Lionel Tries to Be Hip (Hop), Enlists Akon, Ne-Yo

Richie snaps up two hip-hop collaborators for his upcoming studio album, Just Go

By Gina Serpe Nov 04, 2008 7:02 PMTags
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One easy-listening artist just got a little bit harder.

Lionel Richie is doing his best to increase his street cred—to say nothing of his relevance—by putting a pair of radio-friendly acts to work on his upcoming album.

Akon and Ne-Yo have lent their lyrical services to Richie's Just Go and will share writing credits on the album with the "Hello" man himself.

The album is due out Feb. 17, and the debut single, "Good Morning," was released to radio today.

But whatever hip factor Richie may have hoped to glean from his hip-hop associations may not last long: Nicole's papa is scheduled to perform on tomorrow night's Dancing With the Stars results show.

It was good while it lasted.




Take a listen to "Good Morning" and let us know
if you'll say goodbye to your cash to buy the new album.