Legendary singer/songwriter Lionel Richie will be the first artist to participate in the HSN LIVE concert series on all three of its “platforms,” as they say in the biz: HSN, HSN.com and HSN Mobile.
The concert,”HSN LIVE Presents Lionel Richie sponsored by Cricket,” is March 16 at 8 p.m.
Lionel will perform tracks from his Mercury Nashville release “Tuskegee,” a collection of 13 reinterpretations of his most popular hits with some of the biggest names in country music. Kenny Rogers will join him on stage to perform “Lady,” a song shared by both artists over the years.
“HSN has become a launching pad for new releases from today’s biggest artists,” Andy Sheldon, HSN’s executive vice president of television and executive creative director. “Through special events like the HSN LIVE concert series, we offer our customers insider access to some of the world’s greatest music legends and we are excited to have Lionel share his inspiration for ‘Tuskegee’ and his iconic sound.”
HSN customers now have the opportunity to pre-order an exclusive 2-disc bundle ($14.95) on HSN.com that includes Lionel’s new ‘Tuskegee’ release and a special 5-track bonus CD which includes an HSN exclusive never before released version of “You Are,” recorded live at Wembley Arena.
“Doing ‘Tuskegee’ was coming back to the beginning, back to basics, back to home,” Richie stated. “It was perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had in the studio and I can’t wait to share with fans what I consider some of my best work, when I appear on HSN.”
‘Tuskegee’ represents an exciting new chapter in Lionel’s career with an unprecedented lineup of country icons including: Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington and Little Big Town.
The multi-genre album also features Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.
Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee Track-Listing is:
“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 Buffett
Bonus CD Track-Listing:
“You Are” – never before released live version recorded at Wembley Arena
“Say You, Say Me” — original recording
“My Love” — original recording
“Dancing On The Ceiling” — original recording
“Stuck On You” — original recording
Prior to the HSN LIVE concert series event, a special pre-show will stream live on HSN’s Facebook page at 7 p.m., offering fans exclusive behind-the-scenes access as Lionel prepares to take the stage.
Facebook viewers will be able to watch exclusive content at http://www.hsn.com/LionelLive to learn more about the inspiration behind Tuskegee, as well as a live interview with Rogers just before the show.
Following his HSN premiere, Richie will perform a special encore and further interact with HSN’s Facebook fans during a live post-concert chat.
Here the PR spin:
“Tuskegee” is also a musical homecoming that feels like a heartwarming reunion with a beloved friend. Lionel proves that you can go home again as he returns to his Southern roots to pay tribute to his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama, where he was indelibly shaped as a man and a musician. He was exposed to country, gospel, R&B and classical music while growing up, and it was in Tuskegee where he helped form the Commodores and wrote his first hits, including “Sail On” and “Easy.”
HSN LIVE sponsor Cricket offers Muve Music, the first wireless rate plan to include unlimited music. The Muve Music plan includes unlimited song downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones, as well as nationwide calling, unlimited messaging and 3G mobile data.