Superstar John Legend Launches iTunes' Largest International Complete My Album Campaign with 'Countdown To EVOLVER'
iTunes Stores in 20 Territories Offering Advance Tracks From Grammy Winning Platinum Artist's Upcoming Studio Album
New John Legend Track - 'Green Light (Afroganic Remix)' (featuring Andre 3000) - Available Exclusively on iTunes Beginning Tuesday, September 16
John Legend's EVOLVER Available Everywhere Tuesday, October 28
The platinum-selling Grammy-winning global superstar John Legend and his forthcoming new album, EVOLVER, will be the iTunes Store's largest international "Complete My Album" campaign to-date. Complete My Album allows music fans to buy albums at a reduced price based on songs they've already purchased. Available on iTunes in 20 territories, "Countdown to EVOLVER" offers fans a series of album tracks leading up to the release of John's eagerly-awaited new studio album on Tuesday, October 28.
iTunes launched its largest international Complete My Album campaign, "Countdown to EVOLVER," on July 29 with the online release of "Green Light" (featuring Andre 3000), followed by the online release of "If You're Out There" on August 24. A special new John Legend track, "Green Light (Afroganic Remix)," will be available exclusively online on iTunes in 20 countries beginning Tuesday, September 16. An additional two tracks from EVOLVER will be available exclusively on iTunes across those same 20 territories on September 30 and October 14.
In addition to the United States, "Countdown to EVOLVER" is available in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden.
One of the most eagerly-awaited releases of 2008, EVOLVER is the first full-length studio album in two years from five time Grammy-winning recording artist and concert performer John Legend. In addition to OutKast's Andre 3000, guests on EVOLVER include emerging UK hip-hop artist Estelle, R&B/pop superstar Brandy and John's longtime collaborator Kanye West.
Songs on EVOLVER include "Green Light," "It's Over" (featuring Kanye West), "Everybody Knows," "No Other Love" (featuring Estelle), "Satisfaction," "This Time," "Cross The Line," "I Love, You Love," "Good Morning," "If You're Out There," and "Quickly" (featuring Brandy).
About John Legend
Released in late December 2004, John Legend's debut album, "Get Lifted," peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and became America's #1 Top R&B/Hip-Hop album in January 2005. A critical and commercial triumph, "Get Lifted" earned John an astounding eight Grammy nominations -- he won Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("Ordinary People") and Best R&B album -- while selling more than three million copies worldwide.
John's second collection, "Once Again," entered the Billboard Top 200 at #3 shortly after its release in October 2006, peaking at #1 on the R&B Album Sales chart, earning an RIAA platinum certification while securing two Grammy nominations: "Save Room" (for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and "Heaven" (which won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance).
John racked up his fifth overall career Grammy win in 2006 when "Family Affair" -- a track he'd cut with Joss Stone and Van Hunt for "Different Strokes by Different Folks," a Sly & the Family Stone tribute album (Epic/Legacy) -- took home top honors in the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals category.
In 2007, John Legend launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), a grassroots movement whose mission is "to fight economic and spiritual poverty through fostering sustainable development (personal, social, educational, economic) at the individual, family, and small community levels."
About iTunes Complete My Album
On March 29, 2007, Apple® announced Complete My Album, a groundbreaking new iTunes service allowing customers to turn their individual tracks into a complete album at a reduced price by giving them a full 99 cent credit for every track they have previously purchased from that album.
Complete My Album offers customers up to 180 days after first purchasing individual songs from any qualifying album to purchase the rest of that album at a reduced price. When users buy any song on iTunes the corresponding album will immediately appear on their personalized Complete My Album page with the reduced price listed. For example, a user who's already purchased three 99 cent singles and decides to buy the corresponding $9.99 album would be able to download the remaining songs to complete the album for just $7.02, without having to buy the singles again.
With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod®, groundbreaking personal use rights and the ability to turn previously purchased songs into complete albums at a reduced price, the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com) is the best way for PC and Mac® users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.
The iTunes Store features the world's largest catalog with over four million songs, 350 television shows and over 400 movies. The iTunes Store has sold over two billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the world's most popular online music, TV and movie store.
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