Lionel Richie Explains Why Prince Declined "We Are the World"

    Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer -- including Lionel Richie, who says that the "Purple Rain" artist refused to do the "We Are the World" collaboration simply because he didn't want to.

    According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.

    "I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time," Richie told Access Hollywood. "I said, 'Prince, we're all down [here] waiting on you.' He says, 'Can I do it in a separate room?' 'Okay, I'll call you back later.'"

    Lionel continued, "I would love to tell you that that's different from anything else he's ever done. That's just Prince. Of course he's not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up."

    Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the "All Night Long" singer, it was difficult "to talk him into showing up."

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    New Beatles Exhibit at Michigan Museum to Take Fans on a Magical History Tour

    Courtesy of Exhibit Development GroupStarting Saturday, Beatles fans in the U.S. won't have to travel all the way to Liverpool, England, to take an up-close look at the band's history.

    That day, an expansive new Fab Four-themed exhibit titled "The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition" will open at The Henry Ford museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan.

    Billed as "the most comprehensive Beatles exhibition ever assembled," the display includes more than 150 artifacts from the collection of Peter Miniaci & Associates, a firm that specializes in items related to the legendary band. The exhibit takes visitors on a journey through the Beatles members' lives and careers, from their days prior to the group's formation through their heyday as international sensations to the music icons' post-breakup years.

    Among the memorabilia featured in "The Magical History Tour" are some instruments belonging to the band members, rare photos and posters, letters and documents, Beatles merchandise and much more. The display includes a drum kit from the pre-Beatles group The Quarrymen, an infamous document dissolving the Fab Four's partnership and the copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album that Lennon signed for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, the day Chapman shot him to death.

    The exhibition isn't officially sanctioned by The Beatles, but a representative for Exhibits Development Group, which produced the attraction, says the band gave it their blessing.

    "They basically, for all intents and purposes, said, 'Good luck,'" EDG's Will Peterson tells Billboard. "So we picked up what they were putting down and went ahead and planned an exhibition that is sensitive to their copyrights, and we're certainly not trying to be at conflict with anything that the Beatles are doing. We're just trying to tell the story in a unique and different way."

    Visit for pricing details.The exhibit will run through September 18, and then -- according to Billboard --  reopen in March 2017 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

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    Go "All the Way" with Bob Dylan

    Columbia RecordsBob Dylan's new cover version of Frank Sinatra's 1957 hit "All the Way" has premiered online on Dylan's official website and YouTube channel. The track will be featured on the folk-rock legend's upcoming album Fallen Angels, which will be released May 20.

    Dylan's rendition of "All the Way" transforms the tune into a laid-back country shuffle, complete with twangy pedal-steel guitar. Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, the song was introduced in the 1957 film The Joker Is Wild. The tune went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

    As previously reported, Fallen Angels will be Dylan's second consecutive album dedicated to songs recorded by Sinatra, following 2015's Shadows in the Night. The new record will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP and a digital download. A blue-vinyl version of the album is available exclusively at Barnes & Noble, while Dylan's online store is selling limited-edition bundles packaging the CD or LP with a lithograph and a pack of Fallen Angels playing cards. If you pre-order the digital version of the album, you'll automatically receive a free download of "All the Way" and another track, "Melancholy Mood."

    Dylan will support Fallen Angels with a U.S. tour that kicks off June 4 in Woodinville, Washington, and runs through a July 17 concert in Gilford, New Hampshire. Mavis Staples will open all of the shows. Purchase a pair of tickets to certain concerts and you'll receive a free CD copy of the new album.

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    New Chicago Box Set Takes a Remastered Look at Band's Old Days

    RhinoChicago was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, and now comes word that a new box set featuring high-quality Blu-ray Audio versions of most of the band's early albums will be released on June 17.

    Chicago Quadio is a nine-disc collection boasting new quadrophonic and stereo mixes of the horn-driven rock act's first eight studio efforts, and of the group's 1975 greatest-hits compilation.

    The box set, which will sell for a suggested list price of $159.98, will replicate the original sleeves and packaging of the nine albums, including mini posters and an iron-on that came with 1975's Chicago VIII. All of the albums have been remastered in both quadrophonic and stereo.

    Among the many classic songs featured on the Chicago Quadio collection are "Beginnings," "Make Me Smile," "Saturday in the Park," "25 or 6 to 4," "Colour My World," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Just You 'n' Me," "Old Days," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and the chart-topping "If You Leave Me Now."

    Here is the list of albums featured in the Chicago Quadio box set:

    Chicago Transit Authority (1969)
    Chicago (1970)
    Chicago III (1971)
    Chicago V (1972)
    Chicago VI (1973)
    Chicago VII (1974)
    Chicago VIII (1975)
    Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits (1975)
    Chicago X (1976)

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    Search Warrant Issued for Prince's Paisley Park Estate

    Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAuthorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.

    Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.

    The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.

    The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer's death.

    The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.

    The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.

    The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.

    Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the singer's body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could "likely take weeks," according to the medical examiner's office.

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