Posts Tagged ‘Usher’

Watch: Usher Brings ‘Hard II Love’ to iHeartRadio Festival

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Usher had one hell of a busy weekend. After performing at the Global Citizen Festival in NYC’s Central Park early Saturday (Sept. 24) afternoon, the R&B superstar hopped on a jet to fly out to Las Vegas and close out the second night of the iHeartRadio Festival.

Getting the awaiting crowd warmed up, the singer hit the stage with his new pop single “Crash,” off his recently released eighth studio album Hard II Love. Transitioning into the heavy hitting turn-up “Missin U” and the Lil Jon-assisted “Bump,” Usher and his backup dancers showed the Vegas audience how they do it in ATL.

After running through “Rivals,” the Hands of Stone star slowed it down with “Lovers and Friends” and surprised the crowd by bringing out Ludacris to join him for the sultry hit, and then they turned the energy back up with “Yeah.”

“We ain’t done though,” said Usher before sliding into the slinky bounce of “No Limit,” where he brought his dance team back out to close out the set.

Check out his full performance below!

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Usher Goes All Around The World with “No Limit” on ‘Kimmel’

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Usher took fans all around the world with his performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday night.  The R&B superstar continued to celebrate the release of his eighth studio album Hard II Love by perf0rming the album’s hit single “No Limit” for the studio audience, who helped join in on the unique set.

Standing in front of 2 large projector screens Usher danced for the camera and pushed it around in circles to show the crowd, and then the screens would switch showing fans from different countries dancing to the song in their homes. But, he had a surprise in store, as the camera turned once again, Usher magically appeared on the outdoor stage with all his dancers and full band behind him.

During Young Thug’s verse a full dance-off went down, as the outdoor audience cheered them on. However you feel about the song, this was a dope performance.

Check it out below.

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Watch: Usher Goes Deep in Interview With ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Usher is getting more open and honest in his latest music, and the same goes for his new interview with ‘The Breakfast Club.’

Starting out their chat talking about the success of his radio single “No Limit” featuring Young Thug, the R&B superstar spoke about connecting with Master P for the official remix, and making sure the video was dance heavy. Continuing to speak about his brand new album Hard II Love, Usher talked about using some classic retro samples like Ready For The World’s “Let Me Love You Down” on “Let Me” and Luke’s “I Wanna Rock” on “Bump.” He discussed the meaning behind the title “Hard II Love” which he switched the name to after it was originally titled ‘Flawed.’

Continuing on, Usher talked about receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, winning the NBA Championship after his 11-year-old investment with the Cleveland Cavaliers, portraying the role of boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard for the new movie Hands of Stone, the choice of Colin Kaepernick to protest police brutality by sitting during the singing of the National Anthem, and more.

On another note, the singer made headlines earlier this year when he slipped up by posting an image on SnapChat which showed part of his penis while he was in a steam room. When questioned about it, Usher admitted he was high on lean when he posted it!

Hard II Love is in stores now. Check out his full interview below.

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Complex Presents: 4 Days in Cuba with Usher

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Fans that closely follow Usher on social media will probably recall his recent trip to Cuba, but what you may not know is that Complex traveled out there with him and filmed a short documentary piece on his visit, all prior to the release of his brand new album Hard II Love.

This visit had a political agenda; Usher was part of a 33-person cultural delegation sent on the heels of the U.S. lifting travel and trade embargoes earlier this year. Complex News’ Nadeska Alexis joined the R&B superstar in Havana (this was actually his second visit to Cuba) while he took in their culture, which included a massive cypher with fans on the street in the community of Regla.

Grabbing a mic, he addresses the people, “Hola, Cuba!” he half talks, half sings. He then launches into his Young Thug-assisted single “No Limit” followed by a medley of his classic hits.

“That made me feel like a kid again,” Usher says later. “When I was a kid, we got in a cypher and battled each other lyrically. We told jokes and made the hottest dance moves. That’s what’s still here.”

Outside of his trip, Usher also revealed to Complex in a later interview about Hard II Love, that he did in fact record a song with Drake for the album, which is called “Slow Motion,” however he felt that it didn’t sonically sync with the rest of the project so he took it off. “This album has a very specific tone,” explains Usher, “but I would love to work with him [again]. I really respect his writing. You should, at some point though, get a song from Usher and Drake.”

Additionally, Complex spent time with the singer in NYC for some footwear talk as part of their “Sneaker Shopping” series. Complex’s Joe La Puma took Ursh to buzzing NYC brand KITH where they had their NoHo location all to themselves for some shopping and discussion on sneaker culture today. Usher spoke about creating his custom gold Jordan’s, performing at Michael Jordan’s wedding, the recent rise of Adidas using artist’s instead of only athletes, and more.

Check out both videos below.

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Usher Freestyles PARTYNEXTDOOR Collaboration “Let Me” on Hot 97

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Usher got bars?

Hot off the release of his eighth studio album Hard II Love, the R&B superstar caught up with Funkmaster Flex’s on Hot 97 and dropped a freestyle!

“I got something on my mind right now. This is a joint that I worked on with my homie PARTY, but I feel like it’s gonna fit,” he said before spitting the first verse of his song “Let Me” over The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?” instrumental.

“We need a baby in the crib and we’re completed / You got money, I got money, no competin’ / F game but we always on some G sh*t / I’m on some O.J. with the p**sy, I’ma beat it,” he sing-raps.

Check out Usher in freestyle mode below, and check out Hard II Love which is available everywhere now.

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Review: Usher Returns With New Album ‘Hard II Love’

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Usher has been putting it down for over 20 years now, earning the right to be considered an industry icon. On his eighth studio album, Hard II Love, he pulls rank—reminding the younger cats that he’s a Trap Soul pioneer. Similar to his previous releases, Usher’s transparent about his messy ways and attempts to make amends as he straddles the thin line between ratchet and romantic. It’s apparent that his longevity is partly due to his ability to seamlessly transition between genres and personas.

Opening with “Need U,” the R&B maestro humbly admits that he effed up, but he needs his lady love to salvage their relationship. As the track ends, actress Priyanka Chopra candidly explains that women want ” … somebody that’s got confidence … he should make me feel safe, make me laugh, everything about him should feel sexy …” Usher responds with his own list, as he slides into the bouncy  “Missin’ U,” telling his former boo: “I dreamt about you last night, I didn’t wanna wake up.” Heavy bass is present on many of the songs, but the retro breakdown stands out on this track.

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Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo & More To Perform At Opening Celebration for National Museum of African American History and Culture

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The exciting grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is only weeks away, and the celebration is going to be epic.

Outside of events at the actual museum in Washington, D.C., it has now been announced that ABC will produce a two-hour TV special called “Taking the Stage – Changing America,” which will include an all-star performance from the likes of Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and more.

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New Music: Tone Stith – Nice & Slow (Cover)

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In honor of Usher releasing his new album Hard II Love this week, rising R&B artist Tone Stith pays homage to one of his biggest inspirations with a cover of “Nice & Slow.”

The 1997 classic sounds just as great today as it did back then, even with a new young voice delivering his own rendition.

Tone lays the sultry vocals down heavy, stretching out his falsetto notes and added harmonies. Kudos to this cover!

Check it out below, and look out for Tone’s debut project California 70 coming soon.

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