Usher Covers Foster the People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’

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Usher unleashed his inner rock star during his appearance on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s “Live Lounge.” With a guitar in hand, the R&B crooner and his band performed a rockin’ cover of Foster the People’s Top 40 hit “Pumped Up Kicks.”

According to HITS Daily Double, Usher’s new album Looking 4 Myself is expected to debut at No. 1 on next week’s charts with around 120-130,000 copies. His previous album, Raymond v. Raymond, sold 329,000 in its first week.

Did Ursh kill it with his cover? Weigh in below.

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17 Comments

  1. th3v3rdict

    interesting cover. not bad tho

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  2. Vince

    Awesome! They totally rocked it!

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  3. Jordan Gabriel

    The band ripped it apart!!! Usher didn’t bring anything. I’m not hating on him but seriously.. what did he bring to the song??? no energy, can’t hear his guitar playing (just for show), flat all the time. Props to the band that’s it.

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @Jordan Gabriel, does he need to jump up and down the stage, for this performance to be considered energetic? He definitely had energy and vocally it was aight.

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    Jordan Gabriel Reply:

    @Mentamir, it’s not about jumping up and down, it’s about conveying some emotion. All the emotion I got, personally, was ”shit I have to remember the chords on this guitar and the words of this song”. you can’t deny that the band was ON POINT, he wasn’t. When I think Usher I don’t just want ”aight vocals” I’m used to much more than that from him, maybe I’m too reminiscent. Usher has become an average singer. This was average.

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    Jordan Gabriel Reply:

    @Mentamir, did he give you life??

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  4. Diego

    Lmao only selling 130 thousand I expected more especially all the promo he did lol

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  5. LAURYN

    LOVED IT… GREAT COVER!!!

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  6. hhhhhhaa please!

    this era USher’s been making all the right moves, like i am in love with him all over again though i wasn’t sure why he needed a guitar, his vocals were on point as usual, the band was live the back up vocalists were dope great performance!

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  7. SMH at your life

    those sales are just sad

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  8. Yo

    I don’t see how artist like Usher Rihanna Jay and Kanye first week sales aren’t like all of Young Money but something isn’t right.

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    TEAM WORLD Reply:

    @Yo, Except for Rihanna the have at least one hit before the album come out and they each have real talent

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  9. Kenyon Green

    Didn’t this guy once sell a million records in one week? Boy have times change.

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  10. iilxxxix

    So…the background singers gave me more life than he did. Lol. That one with the braids was gettin’ it!

    Anywhore. It was a cute performance. I would’ve liked to hear him sing the chorus. I didn’t know he played guitar. I’d give the performance an A. I enjoyed it.

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  11. croqqe

    he’s playing bass children

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  12. TheDreamer

    He did great. But those sales are just sad.

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  13. GSTAR

    @ all: as if everyone will buy hard copy these days. me as a TRUE fan bought his album. people keep on complaining bout his record yet his so called fans cant even buy 1. smh. not until a radio freindly song with top the chart! so dont blame ursh if he sells 130k in its frst wk. the dude don’t need to prove somethin cuz he done a great job with this.

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