NEW YORK — After surprising everyone with his sexy, upbeat "Green Light" — a club banger featuring [artist id="1636205"]Andre 3000[/artist] — [artist id="1784962"]John Legend[/artist] is dialing it down a notch and getting back to basics. The next single from his third album, Evolver, is "Everybody Knows," a love ballad that emphasizes his signature easygoing vibe.
MTV News got a peek at behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming video, which was shot November 8 and 9 in New York City. In it, Legend wanders the streets of downtown Manhattan and sings from a rooftop overlooking the skyline.
"The concept behind the video is, we're getting a slice of life in New York, different people going through different life issues, different relationships," Legend explained. "Just showing how everybody experiences love, and me, myself, you know, I'm just performing and contemplating a failed relationship and hoping we can give it one more try."
According to the treatment, the video is a cinematic portrait of romantic relationships and will feature couples young and old, gay and straight, white, black and mixed, illustrating the universal theme of the song.
" 'Everybody Knows' is a song about a relationship that's falling apart and we don't know what's going to happen with it," Legend said. "You can get advice from everybody else. Everybody thinks they know what's going on, but nobody really knows. And it's really just saying, 'We all go through these things, but you don't really know what someone else is going through unless you are them.' "
The video isn't expected to premiere until early 2009. Meanwhile, Legend is in the midst of a U.S. tour and will launch a European leg in February.
Music wasn't all that was on Legend's mind when we caught up with him at the video shoot. He was a vocal supporter of President-elect Barack Obama — and was prominently featured in Will.I.Am's "Yes We Can" — so it's no surprise that Legend was ecstatic about the outcome of the election.
"I was in Los Angeles with my band and a few friends [on election night]," he recalled. "We were in the hotel, and I rented out the hotel VIP lounge, and we had the TV set up, had a bunch of drinks set up. We were just hoping we had something to celebrate. And we did."
Legend has also become an actor of late. He had a bit part alongside Samuel L. Jackson and the late Bernie Mac in "Soul Men." And he made a hilarious cameo appearance on Stephen Colbert's special "A Colbert Christmas." Will there be more acting gigs in the future?
"Right now, I'm loving being an artist and being a performer, and if acting works out, if it comes at the right time with the right film, then I'll do it," he said. "But right now, I'm getting ready for my tour, and I'm excited about that."
John Legend's remaining U.S. Evolver tour dates:
· 12/4 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
· 12/5 - Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
· 12/6 - Fairfield, CT @ Fairfield University
· 12/8 - Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Opera House
· 12/9 - Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
· 12/10 - Greenville, SC @ Peace Center Concert Hall
· 12/12 - Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
· 12/13 - Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
· 1/8 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre
· 1/10 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl
· 1/12 - Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
· 1/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
· 1/15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theatre
· 1/16 - San Diego, CA @ RIMAC Arena
· 1/22 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie
· 1/23 - Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
· 1/24 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
· 1/26 - Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
· 1/28 - Orlando, FL @ Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
· 1/29 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
· 1/30 - Miami, FL @ The Fillmore Miami at Jackie Gleason Theater
· 2/3 - Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
· 2/5 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
· 2/6 - Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand Theater at MGM Foxwoods
· 2/7 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Events Center