Lionel Richie to Adele: “Uh, Hello?”

I’m sure I’m not the only one who upon hearing Adele’s new single for the very first time wondered if it was a cover of Lionel Richie’s “Hello.”

Here’s Adele. Pay attention to the first 30 seconds or so of the song.

Now here’s Lionel Richie’s 1983 hit.

And here’s what took less than 24 hours to wash up from the Internet.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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