Sam Smith + John Legend on “Lay Me Down” = WIN

Now THIS is a duet I can fully support! And not just because it’s for charity. Just download it already.

Sam Smith and John Legend collaborating on “Lay Me Down” is just perfect! I LOVE Sam Smith (and believe his album, In The Lonely Hour, should have taken home Album of The Year), but wasn’t the biggest fan of his duet with Mary J. Blige on “Stay With Me.” Sorry – I don’t think Mary added anything, but kinda took away from the song. Just my thoughts.

BUT this… this is incredible. They both complement each other and it’s just fantastic.

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New Music: John Legend – “Made To Love” (featuring Kimbra)

John Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, is one that I still listen to regularly. He definitely wowed myself and the crowd opening for Alicia Keys on her Diary Tour… it also helped that Kanye West joined him for a few songs the night I saw her at the Kodak Theater.

Sadly, I can’t say the same for his two follow up albums… they have good songs, but not as a whole collection, I didn’t take to it. But there’s no denying that John Legend is talented and can craft a great song, whether it’s an emotional ballad like “Ordinary People”, or songs about cheating and playing the field.

“Made To Love” is a newly released track from John’s upcoming album, Love In The Future. The track features additional vocals by Kimbra (best know for her feature on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”), and was produced by Kanye West.

I like it. It’s definitely got a great minimal vibe. What do you all think of “Made To Love”?


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John Legend meets Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”

Adele‘s 21 jumps from #2 to #1, reclaiming the number 1 spot on Billboard Top 200. 21 is also at the top of the UK Album Charts… for an amazing 8th week. And it’s much deserved — if you don’t have a copy of it, you’re really missing out.

John Legend did an amazing cover of the album’s first single, “Rolling In The Deep”. It’s actually a great cover — it’s tough to cover Adele and do it justice, but John Legend manages to do that. It’s got a nice deep sound, very different from Adele’s version.

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