musical-notesFans, it’s here! Singer/songwriter/producer John Legend just released his fifth studio effort, “Darkness & Light.” The follow up to 2013’s “Love In The Future” features 12 songs, and may be Legend’s most personal body of work to date, as it addresses love, family, social injustice and more. The project is preceded by the singles “Love Me Now”, “Penthouse Floor”, featuring Chance The Rapper and “I Know Better”, and also features guest appearances from Miguel and Brittney Howard of Alabama Shakes. Legend revealed during an interview that he looks to artists such as Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers for inspiration more than any other artists. He added that he considers himself a part of a legacy, buy doing things his way. “Darkness & Light” is an addition to an incredible body of work that will remain timeless. If you’re a musician who has it, and you live in or near the New Orleans area, singer Solange wants you. The singer has put an open casting call for Crescent City musicians to join her live band. She posted the call on her Saint Heron website yesterday looking for talented players who can help bring the music contained on her latest studio effort, “A Seat At The Table” to life. Those who are interested are encouraged to submit a 3 minute video to skauditions@gmail.com. In more John Legend news, he included a song titled “Right By You (For Luna)”, written and dedicated to his 7 month old daughter Luna. Legend revealed that he played the song for his wife and daughter, then began crying. The song addresses questions all new parents have. Legend and wife Chrissy Tiegen welcomed  their first child in April. Legend hopes that his passion for social justice translates to one fan in particular; his daughter. Artist management agency Rock Nation has ann0unced the signing of rap trio The Lox and a forthcoming album titled “Filthy America: It’s Beautiful” , scheduled to be released on Dec. 16. This will be the group’s third studio effort and first in 16 years, following “We Are The Streets” in 2000 and “Money, Power & Respect” in 1998. In August, the group addressed police brutality with the single “What Happens.” There’s no word on if there’s a tour in the works as well, however. Rapper J Cole broke the internet after news regarding his fourth studio effort, “4 Your Eyez Only” surfaced on the web. The rapper is preparing delectable ear candy for fans to gush over in anticipation of his forthcoming album. In lieu of  his new album, scheduled to be released on Dec. 9, he’s released two music videos titled “False Prophets” and “Everybody Gotta Die.” In addition to his music videos, Cole has also delivered a documentary titled “Eyez”, which illustrates the MC diving into his notebook to compose rhymes at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios, him playing basketball and him riding around the Empire State on his bicycle. Fans, get ready. The lyrical avalanche that is J. Cole is coming this winter.