Three landmark albums in the early solo career of one of the biggest R&B-pop crossover artists in history, Lionel Richie, will be reissued on vinyl in December 2017 courtesy of Motown/UMe. Richie's self-titled solo debut album of 1982, the following year's Can't Slow Down and 1985's Dancing On The Ceiling were all multi-million-selling, hit-filled releases by the recent Kennedy Centre Honoree, whose career album sales now exceed 100 million. Collectively, these three memorable '80s albums contained four No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and no fewer than ten Top 10 singles on the pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.
Can't Slow Down built on the quadruple platinum success of the former Commodores member's eponymous Lionel Richie album and multiplied it, with diamond certification for ten million in sales in the US alone. Co-produced by Richie, like its predecessor, with James Anthony Carmichael, it featured signature hits such as the Caribbean-flavored "All Night Long (All Night)," the indelible ballad "Hello" and upbeat "Running With The Night." The album also hinted at Richie's country influence, from his childhood in Alabama, on "Stuck On You," a theme he would explore fully with the 2012 album named after his home town, Tuskegee.