One Man Can Change the World

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"One Man Can Change the World"
Single by Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend
from the album Dark Sky Paradise
ReleasedJune 19, 2015
Big Sean singles chronology
"How Many Times"
"One Man Can Change the World"
"Back Up"
Kanye West singles chronology
"U Mad"
"One Man Can Change the World"
John Legend singles chronology
"Lay Me Down"
"'One Man Can Change the World"
"Like I'm Gonna Lose You"
Music video
"One Man Can Change the World" on YouTube

"One Man Can Change the World" is a song by American rapper Big Sean from his third studio album Dark Sky Paradise (2015). The song features fellow GOOD Music artists Kanye West and John Legend with production handled by Amaire Johnson and DJ Mustard. The song features uncredited background vocals from British singer Natasha Bedingfield.[2] It was sent to United States rhythmic contemporary radio on June 19, 2015 as the album's fourth single.[3]

Music video[edit]

A music video written and directed by Andrew Hines was released for the song on June 19, 2015. West and Legend do not appear in the video. The video was shot entirely in monochrome and was filmed in Detroit in honor of Sean's late grandmother, Mildred V. Leonard, who was one of the first black female captains of the U.S. Army. The video was shot in one day, using a modified monochrome RED Dragon camera. The video won MTV Video Music Award for Best Video with a Message at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Various publications picked up the story about Hines not being invited officially by MTV due to their policy of supplying only the Best Director category with tickets.



Chart (2015) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 82
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[5] 27
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[6] 11


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Liner notes
  2. ^ Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise [Credits], retrieved 2015-07-04
  3. ^ "Big Sean Reveals Next Single Will Be 'One Man Can Change The World'". Vibe. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Big Sean Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Big Sean Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Big Sean Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "American single certifications – Big Sean – One Man Can Change the World". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

External links[edit]

"One Man Can Change the World" on YouTube