The best-selling singer-songwriter John Legend has signed a record deal with Republic Records, parting ways with his longtime label Sony.
John Legend Shares the Exciting News
In a statement, Legend said, “I am excited to partner with Republic Records in this next chapter of my career. Everyone at the label has been so wonderful to work with. I am thrilled to take this new artistic and creative journey with them. I look forward to sharing new music with people soon.”
The news, first shared by Billboard, arrived just in time before Legend’s new holiday single. “You Deserve It All” arrived last week as the first track he shares under Republic Records. The single was released in partnership with LG Signature; a premium brand of LG Electronics. Legend has signed on as a brand ambassador for LG and has collaborated with them on a holiday campaign, Legendary Gift: The Signature.
“There’s just no one like John Legend,” said Republic Records’ president of west coast creative, Wendy Goldstein. “He’s the consummate 21st-century superstar whose impact across culture and the world at large only continues to expand. We’re so honored to join forces with him as he launches this next era; with some of his most powerful music yet.”
Parting Ways With Longtime Label
All of Legend’s previous eight studio albums, including the 2010 collaborative album Wake Up! with The Roots and the 2018 holiday LP A Legendary Christmas—were released through G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia or directly through Columbia. His 2013 album Love in the Future remains his highest-streamed album with 1.85 million on-demand streams, thanks in large part to “All of Me,” the ballad that became his first Hot 100 chart-topper in 2014. Bigger Love, Legend’s most recent album and final project with Columbia, has earned 260,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. since its release last year.