Soul singer Lionel Richie is writing a song about AIDS, to be debuted at the final of Indian talent TV show Indian Idol next month (FEB05).

The former COMMODORE and celebrity pal Richard Gere have been campaigning against the HIV/AIDS problem in the Asian nation.

Gere and Indian Idol bosses agreed last year (04) the winner's first single would be about the virus, but were having problems finding the right song.

At the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM in Davos, Switzerland last week (ends28JAN05), Gere was delighted when Richie admitted he had the perfect song in mind.

Gere enthuses, "But we couldn't get this song. Lionel said he had this song. He started to sing it to me. The hairs on the back of my neck flipped up. It was the perfect song, anthemic."

31/01/2005 13:59