The Grammy Foundation's pictures (July 30, 2007)
Added new pictures from the Grammy Foundations Starry Night Honoring Quincy Jones at the UCLA Tennis Center on July 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.
The Kings & Queens Bash (July 27, 2007)
Added first pictures from the Kings & Queens Bash, an exclusive JLNetwork event that took place last night. The bash featured an intimate performance by John with his full band, as well as special performances by Home School Recording artists, Estelle and Vaughn Anthony and DJ King Britt (formerly of the Digable Planets). Congrats to Dorothy who won the JLN contest and had a chance to perform the song “King and Queen” live on stage with JL! Click below to view the pictures taken by Lisa and TonJala. Thanks for sharing, ladies!
Gallery Update (July 27, 2007)
Uploaded more high quality images from the Live Earth concert. Click below to see them all.
Essence's Do Right Man - vote for John (July 27, 2007)
Essence Magazine chose 60 men for their "Do Right Men" Issue. What is a "Do Right Man"? A "Do Right Man" is a smart, strong and sexy brother doing what they do right. You can vote online at Essence.com. Thanks Nikki.
Annual Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival info (July 25, 2007)
As you know, John will perform at 4th Annual Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival, but there was no actual date posted. You can buy tickets and mark your calendars right now for August 4, when he performs along with Alicia Keys, Stanley Roots, Shadow and Kevin Lyttle and more. Ticket reservation is available on official Festival site ($75). Thx Roxana :*
Gallery Update (July 23, 2007)
Added older pictures of JL in The Star Lounge inside The Guitar Center Studio at Star 98.7. Click below to view them all. Thanx to Spirit for these!
VOTE FOR JOHN-LEGEND.NET! (July 22, 2007)
As you know, JOHN-LEGEND.NET leads this years nominees at The Fan Source Awards that are set up to recognize the best fansites and entertainment based websites on the net. Voting started today and will end on August 11th. Will you please take a moment to vote for us? Thanks!
CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR J-L.NET!
Board issues (July 20, 2007)
Hey guys! Just wanted to let you know that I do realize the forums are currently down. I'm aware of the problem and will get it back up and running as soon as I can.
Hopefully it will be back online later on today. Please bear with us. Thanks. J-L.net Board is already back :)
Gallery Update (July 19, 2007)
A few new pictures from This Day Music Festival can be found in our gallery.
JL to be featured on Cassidy's new album (July 19, 2007)
Cassidy, 25, returns with new single, “My Drink n My 2 Step,” produced by long-time collaborator, Swizz Beatz. The highly-anticipated release, ‘The Barry Adrien Reese Story (B.A.R.S),’ is scheduled to drop early October. Guest appearances on the new album include John Legend, Fabolous, Bone Thugs-N Harmony, as well as features from Cass's hometown of Philly, Eve and Beanie Siegel. Aside from Swizz Beatz lending hand on ‘B.A.R.S,’ Neo Da Matrix, Scott Storch, Timbaland, and Cool and Dre are all featured producers on the fall release.
John Legend to headline the Hot Stove, Cool Music event (July 18, 2007)
John Legend will headline the third Hot Stove, Cool Music event on Aug. 24 at Boston's Fenway Park. Also on the bill are Buffalo Tom, Kay Hanley and a handful of bands featuring members of the Boston Red Sox executive team. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later, which raises funds for disadvantaged youth. Comedian Mike O'Malley will host.
ThisDay Music Festival - Day 3 (July 16, 2007)
Found some pictures of Johnny and Rihanna taken backstage at yesterday's show in Nigeria.
ThisDay Music Festival - Day 3 (July 16, 2007)
John Legend performed at the This Day Music Festival on July 15, 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria.
JL Interview: Living the dream (July 16, 2007)
Grammy awards, platinum albums sales and star collaborations are now second nature to JL. It's a far cry from his days working as a session musician, toiling the nightclub circuit in New York City and Philadelphia. In London for the RnB season ahead of his Live Earth apperance, we caught up with the man they call Legend to talk about the past, the present and the future.
• If you didn't make it as a musician, what would you be doing instead?
It never entered my mind that I wouldn't succeed. I know that sounds arrogant but I really believed that I would succeed at my music. You have to have a certain amount of audacity to succeed and although it is challenging at times, it's also a lot of fun.
• Which collaboration are you most proud of?
Love of You, is a song I wrote for Chrisette Michele. I also wrote a song for Aretha and at the B.E.T. (Black Entertainment Television) awards I sang with Stevie Wonder.
• What do you think of music in the UK?
There is great music coming out of the UK, from Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen and Corrine Bailey Rae. I am working with Estelle at the moment and I have performed with Amy and Corrine - there is a lot of talent in the UK. Read more here.
ThisDay Music Festival - Day 2 (July 15, 2007)
New images added: John Legend attends the Artist Dinner Eko Hotel during ThisDay Music Festival in Lagos Nigeria, July 14, 2007.
Nigeria: Thisday Music Festival Live (July 14, 2007)
Shakira, Kelly Rowland and Rihanna arrived Nigeria in the early hours of today to participate in the 2007 THISDAY Music Festival. Their arrival was preceded by neo-soul singer, John Legend, earlier on Friday, on a British Airways flight. Shakira arrived Nigeria with two planes. The first plane brought her, while the second one - an Air Bus - brought her equipment. Earlier on Thursday, the British Reggae group, UB40 arrived Nigeria for the concert. The artistes will be joined by P. Diddy, another American hip-hop star who shall be arriving in style with a private jet in the early hours of Sunday.
Gallery Update (July 14, 2007)
Added one new image of JL signing a Smart Car in support of Live Earth and a pic of JL and Corinne taken backstage at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain.
Pics from the Auditorium of Rome (July 14, 2007)
New images added: John Legend performs at the Auditorium of Rome on July 12 in Rome, Italy.
JL on New Ground (July 13, 2007)
Last week, JL was a guest on New Ground where he talked with host Chris Douridas about the strong ambition he showed at an early age (he was salutatorian, student council president, and prom king in high school), meeting Kanye West in college, finding his voice on the new album "Once Again", and his love for the great Nina Simone. He also gave a stunning performances of several tracks from the new collection - as well as a cover of Simone's classic take on "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". Watch and listen here.
A legend in the making (July 13, 2007)
There's nothing about John Legend to dislike. The five-time Grammy Award-winning soul singer is polite and gentle, with a talent for writing songs that make women melt, sung in his chocolatey smooth voice. The New York resident is at the height of bachelordom, possessing qualities any single woman would want in a man - he's 28, has a successful career, and is friends with the likes of Kanye West. "I'm single right now. I'm very happy, I love being single, and I'm enjoying it," he admits. "I'm passively looking, I'm not pushing or forcing anything. I feel like it happens as it happens. I have fun being single, I have fun dating someone, and when it's not fun any more, then I want to be single again. And right now, I'm single." He adds: "It's hard to maintain a relationship with my career. It's impossible to carry on a normal regular relationship in the same way that other people do because I travel extensively. "It's also frustrating for a woman to know that her man is around a bunch of other women who are completely interested in him on a regular basis. It's difficult for any woman to deal with that, and that's understandable, and it's hard to keep a relationship intact when you have all these pressures on it." Read more.
Gallery Update (July 12, 2007)
My dear Rosa sent me some more photos she took at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Click on the thumbnails below to see them all in the gallery.
John Legend Getting Proactive Post-Live Earth + "Another Again" video (July 12, 2007)
John Legend isn't taking his involvement with Live Earth lightly - even though the concerts ended Saturday night, he told MTV News on Wednesday (July 11) that he's trying to get more proactive. "I've been reading different stories about the environment and I'm trying to learn more about different ways that, as [artists], we can do things about it. I know as [artists] we tour and we do other things that are pretty taxing to the environment and use a lot of energy, so I've been trying to learn more about ... how to tour more efficiently." On that note, the singer/songwriter is gearing up for a trip to the Caribbean's Turks & Caicos Islands, for their Music and Culture Festival. He's also planning to shoot a video for "Another Again," after which he'll get in the studio and start work on his next LP. He's hoping to turn the effort around by the middle of next year.
John Legend to visit Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town (July 12, 2007)
Businesswoman Getty Gizaw, who owns G2Media, Inc., a marketing agency that promotes African and South African tourism, will be escorting R&B artist John Legend on a tour to Nigeria and South Africa this month. Legend, Rihanna and P. Diddy are among the artists scheduled to perform at the "This Day Festival" in Nigeria July 14 and l5. Gizaw will be Legend's tour guide on visits to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. And she most recently escorted Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and his family on a two week tour of South Africa.
Fan Source Awards: We earned 6 nominations! (July 10, 2007)
The Fan Source Awards are set up to recognize the best fansites and entertainment based websites on the net, so it's a great honour to be nominated there. I'm glad to announce that JOHN-LEGEND.NET leads this years nominees with 6 nods!
• Best Graphics/Layout
• Most Original Layout
• Best Content In A Site
• Best Interactive Features In A Fansite
• Best Creativity In A Fansite
• Best R&B Male Artist Fansite
Voting this year has been extended a week and will start on July 22nd and end August 11th. I hope I can continue to count on your vote! :-)
John Legend praises British music fans (July 10, 2007)
John Legend has revealed why he decided to perform for Live Earth at Wembley Stadium rather than back home in the US. The soul singer, who recently picked Londoner Estelle Swaray as the first signing for his own record label, has said that British people have a better musical knowledge. "You're open to all styles and sounds and I love that," John told the Daily Star. "That's why I signed Estelle. Get ready for her album."
Rae: 'Legend duet was rehearsed in toilet' (July 10, 2007)
Corinne Rae's duet with JL at Saturday's Live Earth was rehearsed in a toilet. Rae and Legend performed a cover of Marvin Gaye hit Mercy Mercy Me at the London leg of the climate change awareness-raising event. However, they had little time to rehearse the number. Rae explains, "We were crammed together in this cubicle. There was nowhere else to go that was quiet enough. We didn't have a chance to rehearse before that so we just had to get on with it."
Montreux Jazz Festival Pics (July 9, 2007)
New images added: Singer John Legend performs at the 41st Montreux Jazz festival on July 8, 2007 in Montreux, Switzerland. Click on the thumbnails to check them out.
Live Earth Concert - Mercy Mercy Me (July 8, 2007)
As promised, the video of John and Corinne performing 'Mercy Mercy Me' at Live Earth is now waiting for for you to download (YouTube link). I made some captures as well.
Live Earth Concert Photos (July 8, 2007)
I added new pictures from Live Earth Concert, where JL performed not only 'Ordinary People' but also did a Marvin Gaye song together with Corinne Bailey Rae. The video will be up shortly, so I suggest that you keep checking the site :-)
JL to be featured on Keisha Cole's new album (July 8, 2007)
R&B star Keyshia Cole was so desperate to team up with Missy Elliot she took matters into her own hands and phoned up the music legend herself. Cole wanted the rapper to be one of the producers on her sophomore album Just Like You - but felt she needed to adopt a more personal approach to secure the hip-hop star's skills. Cole's second album Just Like You, which is to be released in September, features appearances from R.Kelly, John Legend and Nas. Let It Go, the first single, features Lil Kim and Missy Elliott.
Big-name acts added to Bumbershoot roster (July 8, 2007)
Fergie, John Legend, and the rock band +44 top a list of artists newly added to the 2007 Bumbershoot roster. Which goes to show that while the 37-year-old music and arts festival keeps getting older, the lineup skews ever younger. Also newly booked for the Sept. 1-3 festival are Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tokyo Police Club, an appearance by filmmaker John Sayles ("Passion Fish," "Matewan"), political humorist Andy Borowitz and the Austin-based theater collective Rude Mechanicals.
Live Earth Concert - Ordinary People (July 7, 2007)
Just a few minutes ago JL made a brief appearance at Live Earth in London. Legend popped up between acts at Wembley Stadium to perform a single song. Performing at a grand piano set-up just in front of the main stage, Legend played 'Ordinary People'. Live Earth continues in London with Duran Duran on next, and performances coming from Bloc Party, Metallica and Madonna among others. I recorded it for you and the video is now ready for download (YouTube link).
Legend Look To Tour 'Green' (July 7, 2007)
John Legend is taking his Live Earth appearance today (7 July) seriously - he's learning how to tour in a more environmental friendly way.
The crooner is playing at the U.K. leg of Al Gore's Live Earth concerts - and he has vowed to change his touring ways.
He says, "Flying across the world and driving across America in a bus is not good for the environment. "I'm totally aware of that and am looking into a better way of doing things.
"We still want to bring the music to people but there has got to be a solution which doesn't harm the Earth so much." The 24-hour Live Earth concert begins in Sydney, Australia and continue across the world with events in Japan, China, South Africa, Germany, London and Brazil, before concluding in New York.
Roskilde Festival in Denmark (July 6, 2007)
New pics added: John Legend live at the Arena stage at the Roskilde festival in Denmark, July 5.
Legend Nearly Took Office Job (July 6, 2007)
R&B singer John Legend admits he nearly passed on a career in music to become an office boss.
The Ordinary People star says he aspired to be a top management consultant, but opted to become a musician instead.
He says, "Being a musician is something I love doing, but I almost went into management as the money is good and you can learn a lot on the job."
The 5-Minute Interview: John Legend (July 6, 2007)
Legend appears on Michael Jackson's forthcoming album and performs at Live Earth at Wembley Stadium tomorrow. Read the whole piece here.
• If I weren't talking to you now I'd be...
Lying on the beach at Cannes. I'm out here at various festivals before leaving for Paris.
• I wish people would take more notice of...
Victims of poverty. We really need to make an effort to educate more people about them. I've been trying to do my bit by teaming up with [the economist] Jeffrey Sachs and touring schools and universities to get the message through.
• A common misconception people have of me is...
That I'm a serious person. People are surprised when they find out I'm actually quite easy-going and not super earnest.
• I'm not a politician but...
In the US I think we need to address the issue of inequality. In particular, our education system is incredibly unequal.
• I'm good at...
Typing. Perhaps I should have been a secretary.
• I'm not very good at...
• The ideal night out...
Begins with a good dinner, followed up with some drinks and dancing.
• In moments of weakness I...
Am very calm. I don't get stressed out by unexpected events.
• The best age to be is...
The age I am at the moment - 28. There are lots of possibilities to define yourself.
• In a nutshell my philosophy is...
Be happy and don't hang about wasting time over small things.
JL in Belgium (July 5, 2007)
Added new pictures from Werchter Festival in Belgium. Images come courtesy of Thijss.
Alicia Keys Brings Out The Big Guns For New Album (July 5, 2007)
Alicia Keys is collaborating with some major talent for her upcoming studio album. MTV reports that Timbaland, John Legend and Linda Perry are all working on the record, which NME.com says may be called "As I Am." The album is expected to be released sometime in the Fall, but that has yet to be confirmed. Keys has not released a studio album since 2003.
John Legend @ Hammersmith Palais (July 4, 2007)
Most people regard the colour black as a safe option and its one that can be relied on time after time. The little black dress is a female wardrobe essential, the little black book contains all your trusted titbits and big black sunglasses is the colour of choice for many an incognito celebrity. In short the colour black is seen as safe, sound and reliable… but rather dull! To some, music’s nero equivalent would have to be John Legend. The musical sensation plucked from university by Kanye West has carved a niche as the easy listening soul crooner that appeals to both young and old but lacks that certain va va voom. Although his last London gig in the prestigious Royal Albert Hall wasn’t as historic as the Jay-Z and friends concert held there months previously this time round the venue of choice was the 8,671 capacity Hammersmith Apollo. Still, John Legend has come along way since 2004 where the then relatively unknown Chicagoan headlined the Jazz Café. Tickets sold for a meagre L10 and then Ordinary People happened. The single’s success was lauded with a Grammy and nominations in nearly all major award shows firmly cementing John Legends prodigal status. It’s still a firm favourite with the fans and on Thursday, he performed it effortlessly, unaided with just his piano. Read more.
More images from Holland (July 3, 2007)
Gemma sent in her photos from the performance at Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. Thnx!
Nordoff-Robbins 02 Silver Clef Luncheon 2007 (July 3, 2007)
Added new pictures from Nordoff-Robbins 02 Silver Clef Luncheon 2007 that took place a few days ago in London. Click on the thumbnails to view them all.
John pens songs for Whitney and Jacko (July 3, 2007)
John Legend has revealed that he's written songs for Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson's comeback albums, which he has sent to them for approval. The soulful singer says that only time will tell if the stars can reclaim the success they once enjoyed. "I have written songs for both of their albums, but that doesn't mean it will be on their albums," he explains. "They can choose whether or not they want to use it. They haven't recorded yet so we'll see." John is sceptical about the fallen stars' future, saying: "Only time will tell. It's possible for either of them to come back but it really depends on the records they come out with. The public is very forgiving when somebody has a hit. "The people will be waiting. If they make music that people are excited about, then I think they can come back easily. But there's more to it than just making music. Once you get out of the groove, I think it's probably hard to put everything back in motion in the way it used to be." He adds: "It's not just about the record. You have to be willing to do all the things it takes to market it such as touring. But if they're up for it, then I think they're in a position where people want to see what they can do. They can do it."
John Legend featuring Maggie Kim (July 2, 2007)
I've just come across this song written and performed by Maggie Kim with guest vocal by John Legend. It's not new but since I haven't heard it thus far, I thought I'd post it here.
MAGGIE KIM FEAT. JOHN LEGEND - PERFECT
More pictures from Holland (July 1, 2007)
My gurl Serena was lucky enough to meet JL at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek last night. She took some photos for us, so be sure to check them out. Thanks for sharing! :-)
Interview in Holland (July 1, 2007)
Yesterday, Tom Theunisz @ NOSHeadlines.nl did an interview with John before his performance at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek. JL talked about his music and writing for Michael Jackson. Click here to watch the video and view the captures below.
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