Soul legend Lionel Richie quipped that he tried to claim trademark on the word “Hello” after Adele’s latest hit.
According to The Sun, Lionel jokes that he wished he’d trademarked the word hello.
“You can’t use my word without my acknowledgement, thank you very much. 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!”
Commodores singer Lionel, 66, released Hello on his 1984 album Can’t Slow Down.
It features the famous line: “Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?”
Meanwhile, hero to dumped girls, Adele released her own song called Hello this year.
It features the line. “Hello. It’s me.”
Of course the two songs and videos are fairly different.