"We are going to be doing something together -- that's already almost in the works...I can almost say that we are talking, but right now she has a mission," he said. "Her mission is [to] get her record out and go on tour, so until she finishes that cycle, that won't happen just yet. She is committed to that."
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He also recalled getting bombarded with calls in the midst of Adele-mania. "You have no idea how many people called me on the phone and said, 'Are you going to let her get away with that? She stole 'Hello!'' Then I said I don't own 'Hello.' I own the melody," he said. "But, what it did was it blew everything to the ceiling. The conversation came up. If you say Adele and you say Lionel or Lionel and Adele...that's the best pairing you could have!"
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Fans can cross their fingers for a potential Richie and Adele duet when the U.K. record-breaker (her third studio effort 25 has already topped four million in album sales) embarks on her live tour across the pond in the new year.