Usher

Jun
27
Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Honored at ASCAP Awards

Bow Wow, JD, and Usher

The stars came out to salute Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, and Mike WiLL Made-It during the 27th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Thursday night.

Following previous recipients Alicia Keys, Jay Z, and Pharrell, Ne-Yo was honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award. The R&B hitmaker received a star-studded musical tribute from Mario, who performed his Ne-Yo-penned No. 1 single “Let Me Love You,” while Jennifer Hudson serenaded him with “Spotlight” and “Why Is It So Hard.”

“I’m back in the studio,” Ne-Yo told the crowd while accepting the award. “I got some more songs to write, I got some more music to put out there. I’ma make myself worthy of this.”

Mike WiLL Made-It received Songwriter of the Year for his plethora of hits including “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” “Pour It Up,” “Bugatti,” and “Body Party.” Rae Sremmurd, the duo signed to his label Eardrumma, treated the crowd to a performance of their hit “No Flex Zone.”

Jermaine Dupri was honored with the biggest award of the evening, the ASCAP Founders Award. Bow Wow aka Shad Moss kicked off the tribute with a performance of “I Think They Like Me” before Usher took the stage to honor his mentor with “Confessions.”

“Next time they say this award, they gotta say Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, and Jermaine Dupri,” said J.D., who joins a prestigious list of past honorees.

Other big winners included Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I., who received the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song award for “Blurred Lines,” while Jay Z and Justin Timberlake were awarded the Top Rap Song of the Year for “Holy Grail.”

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Jun
26
New Music: Chris Brown f/ Usher & Rick Ross – ‘New Flame’ [Snippet]

New Flame

R&B lovers rejoice. Chris Brown returns with his first new song since being released from jail earlier this month. Breezy teams with his R&B brother Usher on the Rick Ross-assisted “New Flame,” which he previewed on Instagram.

“Try a new thing and let’s spark a new flame,” sings Breezy.

Usher has also enlisted Chris for his upcoming album. “The song that we did together, I think it answers a lot of questions,” he told REVOLT earlier this year.

The full song will debut on Sunday. Preview a clip of their collabo below.

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Jun
23
New Music: Busta Rhymes – ‘Good Kisser (Remix)’

Busta Rhymes and Usher

Bang bang. Following Rick Ross and Mila J, Busta Rhymes becomes the latest artist to give Usher’s single “Good Kisser” the remix treatment. Bussa Bus unleashes some freaky rhymes and even incorporates his classic “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See” on his intro verse.

You can catch Usher performing the song at this weekend’s BET Awards in L.A.

Listen to Busta bless the beat.

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Jun
16
Da Internz Hit the Studio to Work on Usher’s Album

Da Internz

Da Internz are all over the charts, producing hits for everyone from Rihanna (“Birthday Cake”) to Big Sean (“Dance (A$$)”). Now the Chicago hitmaking duo steps out from behind the boards and into the spotlight in their “Write Ya Life” web series.

For the latest installment, Kosine and Tuo take viewers into the studio and inside their recording sessions for Usher, with appearances from Eric Bellinger and Paypa. In addition to showcasing their creative process, they find time to play pranks on one another.

When they’re not in the lab with Usher, Trey Songz, and JoJo, Da Internz have been working on their album Affordable Healthcare.

Watch the hitmakers at work (and play).

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Jun
10
New Music: Usher f/ Mila J – ‘Good Kisser (Remix)’

Good Kisser (Remix)

A day after Rick Ross dropped his MMG remix, Mila J puts her lips all over Usher’s single “Good Kisser.”

The “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up” singer, who just got off tour with Ty Dolla $ign, turns the slinky song into a provocative duet, and even throws in a reference to Khia’s “My Neck, My Back (Lick It).”

In addition to readying her debut MILA, Mila can be heard on “Disrespectful” off Trey Songz’ upcoming album Trigga.

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Jun
9
New Music: Usher f/ Rick Ross – ‘Good Kisser (Remix)’

Rick Ross and Usher

Bang bang bang. Rick Ross blasts off with the MMG remix to Usher’s single “Good Kisser.” The self-described “rebel without a cause” raps about his bank account (“Rodeo Drive money as old as Clive Davis”) and his Spanish chick on his newly-minted verse. Bawse up.

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Jun
7
Usher Defends Justin Bieber Following Racist Remarks

Justin Bieber and Usher

Usher has remained quiet in the wake of Justin Bieber’s racist videos. But the R&B singer is finally speaking out in defense of his protégé.

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