John Legend Talks What Makes a Song Great in New 'Songland' Clip: Exclusive

NBC’s new songwriting competition series Songland premieres on Tuesday, May 28 on NBC, with the first episode featuring John Legend.

In a new clip shared exclusively with Billboard, the superstar talks about what makes a song great. "The melody grabs you right away, it’s memorable, it connects, it says something that's universal and maybe an old concept in a new way," he explains. "The record is the entire recording, it’s not just the melody and the lyrics and the chords, but it's how everything feels. So you need a great producer to make a great record."

"Goodness, he writes these messages," Ester Dean said of working with Legend in the studio. "It’s like love letters. I really feel like we’re writing love songs and love letters to the world."   

"I’m looking for a song that I feel," Legend added. "Something that I connect with and I feel like I can sing well. A song that will fit on a John Legend album."

Every week on Songland, a guest musician will hear unknown songwriters pitch their original material. The guest artist will pair the songwriters with one of three mega-successful producers, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean or Shane McAnally. The winner of each episode gets the opportunity to have their song recorded by the superstar recording artist featured. In addition to John Legend, the Jonas Brothers, Meghan Trainor, Macklemore, Charlie Puth, Kelsea Ballerini,, OneRepublic, Aloe Blacc, Old Dominion and Leona Lewis will all appear as guest artists looking for their next hit.

Watch the exclusive Legend clip below.




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