Oscar®, Golden Globe and five-time Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie will appear on ABC Daytime’s “One Life to Live,” performing his hit “Just Go” off his latest album of the same title, released on Island Records May 19th. Richie will be joined on the song by rising pop-star Jeremih, who currently holds the No. 1 spot on the charts with his debut single, “Birthday Sex.”
“We are proud to have hosted a tremendously talented group of musicians on ‘One Life to Live,'” said Executive Producer Frank Valentini. “We welcome the enduring talents of such an accomplished musician as Lionel Richie and the creativity of a new artist like Jeremih. We look forward to bringing our fans a first time collaboration between these two very talented musicians.”
Richie and Jeremih will perform at Llanview’s hot spot, Ultraviolet. They will tape their performance for the Emmy-winning daytime drama on June 12 in the show’s New York studio. “One Life to Live” has dedicated itself to forging a unique path in ABC’s daytime lineup as a music-focused show, and has hosted such music superstars as Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige. The list also features The Pussycat Dolls, Rachael Yamagata, The Plain White T’s, Puddle of Mudd, Timbaland with Keri Hilson and One Republic, Nelly Furtado, Lifehouse, Simply Red, Chris Botti and Erykah Badu.
The legendary singer, songwriter, producer and pop icon has sold more than 100 million records worldwide in his very impressive career. “Just Go” marks Richie’s third Island set since 2001 and a successful musical collaboration with hitmakers Tricky Stewart & The Dream, Stargate and Akon. He became a core member of the Island Records family with the release of “Renaissance” in March 2001, followed by “Just for You” in May 2004, the live album “Encore” in September 2004, “Coming Home” in September 2006, his first Christmas album, “Sounds of the Season,” in December 2006 and “Live in Paris” in September of 2007.
Richie has the remarkable distinction of being the only songwriter in the modern pop era to write No. 1 song hits over the course of nine consecutive years (1978-86), including such hits as “Three Times a Lady,” “Still,” “Lady,” “Endless Love,” “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “We Are the World” and “Say You, Say Me.” Among his accomplishments, he also has had a string of 15 consecutive top 10 R&B hits between 1981 and 1992 – 13 of which were top 10 pop hits, five of which were No. 1.
Chicago sensation Jeremih boasts the unique accomplishment of achieving the No. 1 MySpace song for more than three weeks with 60 million plays and counting for his song “Birthday Sex.” The 21-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumental musician also has achieved the No. 1 spot on Urban Radio for the past four weeks, No. 2 at Rhythm radio, the No. 1 most added at Pop radio last week. He is currently holding the No. 4 position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s Ringmasters chart. His self-titled debut album, “Jeremih,” is set to be released on June 30th.
Emmy® Award-winning “One Life to Live,” created by Agnes Nixon, was launched on July 15, 1968. Frank Valentini is executive-producer. Ron Carlivati is headwriter. Paul Glass is supervising music director. The popular drama consistently ranks among the top five in the key demographic of Women 18-49. “One Life to Live” airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (2:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.