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John Legend laments 'insane, radical' US gun culture

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The US singer has released a new protest song inspired by the onslaught of negative news coming out of America - gun violence, bigotry, child separation, police brutality.

"It's stressful to read the news sometimes," the singer told our music reporter Mark Savage.

"Sometimes we can get so frustrated and throw up our hands, and it's important that we realise we can actually do something."

The song's chorus: I can't sit and hope / I can't just sit and pray is directly targeted at US politicians, and their reluctance to tackle the country's gun laws.

"Every time there's a gun massacre in America, which is way too often, politicians come out and say, 'We send our hopes and prayers to the victims and their families' and then they don't do anything about it," he says.

"So the song is basically a rebuke of the people in power.

Listen to the song below...

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John Legend is learning to swim

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Fans have posted encouraging images of David Hasselhoff and Nemo in response to John Legend's tweet that he is learning to swim.

The All of Me singer said it was the first swimming lesson he had taken in 35 years, adding his children, Luna, 2, and Miles, eight months, were already ahead of him in the swimming stakes.

Legend, who was recently announced as a coach in the forthcoming US season of The Voice, is one of only a handful of individuals to have won a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony.

He drew praise from his 12.5 million Twitter followers for his decision to finally learn to swim at the age of 40.

One referenced his All of Me lyrics: My head’s under water / But I’m breathing fine / You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind.

"So what happened when your head was under water? Did you breathe fine? Was it all a lie?!" she wrote.

To which Legend replied: "All. Lies. Hahaha."

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