Lionel Richie Returning With Renaissance

Lionel Richie hopes to get his fans dancing on the ceiling again, with his new CD, Renaissance, due March 20.

The album, which came out in Europe on October 16, includes “Angel,” which will be released as a U.S. single February 6, according to Richie’s publicist, Deborah Radel. The disc also includes the Rodney Jerkins-produced funk number “Tonight” and “Cinderella,” a tune Richie originally recorded with the Backstreet Boys. But that version won’t appear on the album, Radel said, and the final track listing has not been set.

The Backstreet Boys’ label, Jive Records, did not return calls for comment.

Richie said in March that Renaissance would be a “dancing album, almost like Can’t Slow Down,” referring to his 1983 disc, which spawned some of his biggest hits, including the calypso-tinged “All Night Long (All Night).”
Richie opened for Tina Turner during part of her sold-out tour, during which he previewed “Cinderella.”