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.”

Usher and Young Jeezy Are Back in the Lab

Usher, Young Jeezy, and J.D.

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.

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Usher Brings Spirit Animals and Humor to ‘Late Night’

Usher and Jimmy Fallon

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.”

See the funny side of Usher.

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Usher Attends ‘The Voice’ Premiere


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.

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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.

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Usher Surprises at SXSW, Sends ‘Positive Energy’ to Lil Wayne


Usher made waves at South by Southwest with a surprise set at the Fader Fort in Austin, Texas. Amidst rumors that he would close out Friday’s festivities, the R&B superstar was greeted with cheers when he appeared during Cincinnati rock band The Afghan Whigs’ set. He performed a stripped-down medley of hits including his Grammy-winning single “Climax” and took time out to send his best wishes to Lil Wayne.

“One of my fellow artists and good friend, Lil Wayne, is going through a real hard time right now, ya’ll,” said Ursh. “I just want to send a lot of positive attitude about his state and a lot of positive energy out there right now. Can you guys make some noise for Lil Wayne one time?”

He then lightened the mood with an acoustic performance of “OMG” and beatboxed his way through “Bad Girl.”

“You have officially turned me into a beatbox artist,” he joked to the crowd. “This isn’t really my shit, you know. South by Southwest brings out the best in me.”

He closed with an cappella version of “U Got It Bad” as the audience sang along.

“I love you so much, South by Southwest,” said Usher before making his exit.

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Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Pharrell, & T.I. Invade SXSW for ‘BET Music Matters’

Pharrell, T.I., Tiny, and Usher

BET and ASCAP teamed up to celebrate music’s fresh faces at the “BET Music Matters Showcase” during SXSW in Austin, Texas, on Thursday. T.I. headlined the concert, which featured performances from some of today’s rising stars including ScHoolboy Q, Bridget Kelly, BJ the Chicago Kid, Lecrae, and Joey Bada$$.

Chrisette Michele hit the stage to perform new material off her upcoming album Better. The evening capped off with a performance from Tip. In addition to staging his biggest hits, he brought out some special guests including Trae Tha Truth, Kendrick Lamar for “Memories Back Then,” and Pharrell, who danced onstage during “What You Know.”

Backstage, the King held court with his wife Tiny and pals including Usher and Pharrell.

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