John Legend has released the video for “Dope,” the first song from his forthcoming new album. The Christian Breslauer-directed video takes place at a soulful, eclectic retro house party, where Legend performs and parties with friends – including rapper J.I.D who is also featured on the track — into the wee hours of the morning. You can watch the video below.
Described by Rolling Stone as a “summery, feel-good track,” “Dope” was produced by Ian Kirkpatrick and Ryan Tedder. Legend co-wrote the track with Charlie Puth, Tedder, and J.I.D.
The EGOT artist first shared part of “Dope” on the iHeart Awards, where he did a special fan-favorite dueling piano performance with the song’s co-writer, Charlie Puth. The track is the first release from Legend’s forthcoming album, his first with new label partner Republic Records, following the release of his latest GRAMMY Award winner for Best R&B Album, Bigger Love.
Legend has been teasing “Dope” during his critically acclaimed, sold-out first run of his new Vegas Residency, ‘Love in Las Vegas.’
Billboard raved about the show, saying “…Legend held the full house in his hands as they danced, screamed and aah-ed their way through a generous set encompassing the multiple Grammy winner’s seven-album catalog of hits and fan faves.” Upcoming dates of the residency are August 5-20 and October 14-29 and tickets are now available.
‘Love In Las Vegas’ kicked off on April 22, 2022, at Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Legend also starred in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert’ in 2018, winning an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special and nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor (Limited Series).
Elsewhere in John Legend news, the star recently announced a second date for his very special show at The Royal Albert Hall, after huge demand saw the first date sell out. The new date will take place on April 6, 2023. In July this year, he will also hit the stage at London’s iconic Somerset House for a sold-out show, as part of the venue’s Summer Series.