Posts Tagged ‘Usher’

Exclusive: Rico Love Reflects on Usher’s ‘Confessions’ Album, 10 Years Later

Rico Love may be new to some as an artist, but the platinum songwriter began his career as a rapper, and was originally signed to Usher in the early 2000s.  As a way to supplement extra income for Rico, Usher suggested that he write some songs for his upcoming album at the time, which became the legendary ‘Confessions‘ album.  The very first R&B song that Rico ever wrote was “Throwback,” produced by Just Blaze, which went on to become a fan favorite off the album.

We recently caught up with Rico for an interview and we asked him to reflect on the making of the album, and his feelings about it as they celebrate it’s 10 year anniversary.

Explaining what makes the album so special, and why it is still the best R&B album of the past 10 years, Rico also shared with us the story of when he and Usher first heard the song “Yeah!,” and why Usher hated it, and refused to perform the song before it became a hit.

Check out the interview clip above, and stay tuned for more from the interview coming soon.


Pharrell Brings Out Usher, Jay Z, T.I. & More at Second Week of Coachella

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Pharrell returned to Indio, California for the second weekend of Coachella on Saturday night.  Following an all-star feature filled set last week, the Neptunes hit-maker had even bigger surprises in store for the crowd this time.

Since he didn’t make it last week, T.I. stormed the stage for his verse and some dance moves during “Blurred Lines.” Next up was Pusha T who joined his mentor for their breakout classic “Grindin’.” Returning for the second week, Busta Rhymes had the crowd jumpin with “Pass The Courvoisier Part II.”

Then it was time to really surprise as P introduced Usher to the stage for his 2001 Neptunes-produced hit “U Don’t Have to Call.” “Please get ready for this man’s next album. It’s so amazing!” said Pharrell, who had one more big surprise for Coachella.

While performing his solo hit “Fronin,” Jay Z emerged from the back of the stage and joined him for a medley of hits including “Excuse Me Miss,” “La-La-La,” and “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me).”

“Thank you guys so much for giving me one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you, Coachella,” said Pharrell.

Check out the performance clips below:

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Turn The Lights On: Usher Hits Studio With Rico Love

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2014 is shaping up to be a supreme year for R&B, so you know Usher couldn’t be left out! With the 10th anniversary of his most transparent and popularized album Confessions just passing, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing who would be apart of this (hopefully) legendary project that he’s been working on.

Taking to Instagram to let fans in on the current process of creating, the “Dive” singer revealed that he’s tapped the shoulder of his friend and frequent collaborator, Rico Love to work on new tracks. Known as the man behind “There Goes My Baby,” Rico and Usher have great chemistry and we can only expect more greatest from them.

His currently untitled, eighth studio album is set to be released later this year, along with the film Hands of Stone, where he plays Sugar Ray Leonard. Serving as the follow-up to 2012′s Looking 4 Myself, we’re seriously hoping that we get the best of Usher on this new project.

Take a look at a few more flicks from the meeting below:

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Retrospective: The Legacy of Usher’s Diamond-Selling ‘Confessions’ Album, 10 Years Later

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If R&B superstar Usher decided to step away from the revolving chair and retire tomorrow, there’s no question that he would have a legendary career to look back on. The man has continued to show on several occasions that he is one of the hardest working artists in entertainment, currently assuming his role as host of NBC’s ‘The Voice’, filming for the role of Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming movie Hands of Stone, and working on his anticipated eighth studio album, also expected to be released this year.  But, perhaps his most notable accomplishment to date was the release, and subsequent accolades of his album Confessions — which will celebrate the 10th anniversary of it’s release on March 23rd.

Initially it was just expected to be Usher’s fourth studio album, but over the past 10 years it’s been regarded as one of the best R&B albums in history, and still remains the highest selling R&B title of the modern era.

Prior to the release of Confessions, Usher had certainly taken on the role of R&B playboy. Whether he was dropping his trousers in the video to “You Make Me Wanna,” providing the lover’s anthem with “Nice & Slow,” or exposing his washboard abs in “U Don’t Have To Call,” Usher was gaining ground as the leading young R&B act in the post-90s environment. But, boys have to grow into men one day, and it was that basis that moved everything forward in creating Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions.

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Usher, Jill Scott & Aloe Blacc Interviews on ‘The Voice’

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NBC’s The Voice returns tonight for the first episode of the infamous ‘Battle Rounds.’  In preparation for the ‘sing for your life’ style competition the show conducted new interviews with the coaches and their special guest advisers.

Returning for the show’s 6th Season, Usher talks about his team and his approach to the battles this season. “My strategy this season is to be a lot more soulful,” says the R&B superstar. “The soulful essence of their performance or whatever their genre is, is really what I hope to establish being here.” Additionally he spoke about what Jill Scott can bring to his team.

Jilly from Philly talks about why The Voice is one of her favorite shows, her respect for Usher and how she hopes to make a difference to the artists on his team. “The best advice I can give any of the contestants is to listen to your coach and forgive yourself. You’re gonna make mistakes, it’s not always going to be perfect the way you intended it be, there’s a lot of components, nerves, the crowd…forgive yourself and sing with all your heart.”

Buzzing soul singer Aloe Blacc will be joining Team Adam as Mr. Levine’s adviser this season. Similar to Jill he expressed his love for the show’s format, and how he hopes to help the artists on Adam’s team. “If you can be yourself and allow your lyrics, your voice and your style to be magnified, then the rest of the world will see it, and accept you as a unique individual.”

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8pm on NBC. Check out the interviews below:

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Preview: Usher & Jill Scott Mentor Artists on ‘The Voice’

If you didn’t already know, Usher has returned as a coach for the sixth season of NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ and as his secret weapon to help mentor his team, the R&B superstar has called on soulful vocalist Jill Scott.

In this new preview clip for the upcoming battle rounds, the two singers give a glimpse into their mentoring work with the artists, and performance previews.

Let the battles begin! The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 PM on NBC.


Usher & Jill Scott Share Mentoring Advice on ‘The Voice’

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Usher has returned as a coach for the sixth season of NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ and as his secret weapon to help mentor his team, the R&B superstar has called on soulful vocalist Jill Scott.

In a new promo clip for the upcoming battle episodes the two singers sit down for a chat about their own love for one another, and why they will make the ultimate mentoring team.

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 PM on NBC.


Usher Stops By ‘Jimmy Fallon’ For A Game of Catchaphrase

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R&B crooner Usher has been busy making his rounds lately and oddly enough, sporting a Davy Crocket type of hat to do it. Promoting the latest season to the popularized show The Voice, Usher took to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to give fans a little insight on what’s happening this time around.

Marking his return to the show as well, this season came just a few months after the last. Obviously in good spirits, the “Dive” singer joined forces with Jimmy Fallon agains actress Reese Witherspoon and Olympic Gold Medalist, Mikaela Shiffin in a friendly game of Catchaphrase.

Dimming the lights and putting the teams under pressure, the game is a funny view of celebrities tackling the famed game.

See which team takes home the gold below:

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