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Tuskegee is the tenth solo album by American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, released on March 5, 2012 through 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]


"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 at 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

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

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

North American edition

1."You Are" (with Blake Shelton)Lionel Richie, Brenda Harvey RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
2."Say You, Say Me" (with Jason Aldean)RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
3."Stuck on You" (with Darius Rucker)RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
4."Deep River Woman" (with Little Big Town)RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
5."My Love" (with Kenny Chesney)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)RichieNathan Chapman and Lionel Richie 
8."Sail On" (with Tim McGraw)RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
9."Endless Love" (with Shania Twain)RichieNathan Chapman and Lionel Richie 
10."Just for You" (with Billy Currington)Richie, Paul Barry, Mark TaylorDann Huff and Lionel Richie 
11."Lady" (with Kenny Rogers)RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
12."Easy" (with Willie Nelson)RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 
13."All Night Long" (with Jimmy Buffett and Coral Reefer Band)RichieTony Brown and Lionel Richie 

British edition

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

German edition



Special Guests
  • Jason Aldean – duet vocals on "Say You, Say Me"
  • Jimmy Buffett – lead vocals on "All Night Long"
  • Kenny Chesney – duet vocals on "My Love"
  • Billy Currington – duet vocals on "Just for You"
  • Jay DeMarcus – bass guitar and background vocals on "Dancing On the Ceiling"
  • Karen Fairchild – vocals on "Deep River Woman"
  • Robert Greenidge – steel drums on "All Night Long"
  • Doyle Grisham – steel guitar on "All Night Long"
  • Tina Gullickson – background vocals on "All Night Long"
  • Roger Guth – drums on "All Night Long"
  • Gary LeVox – lead vocals on "Dancing On the Ceiling"
  • John Lovell – trumpet on "All Night Long"
  • Ralph MacDonald – percussion on "All Night Long"
  • Jim Mayer – bass guitar and background vocals on "All Night Long"
  • Peter Mayer – electric guitar and background vocals on "All Night Long"
  • Mac McAnally – acoustic guitar and background vocals on "All Night Long"
  • Tim McGraw – duet vocals on "Sail On"
  • Willie Nelson – acoustic guitar and duet vocals on "Easy"
  • Jennifer Nettles – duet vocals on "Hello"
  • Kenny Rogers – duet vocals on "Lady"
  • Joe Don Rooney – electric guitar and background vocals on "Dancing On the Ceiling"
  • Darius Rucker – duet vocals on "Stuck On You"
  • Kimberly Schlapman – vocals on "Deep River Woman"
  • Nadirah Shakoor – background vocals on "All Night Long"
  • Blake Shelton – duet vocals on "You Are"
  • Phillip Sweet – vocals on "Deep River Woman"
  • Shania Twain – duet vocals on "Endless Love"
  • Michael Utley – keyboards on "All Night Long"
  • Jimi Westbrook – vocals on "Deep River Woman"

Charts and certifications


Chart (2012) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[22] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[23] 1
Danish Albums Chart[24] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[25] 10
French Albums Chart[26] 134
Irish Albums Chart[27] 42
Norwegian Albums Chart[28] 26
Swedish Albums Chart 10
Swiss Albums Chart[29] 58
UK Albums Chart[30] 7
US Billboard 200[16] 1
US Billboard Country Albums[31] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2012) Position
Australian Albums Chart[32] 77
Canadian Albums Chart[33] 23
Dutch Albums Chart[34] 75
US Billboard 200[35] 9
US Country Albums Chart[35] 3
US Digital Albums Chart[35] 24


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[38] Gold 10,000^
United States (RIAA)[39] Platinum 1,071,000[17]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
Tailgates & Tanlines by Luke Bryan
Changed by Rascal Flatts
Top Country Albums number-one album
April 14, 2012
April 28–May 12, 2012
Succeeded by
Changed by Rascal Flatts
Blown Away by Carrie Underwood

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label
Denmark[40] 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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