I've said this before, and I'll say it again: just give John Legend a mic and a piano and clear out. Call for the iso, if you will. That was the strategy on Letterman last night as Legend performed his beautiful new single dedicated to fiance Chrissy Teigen "All Of Me", and it worked to perfection. Watch how Legend brings it to life above (what wonderful lyrics too.)
He also continued the promo run for Love In The Future with a cover performance of Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" on Howard Stern. The audio rip of that can be heard below and is great to zone out to today. Last but not least, in the interview portion with Legend, he touched on the story of how he got his name "John Legend", and if you don't know, that came from none other than Chicago artist and poet, J. Ivy. Click here to listen to that story.Love In The Future in stores September 3rd.
John Legend "Dancing In The Dark" cover on Howard Stern
Wale hit Late Night with Letterman tonight to perform his new single "Love Hate Thing" off the newly released The Gifted alongside chorus-crooner Sam Dew. I've said this before, but can say it with 100% certainty after a spin of the new album in its entirety: "Love Hate Thing" is my favorite track off Wale's new album. I wasn't vibing with much of it honestly (the new single "Clappers" is especially not for me), but when Wale has tracks I like, they're all-caps status *TIBS FAVS. Anywho, it's good to see this song get the nod for the national TV performance and both parties did their thing to bring this song to your living room. The DJ's scratches were especially on point for this live version.
A couple more Wale tidbits: in this new interview below, he speculates that J. Cole may produce half of his upcoming album, The Album About Nothing, slated for release this year. The first week projections are also in for The Gifted: 140-160K. Pretty solid. What did you think of the album?
Oh, and one more Letterman tidbit: there was a certain Conn Smyth, 2-time Stanley Cup Champion on the show tonight too. Patrick Kane!
Hittin' you guys with a couple of new late night TV performances. First, we rewind it to last night on Fallon with Talib Kweli as he performed the new single "Come Here". With Miguel on the single's hook but not available to join him on stage, Kweli calls in old friend/collaborator Bilal to handle the hook duties. It's always a soulful time with these two so be sure to peep this one above.
And tonight, Snoop Dogg (Lion? Still not sure which one to use...) had a father-daughter moment bringing on Cori B. to perform "No Guns Allowed" from his new album, Reincarnated, which is only slated to sell a tender 17-19K in its first week. If you missed Letterman tonight, watch below.
A$AP's biggest TV performance to date comes on the release of his new album, Long.Live.A$AP. He performs the album's title track and "Wild For The Night" LIVE on Letterman; watch above if you missed it just hours ago (shouts 2 Yardie).
Big Boi links up with Jake Troth for a performance of "Apple Of My Eye", making for Letterman's first musical guest of the new year.
If I had one word to describe this performance, it would simply be: fresh. Everything from the epic intro, the variety of instrumentation and vocalists, to Big Boi's fur coat. It's all here. Big Boi's raps are fast and easy to follow. Jake Troth and the backup singers provide a nice change of pace. And Dave awkwardly greets Big Boi and everyone in the band. Like I said, it's all here. Watch this one if you weren't tuned in earlier tonight, and you can catch this track on Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors in stores now!
Alicia Keys is everywhere, and that's never a bad thing, as she promotes her new album, Girl On Fire. Earlier today it was The View, and to cap off the night: Letterman. She not only performs "Brand New Me", but also sits down with Dave for an interview. Watch it all above in case you missed it.
Just airing an hour ago, Lupe Fiasco kicked it on the Late Night with Letterman stage once again, this time with Guy Sebastian joining him for a jazzy rendition of "Battle Scars". I equally liked this more mellowed out performance of the hit single as much as their more high-energy version on X-Factor: Australia recently. The live instrumentation really brought it to life and both Lu & Guy did their thing as well. One more highlight from the video is actually David Letterman introducing Lupe's new album (in stores now!), Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, with his signature dry sense of humor. Just watch. Hilarious moment. And oh yeah, go cop that new album! It's the only music in my roto at the moment...