Usher Reunites with Jermaine Dupri for New Album

Usher and Jermaine Dupri

Usher has been experimenting with different producers, but he’s returning to familiar territory. The R&B superstar is back in the studio with Jermaine Dupri working on his next album.

“Me and Usher back in the lab,” said J.D. along with a photo of them.

J.D. has worked with Usher since the beginning on his career and produced some of his biggest hits including “U Got It Bad,” “Burn,” and “You Make Me Wanna…” But he was noticeably absent from his last project, 2012’s Looking 4 Myself.

Usher recently performed with Cincinnati rock band The Afghan Whigs at SXSW and has been inspired by indie acts. “It’s gonna be frickin’ out of here,” he told The FADER of his upcoming album. “Space and sky is what it will be. If you look up, it’s everything you could imagine.”

Last month, he released the Diplo-produced “Go Missin’” to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his Grammy-winning single “Climax.”

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54 Comments

  1. ST

    and Mariah ??

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    MariahCarey2013 Reply:

    @ST, just as long as its better than what theyve done previously!!

    sidenote: mariah singing Climax would have been SOO sexy

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  2. Negro please

    Yes he better go back to JD cause JT is killing him right now with 20/20, And no im no hater but he went off at what his good at and did that euro pop shit.

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    kate Reply:

    @Negro please, stfu usher is more talanted

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    X Reply:

    @Negro please, Don’t compare them. Usher is and was always above him. JT has time to make music over 6 years and the most songs are old so he has the power to make promo, tours etc… but Usher never stopped.

    So you can’t come with that and say he is killin him right now when everything of the Album is old lol

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    Miles Reply:

    @X, everything in JT’s album was recorded in June. And who cares if it was old. I rather wait 6 years for 1 album of great music then a mediocre album every 2 years

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    Ursula Reply:

    @X, I know. Usher was a solo artist killing it long before JT even got a clue.

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    Negro please Reply:

    @X, not comparing, my point is JD has always giving Usher great hits so why when he flopping he decide to run back to him. Justin smart he knows without Timbaland he his album aint gona be good so he stick to the guy who gave good hits through out his career.

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    MonkeyMan Reply:

    @Negro please, I agree. At least JT never sold out on the Electro pop nonsense just to follow trent.

    Right now JT is SLAYING everybody…and he didnt have to compromise.

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    Brian Reply:

    @MonkeyMan, He isn’t slaying everyone it’s because no one is recording or releasing Albums right now he just had a perfect timing with that Album and comeback!

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    Oh God Why Reply:

    @MonkeyMan,
    Exactly!!! Usher is definatley talented but I expected him to stay true to the genre he came in with, but instead, like many other rap and RnB artists he went down the techno/Doof doof route which has been tired for years now

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    Speechless Reply:

    @Negro please, If these idiots had any common sense they wouldnt have commented. It took a white boy from Memphis to bring back R&B. Justin pretty much just killed Usher’s career. Let’s face it. Now hits daily double says 20/20 could do up to 750,000. The lessors are just mad, pay them no mind.

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    tgod Reply:

    @Speechless, racist u are.

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    Brian Reply:

    @Speechless, Lmao, he killed his career? How can you say something like that if he was more than 6 years away from music and Usher is over 10 years on the TOP. Justin Timberlake is just a white wannabe Usher nothing more

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Speechless, UHHH… If that’s what makes you feel better, sure go ahead and believe that. loool

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    Monkeyman Reply:

    @Speechless, Well Said! Completely agree.

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    Negro please Reply:

    @Speechless, thank you that was my point, it took a white boy to bring back R&B Usher should be a shame of himself. It like the teacher has now become the student.

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  3. Lover

    No more EDM dude, no more…

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    Superiority Reply:

    @Lover, that wasn’t EDM, that was cheap dance music.

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  4. kate

    yay

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  5. D. Kellz

    Great to see Usher back with his roots when he first came out. I’ve been waiting for him to bring back that 90′s R&B he used to do so well. Much highly anticipated this will become and especially having grown into the superstar he is now and vocal range and writing skills. This should be a soulful and smooth album true to R&B, Much respect Usher keep making hits.

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  6. Ice

    YESSSS

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  7. Miguel

    I’ve always been a big fan of Usher but let’s be honest I think his male r&b peers are making him think twice about his direction with music. Maybe he thought he couldn’t do numbers if it were an R&B based album but take a look around…

    P.S. Don’t be surprised if Ne-Yo is the next one to “go back to the basics”.

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    PRINCE OF POP Reply:

    @Miguel, u pissin me off lil boi i kno its u miguelll ur a bttm and not into girls admit it ballroom queen

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    Ice Reply:

    @Miguel, PREACH.

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    Sweetie Reply:

    @Miguel. I agree. I think it has to do with Miguel’s hit R&B song “Adorn” plus he won a Grammy for that song. There is nothing wrong with artist experimenting with other genres of music but to completely abandon your core audience is a problem. Let’s see if he still has the r&b in him.

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  8. Arie

    So where do I preorder this album? I’m gonna need JD to create some drama in his personal life so we can have another classic or better yet Usher needs to call Chilli.

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  9. boizdreamer

    At last! can’t wait for some real R&B.

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  10. Kyle

    I really enjoyed some of the tracks off of “Looking 4 Myself.” It’s a shame that album wasn’t really a success for Usher. Anyway, looking forward to some new music. It’s been a a good week so far for male R&B. Justin released a new album after 7 years, John Legend dropped a new track and now Usher is reuniting with Jermaine Dupri.

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  11. Kristal

    Yes yes yes!!! I don’t know what happened after “Confessions,” but Ush has failed to produce a solid album since. He had a good single here and there, but he pretty much lost track. I’m rooting for usher. Confessions is still one of the highest selling albums in America. When’s JT gonna do it?

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  12. X

    It’s clear some of you never heard the whole Album of Looking 4 Myself. This Album shits on 20/20, period.

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    Truth Hurts Reply:

    @X, Your delusional. Looking 4 Myself wasnt Ushers best album sorry but 20/20 Experience is better. Production is better, lyrically its just better.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Truth Hurts, Justin Thicke’s 20/20 Experience was ONLY production. That’s it…

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  13. susan

    People don’t realize that Justin sold because he is white. If Usher makes an R & B album it will not sell like Jusitn Timberlake. Miquel and Frank Ocean had good albums and their album barely went gold. Miguel who has hit after hit from both of his albums barely sold 300,000. Adorn is better than Justin whole album, lets be real. Neyo,Usher, Cb makes pop music because R & B don’t sell. White folks bought JT album because of his name and he’s white. Beyonce next album will be a teeny bob album, because her last adult album didn’t do as well as her first solo albums. Look how big Beyonce is. Like I said he only sold because he is white and the media loves him.

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    Liam Reply:

    @susan, The race card in 2013. Dr. King would be so proud, smh.

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    Jayla Reply:

    @susan, Robin Thicke is white , why doesn’t he sell? U sound ignorant, JT sells because he has been consistent since album number 1, Usher went the pop route so a lot of his fans won’t be feeling him anymore, and I’m an USHER fan to the max! JT deserves all the success right now

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    susan Reply:

    @Jayla, Usher first single from all of his last two albums were R & B Climax, which didn’t sell like Suit and Tie. Suit and Tie is terrible. No one knew what direction Usher was going with his last album until his track list was put out. Look at the sales of Suit and Tie single compare to Climax, which Usher was nomimate for a Grammy for, but that song didn’t sell. Like I said Justin terrible song and album sold because he is white.

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    Jayla Reply:

    @susan, Climax did well but not as good as Justin because Justin has been gone for 7 years! We have been seein usher and he has been consistently flip flopping between pop and r&b , before he released climax his las big singles were O.m.g. And the dj song, both pure pop, so u think ppl were convinced that he was going the pure r&b route for Looking for myself? No! And they won’t be convinced this time until the track list comes out, so like I said, color has NOTHING to do with it, Justin never abandoned his fanbase, usher did

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    Ursula Reply:

    @susan, Susan you are a very smart person. Thank you for being honest and educating the lesser minds on this post.

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    Monkeyman Reply:

    @susan, You must be STUPID. The truth is if your product is very good people will buy it despite your race. Example is Kanye West, Jay-z, Drake, Lil Wayne (questionable), now Kendrik.

    Justin came up with a good product that why we are rushing to buy it.

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  14. Jayla

    I love Usher to death, but if u think Looking 4 Myself was a great album u have very low expectations for R&B

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    susan Reply:

    @Jayla, Miguel album was better than Usher, Justin Timberlake and look what it sold.

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  15. King

    telling an artist to stick to one genre is like telling an actor that they can only play one type of character role. JT’s album is good, however, you cannot deny that most of it sounds dated. Usher didn’t just hop on the dance craze, he did both r&b and pop so before you say he sold out, why don’t you actually listen to the full “Looking 4 Myself” album instead of judging by a few singles that were released. And to be honest, I like the fact that Usher brought something different to the table by mixing sounds such as “Climax” and “Go Missin.”

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    Girl No! Reply:

    @King, Preeeeaaaaach!

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  16. R&B4life

    USHER > JT

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  17. ASIPOFBRANDY

    USHER, yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssssss!!!!!!! I NEED another R&B album from you, like 8701 & Confessions.

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  18. Dodow

    Hope JT motived you for making a real r&b album like 8701 or confessions because your new songs sucks at all !

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  19. Anonymous

    Favorite Usher album = 8701. Confessions is a classic but I would rather hear U Got It Bad, U Remind Me, Tworkin it Out, U Don’t Have To Call, etc. Those were my jams.

    Favorite Justin Timberlake Album = FSLS. I LOVE this new album but maybe in the same way that I love Confessions. FSLS was really when the long songs and mixing of songs came into play. He just switched up the formula and made it look cool.

    Love both. Both have their own lane. HOWEVER I would by a Justin Timberlake ticket faster than a Usher ticket. JT just seems more creative and innovative. The album makes me feel like I’m at a sexy lounge spot. I mean that in the best of ways possible. It’s shitting on the all of the other pop music out there. He just #diditonem …*kanyeshrug*

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    Anonymous Reply:

    @Anonymous, buy*

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Anonymous, To be honest this is about Usher not Justin Thicke.

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    Monkeyman Reply:

    @Ursula, Go away you loser. Stop sobbing just because JT is doing better.

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    Ursula Reply:

    @Monkeyman, This is coming from someone with the screename “Monkeyman.” #StickABananaInIt hahaha

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  20. G_STAR

    BTCH PLEASE! usher doesnt have to prove anything at y’ll! multiplatinum artist, philantropst, producer, etc name it usher did it! if you’re A REAL artist u have to evolve and try new things.and so usher did catered new music for the past decade. JT been fcking tim and its cool. but comparing him to urshh??? NOT in a bit he can be in ursh status! cant wait for the new album……….

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  21. Sir_renade

    I just feel usher did err…thing good just only the LEAVING JD part only

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