John Legend Dishes On ‘Beyonce’-Style Surprise Drop For New Album

Published: Thursday 10th Mar 2016 by Rashad
John Legend visits AOL Hq for Build on March 9, 2016 in New York. Photos by Gino DePinto, AOL

After a string of professional and personal successes over the last year, ‘So High’ hitmaker John Legend has been just that – riding high on award wins, chart-topping hits, and more.

Now, as if forthcoming fatherhood wasn’t enough to sing about, the Grammy & Academy Award winning crooner can boast delivering record ratings for WGN America as his new show, ‘Underground’ (starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell), drew in a whopping 2.5 million with its Wednesday night premiere.

Taking to AOL in a recent interview, Legend weighed in on the controversy surrounding the show as well as racial tension in the U.S. today (ripping into Donald Trump‘s ‘racist rhetoric’).  When quizzed on his new album, however, the singer delighted fans with news they should expect the project in late 2016.

Tuck in to hear his thoughts on ‘surprise’ album releases, a la ‘Beyonce,’ and if his 5th album will be unveiled with a similar rollout:

Interview Highlights

On WGN’s ‘Underground’ (2:28)

On Donald Trump (7:33)

On his favorite album of his (20:20)

On new album & “surprise release” marketing campaigns:  (21:00)

John Legend’s new album, due third quarter 2016, will be his first in three years and follow the critically acclaimed project ‘Love in the Future’ (featuring the international hit ‘All of Me’).

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  1. Tyler Makiavelli March 11, 2016


  2. truthtea March 11, 2016

    Ugh, I don’t know who’s more annoying to hear about…Thiefyawnce or Failure Swift!

    • HailBeysus March 11, 2016

      Kii chile! Nobody believes what you wrote. If you truly hated and couldn’t stand The Queen a simple ignoring the post would’ve done just fine. But instead here you are low key stanning!

  3. IT time to turn unpullow around Cole brezyk March 11, 2016

    Nice of him

  4. HailBeysus March 11, 2016

    My Queens IMPACT is just inevitable at this point. She changed the game for all of Hollywood. From Comedians to Movies to Music everyone is taking a bite out Beyoncé’s successful surprise release. Before the haters start. Yes, she wasn’t the first to do it we already know this. However, she was the first to succeed at it and on a grand scale at that. #BowDownBitxhes

    • Tyler Makiavelli March 11, 2016

      Self Titled is the most commercially successful surprise release to date!
      She changed the game with that digital drop.

      • HailBeysus March 11, 2016

        Yes! Ain’t no surprise release fuxking with Beyoncé’s. Not even the Black Madonna’s surprise release Kiii!

      • Tyler Makiavelli March 11, 2016

        I called it! I told those b****** , Marsha specifically, that the “Black Madonna” was going to try to pull a Beyonce with Anti lol.
        It’s been a MONTH already, has the album sold 500,000 yet? They refuse to answer the question. So I take that as a no ???

  5. Cough Cough March 11, 2016

    The girls must be extremely bored to just come in here and have a pointless, full blown conversation about Beyonce. Anyway, back to topic,it will be nice to get some new John Legend material. That boy sure be SANGIN! A true talent!

  6. Theman March 11, 2016

    Lol Beyonce did all of that & still didn’t move three million units. The hype sold her album, then it quickly fell off because it had no legit hits..

    • Tyler Makiavelli March 11, 2016

      Like I said before, it’s the most commercially successful surprise release to date.
      *holds up peace sign and fades away*

    • King B March 12, 2016

      “It quickly fell off” It currently spend it’s 112th weeks on Chart at no.89. It will reach 2.5 million units in US. Borh This Way was hype, 1 million first week at out of the charts one year later with 4 TOP TENS.

  7. Career Ender March 11, 2016

    come through Legend!
    Oscar-Grammy-Golden Globe winner
    when will the lessors?

  8. Coolness March 11, 2016

    Can we talk about his skin though, hahaha?! His esthetician is the real MVP, lol. Anyway, it’s really great to see John Legend achieve the huge cross-over success he has in recent years. Not that he wasn’t popular before but All Of Me took his career to a whole new level. Plus, he’s a Golden Globe and Oscar winner with his first child on the way! Just goes to show you how good things come to those who wait.

  9. Barb-wire March 11, 2016

    Slay Legend! He has always stayed true to himself and I’m ready for his next release. Love in the future was the s***.

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