The Final Numbers Are In: John Legend’s ‘Darkness & Light’ Sold…

Published: Monday 12th Dec 2016 by Rashad

As we reported here, John Legend‘s ‘Darkness & Light,’ released December 2nd, was greeted with critical acclaim from some of music’s most respected critics.  Unfortunately, that fanfare was not echoed commercially.

24 hours after its premiere, industry analysts predicted the set – featuring the hit ‘Love Me Now’ – would land the crooner his lowest first week sales to date.  And, despite a number of promotional appearances in support of the project to turn the tide, it appears analysts were right.

Forecasted to move 35,000-45,000, tuck in to find out exactly where Mr. Legend’s latest landed on the week’s refreshed chart:

First Week Sales:  38,900 SPS 

Physical Sales:  26, 300

Debut Placement:  #14

Not only do the figures above give Legend his lowest first week sales to date, they also grant him his lowest first week placement on the Billboard 200.

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  1. Mark111 /.\ December 12, 2016

    Serevs him right, his music is too “I’m obessed with my wife” and she’s a tot k***.

  2. Fancy BISH December 12, 2016

    John usually has longevity, so time will tell if this is his Jackie or not

    • Credits December 13, 2016

      His “Jackie”…oh no smh…you guys are turning that into a thing?! Lol!

    • Credits December 13, 2016

      We won’t even call it a flop anymore, just call it a Jackie. Lol

      • Rob was here December 13, 2016

        Ciara STAYS on y’all mind.

    • UPGRADEBOY December 13, 2016

      His jackie OMG I dued twice

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    • Ray December 13, 2016

      Im dying at 5:30 am….oh lorddt. not his ‘jackie”

      • FAF December 13, 2016

        Jackie had a platinum Single and she doesn’t owe Samsung back pay kiiii

  3. Dreazy Baby December 13, 2016

    That has nothing to do with the fact that he put out a beautifully written and produced body of work. This tour will do well too.

    • Lala December 13, 2016

      Darkness and light is an amazing piece of art and i think it’s the first time i care that much for one of his album… the lack of promo tho

      • Dreazy Baby December 14, 2016

        John has literally been on everything to promote the album. Good Morning America, big boy, breakfast club, watch what happens live, Jimmy Fallon, Kimmel, Trevor Noah, about be in LaLa Land. lol it’s not about real vocals anymore. It’s about Bryson tillers, Tory Lanez, Drake and Migos right now.

  4. Dawn December 13, 2016

    I know artist are supposed to grow, but can he go back to his , “were just ordinary people” days

  5. Chileplease December 13, 2016

    I’m surprised he placed so low. Those numbers will usually get you a top 5 album these days lol

    • Kris December 13, 2016

      Don’t forget the SPS cheat code

  6. Theman December 13, 2016

    Nah but pure sales have been pretty decent for the last few weeks. He should’ve done a lot better. He should have promoted his album a lot more. Maybe a few of his singles will catch on.

  7. Theman December 13, 2016

    With pure sales alone he still would have debuted at this position.

  8. Jamie December 13, 2016

    That’s what happens when you think just because you collab with Meghan Waists-Trainor that you’re gonna be backed by a certain persuasion. Same happened to Usher. You lose your audience that way. Stick to your roots.

    • FAF December 13, 2016

      Meagan trainor didn’t make him relevant again it was All of me that even got this new generation talking and let’s face it he had the robin thicke curse – drop a successful single and ride the wave for his next album

    • whut December 13, 2016

      Sorry but he didn’t blow up in mainstream until “All Of Me” was released. His collabo with Megan Trainor had nothing to do with anything.

  9. UPGRADEBOY December 13, 2016

    I feel bad for him.but i saw this coming. His fanbase is not here for him after his mainstream pop venture

  10. pat December 13, 2016

    oh wow.

  11. XoMoDe December 13, 2016

    Disliked him ever since he went on RT with Bill Maher and acted like an ass, so ha!@these horrible numbers and that terrible charting.

  12. RhiRocks December 13, 2016

    Omg y’all acting like he was this huge star before . He was never a mainstream star it was after all of me that he became mainstream other than that he was just an artist or a singer .

  13. #Nicole Nation/King Bruno December 13, 2016

    Who cares if the album didn’t do that well? People don’t know real music anymore and people just download it for free. It was a great album, congrats John!

  14. whut December 13, 2016

    John will be just fine. His last album opened with extremely low numbers & chart placement, then he had his breakout hit ‘All Of Me’, and his album was certified Gold at the end of it all. His current single has cracked the top 5 on the R&B charts, the top 10 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts, and has jumped to #23 on the Hot 100. John has never been a huge out-the-box seller, his albums sell over time.

  15. Everyone’s A Critic December 13, 2016

    Still one of the best albums released this year. Goes to show… sales don’t equate to quality

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  17. Mike May 27, 2017

    This is what happens when you go political and half the 18 and over buying audience.

  18. Mike May 27, 2017

    This is what happens when you go political and half the 18 and over buying audience stops supporting your work and/or being fans.

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