John Legend unveils new single, “Actions”

    “Actions speak louder than love songs.”

    John Legend releases new song Actions
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    John Legend has released a brand-new single, “Actions.” The tune notably samples Dr Dre’s 1999 hit song, “The Next Episode.”

    “La da da da da, here I go again / With another love song that I wasted / Just another love run out of patience / She don’t want it / She don’t need it,” Legend sings on the groovy track, before reminding listeners of a simple truth in the chorus: “Actions speak louder than love songs.”

    The singer and The Voice judge previewed the song earlier last week on his Instagram live concert as part of the World Health Organization and Global Citizen’s #TogetherAtHome home concert series, which has featured Charlie Puth, One Republic, Niall Horan and more.

    During the livestream show, Legend also announced that he is “putting out a new album this year.” He explained that the coronavirus pandemic played into his decision to release new music: “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.”

    However, Legend did not confirm a release date for his seventh studio album. “I don’t know what the schedule is going to be like, we’re just going to start putting stuff out,” he said. “We’re in the process of mixing a lot of the stuff on the record. Luckily, I already wrote and recorded most of it.”

    “Actions” follows Legend’s romantic ballad “Conversations in the Dark,” which was released earlier this year.Listen to his new song here: