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"Endless Love" debuts this week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart at No. 24 (week of March 17).


In its second week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" climbs 2 spots to No. 22 (week of March 24).



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How come we still don't know anything about the music video release? :(



-- Edited by Rita on Friday 16th of March 2012 02:10:03 PM

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on youtube someone posted a video saying the endless love music video will be coming in april!

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and is that someone someone reliable?

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Just as reliable as the "source" who said it would be released March 12th.....

It would be nice to be fans of an artist who actually treats the fans with respect and provides info so her fans would not have to search the internet for clues like a detective trying to crack a case.

Shania knows when it's coming out. But yet she will not bother letting us know. A simple post on her site would be enough.



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Shania knows when it's coming out. But yet she will not bother letting us know. A simple post on her site would be enough.
Actually, she really may not know herself when it's coming out. She's not the one who does the post-production here. And I think even when the video is ready, the record company decides when it will be released.
It would be nice to be fans of an artist who actually treats the fans with respect and provides info so her fans would not have to search the internet for clues like a detective trying to crack a case.
I don't see a problem here. You can be a fan of such an artist.



-- Edited by Tanya on Saturday 17th of March 2012 06:31:19 AM

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I agree with Tanya. it is it really a big deal. I dont think so  



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THERE'S YOUR ANSWER!!!!

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM CMT Premieres
CMT Presents: Lionel Richie -- Tuskegee
[TV-PG] CMT presents a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lionel Richie's country duets album, Tuskegee. Don't miss this exclusive special which also includes the world premiere of Richie's new music video with Shania Twain. Watch as they put a country spin on the classic hit "Endless Love."

Other air times:
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 10:30 AM (Eastern)
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:30 AM (Eastern)
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 11:30 AM (Eastern)



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THERE'S YOUR ANSWER!!!!

Friday, March 23
10:30 AM CMT Premieres
CMT Presents: Lionel Richie -- Tuskegee
[TV-PG] CMT presents a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Lionel Richie's country duets album, Tuskegee. Don't miss this exclusive special which also includes the world premiere of Richie's new music video with Shania Twain. Watch as they put a country spin on the classic hit "Endless Love."

Other air times:
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 10:30 AM (Eastern)
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:30 AM (Eastern)
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 11:30 AM (Eastern)


Cool! biggrin Here is the link to the CMT special.

http://www.cmt.com/shows/dyn/cmt_premieres/192441/episode.jhtml



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Hip hip hurray!!!!!!!

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Can't wait for the video! Here is another review!

Single Review: Lionel Richie & Shania Twain - Endless Love

By: Matt Bjorke

Last Updated: February 8, 2012 4:02 PM

There are so many ways that remaking “Endless Love” into a mainstream country music single could’ve gone wrong but after taking one listen to Lionel Richie’s collaboration with Shania Twain, all worries were eased. The melody wasn’t changed to benefit country music and when listening to Lionel’s songs like “Endless Love” (originally a duet with Diana Ross). Lionel’s songs are some of the best songs ever written and the R&B legend and modern pop pioneer has always written songs that fit country music.

The melody is tender with beautiful acoustic guitars guiding it while Lionel and Shania’s voices simply blend well. A native of Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel has always had the spirit of a country music songwriter and it’s easy to see why on “Endless Love.” Considered by Billboard as the best duet of all time, “Endless Love” is timeless and this update doesn’t change much but why mess with perfection.

It’s my hope that this tune becomes a big hit on country radio, not only because it’s a great song but also for the benefit of both Lionel and Shania to continue to bring the world fantastic songs like “Endless Love,” a song which will also bring new fans to both legendary artists.

4.5 out of 5 stars

http://www.roughstock.com/reviews/single-review-lionel-richie-shania-twain-endless-love/



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Lionel Richie Moves 20,000 CDs in One Hour on HSN

R&B Singer goes country on new 'Tuskegee' LP

 
Lionel Richie performs new music from his 'Tuskegee' country duets album during the HSN LIVE concert series in St. Petersburg, Florida
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Lionel Richie hasn't gone so far as to don a cowboy hat – yet – but that hasn't kept him from feeling the love from the country music world: the R&B singer and Eighties pop star sold a whopping 20,000 copies of his new LP, Tuskegee, in a single hour during his live concert event on HSN last Friday night.

"To do this album was very eye-opening," the five-time Grammy winner told Rolling Stone just before the start of the show, which broadcast live from St. Petersburg, Florida to the 24-hour shopping network's TV, Web and Facebook audiences. "I didn't realize that all of country knew all of my songs anyway."

Tuskegee, named for the 62-year-old's Alabama hometown and featuring countrified covers of some of his biggest hits (including "Say You, Say Me," "Stuck on You," and "Easy"), teams Richie with a host of country superstars, including Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker (a country crossover artist himself) and Willie Nelson. The album also features the first new recording from Shania Twain in seven years, as she replaces Diana Ross on a new version of "Endless Love." In fact, Richie said Twain was so nervous to record with him, they had to fly to her house in the Caribbean to make it happen and wound up placing microphones in her bedroom just to get her comfortable enough to sing.

For Richie, the crossover to country had been decades in the making. "Conway Twitty wanted me to come years ago and 'be country,'" Richie said, "but I was too busy being a Commodore. Then Kenny Rogers wanted me to go country, but I was too busy being the 'pop' Lionel Richie. Then all of a sudden we went into an area where it was, 'Can Lionel Richie rap?' No!" he said with a laugh. "Trust me. I can do it, but you don't want to hear me. Flava Flav said, 'Don't try it! If you want somebody to rap, you call me. I'll rap. You just sing!"

Finding himself caught in a country craze that's embracing singers and songwriters from just about any genre these days, Richie finally felt ready to make the leap. "The beautiful part about it is, once I started talking to Tim McGraw and to Kenny Chesney and all of them, it became clear: These songs (of mine) have already been country," he said. "So Lionel Richie's not 'going country.' I'm just joining the songs that are already there. I just have to show up next to 'em and go, 'That's mine.'"

While Kenny Rogers was the only guest to join him onstage for the launch event (singing "Lady"), Richie sounded better than ever on twanged-out solo versions of "Dancing on the Ceiling," "All Night Long," "Hello," and more – in front of an live studio audience that included celebrity chefs Todd English and Curtis Stone, as well as fashion icon Twiggy.

The HSN Live concert, along with Richie's SXSW appearance last week, were precursors to an upcoming world tour. "My kids are old enough where I can leave home," says the father of three, who admits to loving his role as a grandfather to his daughter Nicole Richie's two kids far more than expected. "I gotta tell ya, I thought it was not going to be sexy at all, (but) I'm having the best time."

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lionel-richie-moves-20-000-cds-in-one-hour-on-hsn-20120319



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"Endless Love" debuts at No. 39 on the Mediabase Radio Airplay Adult Contemporary Chart. The song had 18 spins/plays for the week in the U.S. (week of Feb. 5-11).


On the Mediabase Radio Airplay Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" climbed 4 spots this week to No. 35 with 25 spins/plays for the week in the U.S. (week of Feb. 12-18). That's an increase of 7 more plays than last week.

***Only 2 radio stations are playing the song. WLTW in New York City and KOST in Los Angeles.


On the Mediabase Radio Airplay Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" fell 4 spots this week to No. 39 with 21 spins/plays for the week in the U.S. (week of Feb. 19-25). That's a decrease of 4 plays than last week.

***The 21 plays are still only coming from the New York and Los Angeles AC stations.


On the Mediabase Radio Airplay Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" climbed 11 spots this week to No. 28 with 59 spins/plays for the week in the U.S. (week of Feb. 26 - Mar. 3). That's an increase of 38 more plays than last week.

***The New York AC station dropped the song but 2 new AC stations in Austin, TX & Honolulu, HI added the song. Los Angeles is still spinning the duet.


On the Mediabase Radio Airplay Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" climbed 3 spots this week to No. 25 with 88 spins/plays for the week in the U.S. (week of March 4 - 10). That's an increase of 29 more plays than last week.

***The song is now being played on 5 AC stations (Austin, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Honolulu, HI; New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA).


On the Mediabase Radio Airplay Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" climbed 6 spots this week to No. 19 with 125 spins/plays for the week in the U.S. (week of March 11 - 17). That's an increase of 37 more plays than last week.

 



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Here is that Merilyn Denis clip with Lionel. It has the Shania video at 8:14 mark. She looks beautiful, but the video seems kinda.... generic? NO MORE BEACH SHOOTS SHANIA PLEASE! :)

 http://www.marilyn.ca/Video.aspx#clip641226



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Here is another clip!



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for anyone who watched the Marilyn dennis show this morning, they showed a clip of the video, shania is breathtaking, she's wearing a cowboy hat, and there singing together on a beach, theres horses around...


 



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OMG I can't wait anymore. If someone finds the clip, please share it! :D

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Lionel Richie calmed Shania Twain's nerves on 'Tuskegee'

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Date: Tue. Mar. 20 2012 11:25 AM ET

Lionel Richie may own five Grammys, one Oscar and 10 American Music Awards. But the 62-year-old singer still knows what it's like to harbour a deep sense of fear.

That feeling almost overtook Richie as he worked on his new, country-flavoured album, "Tuskegee."

"I thought at one point that maybe I've grabbed more than I can chew here on this thing," Richie said in a taped interview aired Tuesday on CTV's Canada AM.

The album features 13 of Richie's classic hits performed with some of the world's biggest country stars. That illustrious roster includes Canada's Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.

"One duet is enough to drive you crazy. But 13?" Richie asked Canada AM co-host Marci Ien.

To compound his fears, Richie also allowed all his guest artists to choose and arrange their songs on "Tuskegee."

Richie's decision was risky. But the risk was worth it for this artist who has sold more than 100 million albums and penned such easy-listening classics as "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady."

"I realized everybody had their favourites. So I let them orchestrate and organize the songs to suit them, not me," said Richie.

"I'm just joining them on their version of my record," he said.

Relinquishing that control was a challenge for Richie on his tenth studio album. But such fearlessness paid off, giving "Tuskegee" new dimensions and Richie the understanding to help Twain out with their duet of "Endless Love."

"Shania made me nervous for about 15 seconds," said Richie, with a grin.

"She walked into the studio and said ‘I don't think I can do this,'" he said.

Twain's nervousness was surprising. But Richie soon realized that Twain's jitters were understandable.

It had been seven years since Twain had recorded in studio or set foot on stage. To buoy the singer's confidence, Richie told Twain that they were both afraid.

"But you're Lionel Richie," Twain replied.

"Yes, and you're Shania Twain," he said.

Thanks to that bonding moment, Twain and Richie delivered a moving version of the tune made famous by Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film, "Endless Love."

The first note Twain sings on "Tuskegee" also holds special significance, both for her and Richie.

In her 2011 memoir, "From This Moment On," Twain wrote candidly about losing her voice at the end of her 14-year marriage to music producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange.

After years of stifling her emotions, Twain's inability to express her feelings had finally caught up with her and affected her ability to sing with the volume required in a live concert.

Her duet with Richie reminded Twain of her talents.

"It's the first note that came out of her mouth. I just left it in as a reminder to her that she never lost it in the first place," said Richie.

Working on "Tuskegee" also gave Richie new opportunity to reflect on his career and life.

"My grandma always said that wisdom comes with age," said Richie.

"This is a tough business. But I have a better grip on it now," he said.

Like many stars before him, Richie chased fame and saw it wreak havoc on his personal life.

"It destroyed my marriage. It destroyed my friendships with people. I didn't stop to smell the roses," said Richie.

"Now I spend quality time with my kids. It's all about balance now," he said.

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Entertainment/20120320/lionel-richie-tuskegee-120320



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"Endless Love" debuts this week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart at No. 24 (week of March 17).


In its second week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" climbs 2 spots to No. 22 (week of March 24).


In its third week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, "Endless Love" climbs 4 spots to No. 18 (week of March 31).



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Shania records "Endless Love" with Lionel Richie! - VIDEO p. 5


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Lionel Richie, Shania Twain - 'Endless Love' Video Premiere

Posted Mar 23rd 2012 7:00AM by The Boot Staff

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Of all the 13 guest artists on Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' album, due March 26, there was just one who needed convincing: Shania Twain. It was nothing personal against the music legend, but rather that Shania was suffering a vocal condition called dysphonia at the time, and had not recorded and released new music in more than five years. But the country superstar finally came around, thanks to her empathetic friend who had his heart set on teaming with her for a remake of one of his classic songs.

"All artists are egotistical maniacs with inferiority complexes," Lionel tells The Boot with a laugh, answering our question of how he was able to convince Shania. "We're great until we're alone. Once we're left alone, a little voice creeps in and says, 'I don't know if we can do that again.' When left alone too long, that little voice can talk us into madness. But what I had to do with Shania was just very simple. I said to her, 'We have something in common: we are both scared to death.' She said, 'But you're Lionel Richie!' And I said, 'But you're Shania Twain!' And in the middle of her paranoia, once she heard her own voice on that opening line, she loosened up. Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it."

Lionel and Shania met in the Bahamas to record the duet he originally released with Diana Ross back in 1981, 'Endless Love.' The picturesque setting no doubt helped their voices blend so beautifully and their chemistry jump through the lens in the official music video for the song. Watch the world premiere of Lionel Richie and Shania Twain's 'Endless Love' video below.
 
http://www.theboot.com/2012/03/23/lionel-richie-shania-twain-endless-love-video/ 
 
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http://www.vevo.com/watch/lionel-richie/endless-love/GBUV71200094


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I love the new video! another great one I hope this song is a hit for shania! I been trying to fine some picture clips of the video!

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it would be a hit if she would get on stage and sing it!

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Shania looked very, very tired in the video. And her expressions did not portray happiness and "endless love".

She just didn't seem into it in the video.......

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I loved it  Good to see two talented performers come together like that . its Majic when  you get two talented people sing a classic song like Endless Love  biggrinbiggrin



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Watch Lionel Richie & Shania Twain’s “Endless Love” Video

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Lionel Richie and Shania Twain teamed up to record Lionel’s “Endless Love” for his Tuskegee album, out March 26. They reunited to film a beautiful video, set at a beach side home in the Bahamas. Lionel spends much of the video inside the home, watching moving pictures on the wall of Shania on the beach, riding her horse and spending time on the dock.

Read our review of Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee >>

The light colors throughout the video and the easy, carefree relationship shown between Lionel and Shania when Lionel emerges from the house to meet her on the beach bring the song’s timeless lyrics to life.

Watch the video now!

http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2012/03/23/watch-lionel-richie-shania-twains-endless-love-video/



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Shania Twain Looked Great. The idea she looks unhappy well that's just your 2 cents, What you wan't her doing make LOVE with him in the video ? LIKE I think she did great and so did Lionel.


Yes. I wanted her to be having sex with Lionel Richie in the video. Please get real.

There is a world of difference between her having sex/making out with her video co-star and her looking happy and playing the part of the "lover" in a video. The song is about endless love and they look like "good friends who happen to have met randomly on a beach and launch into song" instead. No spark. No "love". The video does nothing for me.

I mean in the first half of the video, when she is by herself/on her horse, she looks so depressed, like she is mourning the death of a loved one. It is jarring.



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Shania looked very, very tired in the video. And her expressions did not portray happiness and "endless love".

She just didn't seem into it in the video.......


I agree. For me they both don't portray it. There's no romantic mood in that video. Btw, there's a blunder in the vid on 03:22. I accidentally paused it on 03:22 and saw this defect... Too bad they didn't see it before they released it anywhere...



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I luv the video!!.. Is great!... Shania you're still the one!!.. :)



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I love the video!  I hope they both sing this live. 



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I thought the video was great! shania did a great job in the video!

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Shania Twain Looked Great. The idea she looks unhappy well that's just your 2 cents, What you wan't her doing make LOVE with him in the video ? LIKE I think she did great and so did Lionel.



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Shania looked very, very tired in the video. And her expressions did not portray happiness and "endless love".

She just didn't seem into it in the video.......


I agree. For me they both don't portray it. There's no romantic mood in that video. Btw, there's a blunder in the vid on 03:22. I accidentally paused it on 03:22 and saw this defect... Too bad they didn't see it before they released it anywhere...


I thought you were talking about how odd it was that her necklace was all tangled in her top and looked weird and they left that take in! no You would have thought that they would have redone that take and fixed her necklace.



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This is a little like the olden days of yore, quibbling over nonsensical nonsense ad infinitum ...let the good times roll...


I 100% agree with u PurplePeopleEater. making a big deal over nothing is not doing anything. 



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First  The  video was great I loved it and so did many, it is magic what two talented people can do . 

Second It is called Acting Shania's character is set to be at distance and missing the one she loves and knows the love between her and Lionel's character will be  endless .  

Third  I think Shania looks great :) and of course Lionel  



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Interview: Lionel Richie talks country, a Las Vegas residency and much more

New album, 'Tuskegee,' pairs him with Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and more

Lionel Richie now knows what it feels like to give birth. The superstar expected it to only take a few weeks to record “Tuskegee,” his new album out Monday (March 26) that pairs him with a number of top country acts on new versions of his classic tunes. Instead, the process dragged on for nearly 10 months.

“We had a baby, and by the way it was the most painful baby I got in my whole life, but in the end, look at the baby,” he says, glowing with pride. And what a baby it is— with many, many parents. Among the acts recording both his solo and Commodores hits with Richie are Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Blake Shelton, Jimmy Buffett, Shania Twain and Willie Nelson. The album also reunites Richie with Kenny Rogers, who took Richie's "Lady" to the top of three Billboard charts in 1980: country, Hot 100 and adult contemporary. Rogers' version also reached No. 42 on the Top Black Singles chart.

Before the first volume has even been released, Richie is already hoping for a volume two and there’s plenty of hits left off “Tuskegee,” including “Still,” “Three Times A Lady,” and “Sweet Love,” to warrant one. “They’ll be a part two with more new songs,” Richie predicts.

Richie has been stumping for the new album harder then the Republican presidential candidates and his enthusiasm about the project is infectious. He recently held a party at his Beverly Hill mansion for select radio program directors and press. It’s as gorgeous and lovely a home as you would imagine (my whole apartment would fit into the drive way). He played each of the album’s 13 songs and gave amusing anecdotes about recording each one.

The acts picked their own songs, many made their selections based on memories a certain tune triggered for them. Richie encouraged them to make the tune their own. “They’d say, ‘But Mr. Richie that will overshadow you,’ and I’d say, ‘Exactly. What a wonderful thing’,” he said when I interviewed him at the end of the evening. “What I’ve found in artistry sometimes is there’s an ego that happens where I have to out sing you or outperform you. That’s if you’re purely a singer. I’m purely a writer.”

By approaching the project as the writer, his attitude was. “How can you make my kids shine? We’re going to buff up my babies... Someone said to me tonight, which I thought was the best compliment ever, ‘Why am I thinking that this version of your songs is better than the old version?’ I said, ‘Because it’s the new version’.”

The boldest artist was Darius Rucker, who flatly told Richie that he was singing Richie’s part on “Stuck On You.” “By the way, he was dead serious,” Richie recalls with a laugh. “Can you imagine telling Frank Sinatra ‘I’m singing your part and you have to find your part.’ Frank would be out of there. [I said], ‘You guys, I want you to make this songs yours and I’ll kind of scat in between. I’ll be around.”

Most of the album was recorded in Nashville, but Richie traveled to the Bahamas to record an island-flavored “Endless Love” with Shania Twain, who was recording for the first time after going through a debilitating vocal paralysis that left her unable to sing.

“I think the one that was the most rewarding was pulling Shania out of that thing she was in. I didn’t realize it, she was gone,” he recalls. “By the way, she’s still gone because I need to talk to her more to get her back, but the more she performs, the more she’s going to get it back. But she was scared to death. I think [Vegas] will help her.” Twain starts a residency at Caesars Palace in December.

Speaking of, is Richie the next artist, following in the footsteps of Elton John, Cher, Celine Dion, Garth Brooks and Twain, to start a concert residency in Las Vegas? He seems a natural fit given his raft of hits and his wide appeal.

“I would love to do that “ Richie says, and admits he’s been approached already. He thinks it will happen eventually, but it is likely a ways off.

"It would be a great thing after a while, probably a couple more years, where I’ll have a [residency] where I can stay here, hang out, go there... commute or even what’s happening right now with Garth Brooks: he flies in and out [after each weekend’s shows]. I’m still a songwriter. There’s something about flying around the world. By the time I get home, I know the next album, I know the next song.”

Richie will be hitting Vegas the weekend of March 31 for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which air live April 1. The following night, CBS will tape “Lionel Richie and Friends: A Lifetime of Hits.” The special, which will air later this Spring, will feature many of the artists who appear on “Tuskegee,” as well as several others, including The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum.

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"Tuskegee" Tracklisting

“You Are” with Blake Shelton
“Say You, Say Me” with Jason Aldean
“Stuck On You” with Darius Rucker
“Deep River Woman” with Little Big Town
“My Love” with Kenny Chesney
“Dancing On The Ceiling” with Rascal Flatts
“Hello” with Jennifer Nettles
“Sail On” with Tim McGraw
“Endless Love” with Shania Twain
“Just For You” with Billy Currington
“Lady” with Kenny Rogers
“Easy” with Willie Nelson
“All Night Long” with Jimmy Buffet

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Shania looked very, very tired in the video. And her expressions did not portray happiness and "endless love".

She just didn't seem into it in the video.......


I agree. For me they both don't portray it. There's no romantic mood in that video. Btw, there's a blunder in the vid on 03:22. I accidentally paused it on 03:22 and saw this defect... Too bad they didn't see it before they released it anywhere...


I thought you were talking about how odd it was that her necklace was all tangled in her top and looked weird and they left that take in! no You would have thought that they would have redone that take and fixed her necklace.


 No, I was talking about the screen error. :)



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This is a little like the olden days of yore, quibbling over nonsensical nonsense ad infinitum ...let the good times roll...

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I'm trying to fine some picture of the video for my facebook page of shania if anyone knows where i can fine them please share!

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Lionel Richie shares the stories behind the duets

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Lionel Richie is the first to admit that he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he teamed with Shania Twain for his classic Diana Ross nine-week No. 1 “Endless Love.”

Richie says he asked Twain to meet him in Nashville, Los Angeles and Miami for a recording session and she turned down each invitation. Instead, she asked Richie to fly to the Bahamas to record the song in the studio she has in her home.

The trip, Richie said, was full of surprises — and not necessarily the good kind.

“I didn’t know she had not done a vocal or been on stage in seven years,” Richie recalled. “We went in, and I wake up the next morning to a full-on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) network camera crew for her show entitled How Shania Found Her Voice, which I didn’t know she had lost it. So she walks in and announces to me, 15 minutes before we are to go in and sing, that she can’t do it.”

Richie asked to speak to Twain privately away from the cameras. He joked, “So in case anyone saw me choking her to death, we couldn’t exactly verify it.”

Richie said he told Twain they had something in common — that they were both scared to death.

“She said, ‘But you are Lionel Richie,’ ” he recalled. “And I said, ‘But you are Shania Twain.’ ”

Twain told Richie she hadn’t been on stage or sung in seven years, and the legend made it his mission to prove that she still had the vocal prowess she had when she was at the top of her game.

“When you hear the first time she comes in on this record, I left that on for her to hear forever,” Richie said. “That is the first note she ever tried. After seven years, I ask you, ‘Does she have a problem?’ The answer is, ‘no.’ But, she turned around after she hit that note and looked at me, and I’d go (thumbs up.) So that’s the beauty of that.”

Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton gave Richie a different problem. Instead of not wanting to sing, Shelton’s voice was so strong from the get-go that Richie had a hard time figuring out where he fit in on the new version of “You Are.”

That is, after he could see through the plaid.

“I’ve never seen that much plaid shirt walk in the door,” Richie said of first meeting Shelton, in reference to his 6-foot-5 frame. “I think everyone in Nashville must wake up in the morning and do push-ups, because I just look like the most undernourished brother in the whole world trying to sing with Blake Shelton.”

Before meeting Shelton, Richie had decided that he would start the song off and then prompt Shelton to come in later. Shelton had different ideas.

“I made the mistake with Blake, you know, not to put any pressure on him. I said, ‘Just sing it down a couple of times and then I’ll come on in and put my vocal on it,’” Richie recalled. “But his opening line was (so strong) — first of all, I loved it, but then where do I put Lionel Richie on this record? He’s going to open the song because I loved the way he came in, but I spent the rest of the record trying to figure out how am I going to get on Blake Shelton’s song called ‘You Are.’ ”

Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney is such a fan of Lionel Richie that he drunk-dialed the legend in the middle of the night and then sang a song to his voicemail, Richie reveals.

“Kenny is about the most expressive brother I have ever met in my life,” Richie says. “He holds nothing back. I didn’t know that when I first met him, but I should have known after that first phone call.”

Richie had sent Chesney a message suggesting the country star perform “All Night Long (All Night)” on the album. Chesney had other ideas, and he couldn’t wait to share them.

“The next morning I woke up, and there was a voicemail,” Richie recalled. “‘Lionel, oh my God, Lionel. Oh my God, Lionel,” Richie recalls of the voicemail, and then explains that Chesney proceeded to sing his favorite song, “My Love,” into the telephone. “Oh Lionel, I love you, Lionel,” Richie quotes Chesney as saying. “Lionel, I love ‘My Love’ and I love you.’ And I realized Kenny Chesney loved me, and Kenny Chesney loves ‘My Love.’ ”

The next day, Chesney called Richie and apologized for the phone call. And when he showed up at the studio to record “My Love” with Richie, he had another big fan in tow: his mother.

“(Chesney) said, ‘This is impossible,’ ” Richie recalled. “My mother has never come to a recording studio since I’ve been in the business, and she said, ‘Are you doing Lionel Richie? I love Lionel Richie. I’m coming to the studio.’ And his mother walked in. And his mother said, ‘I love you, Lionel.’ And Kenny said, ‘I love you, Lionel.’ So Kenny and his mother love me very much. And that’s the story that I’ll carry forever.

http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2012/03/24/lionel-richie-shares-the-stories-behind-the-duets/



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According to Amazon.com, there is a DELUXE EDITION of Tuskegee which includes an exclusive DVD featuring the making of the record, artist interviews and behind the scenes footage.

Barnes & Noble has a track listing of the DVD and for "Endless Love" it has a time of 4:29, much longer than all the others (anywhere between 1:19-2:59). That would be great if it's the music video!

I went ahead and ordered the Deluxe Edition from Amazon. It's only $11.99.



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Hi,

They had an interview on the Today show this morning with Lionel Richie and Shania and the other artists were mentioned.  He is going to be on the Tonight Show with Letterman on Tuesday and he will also perform a duet live on the Today show on Tuesday morning...not Shania.  He is also appearing on Ellen can't remember what day.  Maybe Wednesday.  Everyone who has interviewed him about the albus says it's the bomb.  They all are raving about how great it is so I am thinking this album will soon be on the charts and be there for a good while...smart business on Shania's part.  Keeps her in the news until her album makes it out there...stretching out the publicity as long as possible while she is working on the new stuff or that is how I see it anyway...kind of disappointed though with GAC  they have not premiered the video that I have seen  I mean it is on the webpage to view but on their countdown they had Lionel as a guest but did not show the video...missed the chance to premiere there...weird.  Personally I love the video...I love the contrast in black and white and color...also day and night shots...beach videos are so romantic and relaxing...reminds me I need a vacation.  Wish they would do some contests where fans can win trips to spend time on the beach and watch the video shoots and Vegas rehearsals...would be awesome.

Warmest regards as always,

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Shania Twain + Lionel Richie Show Emotion in ‘Endless Love’ Video

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Country darling Shania Twain replaces Diana Ross on the updated version of Lionel Richie’s 1981 ballad ‘Endless Love.’ It’s a modern redo of a classic song, and in the video, Twain and Richie express intense emotion and passion, so much so that you’d think they were actually a couple. The singers emanate genuine fondness for one another and both are incredibly expressive with their eyes, hands and voices throughout the entire span of the clip.

They are separate at first, with Twain’s scenes shot in black and white. She is riding a stallion on a beach while singing. Richie is in color, hanging out inside a bright, white home with a large piano. Images of Twain singing appear in the photos and screens on the wall behind him, so it’s as though they are in the same room. It’s a very cool convention; she’s there, even when she’s not really there.

Each singer emotes while singing their parts and it’s very believable. Twain, dressed in white and wearing a cowgirl hat, comes to life and blooms in color when she and Richie meet behind the house. It certainly suggests that love makes you feel alive. Twain is actually riding the horse through the ocean at that point. How dreamy!

They embrace and sing while facing each another in the flesh. Images of the the singers clenching their fists and touching their chests appear on the inside screens. It’s quite a romantic couple of minutes.

This new version of ‘Endless Love’ appears on Richie’s ‘Tuskegee,’ where he partners with an array of country acts.

Watch Shaina Twain + Lionel Richie ‘Endless Love’ Video

http://tasteofcountry.com/shania-twain-lionel-richie-endless-love-video/



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When can we expect country stations playing the song?

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When can we expect country stations playing the song?


 There's still no add date for Country radio. Might not make it there.



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Quick spin: Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’

By — Allison Stewart, Monday, March 26, 5:38 PM

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Tuskegee

All-star duet albums and genre crossover discs are practically guaranteed career revivers. Throw in a greatest hits makeover, and you’ve got an Icons of a Certain Age trifecta. “Tuskegee” pairs Lionel Richie with superstar country artists for modestly twangy versions of his classic hits. The result is a blissful cheese fest, ridiculously listenable even at its worst.

For every track like “Endless Love,” which is more a triumph of marketing (it signals Shania Twain’s comeback) than artistry (it’s pretty bad), there are a handful that are just right. A moderately faithful version of “Stuck on You” pairs Richie with Darius Rucker, another M.O.R. rock star turned Nashville refugee; it’s pretty terrific.

Many of Richie’s best songs are R&B down to their very bones. They stubbornly resist attempts at genre reassignment, refusing to be coaxed into either straightforward country numbers (let us never speak of the Rascal Flatts version of “Dancing on the Ceiling” again) or generic Caribbean romps (such as the Jimmy Buffett-assisted “All Night Long”).

Richie is a generous host throughout, sometimes doing little more than stopping by mid-song to drawl out a verse or two. He doesn’t seem to mind being out-sung by Blake Shelton (“You Are”) or out-mellowed by Kenny Chesney (“My Love”). He even tolerates an overwrought Jennifer Nettles, who doesn’t who sing “Hello” so much as maul it and leave it for dead.

— Allison Stewart

Recommended Tracks

“Sail On,” “My Love,” “Stuck on You”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/quick-spin-lionel-richies-tuskegee/2012/03/23/gIQAcEKicS_story.html



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Shania looked great in the video, sort of like WYKM 10 years ago. But her acting in the video was off. She looked like she was going through the motions shooting a beachy commercial rather than a music video. They looked more like friends. I don't know if Nashville bosses wanted to portray them in a prim and proper light cause they are older people, and the stereotype is that only young people can feel and express affection. How many love scenes do you see in country videos with older people? The director should have hired real actors to play lovers if Shania and Lionel were going to act like two friends who care about each other. Remember that Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin video where they showed romantic footage of the Disney characters while the singers sang and remained friendly at a distance?  They sounds fine in the video which is a plus.



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Strip Scribbles: Shania Twain’s tie to Lionel Richie; Donny Osmond set to return to Flamingo

It took months for superstar Shania Twain to convince herself that her voice was strong enough and recovered sufficiently to take on a residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting Dec. 1. Now we’re learning that singer Lionel Richie, who headlines here this weekend, had a lot to do with her winning back her vocal confidence.

The unexpected duo have brought his hit “Endless Love” back to life, a No. 1 smash he recorded in 1981 with Diana Ross for the Brooke Shields film of the same name. Thanks to YouTube, here’s a sneak preview of her resurrected talents and his April 2 “Friends” tribute concert at MGM Grand Garden Arena during the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards weekend.

When he appeared days ago on the Home Shopping Network, Lionel sold 20,000 copies of “Tuskegee” in 60 minutes, and it’s already No. 1 on iTunes. He appears on NBC’s “The Voice” tonight and Tuesday, performs “Deep River Woman” with Little Big Town on NBC’s “Today” on Tuesday morning and then has a duet with Jason Aldean on David Letterman’s “The Late Show” that night. Piers Morgan devotes his hourlong CNN program on Wednesday to Lionel, and then the singer, who has often supported Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam charity concerts here, heads here for ACM weekend.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/mar/26/strip-scribbles-shania-twains-tie-lionel-richie-do/



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