Usher

Mar
16
Usher Surprises at SXSW, Sends ‘Positive Energy’ to Lil Wayne

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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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Mar
15
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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Feb
24
Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, & Nelly Salute So So Def at 20th Anniversary Concert

Jay-Z and J.D.

Everyone from Jay-Z to Mariah Carey came out to celebrate 20 years of hits at So So Def’s anniversary concert in Atlanta on Saturday night. So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri put on for his city at ATL’s Fox Theatre with a night full of stars and surprises. The historic event featured performances from past and present So So Def artists including Bow Wow, Da Brat, Anthony Hamilton, Dondria, Jagged Edge, Xscape, and more.

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Feb
14
New Music: Usher – ‘Go Missin”

Go Missin'

A year after the release of his Gramming-winning single “Climax,” Usher teams up with Diplo once again for another exciting collaboration. On the pulsing “Go Missin’,” the R&B heartthrob croons in a falsetto as he seduces his lady.

“You loved what I gave you last Valentine’s #Climax So here is ‘Special delivery from the cloud’ Happy Valentine’s Day!” tweeted Usher.

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Jan
30
Usher Makes a Move in Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl Commercial

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Usher lends his star power—and dance moves—to Mercedes-Benz in an action-packed commercial for the Super Bowl.

The R&B superstar, who is nominated for a Grammy at next month’s awards, shows off his fancy footwork on the dance floor in a dream sequence promoting the CLA-Class, Mercedes’ all-new four-door coupe.

The star-studded clip, which is set to air on Super Bowl Sunday, also features appearances from Kate Upton and Willem Dafoe.

See Ursh make all the right moves in the extended spot below.

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Dec
13
Usher Performs ‘Numb’ on ‘Ellen’

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Usher worked up a sweat during his appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Backed by his dancers, the R&B heartthrob hit the stage to perform “Numb” from his chart-topping album Looking 4 Myself.

After showing off his fancy footwork, Ursh taught Ellen some dance moves with his video game Dance Central 3, but it was Ellen who came out on top.

Usher’s hit single “Climax” was just nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and the Diplo-produced song was also named the top song of 2012 by TIME magazine.

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Dec
10
Usher Goes Skydiving in Dubai

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Usher is ready to take that dive. Taking a page from his hit song, the R&B crooner faced his fears and went skydiving over Dubai’s Palm Islands over the weekend. He strapped on his parachute and red kicks and was lifted thousands of feet into the air before jumping out of the plane, photographing his descent over the ocean.

“Yep…I’m doin it!! SkyDiving…Here we go!!” tweeted Ursh, who was in town to perform at the World Parachuting Championships.

His song “Climax” was named the top song of 2012 by TIME magazine and landed a nomination for Best R&B Performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

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