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Lionel Richie

After leaving the Commodores, Lionel Richie became one of the most successful male solo artists of the '80s, arguably eclipsed during his 1981-1987 heyday only by Michael Jackson and Prince. Richie dominated the pop charts during that period with an incredible run of 13 consecutive Top Ten hits, five of them number ones. As his popularity skyrocketed, Richie moved further away from his R&B origins and concentrated more on adult contemporary balladry, which had been one of his strengths even as part of the Commodores. After 1987, Richie fell silent, taking an extended break from recording and touring before beginning a comeback toward the end of the '90s. He settled into a relaxed recording and touring schedule. Through the early 2010s, his albums switched between sophisticated R&B, surprisingly pop-oriented material, and even contemporary country.

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr., was born on June 20, 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama, and grew up on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute, where most of his family had worked for two generations prior. While attending college there, Richie joined the Commodores, who went on to become the most successful act on the Motown label during the latter half of the '70s. Richie served as a saxophonist, sometime vocalist, and songwriter, penning ballads like "Easy," "Three Times a Lady," and "Still" (the latter two became the group's only number one pop hits). Although the Commodores maintained a democratic band structure through most of their chart run, things began to change when the '70s became the '80s. In 1980, Richie wrote and produced country-pop singer Kenny Rogers' across-the-board number one smash "Lady," and the following year, Richie's duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love" (recorded for the Brooke Shields film of the same title), became the most successful single in Motown history, topping the charts for a stunning nine weeks. With the media's attention now focused exclusively on Richie, tensions within the Commodores began to mount, and before the end of 1981, Richie decided to embark on a solo career.

Richie immediately set about recording his solo debut for Motown. Titled simply Lionel Richie, the album was released in late 1982 and was an immediate smash, reaching number three on the pop charts on its way to sales of over four million copies. It spun off three Top Five pop hits, including the first single, "Truly," which became Richie's first solo number one. If Lionel Richie made its creator a star, the follow-up, Can't Slow Down, made him a superstar. Boasting five Top Ten singles, including the number ones "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello," Can't Slow Down hit number one, eventually sold over ten million copies, and won the 1984 Grammy for Album of the Year. Such was Richie's stature that he was invited to perform at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, a spectacular stage event that was broadcast worldwide.

In 1985, Richie put his superstar status to work for a greater good, joining Michael Jackson in co-writing the USA for Africa charity single "We Are the World"; the all-star recording helped raise millions of dollars for famine relief. By the end of the year, he was on top of the charts again with "Say You, Say Me," a ballad recorded for the film White Nights but not included on the soundtrack album. The song was slated to be the title track on Richie's upcoming album, but delays in the recording process prevented the record from being released until August 1986, by which time the title was changed to Dancing on the Ceiling (in order to promote Richie's next single release). Three more Top Tens followed "Say You, Say Me," as did "Se La," which became the first of Richie's solo singles not to reach the pop Top Ten. Overall, Dancing on the Ceiling didn't match the success of Can't Slow Down, but it still sold an impressive four million copies, although Richie's reputation for sentimental ballads was beginning to incur a backlash in some quarters.

Richie's nine-year streak of writing at least one number one single (a feat matched only by Irving Berlin) came to an end in 1987. As a matter of fact, Richie all but disappeared from the music business, exhausted after two decades of recording and performing, and also occupied with taking care of his ailing father. Richie's silence was broken in 1992, when Motown released a compilation titled Back to Front; in addition to some of his solo hits and a few Commodores tracks, Back to Front also featured three new songs, including the number one R&B hit "Do It to Me."

Richie wasn't bitten by the recording bug again until 1996, by which time he'd endured his share of personal loss: his father had passed away, and his marriage to wife Brenda -- the muse behind some of his most successful ballads -- had fallen apart. In approaching his comeback, Richie attempted to update his sound to reflect a decade's worth of developments in R&B. The result, Louder Than Words, was a moderate success, reaching the Top 30 and going gold. However, it didn't produce any major hit singles, and Richie's nods to contemporary production trends were criticized as awkward. Released in 1998, Time found Richie in a more familiar element, relying on his signature sound with only slight musical updates. However, the album flopped, spending only a few weeks in the lower reaches of the charts.

Richie's next album, Renaissance, was released to a favorable reception in Europe in late 2000; it was issued in the U.S. in early 2001. It fared best in the U.K., where it went platinum. Three years later, on the heels of enduring a very public and bitter divorce with his second wife, Richie released Just for You, another album that was most successful in the U.K. The 2006 album Coming Home -- released the same year his popularity in certain Arab states was covered by mainstream media outlets -- found him working with an all-star cast of collaborators including Jermaine Dupri, Raphael Saadiq, Sean Garrett, and Dallas Austin. In the U.S., it reached the Top 10 of the pop and R&B charts. The wholly modern Just Go, released in 2009, featured assistance from Stargate, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, and Akon. His next release was much different: 2012's Tuskegee featured fully countrified updates of hits from his past, including "Easy" (with Willie Nelson), "Hello" (with Jennifer Nettles), and "Dancing on the Ceiling" (with Rascal Flatts). The album reached the top of the U.S. pop and country charts. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Tuskegee

1. You Are (2012 Version)

2. Say You, Say Me (2012 Version)

3. Stuck On You (2012 Version)

4. Deep River Woman (2012 Version)

5. My Love (2012 Version)

6. Dancing On The Ceiling (2012 Version)

7. Hello (2012 Version)

8. Sail On (2012 Version)

9. Endless Love (2012 Version)

10. Just For You (2012 Version)

11. Lady (2012 Version)

12. Easy (2012 Version)

13. All Night Long (2012 Version)

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Track List: Just Go

1. Forever

2. Just Go (Feat. Akon)

3. Nothing Left To Give (Feat. Akon)

4. Forever And A Day

5. I'm Not Okay

6. Good Morning

7. Through My Eyes

8. I'm In Love

9. Think Of You

10. Into You Deep

11. Pastime

12. Face In The Crowd (Duet With Trijnt Je Oosterhuis)

13. Somewhere In London

14. Eternity

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Track List: Coming Home

1. I Call It Love

2. Sweet Vacation

3. Why

4. What You Are

5. Up All Night

6. I'm Coming Home

7. All Around The World

8. Out Of My Head

9. Reason To Believe

10. Stand Down

11. I Love You

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Track List: Gold: Lionel Richie / Commodores

Disc 1

1. All Night Long (All Night)

2. Penny Lover

3. Say You, Say Me

4. My Destiny

5. Running With The Night

6. Dancing On The Ceiling

7. Love Oh Love

8. Ballerina Girl

9. My Love

10. Love Will Conquer All

11. Do It To Me

12. Cinderella

13. Angel

14. Don't Wanna Lose You

15. Sweet Love

16. Oh No

Disc 2

17. Hello

19. Three Times A Lady

21. Stuck On You

22. You Are

23. Truly

25. Still

27. Lady (You Bring Me Up)

29. Brick House

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Track List: Encore - Live At Wembley Arena

1. Hello (Live)

2. Running With The Night (Live)

3. Penny Lover (Live)

4. Easy (Live)

5. Dancing On The Ceiling (Live)

6. Stuck On You (Live)

7. Brick House (Live)

8. Three Times A Lady (Live)

9. All Night Long (All Night) (Live)

10. Say You, Say Me (Live)

11. Angel (Live)

12. Still (Live)

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Track List: Just For You

1. Just For You

2. I Still Believe

3. Just To Be With You Again

4. She's Amazing

5. Ball And Chain

6. The World Is A Party

8. Outrageous

9. Road To Heaven

10. Dance For The World

12. In My Dreams

13. One World

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Track List: Renaissance

1. Angel

2. Cinderella

3. Tender Heart

4. Dance The Night Away

5. Tonight

6. How Long

7. Don't You Ever Go Away

8. Wasted Time

9. Piece Of My Heart

10. It May Be The Water

11. Here Is My Heart

12. Don't Stop The Music

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Track List: Time

1. Zoomin'

2. I Hear Your Voice

3. Touch

4. Forever

5. Everytime

6. Time

7. To The Rhythm

8. Stay

9. The Way I Feel

10. Closest Thing To Heaven

11. Someday

12. Lady

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Track List: Louder Than Words

1. Piece Of Love

2. Still In Love

3. I Wanna Take You Down

4. Can't Get Over You

5. Change

6. Nothing Else Matters

7. Ordinary Girl

8. Say I Do

9. Paradise

10. Don't Wanna Lose You

11. Lovers At First Sight

12. Climbing

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Track List: Dancing On The Ceiling

1. Dancing On The Ceiling

2. Sela

3. Ballerina Girl

4. Don't Stop

5. Deep River Woman

6. Love Will Conquer All

7. Tonight Will Be Alright

8. Say You, Say Me

9. Night Train

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Track List: Dancing On The Ceiling (Bonus Tracks)

1. Dancing On The Ceiling

2. Se La

3. Ballerina Girl

4. Don't Stop

5. Deep River Woman

6. Love Will Conquer All

7. Tonight Will Be Alright

8. Say You, Say Me

9. Night Train (Smooth Alligator)

10. Dancing On The Ceiling (12 Inch Version)

11. Se La (12 Inch Version)

12. Don't Stop (12 Inch Version)

13. Love Will Conquer All (12 Inch Version)

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Track List: Can't Slow Down (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Can't Slow Down

2. All Night Long (All Night)

3. Penny Lover

4. Stuck On You

5. Love Will Find A Way

6. The Only One

7. Running With The Night

8. Hello

9. All Night Long (All Night) (12-Inch Version)

10. Penny Lover (7-Inch Single Remix)

11. All Night Long (All Night) (Instrumental)

12. Running With The Night (Instrumental)

Disc 2
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Track List: Can't Slow Down

1. Can't Slow Down

2. All Night Long (All Night)

3. Penny Lover

4. Stuck On You

5. Love Will Find A Way

6. The Only One

7. Running With The Night

8. Hello

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Track List: Lionel Richie (Bonus Tracks)

1. Serves You Right

2. Wandering Stranger

3. Tell Me

4. My Love

5. Round And Round

6. Truly

7. You Are

8. You Mean More To Me

9. Just Put Some Love In Your Heart

10. Endless Love (Solo Demo)

11. You Are (Instrumental)

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Track List: Lionel Richie

1. Serves You Right

2. Wandering Stranger

3. Tell Me

4. My Love

5. Round And Round

6. Truly

7. You Are

8. You Mean More To Me

9. Just Put Some Love In Your Heart

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Track List: Coming Home (Album Sampler)

1. I Call It Love

2. What You Are

3. Sweet Vacation

4. I'm Coming Home

5. Why

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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
I know sometimes don't have blinders on just need to take off their sunglasses!! But who ever you are if it feels right and you will know it,,, life is to short you just need to connivence yourself you deserve to think of yourself and that doesn't mean you won't accomplish the things you really do have to accomplish but go a different path!! Just get to the right place is what matters,, and you will know you are at the right place when you get there and you open the door and know you are finally
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elliecupcake 2 0 1 5
BRIAN !! I ""TRULY " I believe you !! We need to "" TRULY"" believe each other !!!
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Everybody wants me to be what they want me to be. I'm not happy when I try to fake it. So true. I am going to be me, and not what others think I should be.
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I need you with me now and we will be together my Mike your mimi
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I' wouldn't hold anyone but you in my life I want your love to keep us warm my Mike your mimi
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show me how much you love me my darling Mike your mimibeb
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you blow my mind baby mike you are the best your mimi
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if you were here my love I would give you the greatest supper you have ever had I may not make alot of money but you will be fed good my Mike your mimi
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LIONEL...... . . . . .
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I'll stay as long as it takes to get you in my life I want to want to move on with you my Mike and mimi
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Night Lionel ;)
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I really like Lionel
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My Love ....
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we will be in love forever and ever my love Mike your mimi
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Hello!!!
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Lionel Richie/Commo d o r e s , one of my favorites ever. Love their music.
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I'll be here waiting for you my love mimi
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great artist
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I want to stay together with you show me how to love you too Mimi mike
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I will show you what love is you can show me too mimi
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I had one of the songs on his 'Can't Slow Down' album as my wedding song in 1988. Love Lionel --
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youngbloodne w c r e a t i o n
Never has he ever made a bad song
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you terned in the most more hansom every time I see mimi
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lizabdiaz
Hello♡♡
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Truly .... Love this oldie :(
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I love his different sounds. "Hello" is my favorite by him.
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To the future legend.lione l Richie...
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laboy.norma
I love the diversity of his songs... I swear he sounds like a country artist in this one!
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Love all his songs ,''Truely'' ... Beautiful ...
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Kiss your hand 5 times post this on 2 other songs a pink or a blue iPhone will be under your pillow
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goodnight my love I'll be happy when we can say goodnight n our bed thank-you for loving me the way you do love mimi
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Still....Thi s song always haves me in tears :'( love this oldie
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Oh No ... Love this Jam ....
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Luv it
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Hello, he is a real singer!!!
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Hello good song
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Love it
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Great song by a great singer, performer. If you are not moving to this song, please check your pulse!!!!
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Beautiful , Hello is me your looking for ?? My arms are open wide , I want to tell u so much ''I Love You ''❤️❤️
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Still ;)
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Stuck on you , so beautiful ... ❤️❤️❤️
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lionel Richie God isLove
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Say you say me
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