Lionel Richie debuts at No. 1

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Lionel Richie’s album of country twang debuted with a bang on the Canadian charts this week.

The music icon’s latest disc, "Tuskegee," a collection of his hits reinvented alongside some of the genre’s biggest stars including Shania Twain, blasted to No. 1 on sales of 18,000, according to Neilsen SoundScan numbers.

It marks Richie’s first No. 1 album in the SoundScan era.

The soundtrack to the popular Quebec talent show "Star Academie" (17,000) came up one position to No. 2, while last week’s top dog, One Direction (14,000), went in the wrong direction, sliding down two spots to No. 3.

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Adele’s "21" held on strong at No. 4, the "Hunger Games" soundtrack premiered at No. 5, and Johnny Reid’s "Fire It Up" wasn’t running on all cylinders, plummeting four levels to No. 6.

The Shins’ critically acclaimed "Port of Morrow" checked in at No. 7, Mes Aieux’s "A l’aube du printemps" sank three to No. 8, likewise with Bruce Springsteen’s "Wrecking Ball" at No. 9, and Whitney Houston’s "The Essential Whitney Houston" hung on at No. 10.

In the U.S., the "Hunger Games" soundtrack debuted in first, followed by Adele in second, the Shins in third, One Direction in fourth, and Odd Future’s "The OF Tape Vol. 2" in fifth.