Lionel Richie Makes Media Rounds to Promote Tuskegee

GAC's Top 20 Countdown Host Nan Kelley with Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie’s new country duets project, Tuskegee will finally hit shelves Mon., March 26. The CD features 13 of his signature hits performed with a who’s who of today’s country stars.

The deluxe edition of the album contains a DVD featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions with his duet partners.

Richie has a heavy duty publicity schedule to promote the release, including a March 14 performance at Billboard’s SXSW showcase and an hour-long live concert for HSN on March 16. Richie also graces the cover of Billboard on this March 24th issue, available now.

On Friday, March 23, CMT will premiere the 30-minute special CMT Presents: Lionel Richie: Tuskegee at 9:30 am CT, featuring interviews, studio footage with duet partners, and the “Endless Love” video with Shania Twain. Also March 23rd, Richie will appear on GAC’s Top 20 Countdown at 9 pm CT. BET will air CENTRIC Presents: Lionel Richie: Tuskegee on March 24 at 8:30 am CT.

NBC’s Weekend Today will air Lester Holt’s interview with Richie on Sun., March 25. Richie will also appear on NBC’s The Voice, Mon., March 26.

On Tuesday, March 27, Richie will be featured as CMT’s VJ for a Day at 7 am CT to share his favorite country videos. The same morning will also offer Richie performing “Deep River Woman” with Little Big Town on the Today show. That evening, “Say You, Say Me” a duet with Jason Aldean, will be performed on the Late Show with David Letterman.

On Wed., March 28, he will be interviewed on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, airing at 8 pm CT.

Richie is also slated to appear on the 47th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 1. The following evening, the ACM and dick clark productions will tape ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends–In Concert, at the MGM  Grand in Las Vegas. The show will air April 13 at 8 pm CT on CBS.

On April 2, he will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, followed by performances of “Just For You” with Billy Currington on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live April 4 and CBS’ The Talk on April 5.

Tuskegee already debuted at No. 1 on iTunes Canada on Mon., March 19, the day of its Canadian release. The album is also available in United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Europe and Australia, and will be released to the rest of the world on March 26.


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