Recording artist Madonna performs at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as she tours in support of her album, “MDNA” October 13, 2012 in Las Vegas
*Madonna’s own fans turned on her in New Orleans over the weekend when she told the crowd at her concert to vote for Barack Obama.
“I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama,” she said, before a chorus of boos rang out amid cheers.
She then walked it back a bit.
“Seriously, I don’t care who you vote for as long as you take responsibility for the future of your country … Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote,” she continued.
This is not the first time Madonna has drawn criticism for making a political statement during her MDNA tour: in May, she attracted the ire of French politician Marine Le Pen for superimposing a swastika over her face as part of a video montage, while in September she confused fans at a show in Washington DC by sarcastically calling Barack Obama a “black Muslim.”
*Nicki Minaj this week earns her second consecutive No.1 album, as “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” sold 253,000 copies to top the Billboard Albums Chart.
The album unseated last week’s No. 1 album, Madonna’s “MDNA,” which features Minaj in the set’s first single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.” Madonna not only lost the top spot, but she set a record for the biggest fall off in history. “MDNA” sold just 48,000 copies in its second week to fall to No. 8 on the chart. It represented an 87 percent drop in sales, the largest in SoundScan history.
At No. 2 is Adele, who sold 153,000 copies of her sophomore record “21” – a rise of 26 percent for its 59th week in the chart. No.3 belonged to country trio Rascal Flatts, whose album “Changed” sold 130,000 copies.
Minaj is likely to keep her position at the top of the charts next week, as the only new faces will be blues rock veteran Bonnie Raitt and Florence And The Machine’s “Unplugged” album.
*It’s the 80s all over again atop the Billboard 200 chart this week.
Madonna’s new album “MDNA” sold 359,000 copies in its first week to earn her fifth straight No. 1, while another 50-something 80s icon, Lionel Richie, saw his latest set “Tuskegee” place No. 2 with his best sales week since 1986.
The album – which features country versions of Richie’s classics via duets with such artists as Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, and Shania Twain – sold 199,000 copies in its first seven days. To put that in perspective, consider this: Richie’s last album, 2009′s “Just Go,” sold 95,000 copies total to date.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the country community backed Richie 100 percent in the months leading up to “Tuskegee‘s” release. Back in November, the CMAs put together a Lionel Richie medley, in which the star joined fellow African-American country star Darius Rucker on stage. This past weekend, Richie sang with Blake Shelton at the ACM Awards.
In between those two shows, he’s been on a nonstop publicity tour: Richie has appeared on Today, on The Voice alongside Christina Aguilera, on his own CMT special, and he has performed on both “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show with Dave Letterman.”
He has also been announced as a mentor on ABC’s upcoming singing competition “Duets” alongside Jennifer Nettles, with whom he also duets on Tuskegee. As Richie says in this week’s edition of EW, on stands Friday, “When I walked in the door [to make a country album], Nashville showed up.”
View the full Top 10 below:
1. Madonna, MDNA – 359,000
2. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee – 199,000
3. Adele, 21 – 121,000
4. Shinedown, Amaryllis – 106,000
5. Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond – 64,000