Lionel Richie is an American R&B pop singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit "Truly".
He has released nine studio albums, three live albums, and seven compilation albums. Since his debut in 1982, Richie has released forty-two singles, five of which became number-one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
Richie's first four studio albums have all been certified "Multi-Platinum" by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second album, Can't Slow Down, is his highest certified album, being certified 10× Platinum.
In addition to multiple pop, R&B, and adult contemporary hit singles, two of his singles reached the Top 30 of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. "Deep River Woman", which features country music group Alabama, was a Top 10 hit on the country music charts in 1987.
His debut album, Lionel Richie, produced another chart-topping single, "Truly," which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores. It, also, contained the Top Five hits "You Are" and "My Love." The album hit #3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies.
His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. The album contained the #1 hit "All Night Long" a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee Michael Nesmith.
Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of which was the ballad "Hello", a sentimental love song that showed how far Richie had moved from his R&B roots. Richie had three more Top Ten hits in 1984, "Stuck on You", "Running with the Night" and "Penny Lover". In 1985, Richie wrote and performed "Say You, Say Me," for the film White Nights, winning an Oscar for his efforts as well as reaching #1 on the U.S. charts and staying there for four weeks, making it the #1 song of 1985 according to Billboard's year-end Hot 100 chart.
He also collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, another #1 hit. In 1986, Richie released Dancing on the Ceiling, his last widely popular album, which produced a run of US and UK hits including "Say You, Say Me", "Dancing on the Ceiling", "Ballerina Girl", and "Se La".
Richie made his return to recording and performing following the release of his first greatest-hits collection, Back to Front, in 1992. Richie's albums in the 1990s such as Louder Than Words and Time failed to match the commercial success of his earlier work. Some of his recent albums, such as Renaissance, have returned to his older style and achieved success in Europe but only modest notice in the United States. Since 2004, he has produced a total of six Top 40 singles in the UK.
Richie released his eighth studio album entitled "Coming Home" in September 2006. The first single of the album was "I Call It Love" and was premiered in July 2006, becoming his biggest hit in the U.S. in ten years. The album was an incredible success for Richie in the United States, peaking at #6. Just Go was released in spring 2009, around the time Lionel confirmed there is to be a Commodores reunion in the near future.
On February 1, 2010, Richie made a remix of "We Are The World" in which Justin Bieber sings Richie's original part in the song. Richie and Guy Sebastian have recorded Richie's 1983 #1 single "All Night Long" together, to raise money for Australian and New Zealand flood and earthquake relief.