Lionel Richie A Huge Star In Middle East

David Hasselhoff has Germany, Lionel Richie has Iraq. Over the past decade, the “Hello” singer has become a phenomenon across the Arab world. Iraqis blasted out “All Night Long” on the night in 2003 when US tanks invaded Baghdad. Iraqis who speak no English can still sing the entire Richie songbook. His popularity extends from Iran to Libya, where Richie performed for Colonel Gaddafi, and the Gulf states, where Saudi royals frequently invite the star to sing at private parties.

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