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Usher, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan and More Pay Tribute To Nina Simone

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Legendary songstress Nina Simone is receiving a tribute from some of R&B’s most talented superstars with the upcoming compilation, Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone. Inspired by the Netflix documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? the July 10 release will feature contributions from some of your favorite artists.

Hosting sounds from Lauryn Hill, Usher, Jazmine Sullivan, Mary J. Bilge, Common, and many more, the album features the stars performing covers of multiple tracks from the late Simone. We previously heard Lauryn Hill’s soulful performance of “Feeling Good,” and now she debuts her rendition of “Black Is The Color of My True Love’s Hair,” her second of six covers on the project.

In addition, Usher gives us his bluesy take on “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” and Jazmine Sullivan brings down the house with her reggae-inspired cover of “Baltimore.”

Take a listen to the tracks below:

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Watch: Usher Slow Jams The National Anthem

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Leave it to Usher to give us a sexy rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”!

Kicking off Thursday night’s Cavs vs. Warriors game, the longtime performer gave a version to be remembered. Belting out through his golden microphone, the part owner of the Cavaliers gave his unique R&B infused version of the National Anthem.

Definitely a version to go down in the books, he effortlessly did his thing as fans of both teams, players, and Kanye West looked on.

Check it out below:

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Watch: Usher Joins Wale in “The Matrimony” Video

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Could Wale be ready to settle down? Usher joins the MMG rap star in the brand new video for their smooth collaboration, “The Matrimony,” off his new LP The Album About Nothing.

The cinematic clip, which features an intro from Jerry Seinfeld, takes place at the wedding of Wale’s love interest (Bria Murphy), but it’s not Wale standing at the altar. We see flashbacks of the former couple fighting over a pregnancy test, while Usher plays the wedding singer.

However, this story doesn’t end with a happily ever after.

Check it out below for the shocking conclusion.

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Usher Partners with Pepsi To Create An Epic Film Adventure

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Want the chance to meet Usher, and be apart of a historical film? Well, Pepsi has your chance!

In a first-of-its-kind, the global beverage brand is creating and producing a short film that will include footage from UrtheCast – the world’s first full-color Ultra HD video system located aboard the International Space Station (ISS), feature Pepsi consumers from around the world and be curated by eight-time Grammy award winning R&B superstar Usher.

As part of this year’s Pepsi® Challenge(TM) campaign, the interstellar short film will combine video, music, technology and storytelling, with Pepsi consumers across the globe playing a role in the experience.

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New Music: Rico Love feat. Usher & Wiz Khalifa – Somebody Else (Remix)

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Yesterday we posted Usher’s brief teaser, and wasting no time Rico Love has premiered the anticipated remix to his latest single “Somebody Else.”  Calling on his mentor Usher as well as Wiz Khalifa to give the catchy record a bigger boost, the three artists lay down different experiences with a women who they’ve lost, or wish will find happiness elsewhere.

Usher appears to be hoping that his ex-wife Tameka Foster finds someone new for herself, singing: “I really hope that she finds somebody else … She all about the commotion, I swear she got a heart of stone.”

While Wiz calls out Amber Rose, admitting she left an empty hole in his heart. “Thought I had it, all the magic I couldn’t imagine / Then it all went tragic, automatically, I’m the bad one,” he raps. “I was only doing us, gave you everything, a kid, a house, and a wedding ring and now you talkin’ ’bout how you could do better things.”

The new remix precedes the release of Rico Love’s major label debut album Turn The Lights On, which is due out May 11.

Take a listen below!

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Usher Previews Remix to Rico Love’s “Somebody Else”

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When Rico Love first released his latest single “Somebody Else” we got a feeling that Usher would sound great singing the song. Welp, we weren’t the only ones as it appears the R&B superstar has now remixed the record on his own.  Rico and Usher have plenty of history together as he first signed the hitmaking songwriter/producer to his US Records in 2003, and he has since penned numerous records for Usher.

Now, as Rico preps for the release of his own major label album Turn The Lights On, he should see a nice boost to the song if the remix becomes an official release.

While there is no word on if that is happening or not, Usher gave fans a teaser of his remix over the weekend in an Instagram video.

Check it out below and stay tuned!

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Watch: Usher Performs with Broken Foot at 2015 Global Citizen Earth Day Concert

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Two weeks after undergoing surgery for fracturing his foot, Usher had a message for Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans. “I might be a little injured, but I’m gonna make sure that I’m there for you,” he promised. Alluding to his plans he then said, “Listen, I wanna come in style if that’s OK with you.”

Sporting a gold crutch, the R&B superstar impressively hopped and hobbled his way through a two-part 45-minute set at the 2015 Global Citizen Earth Day concert at Washington DC’s National Mall on Saturday (April 18).

At several points, the “I Don’t Mind” singer even bunny-hopped on one foot to properly turn up for a trap remix of “Yeah!” and dance hits like “Without You,” and current collaboration “Don’t Look Down” featuring Martin Garrix, who flew in to appear during Usher’s set.

Continuing with the surprises, Usher covered John Legend’s Oscar-winning song “Glory,” during which Common joined him on stage. He then switched roles helping out the rapper with some hits of his own, “Go” and “The Light,” where Usher took on hook duties in lieu of Erykah Badu.

With the crowd at new levels of hype Usher kept the covers going as he flipped to rock mode, performing The Beatles’ classic “Come Together.”  Later, he announced that he would donate his gold crutch to the first person who downloaded the Earth Day app and completed the five actions necessary to help stop climate change. “I’ma give you the crutch off my arm, and I’ma give you the shirt off my back.” But before the ladies got too loud, Usher laughed. “I wanted to just test to see if y’all were ready for me to take my shirt off.”  Though he didn’t accommodate that wish, he did provide another unexpected cover, as the crowd of over 250,000 joined him for U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

It was a very memorable performance from Usher, but he wasn’t the only R&B star who performed at the concert.  The legendary Mary J. Blige helped warm up the DC crowd earlier in the day, with past and present favorites, including “The One” and “Just Fine.”

Check out Usher and Mary’s performances below!

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Listen: Usher feat. Juicy J – “I Don’t Mind” (DJ Soulchild Remix)

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DJ Soulchild is back with another one!  Following his impressive remix of Usher‘s “Clueless,” the Swiss DJ/Remixer serves up another blazing hot remix to set the dance floors on fire worldwide.

This time he puts a retro spin on Usher’s current strip club anthem “I Don’t Mind” feat. Juicy J, with the perfect marriage of old school and new school. Exchanging the 808 production of the original version for a more bass-heavy and funked up approach, Soulchild samples Melba Moore’s 1982 Disco/Funk classic “Love’s Comin’ At Ya,” which results in an irresistible, certified banger.

Stream and download below:

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