NEW YORK and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In an exclusive premier, Verizon Wireless is introducing the multi-Grammy Award(R) winning artist John Legend's much anticipated album, "Once Again," through Verizon Wireless' V CAST service. The album will be introduced tonight in New York City when Legend appears at a private performance that will also debut the first music video "Save Room" from the "Once Again" album. The event, hosted by Verizon Wireless and Rolling Stone Magazine, will have video clips available for Verizon Wireless V CAST customers to stream and view on their V CAST-capable phones tonight. Verizon Wireless V CAST Music will feature several of John Legend's new songs as exclusive offers for customers to download as full length songs, ring tones and Ringback Tones for the next two months. John Legend's new album, "Once Again," will not hit stores or Web music retailers until October 24, so the only place to hear or view John Legend's new music is through Verizon Wireless. "Verizon Wireless is pleased that our artist partners recognize that mobile phones are such a powerful way to reach their fans and that they are introducing their new music on V CAST before their albums are even released," said John Harrobin, vice president of digital media and marketing for Verizon Wireless. "Verizon Wireless partnered with John Legend on his first album and we are proud to reunite and to take his new music to his fans digitally through mobile phones." Legend's debut album, "Get Lifted," has sold more than three million copies worldwide and has also been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. John Legend's 2004 debut album, "Get Lifted," earned him eight 2005 Grammy nominations and three wins, including Best New Artist. In 2003, Legend became the first artist signed to Kanye West's Kon Man Entertainment (later renamed Getting Out Our Dreams), and a deal with Columbia Records followed in May 2004. Even more so than he did on "Get Lifted," John went boldly in his own creative direction on "Once Again," opting to write not from a marketing standpoint, but from his heart and soul and personal experience. "Once Again" will be released from G.O.O.D./Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records on October 24. Fans can also relive the music of their favorite John Legend songs directly on their Verizon Wireless phones. Customers with Get It Now(R)- enabled phones can download chart-topping John Legend singles like "Ordinary People" or "Used To Love U" as their ring tone. John Legend wallpaper and screensavers are also available so customers can carry their favorite artist with them wherever they go. For more information Verizon Wireless' video and music multimedia services, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/vcast. About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 54.8 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
Soul sensation JOHN LEGEND would consider dating one of his female fans - but only if she didn't idolise him.The 26-year-old, who has just been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, reveals he's "young, free and single" and looking for love.Legend, who admits he has struggled to hold down a long-lasting relationship, would only take a fan as a lover if she was successful in her own career and wasn't in awe of him."My longest relationship was seven months. It is partly because of the business and partly because of my personality. I'm picky and I like to move around. The fact I'm a touring musician is perfect for me because I get bored easily."He says, "Hopefully, anyone I date likes my music, so yeah, I would date a fan."But there has to be an equity between us. They need to be successful in their own field and confident and they can't look up to me too much.
John Legend makes the move from singer/songwriter to entrepreneur with the launch of Homeschool Records. Legend’s first artist is a female British R&B/hip-hop artist and producer - UK import named Estelle. Homeschool Records in partnership with Atlantic Records will release Estelle’s album ‘Shine’ early in 2008. The two met when Estelle was producing her first album ‘18th Day,’ which John was featured on. Estelle describes the relationship with John by saying “there aren't many [producers] that I respect on a level to help me write songs or upgrade/push me as an artist... but John is one of them." Estelle's United States debut will feature collaborations with Wyclef Jean, will.i.am, Swizz Beats, Mark Ronson and Kanye West, as well as a duet with John Legend. Mr. Legend remarked “This album is truly an accomplishment. She will be one of the most exciting breakthrough talents of 2008. Mark my words."
R&B singer John Legend will perform an in-flight concert to a handful of lucky contest winners to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards next month (Feb08). Legend will play a 30-minute set at 30,000 feet aboard a Delta Air Lines plane traveling from New York to Los Angeles on Feb. 7. His audience will be the 50 to 60 people who win a series of sweepstakes on the websites of participating CBS stations and affiliates, reports Billboard. "I look forward to performing this unique concert in the skies with my biggest fans,” says Legend. "It's certainly something I've never done before, so if you want to join me for a free ride to the Grammy Awards, enter the contest. Let's get lifted!" The 2008 Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place on Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. Organizers have promised the event will go ahead, despite the threat of protest from striking writers.
Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards just got bigger with confirmed appearances from John Legend, Leona Lewis, Kobe Bryant, and Jamie Foxx who will present awards. Kanye West and Christina Aguilera will also take the stage Sunday. Set to air live from Paramount Pictures on Sunday, September 7th, the MTV Video Music Awards will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with two recently announced performances from Christina Aguilera and Kanye West. The latter of the two, Kanye West surprised many by ending his "VMA Strike" after last year's debacle at the awards stemming from the fact that he wished to open the show with the hit single "Stronger," which MTV allegedly denied in favor of opening the show with Britney Spears. West is expected to debut new music from his rumored fourth studio album due later this year. In addition to the new performances, R&B singer John Legend joins a list of presents that includes Jamie Foxx, Kobe Bryant, Ciara, Chace Crawford, Ashlee Simpson, Corbin Bleu, Miley Cyrus and Vanessa Hudgens. Rihanna is set to open the awards that are also rumored to feature Michael Jackson and Britney Spears who depending on who you ask is or isn't performing. Previously announced powerhouse performers include Pink, T.I., Kid Rock, Paramore, Lil Wayne and the Jonas Brothers, as well as DJ AM and Travis Barker rocking the party by mixing live drum beats to scratched records throughout the show. The duo will collaborate with Katy Perry, Lupe Fiasco, and The Ting Tings to perform new and legendary hits to celebrate 25 years of music that has emanated from the VMA stage.