Lionel Richie hits #1 on Billboard album charts

He's age 62 and a quarter century past his commercial peak. His last album petered out with less than 100,000 units sold. While he's touched on country music throughout his career, he's known as a pop/R&B performer.  So how is it that Lionel Richie is sitting at the top of the Billboard album charts, jumping over Adele and now approaching a half million albums sold after three weeks, with his newest release, the country duet/greatest hits collection Tuskegee? (Click here to see our review).

He's age 62 and a quarter century past his commercial peak. His last album petered out with less than 100,000 units sold. While he's touched on country music throughout his career, he's known as a pop/R&B performer.  So how is it that Lionel Richie is sitting at the top of the Billboard album charts, jumping over Adele and now approaching a half million albums sold after three weeks, with his newest release, the country duet/greatest hits collection Tuskegee? (Click here to see our review).  Credit heavy marketing, especially on television, a surprisingly strong collection of performances with today's hot country music stars, and the goodwill that accrues to a star who has been part of our lives for four decades.

Congratulations, Lionel Richie.

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