bruno mars lionel richie*Legend Lionel Richie is totally not hating on the new generation of artists. Instead, he’s embracing and thanking them for making him cool again.

The singer was totally flattered when Bruno Mars asked him for advice and also used his music.

“The new generations are discovering that guys like me can do melodies. Bruno Mars is a killer for melodies and lyrics, and he came to my show,” Lionel said. “He asked me afterwards: ‘Can you tell me how you do it?’, and I said: ‘Don’t worry, you’re doing just fine.’ These new guys are hungry for longevity. Daft Punk’s album shares some of that R&B sound, and they know it’s all about writing great songs.”

In all of his wonderful humility, Lionel also commented that he never knew that the music he was making back in the ‘70s and ‘80s would be timeless.

“The words of Three Times A Lady apply in 2013 just as they did in 1978, but at the time disco was happening and I was worried about being a laughing stock,” says Ritchie, who headlines Barclaycard British Summer Time at Hyde Park in July.

Speaking about the Summer Time gig, he said: “Hyde Park is as big as it gets, and you’ll have total hit power on that stage.”

More information is available about the event at bst-hydepark.com.