Darkness and Light (album)

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Darkness and Light
Darkness and Light.jpg
Studio album by John Legend
ReleasedDecember 2, 2016
Recorded2014–2016
StudioEast West Studio 2
(Los Angeles)
Genre
Length45:50
Label
ProducerBlake Mills
John Legend chronology
Love in the Future
(2013)
Darkness and Light
(2016)
A Legendary Christmas
(2018)
Singles from Darkness and Light
  1. "Love Me Now"
    Released: October 7, 2016
  2. "Penthouse Floor"
    Released: November 18, 2016
  3. "Surefire"
    Released: March 27, 2017

Darkness and Light is the fifth studio album by American singer John Legend.[1] The album was released on December 2, 2016 by GOOD Music and Columbia Records. It was produced by Blake Mills[2] and features guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Brittany Howard, and Miguel.[3] The album is supported by two singles "Love Me Now", and "Penthouse Floor" featuring Chance the Rapper.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single "Love Me Now" was released on October 7, 2016.[4] On October 6, 2016, the music video was released for the single.[5] On November 18, 2016, the album's second single "Penthouse Floor" featuring Chance the Rapper, was released.[6] On November 25, 2016, the album's first promotional single "I Know Better", was released and on March 27, 2017, was announced that the album's third single is "Surefire".

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Darkness and Light debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200, with 38,000 album-equivalent units, marking the sixth highest debut of the week.[7] The album selling 26,000 copies in its first week.[8] The album was also streamed 12.5 million times in the first week.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Blake Mills, except where noted.

Standard edition[9]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Know Better"3:03
2."Penthouse Floor" (featuring Chance the Rapper)4:43
3."Darkness and Light" (featuring Brittany Howard)
3:50
4."Overload" (featuring Miguel)
3:20
5."Love Me Now" (produced by Mills and John Ryan)
  • Stephens
  • Ryan
  • Mills
3:30
6."What You Do to Me"3:21
7."Surefire"
4:03
8."Right by You"
4:16
9."Temporarily Painless"
  • Stephens
  • Mills
  • Ryan
3:55
10."How Can I Blame You"
3:56
11."Same Old Story"
3:32
12."Marching Into the Dark"
  • Stephens
  • Mills
  • Jesso Jr.
4:21
Total length:45:50

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 37
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 75
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 167
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 29
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 21
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 123
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 61
Italian Albums (FIMI)[18] 49
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[19] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 50
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 32
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 35
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[23] 3
US Billboard 200[24] 14
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[25] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Legend Announces New Album 'Darkness and Light". Forbes. November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "John Legend & Blake Mills on Recording 'Darkness and Light': There Will Be No 'Songs About Nothing'". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  3. ^ "John Legend Reveals Guest Appearances for 'Darkness and Night'". Billboard. November 4, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Love Me Now - Single by John Legend". Itunes.apple.com. October 8, 2016. Archived from the original on October 8, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Video: John Legend - 'Love Me Now'". YouTube. October 8, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  6. ^ "John Legend And Chance The Rapper Takes Us To The 'Penthouse Floor': Listen". Billboard. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Hernandez, Victoria (December 12, 2016). "Hip Hop Album Sales: "The Hamilton Mixtape" Steals The Show On Billboard 200 Chart". HipHopDX. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  8. ^ "Childish Gambino's 'Awaken, My Love!' Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums Chart". December 14, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  9. ^ "Darkness and Light by John Legend on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). December 2, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "John Legend - Darkness and Light (Target Exclusive) : Target". Target. December 2, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Legend – Darkness and Light" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Legend – Darkness and Light" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  14. ^ "John Legend Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – John Legend – Darkness and Light" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  16. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 51, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 49, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – John Legend – Darkness and Light". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  19. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – John Legend – Darkness and Light". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  23. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  24. ^ "John Legend Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  25. ^ "John Legend Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2016.