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Catching Up with John Legend, 2009-2013

by Mosi Reeves

Catching Up with John Legend, 2009-2013

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It took four years for John Legend's new Love in the Future to come together, a lengthy wait not helped by last year's tour cancellation (when he originally decided to hold off releasing it). But Legend was far from silent. Let's not forget that he released a protest album with The Roots, Wake Up!, that revisited America's Civil Rights era. He landed a hit single from the Think Like a Man soundtrack, "Tonight (Best You Ever Had)." He did a Christmas song with Mariah Carey, "When Christmas Comes." He proved himself one of the better artists to go EDM, thanks to decent singles like MSTRKRFT's "Heartbreaker" and, just recently, Benny Benassi's ["Dance the Pain Away."] And he continued to be a go-to vocalist for his old Chicago friend Kanye West, shining particularly brightly on West's breakup ballad "Blame Game." As a result, Legend built up a catalog of over 35 songs, including the many singles from his 2008 album Evolver -- after all, there's no way we could leave out "Green Light."

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