‘Tuskegee’ ascends to Billboard’s peak

Lionel Richie TuskegeeHello

Because of the sad demise of Dick Clark yesterday, our weekly review of Billboard has been pushed back to today.

Well, blow me down!  Last week I reported that I had been half-right on my expectation from two weeks back, i.e. that Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ would bump Mad-onna’s ‘MDNA’ from the peak on Billboard’s album charts.  Well, I was half-right last week and am half-right this week: ‘Tuskegee’ has indeed taken pole position!  The only surprise for me is that it didn’t happen earlier.  ‘Tuskegee’ is also no. 1 on Country Albums as well as Digital Albums.

Billboard attributes ‘Tuskegee’s climb to the CBS special “ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert” airing on Friday and sparking a demand for Richie’s album.  However, the fact is that it is on hype and manufactured publicity that heavily-promoted artistes’ albums, such as ‘MDNA’, take top spot upon release and then plummet.  ‘Tuskegee’, on the other hand, rose over two weeks and such a rise must primarily be attributed to quality and merit.  Bravo!

‘Tuskegee’s rise bumps Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ to no. 3 with Adele’s ’21′ holding at no. 2, as does One Direction’s ‘Up All Night’ at no. 5.  ‘MDNA’?  Don’t know where it’s gone; can’t find it!  Worthy of note, country singer Bonnie Raitt’s new album ‘Slipstream’ has debuted at no. 6 on the (‘open’) album charts.

On the topic of Billboard, the nominees for the Billboard Music Awards on 20th May have been announced.  Adele is in ‘win’ with eighteen, followed by LMFAO in ‘place’ with just one fewer.  Rihanna, with thirteen, is in ‘show position’.  Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne will be vying with Adele and Rihanna for the Top Artist award.  This award ceremony will have plenty of star-power as Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber and LMFAO are already scheduled to perform.  As for the awards, I have a feeling that Adele will be feeling veeery happy one month from now.

Nothing of note on the still-static Singles Charts except that fun’s ‘We are Young’ and Gotye’s ‘Somebody that I used to Know’ have swapped places at the top.  Hmm, I wonder if I was on to something when I had blogged that fun and Gotye have taken out “a long-term lease” with Billboard . . . .



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