Lionel Richie reveals he really contacted lawyers to see whether he could sue Adele for releasing a song with the same title as his 80’s hit “Hello”.

We’ve all drawn comparisons between the two “Hello”s. Richie himself even shared a meme to poke fun at their similarity after Adele’s record-breaking video had come out. Who’d have known he would proceed to seek an opportunity for a legal action?

Richie reportedly made a joke in British newspaper The Sun, “You can’t use my word without my acknowledgement. Thank you very much.” He said he has talked to lawyers about copyright on the word ‘hello’, “I have been trying to figure out, from a legal point of view, can you own a word? So far all the lawyers have told me, ‘No’. I’ve tried… but the association is fabulous!”

The article reveals he expressed an interest in working with the Grammy and Oscar-winning songstress.

Richie, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, released his “Hello” in 1983.

Although fans of both artists have compared the songs, there are some obvious differences between the two songs. Lionel Richie’s “Hello” is a romantic track, while Adele’s is about her past relationships.