When Adele released Hello, our reactions were multi-faceted. There was joy, obviously, because she had returned, and also heartbreak because, well, you know. That voice. But there was also another feeling, a slightly stranger one. After years of associating the mere word ‘Hello’ with one Lionel Richie, here was Adele giving us all a new way to answer the phone. No? Just us.
Anyway, it was obvious that comparisons would be made (video mash-ups of the two went viral almost immediately), what with the iconic nature of each song and all. But Lionel Richie (for some reason, it just feels right to always use his full name) has just revealed something BRILLIANT, which has made us all very excited. And right before Christmas!
Speaking to E! News, Lionel (Richie) said: “Someone said to me, ‘Lionel, Adele did ‘Hello” and I said, ‘Retirement. I am done’…Then, all of a sudden I realized this is not ‘Hello.’ She just used ‘Hello.” Erm, Adele, if you’re listening and heading to the Live Lounge any time soon, here’s your first suggestion.
The pop legend continued: “You have no idea how many people called me on the phone and said, ‘Are you going to let her get away with that? She stole ‘Hello!” Then I said I don’t own ‘Hello.’ I own the melody. But, what it did was it blew everything to the ceiling. The conversation came up. If you say Adele and you say Lionel or Lionel and Adele…that’s the best pairing you could have!”
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You’re telling us. And guess what? IT’S HAPPENING. Yep, Lionel (Richie- sorry, it’s hard to stop) confirmed reports of a collaboration during his chat with E! News: “We are going to be doing something together—that’s already almost in the works…I can almost say that we are talking, but right her mission is [to] get her record out and go on tour, so until she finishes that cycle, that won’t happen just yet. She is committed to that.”
We know. It’s almost too much.