John Legend is the newest member of YouTube's one billion views club. The company issued a press release on Thursday announcing that the music video for Legend's "All of Me", his hit ballad from 2013, had surpassed one billion views on the YouTube website; you can add to that number by watching the video using the media player included with this article.
"All of Me" comes from Legend's fourth studio album Love In The Future and is still his most commercially successful single. Yahoo! noted that it was the second best selling song in the United States in 2014 and The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry declared it the third best selling song of that year worldwide. The track wound up on more than 30 charts around the world, including eight Billboard charts in the United States - reaching number one on six of those.
With that many units moved the single earned more than a dozen sales certifications. The Recording Industry Association of America certified it eight times Platinum for selling more than five and a half million units. It was also certified nine times Platinum in Australia and eleven times Platinum in Sweden.
"All of Me" not only became an immediate fixture in the music world but also in mainstream media. Among the many covers that followed were a version by "The Voice" artist Josh Kaufman on his way to winning the sixth season of NBC's singing competition, a version by actor-singer Darren Criss on FOX's musical series "Glee" and another version by "The Voice" contestant Ray Boudreaux in season five.
It also earned Legend a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance, though he lost the award to Pharrell Williams for "Happy." Tiesto's remix of "All of Me" did win a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording (Non-Classical), and Legend joined Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes for a country duet version of the song in 2014.
Other music videos with more than one billion views on YouTube include Passenger's "Let Her Go", Maroon 5's pop love song "Sugar" and Ed Sheeran's ballad "Thinking Out Loud." That puts Legend in some pretty impressive company with a pretty impressive song. "All of Me" is a single worth listening to over and over again even three years after its release, and even better live. Legend has finished touring for 2016 but fans interested in hearing him bring the song to life in person should keep an eye on his artist page at AXS.
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