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Usher Talks New Album ‘Hard II Love,’ and ‘Hands of Stone’ Film on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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With Hands of Stone hitting theaters today, Usher made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night.

Along with promoting the movie, the R&B star officially announced the title of his eighth studio album, Hard II Love, and confirmed it is coming out Sept. 16. Last night, he also dropped two new songs, the bass-heavy single “Missin U,” and “Champions,” which originated from the soundtrack to Hands of Stone.

During his chat with Jimmy, the singer/actor spoke about portraying boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in the film, and hoping he would get his approval of a sex scene during the movie premiere. Usher also showed off his jump roping abilities for the studio audience, and talked about celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Championship.

Check out Usher’s visit with Kimmel below.

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New Music: Usher – ‘Missin U’ + ‘Champions’

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With the news that Usher has changed the title of his eighth studio album to Hard II Love, and it has gone up for pre-order, two brand new records have been released as well.

The first, “Missin U,” is a bass heavy banger, where the R&B star rides the beat while singing out about his desire to reunite with his lady, who has him entranced in her beauty.

“I mean everybody wants somebody that’s got confidence,” he says in the intro. “You know it’s in her attitude, the way she walks, nice legs, she’s got to be beautiful.”  The song uniquely segues in between a hard club banger and sweet, contemporary love song.

The second track is “Champions,” from the film Hands of Stone, which Usher co-stars in as legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. This one is an empowering ballad that switches between English and Spanish, as a duel kind of duet between Usher and actor Édgar Ramírez, who portrays the films leading character, boxer Roberto Durán.

“I’ll fight for my country / You’ll fight for your country / We see the victory, they’ll get the victory / Man to man and heart to heart / Face to face, but worlds apart,” he sings.

Hands of Stone lands in theaters on Friday (Aug. 26). Usher’s eighth studio album Hard II Love is set to be released on September 16.

Take a listen to both new tracks below!

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Usher Readies New Album ‘Hard II Love’ for September

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It’s well known that Usher has had numerous changes of heart with his anticipated eighth studio album, so it comes as no surprise that the R&B superstar has changed the title once again.

While it was most recently expected to be titled ‘Flawed,’ the singer has switched the name to Hard II Love.

An early pre-order for the album went up on iTunes New Zealand, which also lists the release date as September 16!

Usher’s first LP since 2012’s Looking 4 Myself, includes the previously-released singles “Crash” and “No Limit” featuring Young Thug. The 15 track project also contains “Missin U” and “Champions,” a song originally made for the film Hands of Stone.

Usher alluded to a possible title change back in June.

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New Music: Usher feat. Master P, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, A$AP Ferg & Gucci Mane – No Limit (G-Mix)

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If you were looking for a way to kick your weekend off right, Usher has clearly got your remedy. Delivering the previously promised remix to his single “No Limit,” the OG singer has called on a few of the rap game’s finest to supply their talents to the already booming track.

Of course, there couldn’t be anything related to No Limit without adding in the original general Master P, who kicked the track off with his old school sauce mixed with some new school lingo. Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, A$AP Ferg, and the recently released Gucci Mane all follow the veteran rapper as they lay down their own verses for the highly anticipated G-mix.

Usher, who is currently working on his eighth studio album Flawed, is also starring in the movie Hands of Stone, set to hit theaters on August 26.

Listen to the massive “No Limit” remix below.

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Usher Announces “No Limit (Remix),” Talks ‘Hands of Stone,’ New Album ‘Flawed’ & More

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Usher is out to prove there is “No Limit” to how many artists can fit on a remix.

The R&B star has announced a “G-Mix” of his Young Thug-assisted single that is set to feature a diverse posse including A$AP Ferg, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, and Master P, who inspired the song’s title.

“Y’all heard the original,” he told V-103 in Atlanta. “Now the remix is coming, the G-mix is coming real soon…It’s gonna be lit…That’s a G-mix.”

The Young Thug-assisted original, which references Master P’s No Limit Records, was released in June. In July, Gucci Mane appeared to shoot a video for his portion of the track with Usher and Thugger. And last week, Travis Scott premiered his remix on the premiere episode of .wav radio.

During his chat with the RCMS, Usher also spoke about men not handling their “business.” He gives his two cents about why certain relationships may not work. After the shenanigans Usher talks about his role in the upcoming movie Hands Of Stone, where he plays the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard. “You cannot play boxing” states Usher as he describes the discipline it took to portray a real life boxer.

Watch the full interview below.

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Usher Shares Intimate Details on New Album, Acting in Sizzling ‘Flaunt’ Magazine Spread

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With his anticipated eighth studio album, Flawed, on the way soon, Usher gave an intimate interview and photo shoot for Flaunt magazine.

The 37-year-old R&B star opened up about a slew of topics including his state of mind with the oft-delayed new album, travels to Cuba, searching for his ancestral roots, the passing of Prince, his role as Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming movie Hands of Stone, and more.

On his new music, Usher explained: “I’m in a very expressive place, my priorities have changed.” Continuing, “It’s not about attaining success. That’s not it. I’ve done that shit. And I’d like more of it, don’t get me wrong, but it’s really about being connected to what you’re doing. And not making it so deep that people don’t understand it, having fucking fun and enjoying it.”

“It’s about my musical journey through genre… The man I’ve become, the experiences and the vulnerability, the honesty, the inquisitive nature of who we are as people, as men—I’m talking about that. And the idea of the diaspora. There’s something amazing and undeniable about the culture of the South. The way we move. And where does it come from? When I look at how Africans move, how their rituals went and what their tribal moves were, and then I look at how we move now, there’s a tie.”

While speaking about his passion for acting, Usher shared direct confidence in his abilities to take on character roles. “If you reading this shit right now and you thinking about booking me for a movie, do it, because I’m muthafuckin’ worthwhile,” he said.

Hands of Stone will hit theaters on August 26, while Flawed is due out this coming fall.

Check out his sizzling photo shoot below, and read the full feature here.

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Usher Premieres “No Limit” Video with Young Thug

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Usher connects with fellow ATLien Young Thug in the dance-heavy video for his Master P-inspired single “No Limit.”

Rocking a Haider Ackermann blue velvet jacket, Ursh and his crew of dancers go to work and deliver some killer choreography against a white studio backdrop. Thug, donning his own fashionable serape-inspired shirt, joins him on set along with Ty Dolla $ign, Gucci Mane, and Boosie.

There’s more where this came from. Usher also reportedly shot a video for the remix to “No Limit” with Gucci and a zebra.

It all comes ahead of Usher’s long-awaited eighth album, Flawed, the follow-up to 2012’s Looking 4 Myself. In June, he premiered the video for his other single “Crash.”

Watch Usher and Thugger Thugger in action below.

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Watch Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard In New ‘Hands Of Stone’ Film Clip

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Get ready for Usher to hit the big screen playing Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film Hands of Stone.

After talking about it and teasing his role for a couple years now, the movie will finally hit theaters nationwide on August 26. Getting fans ready, the studio has given Tidal an exclusive preview clip featuring Usher as Leonard.

The biopic about professional fighter Roberto Duran also stars Academy Award winner Robert De Niro as boxing coach Ray Arcel, and Golden Globe nominee Edgar Ramirez as Duran.

In addition to the Tidal exclusive, some additional trailers have been released as well. Check it out below.

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