Lionel Richie's daughter NICOLE is making the most of her 15 minutes of fame as the star of a new reality show in America by planning the launch of her musical debut.

The socialite star of new riches-to-rags show The Simple Life opposite PARIS HILTON - is planning to make a dent on the music charts in 2004 after spending much of this year fine-tuning her sound.

But she'd determined to let her new show run its course before she releases her first album - because she doesn't want to appear to be cashing in on her TV success.

She says, "I play piano and violin and cello and I think it would be a waste to put an album out and be like, 'OK, I've got a show out and here's my album.'

"That's so dumb. I want to take my time with it and incorporate all my training, and make it my own."

Meanwhile, Richie's new TV show has been declared a big hit - 13 million people watched the debut of the new reality series on Tuesday night (02DEC03).

04/12/2003 02:29