Lionel Richie on Surviving the Cut-Throat Music Business

Lionel Richie performing on the "Today" show in New York City. Photograph by Charlie Sykes/Invision/AP Photo

Veteran singer-songwriter Lionel Richie, who has sold 23 million albums in the U.S. during a four-decade career, is again at the top of the charts with Tuskegee, an album of duets with such country stars of today as Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, and Shania Twain. In an e-mail exchange, Bloomberg Businessweek asked him about his genre-crossing experience and today’s music business.

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