The Daily Mail reported that John Legend’s 22.4 million social media followers received a sneak peek at his upcoming music video for the single, “Love Me Now.” The video featured Legend, a 37-year-old Oscar winner and platinum-selling singer-songwriter, along with his wife Chrissy Teigen and their infant daughter Luna.
The music video features intimate moments shared between the three, including time spent cuddling his 7-month old daughter, as well as his wife. Teigen is said to be the inspiration for Legend’s previous hit song, “All of Me,” which was featured on 2013’s Love In The Future and become the singer’s first chart-topping hit. During an interview with Cosmopolitan, and as reported by Fox News and MSN, Teigen references Legend’s history as a “notorious modelizer,” referring to his former romantic interests. The Lip Sync Battle host openly discussed the time that she and Legend almost split during a particularly stressful point in the singer’s life.
“Love Me Now” is the first single released from Legend’s fifth studio album titled Darkness and Light, which, as reported by Forbes, is his first album in over three years. The single, originally released in October, debuted on the Hot 100, but has only reached a high position at number 55 thus far. Currently, the album is scheduled to release on December 2, just in time for holiday shopping. Along with the single, the album also features pieces with Chance The Rapper, Miguel, and the stylings of Brittany Howard.
Fatherhood and The Joys That Come With It
Legend, born John Stephens, made a recent appearance on Good Morning America where he discussed the upcoming music video as well as his enjoyment in becoming a father. He shared stories about preparing for Luna’s first Halloween, including having her try on multiple outfits and likening the experience to a fashion show. The costumes were received after Teigen sent out a tweet saying that she didn’t know what Luna should wear, leading several companies to send outfits for consideration.
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Further, Legend discussed the highly-anticipated musical dramedy La La Land, from Damien Chazelle, on which Legend was an executive producer and actor. Legend plays Keith, a bandleader, and also wrote the song “Start a Fire” for the film. Others celebrities involved in the production include Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in starring roles. Unlike many recent musicals that have hit the silver screen, La La Land is an original piece. The film is set to release in the United States on December 16 and will reach U.K. theaters on January 13.
While the 10-time Grammy winner enjoyed his taste of a movie career, he still considers himself to be a singer and songwriter more so than an actor. Currently, Legend is scheduled to perform at the Andy Roddick Gala on November 18 at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.
New Album Release
The upcoming album, Darkness and Light, was produced by the same person as the Alabama Shakes album Sound & Color, Blake Mills. Mills and the band received multiple Grammy nominations for Sound & Color. Mills has also worked with a variety of artists including Fiona Apple, Sky Ferreira, and Conor Oberst. When asked to describe Legend’s upcoming album, Mills released a statement that the record shows Legend’s “long-standing devotion to social justice, the challenges and rewards of a marriage constantly in the public eye and the recent birth of his first child, Luna.”
The release of the record happens on the same day as new collections from musical legends Neil Young and The Rolling Stones. With increased competition created by multiple releases, it is too early to say which album will ultimately rise to the top. However, as the date draws nearer, indications of the pending albums’ successes may become more apparent.
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