my gut, I felt like I was being pulled to Nashville. I just felt it was my calling to do this. I had my backpack and my guitar, and a truck that broke down by the end of the day. I knew it was going...

Lionel Ritchie remains atop album chart: Country duet collection ‘Tuskegee’ No. 1 for second week

Lionel Richie's country collaborations "Tuskegee" sat tight at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week for a second consecutive frame. Featuring duets with Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw et al., collection shifted 114,000 in its fourth chart week (off 11%), according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended April 22. Title debuted at No. 2 three weeks ago and has moved 537,000 units to...

Lionel Richie #1 Again On Billboard 200

Jason Mraz debuts at #2 with his latest, Love Is a Four Letter Word. by Gil Kaufman Talk about a late-career resurgence. After disappearing from the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 tally for more than 25 years, Lionel Richie is having a moment. His country covers album, Tuskegee, will hold onto the #1 slot on Add RSS Headlines Add VH1 News to My Yahoo the albums charts for a second consecutive week, thanks to sales of 114,000,...

Lionel Richie tops chart with ‘Tuskegee’ album sales

Singer/songwriter Lionel Richie performs during Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert presented by ACM at the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 2, 2012 in Las...

Lionel Richie Holds at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Jason Mraz Debuts at No. 2

share Jeff Miller Train's 'California 37' rolls in at a career-high No. 4, the band has claimed three previous top 10s but this is the group's best showing. Lionel Richie's Tuskegee holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200, shifting 114,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 11%). The pop veteran blocks Jason Mraz from earning his first chart-topper, as Love Is a Four Letter Word starts in the No. 2 slot with 102,000.our editor recommendsLionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' Album Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200 Gotye Clarifies 'Glee' Comment; Calls Darren Criss-Matt Bomer Cover 'Clever' Still, congratulations are in order for Mraz, as "Love" notches both his...

Chart Watch: The Triumph of Bland Pop

WINNER OF THE WEEK: Bland pop albums. Peaceful, mellifluous romantics are beating the crap out of each other this week for chart dominance. Jason Mraz' touchy-feely Love Is a Four Letter Word opens at Number Two with 102,000 copies sold, but it can't dislodge the Eternal Monarch of Adult Contemporary, Lionel Richie, whose Tuskegee sold 114,000 copies to hit Number One for a second week. (In the U.K.,...

Album sales: Lionel Richie triumphs again, Jason Mraz grabs second place

Richie’s on a roll! It initially debuted under Madonna’s MDNA three weeks ago, but Lionel Richie’s country duets album Tuskegee is now entering its second straight week at No. 1. (Madonna, on the other hand, is slumming it at No. 29 at the moment.) Tuskegee‘s continued success meant a silver sales...

Week Ending April 22, 2012: Richie Stands Firm

Lionel Richie's Tuskegee tops The Billboard 200 for the second week. It's the first album that was released in 2012 to manage a second week on top. Albums by two legends (Bruce Springsteen and Madonna) were unable to pull this off, as were the sophomore album by the red-hot Nicki Minaj, the debut album by teen dreams One Direction and the soundtrack to the year's top-grossing movie, The Hunger Games. Adele's 21 has held the top spot for nine weeks so far this year, but it was released in February 2011. Tuskegee, which pairs Richie with such country stars as Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, is the first "duets" album to top the chart for multiple weeks. Ray Charles' Genius Loves...

Review: Kip Moore distinguishes himself with debut

Kip Moore, "Up All Night" (MCA Nashville) On his debut album "Up All Night," country music newcomer Kip Moore manages to fit contemporary country music's narrow conventions, yet distinguishes himself with a musical vision of his own....