Thankfully it is more low-key than the sleeve shot of Richie in a blinding checkered shirt and stetson hat straight out of Roy Rogers.Though it challenged perceptions of Richie as strictly a soul artist, the song was nonetheless favourably received by fans and reached number three in the United States and number 12 in the UK.And if you too are a Rihanna fan the bad news is this exact hoodie is now sold out, but the good news is there’s lots more to choose from on the Rihanna website (click right).
When approached by TMZ as he left a juice bar in Beverly Hills with Sofia, he looked understandably comfortable.
He quickly declared: "I'm not going there," before waving his hands and adding: "I have strict instructions not to go there." Asked if he approved of their relationship, he mumbled an almost inaudible "Yes".
A collaboration with country group Alabama, Deep River Woman saw the artist reconnect with his southern United States origins (he was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama) and was released as a double a-side with Ballerina Girl.
The song foreshadowed his 2012 album Tuskegee, in which he returned to his country roots, dueting with such giants of the genre as Shania Twain and Willie Nelson. Stuck On You (1984) An early foray into country music, Stuck On You pairs the singer's husky warble with twanging guitars and minimalist arrangements.
But cheese has a vital place in pop and who could argue that Richie's biggest hits have passed music's ultimate test – decades after first conquering the charts, audiences of every age know all the words by heart.
Certainly there's nothing ironic or winking about the effervescent thrills to be derived from the timeless All Night Long (All Night) or the gloriously smoochy Easy.
Richie's Coming Home album was heralded as a stereotypical "return to form" and yielded the live favourite All Around The World.
It has been reported that Richie subsequently regretted the name, on the grounds that it invited unkind comparisons with the florid Oasis track (relax Lionel – the Oasis song is RUBBISH).
So it is little surprise that he's able to bring a greatest hits tour to the UK next summer, and that people are very excited about it.
Admittedly, he has a reputation as an unabashed schmaltz merchant and even his best songs are loaded with gooey sentimentality.
Sofia sported a leather skirt teamed with a hoodie from Rihanna’s Monster tour for the occasion, accessorising her look with lace up ankle boots and a leather handbag.