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