Everyone’s favorite, John Legend, has released his powerful new single and official music video for the track. Titled ‘Preach’, the music video was directed by Dominique DeLeon and inspires the audience to action, by use of YouTube’s donate and fundraising features which allows viewers to donate to FREE AMERICA.
Talking about the new record, Legend told fans “the idea behind the song is that sometimes we can get so frustrated by the news and what’s going on and there’s this scatter going on in ourselves.”
Watch the official music video for ‘Preach’ below.
Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater was flooded with talent as R&B singer/songwriter and everyone’s favorite, John Legend, brought his headlining Darkness and Light Tour to a packed crowd of his biggest fans. The talent was spread throughout the lineup though, as DMV native, Christopher Gallant (or “Gallant”), got the night started in the best way possible.
Just before he is set to deliver an anticipated performance at Bonnaroo, Gallant had Milwaukee in awe with performances of some of his best tracks. Performing songs from his 2014 self-released EP, Zebra, a project with attained the singer his core fan base, as well as tracks from his 2016 debut album, Ology, Gallant’s set was a true showcase of his voice of songwriting.
The Grammy-nominated Warner Brothers artist certainly picked up a number of new fans in Milwaukee tonight, with highlights from his opening set, which included performances of ‘Cave Me In’, ‘Talking To Myself’ and a memorable finale with his biggest single from his growing and emerging career, ‘Weight In Gold’. As Gallant continues to tour the world, get huge co-signs from artists like Quincy Jones and Seal, and give fans goosebumps with his impressive vocals, the alternative R&B singer has a promising future ahead of himself.
Next up, it was time for John Legend to greet his audience. Named after his fifth studio album, which released just months ago, Legend’s Darkness and Light Tour is everything you love from the Columbia singer. From his ballads on the piano, his beautiful lyrics, to his breathtaking vocals, it’s no surprise that John Legend is an artist that is often imitated but never duplicated.
Legend kicked things off with one of his new LP’s singles, ‘I Know Better’, a lovely gospel-infused record where Legend stays humble and reminds himself that, “Legend is just a name”. But if you asked anyone in attendance tonight, John Legend lives up to his name and has for years. Next, Legend performed his album’s Chance The Rapper collaboration ‘Penthouse Floor’, an artist who calls home, the Windy City located just 90 miles south of tonight’s show.
John Legend continued his set with his 2013 track ‘Tonight’, his single ‘Love Me Now’, and ‘Made To Love’. And whether Legend was impressing the audience with songs from Darkness and Light, some soulful covers, or some of his biggest hits throughout the past decade and change, the audience stayed engaged and Legend continued to blow the crowd away.
While there were too many highlights of his set to count, a few personal favorites included Legend’s performance of ‘Ordinary People’ and his encore performances of his mega-hits, ‘Glory’ and ‘All Of Me’. From Gallant’s opening set to Legend’s memorable encore, the night was one that Milwaukee will not soon forget.
Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below and be sure to get your tickets to another date on Legend and Gallant’s U.S. tour at John Legend’s official website.
While John Legend was only in attendance for last night’s Super Bowl as a fan, the ‘All Of Me’ singer has joined Lady Gaga by sharing tour dates the next morning. Dubbed the “Darkness and Light Tour”, after his fifth studio album of the same name, John Legend will make stops all throughout North America this summer.
Legend’s tour will kick of on May 12th in Miami, and he will make stops in Nashville, Phoenix, St. Louis, Toronto, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and many more, until the tour comes to a close at the end of June. Presale tickets for dates will be available beginning February 7th, with tickets going on sale for the general public on February 10th.
Check out dates and locations for the “Darkness and Light Tour” below and visit JohnLegend.com for more information.
Earlier this year, Chance The Rapper invited John Legend to perform at his record breaking Magnificent Coloring Day in Chicago, and now the two have teamed up again, as Legend recruited Chance for his brand new track, ‘Penthouse Floor’. Premiering early today, on Zane Lowe’s “Beats 1”, as the “world record of the day,” the new track can also be heard on Legend’s forthcoming studio album, Darkness and Light.
‘Penthouse Floor’ is just one of a few exciting collaborations on Legend’s new album, which is set to release on December 2nd via Columbia Record this year. With collabs from Chance, Miguel, and the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, and of course Legend’s soothing voice all throughout, Darkness and Light is certainly an album not to sleep on.
Stream ‘Penthouse Floor’ ft. Chance The Rapper below and preorder Legend’s upcoming album, Darkness and Light, now on iTunes.
If you’re gearing up for Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, get excited because just over a month later fans will have another epic music festival in the Windy City as Chicago’s own, Chance The Rapper, will host U.S. Cellular Field’s fist ever music festival. Taking place at Chicago’s Southside, the home of the Chicago White Sox, Chance The Rapper will perform at the festival, titled the Magnificent Coloring Day, and he has recruited some huge names!
Also scheduled to perform are John Legend, Skrillex, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, Alicia Keys, Tyler The Creator, Young Thug and other special guests! Magnificent Coloring Day will take place on September 24, and tickets go on sale Monday at ChanceRaps.com. If it didn’t already go without saying, get your tickets fast because you will not want to miss out on this one.
Check out Chance’s announcement and lineup poster below.
The official nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced earlier today and while none of their picks were major surprises, artists like Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd are looking to win big when the awards are announced next year on February 15th, 2016. And if reading the list of nominations has your scratching your head, wondering who will pick up the W for each particular category, don’t worry! We have the work cut out for you as we put together our list of predictions for some of Grammy‘s biggest categories.
Check out our predictions for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards below.
Big Sean has released the official music video for his latest album Dark Sky Paradise‘s most emotion record, titled ‘One Man Can Change The World’ with Kanye West and John Legend. The black and white video paints a emotional picture of Big Sean’s childhood, closed with a touching phone conversation between Sean and his late grandmother.
Watch the official music video for ‘One Man Can Change The World’ below.
For months it could only be speculated who the special guest would be for Common’s upcoming “Glory” Fundraiser. Of course though, the hint was all in its name, and today the Common Ground Foundation announced that John Legend would be joining Common in Chicago this weekend for a very special performance of ‘Glory’. The fundraiser will take place this Saturday, March 21st from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Perillo Rolls Royce (834 N. Rush St.). Tickets come with a $1,000 donation, but space is very limited and its for a great cause. Common’s official foundation serves Chicago youth in some of the city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, focusing on character development, creativity, nutrition and money management. Get your tickets now before its too late.
The best and brightest of this past week in music, as well as a throwback track! Hopefully you can bump these tracks on your way to work to brighten up your Monday mornings. This week alone we have a brand new leak from Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming sophomore LP, the return of Charles Hamilton (with the help of Rita Ora), an unreleased Kim Kardashian inspired track from Kanye West, and a charitable remix by John Legend and Sam Smith. Get started at the jump below to check out our favorite records of the past week.
No two artists quite have the pipes and song-writing talents of John Legend and Sam Smith. And in support of the charity Comic Relief, the two combined talents for a brand new recording of Smith’s single ‘Lay Me Down’. Check out the charitable duet below and buy it now on iTunes. 100% of the profits go to Comic Relief, which aims to change the lives of the poor and vulnerable in the U.K. and Africa. Both Smith and Legend graciously opted-out of receiving any royalties from the proceeds on this one and you can also watch the two perform the track live (for the first and only time) on Friday, March 13 on Comic Relief – Face the Funny via BBC One.