John Legend Announces 7th LP ‘Bigger Love’
EDIT: This post has been updated with the cover, tracklist and a streaming link for John’s new album. Listen below.
John Legend fired up his social media accounts this morning to let fans know that his 7th studio album drops on June 19. While the full tracklist of Bigger Love hasn’t been revealed just yet, the project is expected to include recent singles “Actions,” “Conversations In The Dark” and the perky title track. Speaking of which, the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired dozens of good songs, but few are as feel-good as “Bigger Love.” This infectious call to the dance floor radiates optimism with every gently placed beat.
“Cause we got a bigger love, won’t ever give it up,” the 41-year-old sings on the chorus. “We got a one-way ticket love, we ain’t going no place but up.” A tune this uplifting deserves an equally upbeat visual and John comes through with a clip comprised of fan submissions. “This video was made to celebrate our shared love, hope and resilience,” the enduring hitmaker explains. “We’re all using technology to stay in touch and finding creative ways to cope and we wanted the video to be a big musical hug for people around the world.”
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I’m so excited to introduce my new album #BiggerLove to the world. Here’s the album cover painted by brilliant artist @charlylpalmer. Swipe for the track list, including my amazing featured guests. This project has been a labor of love for me, something I’ve spent over a year conceiving and creating. I poured my heart and soul into these songs and collaborated with some incredibly gifted co-writers, producers and musicians. The songs are inspired by the loves of my life: my wife, my family and the rich tradition of black music that has made me the artist I am. All of these songs were created prior to the world being rocked by a pandemic, prior to the latest police killings in the U.S. that sent so many to the streets in protest. During these painful times, some of us may wonder if it’s ok to laugh or dance or be romantic. Lately, the images of black people in the media have been showing us with knees on our necks, in mourning, or expressing our collective outrage. We feel all those emotions. But It’s important for us to continue to show the world the fullness of what it is to be black and human. Through our art, we are able to do that. This album is a celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience, the things that make our culture so beautiful and influential. I’m under no illusion that music can save the world or solve the world’s problems, but I’ve always turned to music to help me through tough times and I know many of you have done the same. That’s why I couldn’t wait to release this album to the world. I debuted in 2004 with an album called Get Lifted. And now, as we enter the summer of 2020, I hope this new album can get you lifted again, fill your hearts with love and inspiration, give you something to dance to, something to hold hands to, something to make love to. A week from today, on June 19, I invite you to experience a #BiggerLove.
The title track: