Another Richie family beef. In an open press release, New Found Glory have called out Lionel Richie over the title of his comeback album, Coming Home. It reads in part, "Congrats this week on the release of your new CD Coming Home ? what an awesome title! Sounds familiar though, where did we hear that before? Oh yeah, it's the name of our new CD which drops Tues, Sept 19. Together we have the same CD title out in the same month. Pure genius! Anyway, we know it is too late for you to change your album title, but we expect a call before your next album comes out. If you don't, our follow up to Coming Home may be entitled Dancing on the Ceiling with such original punk rock songs as 'Say You, Say Me' and 'All Night Long.'"
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Lionel Richie at its 25th Annual Pop Music Awards on April 9th at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Richie will be presented with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is presented to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. The invitation-only gala will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007. Commenting on Richie, ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman said, "As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Pop Awards, we are especially proud to spotlight the achievements of ASCAP member Lionel Richie. He is an iconic music creator whose enduring and instantly recognizable songs say, 'America' around the world." Lionel Richie, a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, joined a rhythm & blues band called the Commodores as a saxophonist. During the late 1970s and early 80s, Richie's original songs would bring the Commodores success after success on both the Pop and R&B charts with such hits as "Easy," "Still," "Three Times a Lady" and "Sail On." His best-selling albums, "Lionel Richie," "Can't Slow Down" and "Dancing on the Ceiling" were filled with chart-topping hits written by Richie, including "You Are," "Truly," "All Night Long (All Night)," "Hello," "Penny Lover," "Running with the Night," "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "Ballerina Girl." Richie also co-wrote, with Michael Jackson, the USA for Africa anthem, "We Are the World." Richie is a three-time ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year honoree. He earned the coveted prize at the very first Pop Music Awards in 1984, and again in 1985 and 1986. Steve Miller, one of the most beloved rock & roll stars of the past four decades, will also be honored with Richie. Previous ASCAP Golden Note Award honorees include Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J and George Michael, among others. The songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2007 will be honored at the awards ceremony. Top awards will be given to 'Songwriter of the Year,' 'Song of the Year' and 'Publisher of the Year,' in addition to the presentation of the 'ASCAP Vanguard Award,' which recognizes the impact of musical genres which help shape the future of American music. The 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards is part of ASCAP's "I Create Music Week" -- an entire week of events being held in Los Angeles to celebrate the voice of the music creator. More details to be announced.
Lionel Richie blames himself for his daughter Nicole's alarming weight loss, claiming she is suffering from trauma and stress caused by his divorce. The Hello star admits he has been worried about Nicole's weight for a while, and was relieved when she finally admitted she had a problem and is seeking help. Richie says: "When I saw how thin she was, I was concerned and worried. I would love to see her with more meat on her. "When Nicole worries, she doesn't eat - that's just the way she is. She is very sensitive and has been through a very tough time. Our divorce was difficult for her. "When you go through trauma, you either gain a lot of weight or you lose it." Nicole said last week: "I know I'm too thin, so I don't want any girl looking at me and saying: 'That's what I want to look like'. I'm not happy with the way I look. I have a problem and I want to fix it."
R&B veteran Lionel Richie’s first concert DVD, Live in Paris, which premiered on PBS television pledge drives across the country this month as part of the prestigious Great Performances series, will be released commercially by Island Records on September 11th. The concert, taped at the Bercy Arena in May 2007, will be available on DVD (with 19 live songs), and also as part of a deluxe package coupled with the 10-song audio CD counterpart. Live in Paris features a plethora of Lionel Richie’s Motown hits, including “Running With the Night,” “Endless Love,” “All Night Long (All Night),” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and more – with signature tunes from his years with the Commodores – “Easy,” “Still,” “Lady (You Bring Me Up),” “Three Times a Lady,” and more. Along with these are live performances or two songs, “I Call It Love” and “All Around the World,” from Richie’s current RIAA gold Grammy-nominated Island album, Coming Home. Bonus material includes intimate, behind-the-scenes footage of Lionel and his team preparing for the show in Paris.