On The Charts: Lionel Richie, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen
While Madonna makes a grand fall on the Billboard 200 album chart this week (from No. 1 to No. 8, with an 86.7 percent decrease in sales of her MNDA), Lionel Richie stays in the top 10, down from No. 2 to No. 4 this week with his countryfied classic covers collection, Tuskegee.
As for other classic artists, Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball remains a fixture in in the top 20, though falling from No. 9 to No. 18 this week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, which has sold 342,084 copies to date, debuted at No. 1 last month and stayed there for just one week — a point Springsteen has been joking about in his live shows.
Rock Hall of Famer Dr. John, influential though not always commercially big, makes the highest chart debut of his lengthy career this week, coming in at No. 33 on the Billboard 200 with Locked Down. The album’s been lauded as John’s best album in four decades by of Rolling Stone, thanks in part to production and collaboration with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. Interestingly enough, John comes in on the charts right above the Black Keys’ December album, El Camino.
Paul McCartney falls nearly 20 spots this week — from No. 58 to No. 86 — yet still remains in the top 100, two months after the release of his Kisses on the Bottom.
–Jillian Mapes, CBS Local