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Listen: BJ The Chicago Kid Releases Usher Tribute EP

Thursday (March 23), marked the 13 anniversary of Usher‘s classic Diamond-selling album Confessions.

The album that many R&B fans herald as the last “classic” R&B album has inspired artists everywhere, and continues to do so. In a surprise move, soulful singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid has released a mini EP in tribute to Usher’s pinnacle project.

Working with producers Jairus Mozee and Tubb Young to recreate three tracks, BJ covers the title song, along with a snippet of “Simple Things,” and a mashup of “Can U Handle It” and “Superstar.” The later being the longest and the clear standout. The Chicago native showcases a tender, soulful take on the two songs in a unique blend, and I don’t know if we can handle BJ’s stirring vocals! Too Good!

The two artists have a long-standing history as BJ use to serve as one of Usher’s background vocalists. During which a young BJ performed on “The Truth Tour,” the 2004 trek in support of Usher’s Confessions.

Stream his tribute to Usher below!

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Usher Shares Confessions on Career, including Chris Brown Regret

Earlier this week, Questlove got the inside truth direct from Usher during a special interview for his Pandora radio show, “Questlove Supreme.”

During their conversation, the R&B star, who’s career continues to inspire, opened up about life, love, and music.  Specifically, Usher revealed his biggest career regret, spoke about first marriage, and shared how Tevin Campbell’s hit single “Can We Talk” and others were originally created for him.

See some excerpts from the insightful interview below.

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Usher, Ne-Yo, Fantasia & More Perform at ‘Taking The Stage’ Special

On Thursday night, ABC finally aired the “Taking The Stage: African American Music And Stories That Changed America” special, which was originally tapped in the fall of 2016, surrounding the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC.

The audience was filled with stars of music, film, entertainment, industry and politics, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Many of R&B’s elite hit the stage to pay tribute to the groundbreaking singers and entertainers that came before them. Suited up to put on a show, Usher performed a commendable James Brown tribute, which included “Papa’s Gotta Brand New Bag,” “I Feel Good,” “Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud,” and “Get On Up.”

Ne-Yo was appointed the very difficult task of paying tribute to Michael Jackson, which he’s done before, however this performance fell short in many people’s opinions on social media. His set included “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” and “Earth Song.”

On a higher note (literally), Fantasia floored the audience in the Kennedy Center with her dedication performance to Aretha Franklin, singing “Dr. Feel Good.” As always she stunned vocally, receiving a standing ovation from the packed house.

Chloe & Halle opened the gospel tribute, and made Beyoncé proud with their angelic voices. The young sisters were followed by gospel headliners Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and Shirley Caesar.

Check out the performances below.

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Solange, Usher, Kelly Rowland & More Attend President Obama’s Farewell Party

President Barack Obama held his farewell party at the White House on Friday night (Jan. 7) and it was the place to be for many stars, including Solange Knowles.

While her sister Beyoncé was seemingly absent, the Seat at the Table songstress had the honor of performing at the star-studded party. “The sound check of life,” she wrote. “Was truly the ultimate, ultimate honor. Can’t even put into words. Really. We will miss your excellence, your grace, and the phenomenal legacy you have let us all share.”

But Solange wasn’t the only star at the event. Usher, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Wale, and Kelly Rowland were also on hand for the celebration. So were La La Anthony, Jordin Sparks, DJ Cassidy, Jay Pharoah, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and many more who helped bid farewell to Obama’s eight years in office.

President Obama is getting ready to transition out of his position. His final day as Commander-in-Chief will be Jan. 20, when he will hand the presidency over to President-elect, Donald Trump. Before that, Obama will deliver his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10.

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Beyoncé, JAY Z, Stevie Wonder, Usher & More To Attend President Obama’s Farewell Bash

President Barack Obama is going out with a bash.

Closing out his eight-year term, the POTUS is hosting a farewell party at the White House on Friday (Jan. 6), according to The Washington Post.

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bradley Cooper are potentially among the invited guests, according to an insider.

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Chris Brown Releases New Single & Video “Party” feat. Usher & Gucci Mane

It’s a party, and Chris Brown wants you to be a part of it.

As promised, the R&B superstar has returned, releasing his all-star featured new single “Party” with Usher and Gucci Mane.

Over the slinky production, Breezy flexes his playboy lifestyle, while Usher encourages some girl-on-girl action.

“Girl come to my place, but don’t bring no clothes / Lets get dirty babe (baby drop it low),” he sings.

Even before its release, the club banger received rave reviews from Guwop.

“It’s a banger,” Gucci told Los Angeles’ Power 106. “We shot the video…in L.A. I can’t wait until it comes out. Chris directs his own videos. Sitting with him and seeing how creative he is, it’s inspirational. He’s intense. He does everything. Seriously.”

Check out the single and video below!

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Chris Brown Readies New Single “Party” with Usher & Gucci Mane

Get ready to “Party” with Breezy.

Chris Brown has linked up with Usher and Gucci Mane on a new single off his forthcoming album, tentatively titled Heartbreak on a Full Moon.

“Party” is expected to arrive Friday (Dec. 16) via RCA Records. While there isn’t a teaser out yet, the artwork has been revealed.

Featuring a blend of pink and purple hues, the neon-colored cover art for “Party” is heavily inspired by the ’80s, already giving it a retro vibe.

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Watch Teyana Taylor Dance for Usher During “Bad Girl” at Hot 97’s ‘Hot For The Holidays Concert’

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Usher had New York and New Jersey getting in the holiday spirit with his performance at Hot 97’s “Hot For The Holidays Concert” on Saturday (Dec . 3) night.

Held in New Jersey at the Prudential Center, the R&B superstar tore up the stage with his hit-filled set list that included “Good Kisser,” “Caught Up,” “U Don’t Have To Call,” “Missin U,” “U Got It Bad,” “Burn” and more.

Usher had a surprise in store for the crowd during “Bad Girl,” where he invited Teyana Taylor to join him on stage and show off some sexy moves. The two enjoyed each others company, dancing and grindin across the stage as the audience cheered them on.

“Truly a dream come true! To be able to hit the stage with not only a genuine friend but a legend I respect soooo much and has truly learned a lot from,” wrote Teyana on Instagram. “He has brought something so special to the industry. Y’all don’t understand @usher live in Puerto Rico march 5th 2005 I was 14 or 15 dancing around the house to this SAME song like I was Beyoncé 😩😩😩😭😭😭😭😭 u couldn’t tell me nothing!!! Lol and now I’m actually gracing the stage with him! Thank you so much for believing in me, always believing in me since I was a young buck, and showing me they ropes man!! Thank you! A day I will never forget!!”

Check it out below, along with footage of Usher’s full performance.

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