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Chartbreaker: Madonna's MDNA outsells Lionel Richie's Tuskegee (what year is this again?)

Madonna nabs the top spot on the Billboard 200 with her new album, MDNA. The set, her twelfth studio album, is also her eighth number-one; Madonna is now second only to Barbra Streisand with the number of top albums, and even then Babz only leads by one. MDNA shifted 359,000...
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Madonna nabs the top spot on the Billboard 200 with her new album, MDNA. The set, her twelfth studio album, is also her eighth number-one; Madonna is now second only to Barbra Streisand with the number of top albums, and even then Babz only leads by one. MDNA shifted 359,000 copies, nearly 80,000 more than her previous studio album, Hard Candy, from 2008.

Thanks no doubt to his recent appearance on the Home Shopping Network, Lionel Richie grabs the second-place spot with his album of country covers and country collaborations, called Tuskegee. It's his first album to chart within the top two since releasing Dancing On The Ceilingin 1986. Tuskegee, however, is almost 160,000 copies short of MDNA's sales.

Across the pond, MDNA also debuted at number one in the U.K., causing Madonna to best Elvis' career record for total number of U.K. number-one albums. This Sunday, when the Official Charts of the U.K. are refreshed, Nicki Minaj looks to debut her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, at the top.

For UK singles, Chris Brown's "Turn Up The Music" holds at number one for a second week, followed by Sean Paul's "She Doesn't Mind" and Minaj's "Starships." "Call Me Maybe," meanwhile, by Carly Rae Jepsen is on track to dethrone Brown from the top spot come Sunday.

Back at home, fun.'s "We Are Young" takes a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100. Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" follows at number two, boosted by 521,000 digital sales -- more than Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" did last year, making it the fourth greatest mover in the history of digital sales.

"Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra rises one spot to number three, while British import The Wanted's "Glad You Came" drops one spot for the first time, to number four. Rounding out the top ten are Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Minaj's "Starships," Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" featuring Sia, Katy Perry's "Part Of Me," "One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" at numbers five through ten, respectively. This is Jepsen's first time cracking the top ten, as "Call Me Maybe" jumps eight spots from eighteen.

Next week we can anticipate Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded to open on the Billboard 200 at number one, while Bieber's "Boyfriend" just may be the track to end fun.'s reign at the top of the singles chart.



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