Lionel Richie Hopes To Instill Some Wisdom On ‘American Idol’

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Katy Perry is a huge star among today’s younger folks and Luke Bryan is extremely popular with country fans…but Lionel Richie is an icon. With nearly 50 years in the music business, Lionel knows what he’s talking about when it comes to music. Starting out with the Commodores in the 70’s and then having a crazy big solo career in the 80’s, Lionel has a lot of wisdom to impart to the contestants on American Idol. That’s just what he plans to do.

Katy Perry and Luke Bryan know their stuff as well, of course. They’ve been around long enough to know the ropes. But Lionel has seen the music industry change over the years and has navigated that successfully. One thing that American Idol has lacked in the past is realistically preparing the contestants for the nasty world of the music industry. Lionel wants to change that. He says,

“Was I a fan of these shows? Absolutely not. I was not. For two days a week, Professor Richie is going to talk about the reality of what it takes to be an artist. Instead of sitting here moaning about how the world has changed since I started, I’m going to tell them what it takes. You think it’s just singing? No, it’s not. What kind of style do you have? What kind of stamina do you have? How many times can you take ‘No’? How many times can you come back? That’s an artist.”

Think about the reality of the show. You audition and if you get picked you go on the program in front of millions of people. Whether you win or not, if you get picked up by a label, all of sudden you are a recording artist just like that. One of the criticisms of these types of shows is that the fame isn’t earned because they aren’t spending years playing crappy clubs and whatnot. But I think that’s unfair. If the people like you then who care how you got there? But one thing these shows do not do well is equip them for how cutthroat the music industry is. Hopefully Lionel can drop some knowledge on them about that.


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