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"Look, all artists are egotistical maniacs with inferiority complexes," Lionel told us with a laugh when asked about talking Shania into tackling the song. "We're great until we're alone. Once we're left alone, a little voice creeps in and says, 'I don't know if we can do that again.' When left alone too long, that little voice can talk us into madness. But what I had to do with Shania was just very simple. I said to her, 'We have something in common: we are both scared to death.' She said, 'But you're Lionel Richie!' And I said, 'But you're Shania Twain!' And in the middle of her paranoia, once she heard her own voice on that opening line, she loosened up. Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it."
'Tuskegee' will be released March 27 and also includes guest appearances from Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Jennifer Nettles, Tim McGraw and more. Read our full interview with Lionel, along with the album's track list here.