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“Hello” is the one word now when muttered, you think of two people: Lionel Richie and Adele.

Adele’s recent single “Hello,” opens up with the word that was first sung by Richie in the 80’s. Instantly, folks started creating mashups of Adele and Lionel’s classic hit, which thank goodness, has sparked conversation about a collaboration. “We are going to be doing something together—that’s already almost in the works,” he told E! News exclusively.

“I can almost say that we are talking, but right now she has a mission. 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,” he explained.

But how does Richie feel about the famous pop star releasing a track so reminiscent of his very own? “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 told the news outlet during a preview of his new home collection to Manhattan’s top real estate brokers at the TOWN Residential Art Basel kick-off event.

Lionel 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!”

“Hello” was the first single from the 27-year-old’s album 25 which was released nearly two weeks ago. Album sales have gone on to break major records, which according to Billboard, 3.38 million sold in its first week  (Nov. 20-Nov. 26), at least 650,000 sold in it’s second week, now totaling more than 4 million pure album sales.

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