After being associated with Sony Music for the last 17 years, John Legend has now signed with Universal’s Republic Records. John is expected to make his debut for his new label in 2022. Also, his holiday single is set to be released this week.
In 2004, John Legend released his first album “Get Lifted,” which was his biggest hit when he was with Sony Music that sold a record 2.8 million units.
Republic is now the talk of the town in the music business. Sony is losing its grip in the market as the Korean sensation Pop band, BTS has recently moved to Universal Music and also R&B legend Maxwell exited Sony in the recent past.
John Legend teams up with Republic Records after being associated with Sony Music for 17 years
Legend said in a statement, “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 and look forward to sharing new music with people soon.”
John was 39 when he won a Primetime Emmy as one of the producers of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
John’s official affiliation with Republic records is coming sooner than later with his holiday single, “You Deserve It All,” this Thursday (11-Nov).
Wendy Goldstein, president of west coast creative said, “There’s just no one like John Legend. 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. You Deserve It All” will tie in with a campaign Legend is doing as a brand ambassador for LG Electronics.”
John was transparent when he said that he is looking forward to new label options. Last year in August 2020 he was named “Music Mogul of the Year” by Variety. He discussed his contract expiry with Sony.
John said, “The way you monetize your work is through so many other things, beyond streams and physical sales. For me, recording is about building my legacy and my brand and using it as a calling card to do other things, like perform live. We can do it on our own; the question is, do we want to? Columbia has been cool.”
“Bigger Love” was his last album for Sony in 2020. All of John’s previous full-length eight studio albums were released through G.O.O.D. Music/Columbia. G.O.O.D. music was founded by Kanye West.
The best-selling singer-songwriter added, “I’ve been there since the beginning of my career, and we’ve had a lot of success together. Obviously, personnel changes matter — [chairman/CEO] Ron Perry is fairly new there, and we’re getting to know each other — but we’ve had a great run there. Ask me in a year.” Fifteen months later, we now know.”
Stay tuned for more updates!