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Lionel Richie admits he called his lawyers over Adele’s Hello

Singer Lionel Richie says he did call his lawyers over Adele’s new single Hello. He wanted to enquire about her use of the word ‘hello’ as he too has an ’80s smash hit song of the same name.

music Updated: Dec 10, 2015 16:03 IST
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Lionel Richie’s Hello was a smash hit when it released in 1984.(lionelrichie/instagram)

Soul singer Lionel Richie has revealed that he did actually consult his lawyers when Adele released her comeback single Hello as he too has his version of Hello, released in 1984.

The 66-year-old music icon’s Hello was a smash hit in 1984 and Adele’s is the reigning Hello and it seems like if Richie had his way, the Rolling in the Deep hit-maker would have to cough up for using his word. But, British songstress Adele got away as he doesn’t own the word Hello, Channel24 reported.

Watch Lionel Richie’s Hello here:

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The All Night Long hitmaker revealed that he loves the parallels people have drawn between the two hits, even though he’s had no luck with his lawyers, quipping “You can’t use my word without my acknowledgement, thank you very much. I have been trying to figure out, from a legal point of view, can you own a word? So far all the lawyers have told me, ‘No’. I’ve tried . . . but the association is fabulous!”

Watch Adele’s Hello here:

First Published: Dec 10, 2015 16:01 IST