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Born in 1949, Lionel Richie is a legendary American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, with a net worth of $200 million, as of 2016. Currently residing in Beverly Hills, California, Richie grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. Starting off his music career in 1968, Richie was a member of the funk and soul band, the Commodores. The band was a highly successful venture for the soul and R&B singer and was followed by an even more successful solo career. Lionel Richie went solo in 1982 and scored his first mega hit with Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World”, which he co-wrote. This record sold more than 20 million copies, making him an instant hit. Since then, his fame has only been eclipsed by the likes of pop prince, Michael Jackson and Prince. To this day, he continues to entertain wide audiences with his soulful numbers.
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One of the biggest-selling recording artists ever, the global megastar has made quite a name for himself. And his journey has been nothing short of inspirational.
Early Life and the Commodores
Richie graduated from the Joliet Township High School and was a star tennis player. Thanks to this, he managed to get a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute. As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a bunch of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968, he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. Soon after this, the Commodores signed a contract with Atlantic Records. After recording one song with Atlantic, the band moved to Motown Records, starting off as a supporting act to The Jackson 5. It wasn’t long after coming into the limelight that the Commodores became an established soul group. Their initial tracks such as “Machine Gun” and “Brick House” had a funky sound. Over the passage of time, Richie began writing music that had a more romantic feel to them with ballads such as “Easy”, “Still” and “Three Times a Lady”.
Towards the end of the 1970’s, Lionel Richie began writing music for other artists as well, such as “Lady” for Kenny Rogers that was a No. 1 hit in 1980. In 1981, his duet with Diana Ross for the film, Endless Love, was a megahit, and topped charts in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil and the US. The success of this musical work encouraged Richie to branch out and pursue a solo career.
In 1982, Lionel Richie released his self-titled solo album that had three major hits, “Truly”, “My Love” and “You Are”. The ballad “Truly” was a true Lionel Ritchie song, with stylistic elements that made him famous as part of the Commodores. This debut album hit #3 on the music charts and sold more than 4 million copies.
After this, Richie released his 1983 follow-up album, Can’t Slow Down, which was an even bigger success. It sold twice as many copies as the first album and won Richie two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Thanks to this album, Richie became a common name in mainstream media and the music industry.
Richie’s biggest hit came with “Hello” in 1984 – a sentimental and emotional love song that was a depiction of how far Lionel had evolved as an artist. In 1985, Richie wrote “Say You, Say Me” for the film White Nights and won an Oscar for it.
In 1986, Lionel released Dancing on the Ceiling, his last widely famous work, with multiple hits such as “Love Will Conquer All”, “Ballerina Girl” and “Se La”. By 1987, Richie was truly exhausted and decided to take some time out to take care of his father in Alabama. His father died in 1990, after which the R&B singer made his return to the recording studios. He released his first greatest hits album in 1992, called Back to Front.
After this, the artist stuck to a relatively relaxed schedule. He released Louder Than Words in 1996, followed by Time.
In recent years, Richie released his eight studio album called Coming Home on 12th September, 2006. The first single from this album, “I Call It Love” was a megahit and became his biggest hit in ten years. His ninth studio album called Just Go was released in 2009, followed by the tenth album, Tuskegee in 2012. This album returned him to the top again and was his first number one album in more than 25 years. It achieved Platinum status within six weeks of its release.
In addition to many successful albums, Lionel Ritchie has also performed at various events and television show throughout his career such as The Today Show, The National Memorial Day Concert in Washington in 2010 and the AFL Grand Final Replay in Australia in 2010.
Lionel Richie Concert Tickets
Kicking off on July 21, 2017 in Oakland, California, Lionel Richie embarked on his All The Hits tour with a special guest, Mariah Carey. Upcoming shows for this tour are going to take place all through November and December 2017. Subsequent shows will take place in March at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The shows that have already taken place have been in front of sold-out crowds. Mariah Carey has performed some of her top numbers, such as “I’m That Chick”, “Touch My Body” and “Heartbreaker” among others. This is followed by Lionel Richie taking the stage and playing some of his best songs from the time of the Commodores and his solo career. Smash singles like “You Are”, “Dancing on the Ceiling” and “Hello” are some of the songs that got fans roaring with excitement. If you want to experience all of this excitement firsthand, you need to get these Lionel Richie Concert tickets at the earliest!