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Music Friday: 9-Time Grammy Award Winner John Legend Performs ‘Stereo’

Welcome to Music Friday when we, once again, bring you great songs with precious metals, jewelry or gemstones in the title or lyrics. Today we feature nine-time Grammy Award winner John Legend performing “Stereo” in front of a live audience at Royal Albert Hall in London. The song slowly builds to a powerful chorus that booms the (not so grammatical) phrase, “Her favorite colors be platinum and gold!”

A child prodigy, Legend began singing gospel and playing piano at the tender age of five. He attended the prestigious Ivy League University of Pennsylvania and subsequently landed a job at Boston Consulting Group. He never abandoned his musical roots, however, and continued performing in nightclubs in New York City, despite having a corporate job.

According to Biography.com, Legend became an in-demand session musician and songwriter, working with such artists as Alicia Keys and Janet Jackson. In 2004, he released his first album, Get Lifted. The debut album went platinum and earned three Grammy Awards.

“Stereo” is the fourth single from Legend’s second album, Once Again. It reached #47 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2007. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along. Enjoy the video…

“Stereo”

Written by John Legend, John Stephens, Devon L. Harris and Thomas Craskey. Performed by John Legend.

She’s a fast love professional, crafty bold and beautiful,
Stage right, locked eyes, I swear it’s magical,
Her name is Melanie, says she digs my melodies
Likes how I move, thinks I’m cool that’s what she says to me
Big stage, bright light, short love, long night
Frequent flights through the skies to some stars
I come back to town, she’s hangin’ around
It still feels so real but it can’t go too far.

[Chorus:]
Her favorite colors be platinum and gold!
She only loves in stereo! She only loves in stereo!
I should know her kind, I’ve seen it before,
I think I gotta let her go, she only loves in stereo!
Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..
Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..

Turn on the video, oh my goodness there she goes
Now I’m hot, seems I’m not the only one she knows
Name dropping everyday, I still want her anyway..
I like how she moves, think she’s cool.. my favorite get away

Big stage, bright light, short love, long night
Deja vu, yeah, we do it again, off to the next town,
She’s onto the next round,
Let it go, we both know that it’s all gonna end, oh

[Chorus]

Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..
Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..

She fell in love with the radio
It wasn’t really me, so I had to let her go
Just ask any DJ back in her hometown
She likes to get around
As much as she gets down

Her favorite colors be platinum and gold!
She only loves in stereo! she only loves in stereo!
I should know her kind, I’ve seen it before,
I think I gotta let her go, she only loves in stereo!
Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..
She loves in stereo
Think I gotta let her
Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..
She loves in stereo
Think I gotta let her
Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..
She loves in stereo
Ohhh ohhhhhh, ohhhh ohhh..
She loves in stereo
Oh, oh oh, oh oh!

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