Tuskegee (album)

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Tuskegee
Lionel Richie - Tuskegee.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 5, 2012 (2012-03-05)
GenreCountry, R&B, pop
LabelMercury
ProducerLionel Richie (also exec.), Dann Huff, Nathan Chapman, Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney, Tony Brown, Jason Owen (exec.), Dirk Vanoucek (assoc.)
Lionel Richie chronology
Just Go
(2009)
Tuskegee
(2012)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(74/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
About.com3/5 stars[2]
Allmusic3/5 stars[3]
BBC Music(favorable)[4]
The Boston Globe(favorable)[5]
Country Weekly5/5 stars[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[7]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[8]
The New York Times(favorable)[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Taste of Country4/5 stars[11]

Tuskegee is the tenth studio album by American singer Lionel Richie, released on March 5, 2012, on Mercury Records. The album consists entirely of reinterpretations of previously released songs by Richie, each performed with a different guest artist. It became Richie's third number-one album on the Billboard 200 and his first since Dancing on the Ceiling in 1986. Tuskegee also became Richie's first album to sell more than a million copies in the United States since Dancing on the Ceiling.

The album is named after the Alabama city where Richie was born and later completed his undergraduate degree at Tuskegee Institute.[12]

Singles[edit]

"Endless Love" featuring Shania Twain was released as the album's lead single in the United States on February 7, 2012. In Denmark, "Say You, Say Me" featuring Rasmus Seebach was released as the first single on February 22, 2012.

Four promotion singles — "Easy" featuring Willie Nelson, "Just for You" featuring Billy Currington, "Stuck on You" featuring Darius Rucker, and "Hello" featuring Jennifer Nettles — were released in advance of the album.[13]

Although it was not released as a single, "Deep River Woman" featuring Little Big Town, charted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart from unsolicited airplay and reached a peak of number 60. It was also the only song from the album to make an appearance on the chart, though the album's lead single, "Endless Love," was a Top 20 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album was an unexpected hit. It debuted in the United States at number two on the Billboard 200 behind Madonna's MDNA. Tuskegee sold 199,000 copies in its first week, becoming Lionel Richie's best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991.[14] The following week the album sold 95,000 copies and fell two places to number four.[15] In its third week on the chart Tuskegee rose to number one, selling 129,000 copies. It is Richie's third number-one album and his first since Dancing on the Ceiling (1986).[16] Tuskegee was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on May 3, 2012, for shipments of one million units in the US. As of December 2012, it has sold 1,071,000 copies.[17]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 19,320 copies. It is Lionel Richie's eleventh top 10 album there.[18] In Canada, the album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 18,000 copies.[19]

2012 Tour[edit]

In support of the album, Lionel Richie announced a 2012 tour starting in Aberdeen and touring throughout Europe.

Set List

  1. Intro Hello (remix)
  2. All Around the World
  3. Penny Lover
  4. Easy
  5. Ballerina Girl
  6. Still
  7. Truly
  8. Stuck On You
  9. Dancing on the Ceiling
  10. Three Times a Lady
  11. You Are (duet with Waylon)
  12. Se La
  13. Sail On
  14. Machine Gun
  15. Lady (You Bring Me Up)
  16. Endless Love
  17. Brick House
  18. Fire (Ohio Players)
  19. My Destiny
  20. Say You, Say Me
  21. Running With the Night
  22. Hello
  23. All Night Long
  24. Goodbye

Track listing[edit]

North American edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."You Are" (with Blake Shelton)Lionel Richie, Brenda Harvey RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
2."Say You, Say Me" (with Jason Aldean)Lionel RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
3."Stuck on You" (with Darius Rucker)Lionel RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
4."Deep River Woman" (with Little Big Town)Lionel RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
5."My Love" (with Kenny Chesney)Lionel RichieBuddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney and Lionel Richie 
6."Dancing on the Ceiling" (with Rascal Flatts)Richie, Carlos Rios, Michael FrenchikDann Huff and Lionel Richie 
7."Hello" (with Jennifer Nettles)Lionel RichieNathan Chapman and Lionel Richie 
8."Sail On" (with Tim McGraw)Lionel RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
9."Endless Love" (with Shania Twain)Lionel RichieNathan Chapman and Lionel Richie 
10."Just for You" (with Billy Currington)Lionel Richie, Paul Barry, Mark TaylorDann Huff and Lionel Richie 
11."Lady" (with Kenny Rogers)Lionel RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
12."Easy" (with Willie Nelson)Lionel RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
13."All Night Long" (with Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefer Band)Lionel RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 

British edition[edit]

  • The Deluxe Edition includes a bonus DVD featuring the making of the record, artist interviews and behind the scenes footage.

German edition[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Tom Bukovac - guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 10 to 14)
  • Buddy Cannon - backing vocals (track 5)
  • Chris Carmichael – strings, string arrangement (track 2)
  • Perry Coleman - backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Chad Cromwell - drums (tracks 1 to 4, 7 to 9, 11 to 14)
  • Dan Dugmore - steel guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Paul Franklin - steel guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 10 to 14)
  • Kenny Greenberg - guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Robert Greenidge - steel drums (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Doyle Grisham - steel guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Tina Gullickson - backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Roger Guth - drums (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Kim Keyes - backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • John Jarvis - keyboards (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • John Lovell - trumpet (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Mac McAnally - guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14), backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Ralph MacDonald - percussion (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Jim Mayer - bass (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14), backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Peter Mayer - guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14), backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Gordon Mote - keyboards (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Steve Nathan - keyboards (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Willie Nelson - guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Mickey Raphael - harmonica (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Michael Rhodes - bass (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Lionel Richie - vocals, keyboards (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Chris Rodriguez - backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Nadirah Shakoor - backing vocals (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas - bass (tracks 1 to 4, 6, 8, 10 to 14)
  • Ilya Toshinsky - guitar (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • Michael Utley - keyboards (tracks 1 to 4, 8, 11 to 14)
  • John Willis - acoustic guitar (track 5)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[47] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[48] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[49] Platinum 1,071,000[17]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Denmark[50] March 5, 2012 CD, digital download Mercury Records, Universal Music
United Kingdom
United States[13] March 26, 2012 Universal Music Nashville

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