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Usher Performs “No Limit” at BET Awards

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Described as a “man who knows no limits” by host Tracee Ellis Ross, Usher turnt up the BET Awards with a dance-heavy performance of his brand new single “No Limit” featuring Young Thug.

The R&B superstar lead a crew of backup dancers rocking all-black through the choreographed set. Flames lit up the back of the stage as Thugger popped out to join in, spitting his verse while Ursh did his thing.

The performance concluded with a throw down with his dancers, turning his back to the crowd to reveal a jacket that brandished the strong statement, “Don’t Trump America.”

Watch Usher’s performance below.

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Usher, Bryson Tiller, Kehlani, & More Perform Concert at BET Experience at L.A. Live

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The BET Experience weekend officially kicked off on Friday night in Los Angeles at the STAPLES Center, with a concert by Usher, Bryson Tiller, Kehlani and more!

Usher, who headlined the show, surprised the stadium audience by bringing out special guests Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Wale, and Young Thug, during his set.

The R&B superstar performed hit-after-hit from his massive catalog, including such old favorites as “Confessions,” “Nice & Slow,” and “U Don’t Have To Call” which he did along with Snoop as a mashup to the West Coast legend’s hit Pharrell collaboration, “Beautiful.”

Tiller showcased his live performance with breakout singles “Don’t,” “Exchange,” and more off his debut album TRAPSOUL. Kehlani always brings an energetic show to the stage, as she showed off her short hair and tattoos, performing cuts from her mixtapes, Cloud 19, and the Grammy-nominated You Should Be Here.

The BET Experience at L.A. Live, presented by Coca-Cola®, runs June 23-26, with music and comedy concerts taking place at The Novo Theater and STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances. The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26.

Check out the photos below.

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Usher Talks New Album, Touring, Cavs Win & More at Cannes Lions Festival

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Usher is having an awesome week!

Following the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals win on Sunday, the R&B superstar flew out to the 73rd Annual Cannes Lions film festival in France. The singer is finally prepping for the release of his delayed, but anticipated eighth studio album Flawed, which is rumored to be due late summer.

The road to Flawed has been several years in the making, beginning with 2014’s “Good Kisser” and continuing with other singles like “I Don’t Mind,” “She Came To Give It To You” and “Chains,” the latter of which just won its first Cannes Lion Award this week for its video. A 2014 arena tour followed, as well as high-profile brand deals with Pepsi and Cheerios. Now, with the simultaneous release of Flawed‘s lead singles “Crash” and “No Limit” featuring Young Thug, Usher is still building a catalog that’s vying to add a few more trophies to his shelf.

But he’s also taken on the dual challenge of embodying the history of boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, for the biopic Hands of Stone, which is out Aug. 26 via The Weinstein Company. Talking with Ryan Seacrest at a festival panel, Usher spoke about that film’s own long journey to the big screen, from filming locations (“We were gonna shoot it in Puerto Rico, we eventually decided to create an industry in Panama and it was an amazing experience”) to physical training and capturing his unique mindset (“He was very confident, but very calculated as a pugilist – I lived in the idea of how he moved under the pressure of who he was.”)

A rep for Billboard was in attendance and got a chance to ask Usher some pressing questions about the new album, potential tour plans, the Cavs win, and more. Check out the Q&A below.

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Usher Celebrates with Cleveland Cavaliers After NBA Finals Win!

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Not only does Usher have 2 brand new singles out, and many music awards, including 8 Grammys, the R&B superstar now has an NBA Championship win!

The singer was in attendance to cheer on his team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, at Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals on Sunday night in Oakland, CA at the Oracle Arena.

Lebron James led the Cavs to a 93-89 win over the Golden State Warriors for the team’s first-ever NBA championship. Usher has been a minority owner of the Cavs for 12 years, and he was extremely excited to celebrate the historic moment with the players, coaches and owners.

“I know I have the talent to entertain,” the singer told Forbes magazine in 2005, after he acquired the stake in the team. “Now I just want to be a great businessman.”

According to Forbes, Usher even played a role in helping convince James to return to Cleveland in 2014. Usher reportedly went on Twitter to convince James to come back after having switched to the Miami Heat in 2010. A day later, James announced he’d be returning to the Cavs.

Usher sang the National Anthem in Game 4 of the 2015 NBA Finals, which Cleveland ultimately lost to Golden State.

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Video: Usher – Crash

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After debuting the single last Friday, Usher returns a week later with the music video for “Crash,” the second of his surprise duel single release, which also included “No Limit” featuring Young Thug.

A performance art style visual, Ush dances in a dark space in front of a large screen displaying images of his love interest. Over the tracks pulsating rhythm, he flexes his falsetto once again, sharing emotional feelings about finding, sharing, and losing a relationship that will forever last in memory.

“Would you mind if I still loved you? / Would you mind if things don’t last? / Would you mind if I hold onto you? / You said that I would crash,” he sings.

Usher is readying his eighth studio album Flawed, which is reportedly set for a July release. The R&B star is slated to perform at the upcoming BET Awards on June 26 in Los Angeles.

Check out the “Crash” video below!

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Usher, Future & Bryson Tiller Set to Perform at BET Awards

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The BET Awards just added even more star power.

Usher, Future and Bryson Tiller have officially joined the star-studded lineup of performers for this year’s show, which already includes Alicia Keys, Maxwell, and Prince tributes by D’Angelo, The Roots, and Janelle Monáe.

A secret performer is also scheduled for the event, though their identity won’t be revealed until fans uncover the answer using the hashtag #BETAwardsReveal on Twitter and Facebook. If enough fans use the tag, the secret performer will be unveiled.

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New Music: Usher feat. Young Thug – No Limit

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As promised, Usher has now officially released his new single “No Limit” featuring Young Thug worldwide, for all our listening access.

Last week, the R&B superstar made his surprise comeback by releasing the song exclusively on TIDAL, and followed it up one day later with the worldwide release of his double single “Crash.” If you don’t use TIDAL or have other ways of hearing tracks that get exclusive releases on one of the digital streaming platforms, now you can hear the record in full.

“No Limit” was co-written by Usher and produced by Brandon “B.A.M” Hodge and co-produced by Christopher Perry. “Got that Master P, no limit baby / Give ya that black card, no limit / Just know that when you roll with a n**ga like me there’s no limit,” he sings.

Usher is readying his eighth studio album Flawed, which is reportedly set for a July release. Fans can catch him performing at the BET Experience at L.A.’s Staples Center on June 24.

Take a listen below.

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New Music: Usher – Crash

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As promised just yesterday, Usher has returned with two brand new songs!

After debuting the Master P-inspired “No Limit” featuring Young Thug on TIDAL, the R&B superstar comes through with “Crash.” This time around, the R&B crooner flaunts his falsetto over a pulsating rhythm as he gets honest with the woman he loves.

“Would you mind if I still loved you? / Would you mind if things don’t last? / Would you mind if I hold onto you? / You said that I would crash,” he sings.

Usher is readying his eighth studio album Flawed, which is reportedly set for a July release. Fans can catch him at the BET Experience at L.A.’s Staples Center on June 24.

Take a listen to “Crash” below.

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