All hail King Usher. The R&B superstar reigns over the cover of Billboard wearing a bejeweled plastic crown over his hoodie with the tagline, “Usher in a New Era.”
In anticipation of his upcoming tour, the 36-year-old father of two spoke to the magazine about his new album, protégé Justin Bieber, and relationship with girlfriend/manager Grace Miguel.
He has dozens of songs finished for his upcoming eighth album including ones with Skrillex and Diplo, but the project still doesn’t have a release date. Three singles have debuted including “Good Kisser,” the Nicki Minaj-assisted “She Came to Give It to You,” and “I Don’t Mind” featuring Juicy J.
His “UR Experience” tour, which kicks off on November 1 with supporting act August Alsina, will feature elaborate choreography, tons of pyro, and a 13-piece band that Usher refers to as his “funk-soul orchestra.”
“This will be one of my freest tours,” said Usher. “Shit, I’m singing love songs that went on to be baby-makers—and now the damn babies are in the audience. Talk about a family reunion.”
Read highlights from the interview below.