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John Legend Samples Dr Dre's The Next Episode In New Single Actions

Friday, 20 March 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

John Legend has released a new single, Actions.

The heartfelt love song, which he co-wrote with Cautious Clay, samples The Edge by David McCallum, which you may recognise as the same track Dr Dre sampled on his 2000 hit The Next Episode.

The singer-songwriter previewed Actions during his Instagram Live performance as part of the World Health Organisation's #TogetherAtHome concert series, arranged in response to the coronavirus quarantine. He also teased plans to release an album at some point this year. He said:

"Just so you guys know, I am putting out a new album this year. Everybody's home, you need stuff, you need music, you need TV, you need films. You need stuff to entertain you, so I’m going to put some music out.

"We're going to release some music. I don’t know what the schedule going to be like, we’re just going to start putting stuff out. We're in the process of mixing a lot of the stuff on the record. Luckily, I already wrote and recorded most of it."

Legend released his last full-length, 'A Legendary Christmas', in 2018. Earlier this year, meanwhile, he dropped the single Conversations in the Dark to coincide with his guest appearance on the NBC drama series This Is Us.

Legend will embark on his North American Bigger Love Tour this summer, opening on August 12 in Texas and including a September 22 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

 John Legend Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed August 12 2020 - GRAND PRAIRIE Texas - Theatre at Grand Prairie (USA)
Thu August 13 2020 - SUGAR LAND Texas - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land (USA)
Sat August 15 2020 - NASHVILLE Tennessee - Ascend Amphitheater (USA)
Sun August 16 2020 - ATLANTA Georgia - Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park (USA)
Tue August 18 2020 - FORT LAUDERDALE Florida - BB&T Center (USA)
Wed August 19 2020 - SAINT AUGUSTINE Florida - St Augustine Amphitheatre (USA)
Fri August 21 2020 - VIENNA Virginia - Filene Center at Wolf Trap (USA)
Sat August 22 2020 - ATLANTIC CITY New Jersey - Borgata Event Center (USA)
Mon August 24 2020 - NEW YORK New York - Radio City Music Hall (USA)
Tue August 25 2020 - NEW YORK New York - Radio City Music Hall (USA)
Thu August 27 2020 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Met Philadelphia (USA)
Fri August 28 2020 - LENOX Massachusetts - Tanglewood (USA)
Sat August 29 2020 - MASHANTUCKET Connecticut - Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino (USA)
Mon August 31 2020 - BOSTON Massachusetts - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (USA)
Wed September 02 2020 - TORONTO Ontario - Budweiser Stage (Canada)
Thu September 03 2020 - STERLING HEIGHTS Michigan - Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill (USA)
Sat September 05 2020 - HUBER HEIGHTS Ohio - Rose Music Center at Heights (USA)
Sun September 06 2020 - HIGHLAND PARK Illinois - Ravinia (USA)
Thu September 10 2020 - WOODINVILLE Washington - Chateau Ste Michelle Winery (USA)
Fri September 11 2020 - WOODINVILLE Washington - Chateau Ste Michelle Winery (USA)
Sun September 13 2020 - VANCOUVER British Columbia - Rogers Arena (Canada)
Mon September 14 2020 - PORTLAND Oregon - Keller Auditorium (USA)
Wed September 16 2020 - BERKELEY California - Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley (USA)
Thu September 17 2020 - SANTA BARBARA California - Santa Barbara Bowl (USA)
Sat September 19 2020 - LAS VEGAS Nevada - Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (USA)
Sun September 20 2020 - TUCSON Arizona - Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater - AVA (USA)
Tue September 22 2020 - LOS ANGELES California - Greek Theatre (USA)
Fri September 25 2020 - SAN DIEGO California - Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU (USA)

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