John Legend has officially kicked off a new of music. He recently released his new single “Dope” featuring rapper JID as the first offering from his forthcoming album.
“I’m so thrilled to be releasing new music,” Legend said. “The past year or so has been so exciting for me creatively. I have been writing and collaborating with some of the most talented people in music, and we have some great new material to share with the world.”
Legend’s new project will follow his 2020 album, Bigger Love. The Grammy-winning LP (Best R&B Album) spawned two gold certifications from the RIAA, including “Conversations in the Dark” and “Wild” with Gary Clark Jr.
Leading up to Legend’s new era launch this year, the 12x Grammy winner was honored by the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective with the inaugural Global Impact Award for his “personal and professional achievements in the music industry.”
As Legend gears up to release his eighth studio album, Rated R&B breaks down everything we know so far about the project.
What is John Legend’s new album called?
Legend has announced that his eighth studio album is aptly titled LEGEND. “Until this point, I’ve never used an aspect of my name as the title of an album,” he explained. “I had to earn that, to live up to it by delivering in the performance and the music. And this is me saying, I’m proud of who I am, I’m confident in the work I’ve done, and I’m just going to declare it.”
When is John Legend’s new album coming out?
LEGEND is scheduled to release on Sept. 9 via Republic Records.
What songs are on John Legend’s new album?
“Dope” was released as the album’s first single. In a statement, Legend said, “‘Dope’ is one of my favorites. I love the energy of the song. I loved collaborating with my gifted co-writers and producers, and JID is one of my favorite emerging artists in hip-hop. I hope the song can be a part of people’s soundtrack for this summer.”
LEGEND, which is a double album, consists of 24 tracks split into two acts.
LEGEND Track List:
1. Rounds ft. Rick Ross
3. Dope ft JID
4. Strawberry Blush
5. Guy Like Me
6. All She Wanna Do
7. Splash ft Jhene Aiko, Ty Dolla $ign
9. Fate ft Amber Mark
10. Love ft Jazmine Sullivan
11. One Last Dance
12. All She Wanna Do ft. Saweetie
3. Wonder Woman
4. Honey ft. Muni Long
5. I Want You to Know
6. Speak in Tongues ft Jada Kingdom
7. The Other Ones ft Rapsody
10. Good ft Ledisi
11. I Don’t Love U Like I Used To
Who is featured on John Legend’s new album LEGEND?
JID is featured on the album since he appears on the lead single “Dope.” In an interview with Eddie Francis on Apple Music 1, Legend confirmed the following features: Jazmine Sullivan, Jhené Aiko, Muni Long, Ty Dolla $ign, Rapsody and Rick Ross. Legend described his collaboration with Ross as “a lush, soulful track.”
What producers and songwriters are credited on the album?
So far, Ryan Tedder (Adele, Beyoncé) and Ian Kirkpatrick (Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez) are confirmed producers on the album. Charlie Puth (Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber) is a confirmed co-writer on the album, aside from Legend. They all collaborated on the new single “Dope.”
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What record label is John Legend signed to now?
Legend’s new album will release on John Legend Music, Inc./Republic Records. In November 2021, Legend announced his new deal with Republic Records, after exiting Columbia Records. “I am excited to partner with Republic Records in this next chapter of my career,” he said. “Everyone at the label has been so wonderful to work with. I am thrilled to take this new artistic and creative journey with them and look forward to sharing new music with people soon.”
Is John Legend going on tour?
Tour dates have not been announced yet. However, Legend will resume his Las Vegas residency on Aug. 5, with 16 shows lined up through late October. Tickets are available on Legend’s website.
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