Lionel Richie Was Terrorized at Michael Jackson’s Home By His Animals While Writing ‘We Are the World’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie

On the Season 18 finale of American Idol, Lionel Richie led a rendition of the 1985 mega-hit “We Are the World.”

The pre-recorded model was carried out remotely by the 11 contestants from the season together with previous Idol winners and contestants together with Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Laine Hardy, and Alejandro Aranda. Richie’s fellow judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan additionally lent their vocals to the music.

Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie | Lester Cohen/ Getty Images

After listening to the well-known tune Richie co-wrote with the late Michael Jackson, a narrative resurfaced on-line from 2018 when the “Hello” artist talked about his scary expertise with MJ’s pet animals.

Here’s extra on that, plus each renditions of “We Are the World.”

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The observe hasn’t been carried out on TV for 35 years

Entertainment Tonight famous that previous to the AI Season 18 finale, the music hadn’t been carried out on TV for greater than three many years.

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In 2010, a number of artists got here collectively for a remake of the observe with “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” which adopted the devastating earthquake that hit the nation.

Richie was so frightened by Jackson’s animals

The authentic “We Are the World” observe was a charity single to learn African famine aid. It was carried out by a number of big-name artists and bought tens of hundreds of thousands of copies. It stays one of many best-selling singles of all time.

Richie described writing the quantity at Jackson’s property and the encounters he had along with his pet animals.

“Michael loved to collect animals…so right in the middle of writing this song we’re eating downstairs and there’s this dog barking hysterically,” Richie recalled throughout an look on The Talk. “And then we heard, ‘Shut up, shut up!’ I’m thinking to myself, ‘What’s going on, Michael?’”

Richie remembered that when Jackson sensed his confusion he advised him, “That’s the bird. That’s the bird having an argument with the dog.”

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The “All Night Long” singer mentioned after they walked again into the kitchen certain sufficient “there’s the bird in the cage and the dog is barking at the bird and the bird is going, ‘Shut up, shut up.’”

Richie added that issues went from weird to scary as he was frightened by Jackson’s different pet.

“It gets worse,” Richie continued. “I’m laying on the floor and we’re working on the lyrics…and I hear a [breathing sound]…I’m looking at Michael and all of a sudden out of the corner of my eye the albums that were against the wall were falling down. I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well what could this be?’ I look over and there is an albino python and he goes, ‘There he is Lionel, we found him. We knew he was in the room somewhere, but we weren’t sure. He wants to come out and play with you.’”

Richie admitted that he began “screaming like the last woman in a horror movie, I was screaming so loud. [Michael] kept saying, ‘Why are you screaming?’ I said, ‘That’s a snake, he might be your pet…I’m from Alabama, that’s a snake!’”

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