The Internal Revenue Service has filed a tax lien against singer-songwriter Lionel Richie for over $1.1 million in unpaid taxes.
Richie said the tax debt will be paid quickly. “I was recently made aware of the situation by my new team, and it’s being handled immediately,” he told CNN through his publicist on Friday.
Richie began writing and performing chart-topping hits in the late 1960s when he was a member of the Commodores. He had a string of hits as a soloist in the 1980s, including “All Night Long,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Hello,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.” However, while he has continued to write and perform, he has not achieved the level of commercial success of his heyday.
More recently, he has appeared on the NBC singing competition series “The Voice” as an advisor to some of the singers, and he is scheduled to be one of the judges on another music competition series “Duets,” which is set to debut on ABC this summer.
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