Nicki Minaj, Usher, Chris Brown, & Ariana Grande Perform at iHeartRadio Music Festival

Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

The iHeartRadio Music Festival returned to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena for two days of the biggest music stars on the planet. Friday’s jam-packed lineup included Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Usher, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and Coldplay, with plenty of surprises.

Queen Nicki delivered her biggest hits including “Super Bass,” “Beez in the Trap,” and “Anaconda,” and even spit her verse on BeyoncĂ©’s “Flawless (Remix)” a cappella. She also brought out Ariana Grande for “Bang Bang,” and closed with “Starships.”

Ariana served up a soaring set of her own with “The Way” and “Problem,” as well as new cuts off her No. 1 album My Everything. While her rumored boyfriend Big Sean was backstage, Childish Gambino joined her on stage for “Break Your Heart Right Back.”

Usher lit up the arena with his UR singles “Good Kisser” and “She Came to Give It to You,” and surprised the crowd by bringing out Chris Brown for “New Flame.”

Surprise guest Alicia Keys, whose second child is due in November, showed off her baby bump and blessed the stage with her empowering new anthem “We Are Here.”

Watch highlights from night 1 below.

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Usher Takes the ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Challenge


Usher stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for a surprise appearance on Monday. But instead of showing off his moves on stage, the R&B superstar worked up a sweat while taking Ellen’s “American Ninja Warrior” challenge in the parking lot.

The 35-year-old singer, who will launch his “UR Experience” tour this fall, jumped, swung, and climbed his way through the obstacle course, without missing a beat.

“I do my own stunts! #YoungStunna,” tweeted Usher after crossing the finish line.

Watch Usher give it his all.

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Usher Performs ‘She Came to Give It to You’ at Fashion Rocks


Usher kicked off Fashion Rocks 2014 with a bang. The R&B superstar gave viewers a taste of the “UR Experience” as he performed his Pharrell-produced single “She Came to Give It to You” at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Tuesday. In addition to jamming with his all-female band, he got flirty with British model Jourdan Dunn.

His upcoming eighth album UR does not have a release date, but he has collaborated with Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Pharrell, Jermaine Dupri, Ed Sheeran, and Skrillex.

“The album isn’t scheduled anymore. I’ve basically taken it back. I’m taking my time with it,” he told Billboard. “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.”

You can see more of Usher’s slick moves when he kicks off his 27-city “UR Experience” tour in Montreal on November 1.

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New Music: Kid Ink f/ Usher & Tinashe – ‘Body Language’

Body Language

Still riding high off his album My Own Lane, which was released in January, Kid Ink re-ups with his brand new single “Body Language.” The L.A. rapper, who is currently on tour in Europe, teams with his RCA labelmates Usher and Tinashe on the bouncy Stargate and Cashmere Cat production, which has hit written all over it.

Kid Ink kicks some radio-friendly rhymes, Tinashe provides ad-libs, and Usher sings the hook: “You ain’t gotta say too much, I can read your body language.”

Listen to the winning combination below.

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Usher Takes Over ‘Today’ Concert Series


Usher set the weekend off right with a thrilling performance on the “Today” Summer Concert Series. In anticipation of his upcoming “UR Experience” tour, the R&B superstar took over Rockefeller Plaza in NYC to perform a mini-concert of new and old hits.

He had the crowd dancing along to “OMG” and “She Came to Give It to You” (and even surprised one female fan with a kiss), and took it back with “U Don’t Have to Call” and “Caught Up.”

“The UR Experience” will kick off in Montreal, Quebec, on November 1. “I can’t wait to get back to the stage and the unpredictability of what it is, the UR Experience, you never know what’s going to happen. City to city, it’s a different show every night,” said Usher.

He also discussed his booty-bouncing VMA performance with Nicki Minaj. “That’s called booty and the bass,” he said. “Just had to make sure it was super soft.”

In addition to releasing his eighth album this fall, he will star as Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film Hands of Stone. “It’s gonna be an incredible film,” he said.

Watch Usher shut down the Plaza with his killer moves.

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Usher Announces ‘The UR Experience’ Tour


Usher is returning to the road for his first tour in three years. The R&B superstar will bring “The UR Experience” to North America this fall.

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Video: Usher f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘She Came to Give It to You’

Usher and Nicki Minaj

Fresh off his white-hot performance at the VMAs, Usher lights up the screen alongside Nicki Minaj in the dance-heavy video for “She Came to Give It to You.”

In the Philip Andelman-directed clip, the R&B superstar takes over an underground club in the back of an electronics store, working up a sweat as he busts some slick moves on the dance floor.

Nicki comes through the after-hours party, dressed to kill in all black, and spits her quirky verse in front of a wall of TV monitors. Plus, don’t miss a cameo from Pharrell, who lurks in the shadows.

The Pharrell-produced song will appear on Usher’s upcoming album UR, due this fall.

Later this year, he will embark on “The UR Experience” world tour, which includes L.A., Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans, and New York.

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