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Usher pulls back on new album
Fans of Usher were excited when he talked about releasing an album in 2014. But the singer-songwriter was singing a different tune by September, telling Billboard he was taking his time on the project. In fact, he went as far as to say the "album isn't scheduled anymore."
It was a safe bet that "UR," the album Usher spoke about, would've seen a release before the New Year. After all, the project was said to feature Chris Brown, Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more of the biggest names in music. But all the sudden Usher said, "I've basically taken it back. I'm taking my time with it. At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio [and] go with how you feel."
Usher did not elaborate on his comments or what may have been behind the delays. Beyond the aforementioned names, other guests on the album included Nicki Minaj, Pop & Oak, Pharrell Williams, Jermaine Dupri and Diplo. Perhaps the recording process hit a snag when it needed to make time for all of those names, but perhaps Usher's time on NBC's "The Voice," as well as filming for the Sugar Ray Leonard biopic "Hands of Stone" also got it the way.
While working on "UR," Usher also embarked on a 27-city The UR Experience tour, which kicked off in Montreal on November 1 and wrapped in Tampa, Florida on December 14
He is one of the best-selling artists in American music, having sold some 23 million albums in the U.S. alone. To date, he has sold more than 65 million records worldwide. So why is Usher making headlines lately for an incident that has nothing to do with his music?
Ah, the perils of being a mentor to young Justin Bieber, who found himself in a bit of legal trouble in late January when he was arrested in Miami Beach for DUI. A few days later, Usher was photographed with Bieber in Panama at the Nitro City hotel, then again in the small beach town of Punta Chame. Many news outlets guessed that it was Usher, along with Bieber's manager Scooter Braun, who may have staged an intervention for the young pop star.
Playing counselor to Bieber aside, Usher has had plenty of balls in the air over the last calendar year. Sure, he released his seventh studio album, "Looking 4 Myself" all the way back in June 2012, but spent the majority of 2013 promoting the project. He pushed what he called "the most artistic of an album" he's ever had, even while the pieces were falling into place for album No. 8, which is rumored to involve Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Brian Alexander Morgna. Usher recently served as coach on NBC's "The Voice," substituting for Cee Lo Green in the fourth season along with Shakira, who subbed for Christina Aguilera. Usher is scheduled to return to "The Voice" again for season six.
Since bursting onto the music scene in the mid-90s with his hit single, 'You Make me Wanna,' musical sensation Usher has reigned as the New King of Pop, a label attributed by the late Michael Jackson for more than a decade. With superior dance skills and an eclectic R & B style, Usher remains on top, satisfying his many fans with multiple Grammy wins, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. His many number one hits include passionate songs about love such as 'U Got It Bad', laments about regret such as 'Confessions Part II' and energetic dance beats like 'Yeah!'
Usher was discovered by a record executive at a talent show in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. The choir boy with a passion for gospel inked his first record deal at the age of 14, guided by co-executive producer Sean 'Puffy' Combs. His first single, 'Think of You,' quickly went gold and led to other projects and connections within the music industry. By the time he graduated high school, the teen was working with the likes of Jermaine Dupri and Babyface. As he made the transition from boy to man, Usher also become a crossover sensation and launched an acting career.
These days, it's not just Usher's music-- and songs like 'OMG' and 'DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love' -- that has people talking. The R&B; icon has been a mentor to music superstar Justin Bieber since the Canadian singer got his big break -- also at the age of 14. The two have joined forces on a number of songs, including a duet on Bieber's holiday album, 'Under the Mistletoe.'On June 12 Usher released his seventh studio album, 'Looking 4 Myself,' a hybrid fusion of old-school R&B; and electro-soul. He also lent his voice to David Guetta's club smash, 'Without You,' and trained to play the role of Sugar Ray Leonard in the Roberto Duran biopic Hands of Stone. His 2011 tour grossed nearly $75 million dollars with 73 shows.
|Album name||Release date|
|Dirty Dancer (feat. Lil Wayne)||2011|
|Without You (Remixes)||2011|
|DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love||2010|
|Raymond v. Raymond||2010|
|Somebody to Love (remix)||2010|
|Love in This Club (feat. Young Jeezy)||2008|
|Here I Stand||2008|
|Rhythm City, Volume 1: Caught Up (bonus disc)||2005|
|U Got It Bad||2001|
|Nice & Slow||1998|
|You Make Me Wanna...||1997|
Top 10 Usher Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|3||U Got It Bad||68,341||31,540|
|5||OMG (feat. will.i.am)||55,392||26,275|
|6||DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love||58,700||25,357|
|8||U Remind Me||45,315||22,780|
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Usher Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 03/26/2015 London The O2 03/24/2015 Birmingham Warwickshire NIA Academy 03/23/2015 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 03/21/2015 Belfast Ant Odyssey Arena 03/20/2015 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 03/18/2015 Newcastle Upon Tyne T & W Metro Radio Arena 03/17/2015 Glasgow Glg The SSE Hydro 03/15/2015 Sheffield South Yorkshire Motorpoint Arena 03/14/2015 Nottingham Nottinghamshire Capital FM Arena Nottingham 03/12/2015 Mannheim BW SAP Arena 03/11/2015 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 03/10/2015 Vienna 9 Wiener Stadthalle 03/09/2015 Munich BV Olympiahalle 03/06/2015 Zurich ZH Hallenstadion 03/04/2015 Amsterdam A Ziggo Dome 03/03/2015 Antwerp Van Antwerps Sportpaleis 03/02/2015 Cologne NW Lanxess Arena 02/28/2015 Hamburg HH O2 World Hamburg 02/27/2015 Copenhagen ?? Forum Copenhagen 02/23/2015 Helsinki ?? Hartwall Arena 02/21/2015 Johanneshov Sto Ericsson Globe Arena 02/20/2015 Oslo 03 Oslo Spektrum 02/15/2015 Paris Ile Zenith de Paris 02/13/2015 Arrondissement de Montpellier Lan Park et Suites Arena De Montpellier 02/08/2015 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 01/23/2015 Helsinki ?? Hartwall Arena
Usher Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/14/2014 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 12/13/2014 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 12/12/2014 Orlando FL Amway Center 12/09/2014 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 12/08/2014 Memphis TN FedExForum 12/06/2014 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 12/05/2014 Houston TX Toyota Center 12/04/2014 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 12/02/2014 Broomfield CO 1St Bank Center 11/30/2014 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 11/27/2014 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 11/26/2014 Seattle WA Key Arena 11/24/2014 San Jose CA SAP Center 11/22/2014 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 11/21/2014 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 11/18/2014 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 11/17/2014 Chicago IL United Center 11/15/2014 Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk Hall 11/14/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 11/13/2014 Boston MA TD Garden 11/11/2014 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 11/10/2014 Washington DC Verizon Center 11/07/2014 New York NY Madison Square Garden 11/05/2014 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 11/04/2014 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 11/02/2014 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/01/2014 Montreal QC Bell Centre 09/19/2014 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 09/09/2014 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 08/24/2014 Inglewood CA The Forum 07/06/2014 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 03/07/2014 Houston TX NRG Stadium
Usher Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/08/2012 Dubai DU Meydan Racecourse 11/18/2012 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 10/26/2012 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 09/21/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Hotel 09/21/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 09/01/2012 London London Roundhouse
Usher Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 10/15/2011 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Bowl 09/24/2011 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 06/01/2011 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 05/29/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 05/28/2011 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 05/26/2011 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter 05/25/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 05/22/2011 Omaha NE CenturyLink Center Omaha 05/21/2011 Minneapolis MN Target Center 05/20/2011 Rosemont IL Allstate Arena 05/18/2011 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 05/15/2011 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 05/14/2011 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 05/12/2011 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 05/11/2011 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 05/08/2011 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum 05/07/2011 Newark NJ Prudential Center 05/06/2011 Atlantic City NJ Boardwalk Hall 05/04/2011 Providence RI Dunkin' Donuts Center 05/01/2011 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 04/30/2011 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 04/28/2011 Orlando FL Amway Center 04/27/2011 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 03/29/2011 Sydney Nsw Allphones Arena (Acer Arena) 03/28/2011 Sydney Nsw Allphones Arena (Acer Arena) 03/24/2011 Sydney Nsw Allphones Arena (Acer Arena) 03/23/2011 Sydney Nsw Allphones Arena (Acer Arena) 03/05/2011 Hamburg HH Color Line Arena 02/27/2011 Dublin D The Grand Social Dublin 02/26/2011 Dublin D The Grand Social Dublin 02/24/2011 Liverpool Msy Liverpool Echo Arena 02/23/2011 Sheffield ?? Sheffield Park Hotel 02/21/2011 London The O2 02/18/2011 London The O2 02/17/2011 London The O2 02/06/2011 Addison TX Blackfinn 02/03/2011 London The O2 02/02/2011 London The O2
Usher Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 12/31/2010 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 12/29/2010 Memphis TN FedExForum 12/28/2010 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 12/27/2010 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 12/21/2010 Boston MA TD Garden 12/18/2010 Hartford CT XL Center 12/17/2010 Washington DC Verizon Center 12/16/2010 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 12/14/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 12/13/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 12/10/2010 Newark NJ Prudential Center 12/08/2010 Baltimore MD Royal Farms Arena 12/07/2010 Greensboro NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex 12/05/2010 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 12/03/2010 Rosemont IL Allstate Arena 12/02/2010 Detroit MI Joe Louis Arena 11/30/2010 Montreal QC Bell Centre 11/29/2010 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 11/27/2010 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 11/26/2010 St. Louis MO Scottrade Center 11/24/2010 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 11/23/2010 Houston TX Toyota Center 11/19/2010 Glendale AZ Gila River Arena 11/18/2010 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 11/17/2010 San Diego CA San Diego Sports Arena 11/14/2010 Anaheim CA Honda Center 11/13/2010 Las Vegas NV Mandalay Bay Resort Event Center 11/12/2010 Oakland CA Oracle Arena 11/10/2010 Seattle WA Key Arena 09/03/2010 Daytona Beach FL Ocean Center 06/30/2010 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 05/15/2010 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 05/14/2010 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 05/13/2010 San Jose CA SAP Center 04/08/2010 Highland CA San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino