Lionel Richie's return to the top spot on Billboard Hot 200 after more than 25 years is not just a brief No. 1 visit. The Motown artist might not directly enter No. 1 on the U.S. album chart in the first two weeks after releasing his new album "Tuskegee", but once he takes over the first position, he grasps it firmly for two consecutive weeks.
By extending his reign, Richie holds off Jason Mraz from ruling the list. The "Endless Love" hitmaker stays at the penthouse by adding another 114,000 copies (down 11%) with his country crossover album, while the "I Won't Give Up" crooner settles at the runner-up position with "Love Is a Four Letter Word" which opens with 102,000.
Although Mraz falls short of topping the weekly rundown and scoring his first chart topper, celebrations are still in order for the singer since he posts his highest chart entry and his best sales week. He first broke the top 5 on the chart with his 2005 album "Mr. A-Z", and then bowed at No. 3 with its 2008 follow-up "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things" (73,000).
The second-highest chart entry of this week is Train. Three years after releasing "Save Me San Francisco", the band fronted by Pat Monahan are back with "California 37" and they land at No. 4 with 76,000 in its opening week. Another new entry, Future's "Pluto", comes in at No. 8 with 41,000 copies sold.