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December 6, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
Last week Rick Ross revealed " 100 Black Coffins ," his typically imposing contribution to the upcoming soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained. " The album, due out Dec. 18, is the first of Tarantino's soundtracks to feature original songs he commissioned, and today Pop & Hiss brings you an exclusive premiere of another of those tunes: "Who Did That to You?" by John Legend. Co-written and produced by Paul Epworth (of " Rolling in the Deep " fame), "Who Did That to You" presents a grittier sound than we're accustomed to hearing from this smooth-voiced soul star; it finds Legend insisting he's "not afraid to do the Lord's work" over an organ-fueled garage-soul groove.
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March 27, 2014 | By August Brown
Of all the points in his career that John Legend could have toured concert halls with a stripped-bare acoustic setup, 2014 seems the least likely.  The singer-songwriter's most recent LP, last year's “Love in the Future,” is Legend's most electronic, experimental record to date. Co-produced by Kanye West, it uses laptop noise to show how relationships break down and rebuild a person. Onstage, Legend usually embodies restraint and composure, but this record is about love making you crazy.
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October 2, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
John Legend is postponing his fall U.S. tour, the soul crooner announced Tuesday in a letter to fans. The nine-time Grammy winner had planned on previewing “Love in the Future,” his forth solo album in nearly four years, with a trek that was to hit more than 20 cities, including a Nov. 18 stop in Los Angeles at the Wiltern. Legend said he needed to postpone the tour to next year to give himself more time to complete the record. “We announced the dates before we'd finished the album because we were sure we'd finish the album in time.
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January 17, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Madonna and Beyonce appear to have their eyes locked on the Grammy stage. The pop superstars are expected to be among the big surprise moments during next week's ceremony, according to two sources with knowledge of the plans. Late last year Beyonce pulled off one of the best-kept secrets in recent music history when she stealthily released her self-titled album without as much as a hint. The Grammys is where she will make her first televised performance in support of the project - which shattered iTunes records upon its release in December - according to a source with knowledge of the matter.  Madonna, however, is expected to pop up and lend guest vocals during a performance from one of the night's nominees, an additional source confirmed.
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January 15, 2009 | Jeff Weiss
"John Legend is suave and smooth," read a text message crawling across the jumbo screen before the 13-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter's performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre on Tuesday. Indeed, with songs so silken and seamless as to be soporific, the 30-year-old R&B balladeer has emerged as the preeminent practitioner of vanilla latte soul for the sport coat-and-cravat crowd, a Brian McKnight for Generation Y.
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April 14, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
No other genre has benefited more from EDM's current notch on the cultural landscape than urban pop. The global, four-on-the-floor Europop that dance DJs used to become superstars first circled the genre, then sunk its claws in deep thanks to smash singles from Rihanna and Kelly Rowland. Now John Legend is the latest, and most unsuspecting, visitor to the genre-blending world. COACHELLA:  Festival  photos since 2004 | Day 2 photos Recent club-savvy releases from R&B crooners like Usher, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo have reflected a major shift toward more Europop textures of EDM, even as acts like Frank Ocean and Miguel have aggressively pulled away from the sounds in a bid to craft electronic-dipped R&B that doesn't cater to the dance crowd in search of pulsating synths.  The soul crooner surprised sweat-soaked festival-goers who crammed the Sahara tent for Italian spinster Benny Benassi.
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January 21, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Doug E. Fresh, 2 Chainz and MC Lyte were among those on hand to be honored at Sunday night's Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. But none let the fact that they were collecting hardware keep them from taking the mike. MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh -- hip-hop icons both credited with influencing many of the genre's current artists -- showcased their talents while receiving lifetime achievement awards. Stepping back on-stage after her acceptance speech, Lyte flashed a quick smile.
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January 20, 2013 | By Wesley Lowery
WASHINGTON -- With American flags projected on the tall walls surrounding the stage, an excited Common took the stage. Saturday night's show, he declared, was a celebration. "When our president, Barack Obama, won, it was a victory for all of us," the rapper proclaimed to the several hundred packed into the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture for the Generation Now inauguration party. "Our president is in his second term because he reached for the sky," he added before launching into his first song, "The People.
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March 27, 2014 | By August Brown
Of all the points in his career that John Legend could have toured concert halls with a stripped-bare acoustic setup, 2014 seems the least likely.  The singer-songwriter's most recent LP, last year's “Love in the Future,” is Legend's most electronic, experimental record to date. Co-produced by Kanye West, it uses laptop noise to show how relationships break down and rebuild a person. Onstage, Legend usually embodies restraint and composure, but this record is about love making you crazy.
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August 31, 2013 | By August Brown
There's one second of sound on John Legend's new album, "Love in the Future," that sums up his current artistic mission. It's on the delicate, gloomy track "Asylum," and the sound is a snare drum. Or rather a blast of raw, percussive white noise that punctuates Legend's future-soul tale of a love "where we both go crazy. " "We were leaning toward progressive, cool samples with space and minimalism," Legend said. "How do you refresh a genre that's so traditional and classic?" Although Legend is an R&B artist indebted to Sam Cooke's pristine phrasing and white-shoe piano ballads, his "Love in the Future" sounds remarkably modern.
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December 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Here are 11 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas -- whether with synchronized fireworks or concerts by the likes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Kristin Chenoweth and Maroon 5 -- and two ways to recover. Among the choices: Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars christens the Chelsea, the new, intimate venue at the Cosmopolitan . Tickets, priced at $150 and $200 (plus taxes and fees), are available online  or by calling (800) 745-3000. The concert also will be screened outdoors beside the resort's ice skating rink.
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August 31, 2013 | By August Brown
There's one second of sound on John Legend's new album, "Love in the Future," that sums up his current artistic mission. It's on the delicate, gloomy track "Asylum," and the sound is a snare drum. Or rather a blast of raw, percussive white noise that punctuates Legend's future-soul tale of a love "where we both go crazy. " "We were leaning toward progressive, cool samples with space and minimalism," Legend said. "How do you refresh a genre that's so traditional and classic?" Although Legend is an R&B artist indebted to Sam Cooke's pristine phrasing and white-shoe piano ballads, his "Love in the Future" sounds remarkably modern.
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August 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Rick Ross built his career rapping about his exploits as an above-the-law drug kingpin, a front he kept up even after it was famously revealed that in a previous life the Miami MC had once worked as a Dade County corrections officer. The news might reasonably have killed his ascent. But having survived the intrusion of reality, Ross doubled down on artifice, and since then his tales of a lavish and dangerous lifestyle have made him one of hip-hop's most successful stars. When he took the stage Wednesday night at Club Nokia, Ross was clearly hoping to control his image once again in the wake of yet another damaging episode.
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July 22, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A year after postponing his tour, John Legend is hitting the road this fall. The nine-time Grammy winner announced the trek, billed as the “Made to Love” tour, on Monday.   Legend will hit more than 20 cities across the U.S. starting Oct. 20 in Mashantucket, Conn. The tour wraps in L.A. on Dec. 1 with a gig at Nokia Theatre. R&B songstress (and popular reality star) Tamar Braxton will open.  The soul crooner recently released “Made to Love,” the second single from his long gestating fourth solo album, “Love in the Future.” Legend was originally set to tour last fall, but he shuttered the tour in order to complete the album, which he planned on unveiling while on the road.
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June 23, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
By the light of the supermoon at Saturday's Opening Night festivities at the Hollywood Bowl, Patti Austin, John Legend and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Academy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett welcomed the crowd, while a notable trio -- Arsenio Hall, Stevie Wonder and Peter Fonda -- presented the awards. As if all that weren't enough reason for a celebration complete with fireworks, Darren Criss of TV's “Glee” introduced YOLA, the Youth Orchestra L.A., but not until after his performance with the John Burroughs High School Powerhouse Show Choir.
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June 23, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
You could credit the so-called super moon rising, the fireworks, the perfect weather or some combination thereof, but an unexplainable event occurred on Saturday during the annual "Opening Night at the Bowl" at the Hollywood Bowl. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith performed their silliest, least consequential hit, “Love in an Elevator,” with a full orchestra backing - and it sounded pretty good. Tyler, one of the great vocalists of the arena rock era (and, more recently, a judge on "American Idol")
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April 14, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
No other genre has benefited more from EDM's current notch on the cultural landscape than urban pop. The global, four-on-the-floor Europop that dance DJs used to become superstars first circled the genre, then sunk its claws in deep thanks to smash singles from Rihanna and Kelly Rowland. Now John Legend is the latest, and most unsuspecting, visitor to the genre-blending world. COACHELLA:  Festival  photos since 2004 | Day 2 photos Recent club-savvy releases from R&B crooners like Usher, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo have reflected a major shift toward more Europop textures of EDM, even as acts like Frank Ocean and Miguel have aggressively pulled away from the sounds in a bid to craft electronic-dipped R&B that doesn't cater to the dance crowd in search of pulsating synths.  The soul crooner surprised sweat-soaked festival-goers who crammed the Sahara tent for Italian spinster Benny Benassi.
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January 21, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
One mark of a competent chief executive - especially one responsible for leading a nation - is an ability to learn from past mistakes. On that count, President Obama's omission of classical music from his second inauguration ceremony on Monday (barring last-minute additions to the announced musical lineup of Beyoncé , Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor singing, respectively, “The Star Spangled Banner,” “My Country 'Tis of Thee” and “America...
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