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.”
Usher and Young Jeezy are cooking up another smash. After topping the charts with 2008’s “Love in This Club,” the ATL superstars reunited in the lab to record for Usher’s upcoming album. With Jermaine Dupri behind the boards, the two logged a late-night session at J.D.’s Atlanta studio.
Usher has been working closely with his longtime collaborator J.D. on the follow-up to 2012’s Looking 4 Myself.
“It’s gonna be frickin’ out of here,” Usher previously said of the project. “Space and sky is what it will be. If you look up, it’s everything you could imagine.”
Meanwhile, Jeezy has been killing the clubs with his latest anthem “R.I.P.,” for which he just dropped a remix featuring Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, and YG.
Peep more pics from Usher and Jeezy’s Saturday night session below.
After making his debut as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” Usher sat down with Jimmy Fallon on “Late Night.” The R&B superstar showed off his spirit animal rings and introduced another side of himself.
“I want to prepare you because you guys are gonna get used to a different person,” said Ursh. “My humor doesn’t always connect. I kinda branded myself. I’m the new Larry David. I’m the black Larry David. I’m kinda misunderstood. I curb your enthusiasm.”
He also compared his comedy to fellow judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. “My humor is a little bit slower. Sometimes it may go over people’s heads.”
Usher is gearing up for his new gig as a judge on NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” The R&B singer played it cool in leather pants and red high-tops while attending the premiere party for Season 4 in Hollywood on Wednesday. He was joined by fellow judge Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly. Even Christina Aguilera, who is on hiatus, made an appearance to surprise the cast.
To get ready for his new role, Usher appeared in a funny skit with the cast of “Parks and Recreation,” who tried to teach him how to pose in his red chair.
See Ursh make the leap to television when “The Voice” premieres on March 25.