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Netflix picks up Lionel Richie-produced music doc

Dorothy St feature-length single explores 1985 charity recording by stars.

Netflix has picked up international rights to Dorothy St Pictures’ Lionel Richie-produced music doc The Greatest Night in Pop. 

The feature-length single tells the inside story of Richie and Michael Jackson’s attempts to emulate the achievements of Bob Geldof and Band Aid to record a charity single to benefit African famine relief featuring some of world’s biggest music stars. 

It will land on Netflix on 29 January following a deal with distributor Paramount Global Content Distribution. 

After hosting the American Music Awards, Richie corralled dozens of stars in an LA studio to conduct the final recording session for the track We Are the World.  

The Greatest Night in Pop chronicles the huge undertaking led by the song’s co-writers, Richie and Jackson, and producer/conductor Quincy Jones, to ensure the single got recorded. This entailed dealing with the egos and behaviours of the world’s biggest supergroup, which included Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Loggins, Dionne Warwick, Steve Perry, Huey Lewis, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers, among others. 


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