Lionel Richie Talks Genre Criticism, Authenticity in Business Week

Music veteran Lionel Richie believes authenticity wins when it comes to music.
Featured in Business Week recently, Richie took on criticism from some who might think he recorded a Country album for business reasons.
“Believe me, I love commerce as much as the rest of the readers of Businessweek. But in art, you have to be true to yourself and your musical vision. People have known me well for a long time, so if I was chasing a trend and doing something that wasn’t authentic to who I am, they would know it in just a few seconds,” said Richie. “That said, I have always tried to stay ahead of the curve while always keeping in mind what music lovers want. Throughout my career, I’ve been told that I wasn’t making the music the audience wanted to hear. In other words, I would go to an R&B convention with a song called Easy Like Sunday Morning, and they’d say, “The brother’s got to be crazy.” Read more>>

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