Posts Tagged ‘Usher’

Usher, Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Perform at iHeartRadio Music Festival

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The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena for two days of the biggest music stars on the planet. Friday’s jam-packed lineup included Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Usher, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and Coldplay, with plenty of surprises.

Queen Nicki delivered her biggest hits including “Super Bass,” “Beez in the Trap,” and “Anaconda,” and even spit her verse on Beyoncé’s “Flawless (Remix)” a cappella. She also brought out Ariana Grande for “Bang Bang,” and closed with “Starships.”

Ariana served up a soaring set of her own with “The Way” and “Problem,” as well as new cuts off her No. 1 album My Everything. While her rumored boyfriend Big Sean was backstage, Childish Gambino joined her on stage for “Break Your Heart Right Back.”

Usher lit up the arena with his UR singles “Good Kisser” and “She Came to Give It to You,” and surprised the crowd by bringing out Chris Brown for “New Flame.”

Surprise guest Alicia Keys, whose second child is due in November, showed off her baby bump and blessed the stage with her empowering new anthem “We Are Here.”

Check out the highlights from night 1 below:

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Usher Stops By ‘Ellen’, Takes ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Challenge

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You have GOT to love Usher!

While the veteran heartthrob has been making ladies fall in love since before he could legally purchase liquor, the singer and father has done it again as he showed off his manly strength.

Taking on the “American Ninja Warrior” Parking Lot Challenge on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Usher not only proved that he had the brawn, to complete the challenge, but the brains to invent a new way to complete one of the obstacles. Serving as great exercise for what’s to come during his UR Experience tour this fall, it was pure entertainment watching him tackle the obstacles on the course.

Take a look at him swing our way below!

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Usher Does It All In New ‘Fault’ Magazine ‘Millions’ Issue

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Usher just continues to make the ladies drool every chance he gets and we’re not mad one bit.

While the news of his tour The UR Experience – which features August Alsina – made every woman in America flip their lid, his spread in the new issue of Fault Magazine has done just the same.

Titled “The Millions Issue,” the magazine will give us a firsthand look into the life and mind of the R&B superstar. Shot by Sinisha Nisevic and styled by L.A. celebrity stylists The Kids, Usher’s feature in the magazine spans over 13 pages and includes him covering the Men’s Fashion section as well.

In his interview, entitled ‘The Man Who Can Do It All,’ the record-breaking entertainer discusses his stint on The Voice, his upcoming album, jumping back into acting, and more. When asked about his upcoming album and not making commercial hits, he told the magazine: “I don’t feel that I’ve got to sell out this tour, or sell crazy amounts of albums, or have the number one single. It’s great to have all those things, but that isn’t what I’m doing.”

The signer also went on to speak about his experience while creating the new body of work. “It’s still a work in progress. I’m at a place where I really just want to have fun and do what I feel is significant to me. These last three years have been the hardest times of my life. I’ve wanted to break down, I’ve wanted to quit. I’ve wanted to throw in the towel but my spirit wouldn’t allow me… The one thing the album represents is confidence. Not confidence in a cocky way, but being open about what I feel, take it or leave it. If I’m not honest about my feelings then you’ll never know how I really feel,” said the “Believe Me” crooner.

While the full interview isn’t available yet, fans can get a small taste of what Usher had to say here and don’t forget to check out a few of the shots from the shoot after the jump!

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Watch: Usher Kicks off ‘Fashion Rocks’ with “She Came To Give It To You”

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The worlds of fashion and music collided on national television with the first ever Fashion Rocks show, live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

As the surprise opening performance, Usher kicked off the show, “riding in on a motorcycle,” with his funky uptempo hit “She Came To Give It To You.”  While she was in the building for her own performance, Nicki Minaj didn’t join in this time for some booty and bass. Instead the R&B superstar rocked the venue with his all female band and was joined by a sexy runway model, who strutted her stuff across the stage.

The entertaining event was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and included performances from many of today’s biggest stars and legends including Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Duran Duran, KISS and many more.

If you missed it live, watch Usher’s energetic performance below:

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Watch: Usher Talks ‘The UR Experience’ Tour, New Album, Working with Chris Brown

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Usher has released three songs from his anticipated new album, rumored to be titled UR, but during a recent sit-down interview with Billboard’s Erika Ramirez, the R&B superstar revealed he is taking the album back.

“The album isn’t scheduled anymore, I’m takin my time with it,” he explained.

While he has been working on and off on the project with fellow artist and producers such as Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri, Diplo, Pop & Oak, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and Drake, the project doesn’t have a theme. “This album isn’t about a specific topic or specific period of my life,” explained Usher. “It’s something that feels very modern, but the vocal on it feels very specific to my style. I wanted to do something that I felt like would be current, but wouldn’t necessarily conform specifically.”

Besides the artists mentioned above, Usher also said there might be another collabo with Chris Brown on the album. “There is another record that we worked on for the album. The relationship is great… we’ve been able to build.”

Whether he gets the album ready in time or not, Usher is prepping to embark on his 27-city “The UR Experience” tour, with August Alsina as the opening act.

“I always thought of that opening spot as the place for the person that I can can give an experience they haven’t had before, to mentor them through,” Usher says of going with Alsina. The UR Experience Tour will kick off in Montreal, Quebec on November 1.

Check out Usher’s new interview below:

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New Music: Kid Ink feat. Usher & Tinashe – Body Language (CDQ)

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Still rocking the charts with his hits “Main Chick” and “Show Me,” off his debut album My Own Lane, buzzing artist Kid Ink returns with his next potential hit single.

The L.A. rapper teams up with his RCA labelmates Usher and Tinashe on the bouncy Stargate and Cashmere Cat production, “Body Language.”

Kid Ink kicks some radio-friendly rhymes while Tinashe provides ad-libs, and Usher sings the hook: “You ain’t gotta say too much, I can read your body language.”

Take a listen to the potential new hit below:

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Watch: Usher Puts It Down with “She Came To Give It To You” Acoustic, Talks New Drake Collab

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Following his performance on the TODAY show early Friday morning, Usher continued his NYC gigs with a private show for Australian radio network Nova FM’s Red Room Global Tour. Held at famed nightclub Marquee, Usher put on a tantalizing, intimate show for some lucky fans.

During his set he performed an acoustic version of his latest hit single “She Came To Give It To You.” Rocking all black with black shades, and singing into an all gold mic, the R&B superstar delivered a jazzy breakdown of the funky song, with a beatnik vibe.

During a sit-down interview with VIBE magazine while in town, Usher revealed how his new collabo with Drake came about, and shared some brief info about it. “He touched on some pretty…personal stuff,” Usher said of Drake’s verse. “It definitely is one of those really really cool, vibey records.”

Watch his performance and interview clip below!

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Usher Takes Over NYC on TODAY Show Concert Series

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A muggy Friday morning in NYC got even hotter when Usher took over the TODAY show’s ‘Toyota Concert Series’ in Rockefeller Plaza.

As the eight-time Grammy Award winner made his way to the stage to perform his uptempo new hit single “She Came to Give It to You,” he danced with people in the crowd, slapped high-fives, and surprised a stunned female spectator with a smooch.

Usher said that’s what concertgoers can expect on his upcoming “The UR Experience” tour, which kicks off in November and is slated to hit 27 cities in North America.

“I can’t wait to get back to the stage and the unpredictability of what it is,” he said. “You never know what’s gonna happen. City to city, it’s a different show every night.”

Later, he added, “I may be in the audience … and you might get a kiss.”

Things only got hotter from there, with Usher dipping into his vast archive for a medley of “U Don’t Have To Call,” “Caught Up,” “OMG” and “Good Kisser.”

His eighth studio album UR is due out this fall.  Catch his steamy new performance below!

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