Madonna Charts Eighth #1 Album With ‘MDNA’

Two icons who rose to prominence in the 1980s lock down the top two spots on the album chart this week, as Madonna’s MDNA and Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee debut at #1 and #2 on Billboard‘s Top 200, respectively. Her Madgesty’s 12th studio album sold 359,000 copies in its first week — up from the 280,000 that her last LP Hard Candy opened with in 2008 — and thus becomes her eighth chart-topping album in the US. Richie’s country-tinged tenth album Tuskegee debuts with 199,000 sold. Madonna’s opening-week sales were aided by the fact that concert-goers who purchased tickets to her fall North American tour were given the option of receiving either a physical CD or digital download copy of MDNA. Those who opted for the album therefore contributed to the 359,000 total copies sold.

Madonna’s chart-topping albums, to date, are as follows:

1. Like A Virgin (1984) 2. True Blue (1986) 3. Like A Prayer (1989) 4. Music (2000) 5. American Life (2003) 6. Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005) 7. Hard Candy (2008) 8. MDNA (2012)

Here’s how the rest of her studio LPs charted:

1. Madonna (1983), #8 2. Erotica (1992), #2 3. Bedtime Stories (1994), #3 4. Ray Of Light (1998), #2

Two other albums crashed into the Top 10 this week: Shinedown’s fourth offering Amaryllis (#4, 106,000) and Vulnerable (#8, 32,000), the fifth LP from Utah rockers The Used.

The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart

1. Madonna, MDNA *new* *1 week* 2. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee *new* 3. Adele, 21 4. Shinedown, Amaryllis *new* 5. Various, The Hunger Games soundtrack 6. One Direction, Up All Night 7. Katy Perry, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection 8. The Used, Vulnerable *new* 9. Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball 10. Various, Now 41