Rap-Up TV: Eric Bellinger Talks New Usher and Keri Hilson Albums

In addition to co-penning Chris Brown’s first single “Fine China,” singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger has been in the studio with Usher. The two have cultivated a brotherhood over time and are currently working on the R&B superstar’s new album alongside Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Brian Alexander Morgan.

Bellinger likened the sound to Usher’s Confessions era. “More R&B, more urban,” he said of the follow-up to 2012’s Looking 4 Myself. “[Usher] said, ‘This is the one where I have to show I’m still Usher.’”

They recently collaborated on the Diplo-produced “Go Missin’” and previously worked on records including “Lemme See,” “I Care for U,” and “What Happened to U” off Looking 4 Myself.

In addition to Usher, the hitmaker has been writing for Keri Hilson. “We worked on a song with RoccStar and Timbaland that’s absolutely something that you haven’t heard. It’s just completely different,” said Bellinger, whose mixtape Born II Sing, Vol. 3 drops April 15. “Timbaland has come back and recreated his sound.”

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35 Comments

  1. Rob

    Hold on. Why “return” if his new album was 90% of R&B someone explain it please.

    btw. will be another must have album from usher

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  2. Rhett

    Oh.

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  3. Truth

    I think Keri’s new album will be her breakthrough album with what is being said about it im really rooting for her to win.

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  4. Youdontknowmyname

    I LOVE Usher’s “I Care for U”. He should have released it as a single.

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    LOLatHaters Reply:

    @Youdontknowmyname, yes!!! That and Say the Word are my favs!

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  5. mick

    JT does a R&B/Soul album now everyone else is following his lead. Good to see. Time to bring real music back to radio and mainstream instead of this EDM autotune crap artists like Usher jumped on to.

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    Afi K. James Reply:

    @mick, Autotune is finished years ago.

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  6. wudup

    So it’s cool to sing R&B now? People have been telling both Usher and Chris Brown to do R&B for a while now. But they didn’t do it cause they were too busy chasing numbers and temporary “hits”. Now they both wanna go back to their “roots”, cause they see how successful R&B can be for others that stick to it.

    The problem is everybody doesn’t chase the music they’re passionate about anymore. That’s what makes JT so different cause he’s ALWAYS done whatever sound he wanted and didn’t give two craps as to what was popular. .

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    Good Stuff Reply:

    @wudup, Real Shit, u are telling the truth. People have been telling Usher and Chris to stop chasing this electro Trash.. But for some odd reason they continued to chase the trends . Lookin for more fame and money. If RnB was true in their heart people wouldn’t have to tell them what they needed to do.. They had to flop a miserable flop, because both their last inspired electro albums flopped so bad. Chris is still young and never got as much accolades, sells , and cross over fame as Usher had from RnB. I’m really disappointed in Usher. He will never get back what he had in RnB .. NEVER

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    yaya Reply:

    @Good Stuff, Usher has R&B on every album, but his pop fan supported him or than his R&B fans. Support Climax over Scream andhe won’t try to please those other fans.

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    Good Stuff Reply:

    @yaya, Please, his pop fans supposed him? How you sound . Usher RnB fans MADE him.. So with him selling over 30 million album before he ever created a electro Tune, means nothing? All his album sales were supported by his RnB music.What more could he want. Maybe if his RnB fans didn’t see him flip flopping back in forth from RnB and electro pop in the last 3 years Climax would have done better . It didn’t help Climax either with him releasing that God Awful song “Scream” right afterwards. Don’t let a few pop songs hitting the top of the charts on billboard and iTunes fool U. What happen to his pop fans when it was time to buy L4M .. Yeah I know they went ghost.

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    yaya Reply:

    @Good Stuff, Everything you said is true and I think you took my comment wrong. But, it does change the fact that his pop songs were bigger hits than his R&B tracks. I know his bread is buttered by his R&B fans and he knows that. The man has earned the right to experiment.

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    kika Reply:

    @yaya,

    I’m sorry What usher did the past years
    wasn’t experiment. Just following trend. He showed everybody that he was willing to deny his musical identity just to fit in the musical landscape, in order to sell more. A few years ago usher was a reference, now he is just one of those who follow trend. That’s why now he is all “I’m back” but we’re not fool: he saw That a few artists (miguel, JT…) keep getting success by proposing something That represent who they are and now he wants to follow again the new trend.

    lexi Reply:

    @wudup, Doing pop doesn’t mean numbers. Look at Christina, Carly, and kesha. They flopped. Also why does a genre matter as long as it good.

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  7. Jeffery

    Yeah buddy. He knows that dance sound is slowly dying down (Will.i.am didn’t get the message) and he’s going back. Usher can’t hold anybody’s attention anymore, tbh. He just doesn’t seem as… I don’t know what the word is but I just feel like everything he puts out either conforms to some popular sound or is straight up boring.

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  8. Kal

    Maybe Usher finally listened and conformed to all his fans telling him to return to R&B, or he got sick of all the “sell out” comments.

    Personally, I didn’t see anything wrong with branching out, or Looking 4 Myself. But obviously people got the impression he lost his ways, and wanted Confessions Usher back.

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    yaya Reply:

    @Kal, Apparently, black artist can’t do other stuff. They must stay in a box…smh

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  9. CoolieJ

    I can’t wait to hear new stuff from Keri. I think her sound is gonna be a winner.

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  10. seanmikson

    Usher Is back,i like that

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  11. yooooooooo

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!!!!!!!! so excited for new keri music. I know she’s gonna bring great R&B with true meaning.. Both of her previous albums were brilliant and she has so many good songs. I really want that lead single already lol

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  12. yaya

    Usher must have JT fans shook, cause they are on every Usher article talking about JT doing R&B.

    When did Usher stop doing R&B? He has done R&B on every album. The difference is that his biggest hits have been his non-R&B tracks and he has included other genres. The only thing new about his upcoming album is that it will be all R&B to remind those who seem to have forgotten who the King is.

    Usher does R&B, JT does bubblegum R&B…strawberry bubblegum R&b lol. JT fans act like there was no Weeknd, Frank Ocean or Miguel around. Which JT happen to nibble off of. JT fans go and listen to that long album and stop thinking about Usher.

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    Good Stuff Reply:

    @yaya, What you don’t understand is RnB gave Usher that glitter and gold. The electro pop music took it away. This is why he’s struggling right now to stay relevant. FYI, RnB is the most versatile music genre out, no need to chase trends for versatility.

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    yaya Reply:

    @Good Stuff, I think Usher simply wanted to try something new. Before he went EDM, not many R&B artist were doing it and honestly, I liked most of it. He should have stopped after “Without You”.

    Look, Usher does real R&B. He talks about real like stuff. That has to be harder to do, than to sing about bubblegum. He decided to chill. Now, he his back and to that I say AMEN!

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    Good Stuff Reply:

    @yaya, OK, I appreciate that, because I do feel he should have stopped after “Without You” because that was actually a good song, which was well received by both pop and RnB fans , like Climax and OMG !

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    kika Reply:

    @yaya, It is called a metaphor, It is a lot used in poems and literature… So strawberry bubblegum is not about bubblegum.
    But yes I guess those kind of writing process is not accessible to everybody ^^

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    yaya Reply:

    @kika, I know what a metaphor is and i know what he was trying to do. I listened to it and really it’s a very kinda corny lyric song. I thought it was be pretty good, but not so much. Just not very adult, I guess I’m trying to get at.

    Everything JT does is accessible to the masses. He doesn’t break any molds. He’s no Frank Ocean.

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    Bria Reply:

    Usher Has never done a bad Album. He has always been RnB but these MF want except his wide range of musical taste. They want him to stay put in a closet or box and be the same as the others. Usher is The Best out Here I personally can’t wait to a Get Album 8. I have All his albums and for the Record his last #Looking4Myself is my Fav. It’s Different and sounds Great. I personally didn’t hear anything Great about JT music. It was so Hyped up by Main stream. Usher Climax Killed that SuitTie shit. Plus Usher has the right to what he feels all of his music is ahead. JT copies Usher’s every move HARD AS HELL.

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  13. kelzz

    R.Kelly is one of the guys that never stopped doing r&b

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  16. Tyler

    Omg Keri hilson… Can’t wait

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  17. Bria

    Y’all need to Stop with the FLIP FLOP BS!!! Usher been putting this shit down Real Talk. Open Your closed off ears and hear him. People ride him when it’s a Song that Hot but if it Aint they say Stupid stuff like he fell off. When??? The last time I checked He gave Y’all the BIGGEST RNB ALBUM CONFESSIONS!!! He is a Living Legend. Stop comparing him to JT which ain’t nobody. Damn if y’all can embrace JT why not Usher?? Show him some Damn Love. This man has HITS,CLASSIC,MEMORIES WITH Y’ALL. Lets act RIGHT WITH HIM!!

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  18. TAY

    USHER TO REMAKE THE WIZ MOVIE STARRING KERI HILSON AS DIANA ROSS /DOROTHY USHER AS MICHAEL JACKSON . THE CROWS CHRIS BROWN , AVANT AND R KELLY. THE GOOD WITCH CHANTE MOORE. ..THE LION JOHNNY GILL. TIN MAN NEYO. BAD WITCH KELLY PRICE! THE WIZ SNOOP DOGGY DOG THIS MOVIE IS EPIC THE WIZ 2014

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  19. N easy

    U should slap the bartender every time he looks at you lady they like janitors just there to listen
    Get with easy all you bad bitches

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  20. lucky

    Hey you guyz shouldn’t forgot the CONFESSIONS ALBUM the amazing hit he has right to experiment if you are truly his fan than you would encourage him rather than discouraging

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