Lionel Appears on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight
Lionel Richie Appears on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight
His New Album, Tuskegee, Poised to Debut at No. 1 on Country Albums Chart
NASHVILLE, TN – International music icon Lionel Richie sat down with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Wednesday night in Los Angeles for a wide-ranging interview that was filled with laughter and wonderful stories.
Morgan asked Richie about his new album Tuskegee, which will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart next week and has already hit No. 1 on the Canadian Nielsen SoundScan Top Album Chart. The album was released on Monday and has reached No. 1 on iTunes and Amazon album charts.
Tuskegee, which features 13 of his timeless hits performed as duets with country stars, is expected to reach No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200 chart, behind Madonna. The album is available in United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Europe and Australia, and was released to the rest of the world on Monday.
During Wednesday’s interview, Morgan asked Richie if he was truly as sensitive, romantic and loving as he appears.
“I am a hopeless romantic,” Richie says, noting that he was diagnosed as being “overly sensitive” when he was a child. “My mother was crying, ‘Oh my God, what are we going to do about this overly sensitive kid?’ So I would have made a terrible lawyer. But then once I started writing these songs, it automatically made sense to me….”
That sensitivity, as well as his uncanny ability to capture emotions in his songs with a brilliant simplicity, has helped him become one of the best-selling artists of all genres. His album sales have topped 100 million and he’s earned 22 Top 10s, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe, and a host of other awards.
He will be honored for his artistry and accomplishments on Monday, when the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions will tape an all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends--In Concert, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The show will air on CBS on April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT. Some of his greatest hits will be performed by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers and many more.
On Tuesday, April 2, he will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Billy Currington will join Lionel on the duet of “Just For You” for ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on April 4 and on The Talk on CBS on April 5.
On Tuskegee, Richie returns to his Southern roots to pay tribute to his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama, where he was indelibly shaped as a man and a musician. His duet partners on Tuskegee include Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Little Big Town.
On this worldwide, multi-genre album, Richie is also joined by the likes of such superstars as Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.
The deluxe edition of the album contains a DVD featuring exclusive behind-the-senes footage of the recording sessions with Richie and his duet partners.
Photographer Credit: Dirk Vanoucek