Catching Up with John Legend, 2009-2013
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."