Not surprisingly, Madonna’s latest, MDNA, tops the Billboard 200 albums charts this week with 359,000 copies sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan), reports Billboard. But with his Tuskegee — a duets album of his hits alongside country stars — Lionel Richie comes in right behind the Material Girl’s 8th No. 1 album, selling 199,000 copies of his record during its opening week.
Lionel’s not the only legacy artist making big waves on the charts this week, though. Nestled between the Adeles and Katy Perrys of the world is Bruce Springsteen, whose Wrecking Ball album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last month. This week, the album slides into the Top 10 at No. 9 with 28,000 copies sold, down from No. 6 last week. Wrecking Ball has sold a total of 320,060 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Much further down the charts we find Sir Paul McCartney, whose album of standards — Kisses on the Bottom — comes in at No. 58 this week. Released in February, Macca’s latest peaked at No. 8 and has sold 191,075 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s up from a No. 79 position last week, though.
In Beatle-related chart news, today (April 4) marks the 48th anniversary of the Fab Four’s extraordinary chart record on a different Billboard list, the Hot 100 singles chart. On April 4, 1964, a certain mop-topped group from Liverpool became the first — and to this day, only — artist to place five singles in the top five spots of the Hot 100. They were as follows: “Can’t Buy Me Love” at No. 1, “Twist and Shout” at No. 2, “She Loves You” at No. 3, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at No. 4, “Please Please Me” at No. 5. As Billboard points out, the chart ascent of “Can’t Buy Me Love” was particularly noteworthy, as the single went from No. 27 to No. 1 in just one week.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local