John Legend released his fourth studio album ‘Love in the Future’ on August 30th, and offered Walmart Soundcheck a glimpse of the creative process behind the ballads. In an interview with the R&B singer, Legend explained why his music is made for those believe in love and how it may just be his best record yet.
Talking about themes on the record, Legend said, “I think that attitude is pervasive throughout the album. The idea that beginning something new is beautiful and holds a lot of possibility. It’s for people who want to believe in love.”
On the making of his new album, Legend said, “I wanted to think about what it means to make a modern soul album – knowing your heritage but also keeping it fresh and not feeling like you’re bound to the past.”
Discussing the ‘Made to Love’ music video, he shared, “We wanted to create a video to visually simulate what love felt like. It’s one of my favorite videos I’ve ever done.”
On mixing old and new on ‘Love in the Future’, Legend explained, “This album is sonically different than my previous albums. I think of it as a progression. People will hear some familiar vibes and some new ones too.”
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John Legend took a shot at some rival reality singing competition judges in an interview with E!. The entertainment network spoke with Legend and fellow ‘Duets’ judges Kelly Clarkson and Robin Thicke at the EW-ABC Upfront party. “You know it’s interesting. It should be very interesting. I don’t have much to say,” Legend said about ‘The X Factor’ adding Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges. “It’s interesting when people you know who are judging singing competitions when they aren’t really singers. It’s interesting.” Thicke and Clarkson had different views about the subject. Watch their comments below.
Update: John had this to say to his Twitter followers (@johnlegend):
Read my mentions today if you want some entertainment served with a side dish of crazy and a sprinkle of racism.
I’ve never heard Demi’s voice btw. Wasn’t referring to her.
Among some of those angry incoming Tweets:
Becc****ber1: @johnlegend LOL at you saying demi can’t sing? I mean who the fu** are you anyway? Thought so, irrelevant fu**.
Sab****yes: @johnlegend Who the fu** are you to say my Idol can’t sing?
Lo****ca: @johnlegend you’re a fu**ing moron, never speak ill of @ddlovato, she is the best, and your a fu**ing idiot.
Several R&B artists are sharing their thoughts on Twitter following the news that Whitney Houston had been found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon and declared dead after paramedics were unsuccessful performing CPR on the singing legend. Houston was 48. Among the Tweets:
Willow Smith (@Willow_Camille1): R.I.P Whitney… :) we will always love you<3
Rihanna (@rihanna): No words! Just tears #DearWhitney
I honestly can’t think of anything else!!!
Feels so strange being at the Grammy rehearsal right now!!
If I should die this very day… Don’t cry!!! #DearWhitney
Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW): I don’t know what to say….
Jawan Harris (@singerjawan) Im not even gonna believe Whitney Houston just passed away… Nope?? Not having it.
My heart dropped when I heard about her… Smh.
R.I.P Whitney Houston
Life is short… Thank GOD for what you have, Even if you feel it’s not enough. GOD BLESSED YOU with 1 life. Live it and Enjoy it!?? # ItsOn
Aaron Fresh (@AaronFresh1): I am deeply hurt by Whitney Houston’s death… I love u and u will forever be tee best! #teamfresh
Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys): I feel sick…. Life is precious, we are fragile souls. Let’s love each other! I miss you beautiful Whitney, the whole world misses you!!
Chrisette Michele (@ChrisetteM): It was hard to sing tonight and think of Whitney at the same time. Chicago you were a beautiful audience. I love you.
Kelly Rowland (@KELLYROWLAND): I am beyond heartbroken. Whitney Houston was undoubtedly one of the greatest singers & performers of all time & such a huge influence on me. She embraced me when I first started out with Destiny’s Child, with love, with encouragement and with that powerhouse voice. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her daughter, her mother and to all of her loved ones.
John Legend checked in with his Twitter followers (@johnlegend) on Tuesday (May 31), reacting to the resignation of Ohio State coach Jim Tressel in wake of several current and former football players trading memorabilia for tattoos, violating NCAA rules. The R&B singer also annoyed his girlfriend Christine Teigen with his Tweets on the subject, since the Ohio native didn’t attend OSU, instead graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. John and Chrissy write:
John: Writing a song called “lie to me.” This is dedicated to Jim Tressel. #GoBuckeyes.
John: Song is about how sometimes you’d rather just hear a lie cuz the truth hurts.
John: I realize i won’t be the first one to write about this. Nothing new under the sun. Just gotta flip it in a new way
John: re: ohio state scandal, this story and most others in college sports revolve around players wanting to be paid for creating serious value
John: i think the whole system is broken and encourages rule-breaking. the unlucky ones get caught.
John: i don’t blame the ncaa for enforcing the current rules. but rules can be changed.
John: What’s inherently immoral about a kid cashing in on his celebrity to get a discount on a car? real celebrities get to do that all the time.
John: what’s inherently immoral about a kid selling his ring that he earned so he can get some spending money? if that’s immoral, then schools & coaches should give up their millions too.
Christine: uhhh @johnlegend is doing more ranting on twitter than I have ever heard him do, ever. that guy sure bleeds some OSU blood. weirdo… you would think he went there.
Christine: want to piss him off? say you also went to penn state. or that you can’t believe he went to penn state. anything about penn state, really.
John: @chrissyteigen I will convert you sooner or later
John Legend checked in with his Twitter followers (@johnlegend) on Tuesday (April 19) after getting a cassette tape, prompting some chuckles about the retro media. The R&B singer writes:
Just got a present from my label rep! This cassette deck is about to put in work.
Mind you, this is not a relic. This actually has relatively new stuff on it. Cassettes are still made in the 21st century, my friends
It’s like a Korean version of those NOW compilations. I’m on it. Plus Britney, Alicia, Justin (the older one), JLo & more.
Magnetic Man are out with the music video to their new single ‘Getting Nowhere’, featuring vocals from John Legend. The song is off the electronic music project’s self-titled debut album, out now on Columbia Records.
John Legend and The Roots rocked the Rolling Stone Playlist issue party at New York’s Highline Ballroom last week. Watch a highlight clip from the show, featuring a performance of ‘Hard Times’, below.
Radio 538 welcomed John Legend to the studio on the Evers Staat Op show. Watch the American R&B singer perform ‘Ordinary People’, ‘Shine’, and ‘Wake Up Everybody’ via the Dutch station’s YouTube channel below.
John Legend performed ‘Wake Up Everybody’ in the V-103 studio in Atlanta the other day. The song, a cover of the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 1975 hit, is off the American R&B singer’s collaborative album with The Roots, ‘Wake Up!’. Watch it via YouTube below.
John Legend & The Roots are out with a performance video to their new single ‘Shine’, off their collaborative album ‘Wake Up!’, out Tuesday (September 21) on GOOD Music/Sony. Watch it via YouTube below.