Usher is warming up for the release of his next album Flawed. In the past few weeks alone, he unveiled two new singles, “Crash” and “No Limit” featuring Young Thug. Now, he’s opening up about what the album title means.
“I find the inspiration every time I find a word,” the R&B singer told Ryan Seacrest (via Billboard). “What is ‘flawed?’ It’s something that is not perfect. It’s a future relic of some sorts, to grow and blossom and gain texture. But it is those things, those tumultuous occurrences and things that happen in your life that define what it is, and in our country and us as people. All of these things are standards, and I became the inspiration. Now I can’t tell you yet at the end what it’s gonna be, and but right now it’s Flawed.”
Of course, touring is on Usher’s mind too, but he’s also thinking about integrating art in what he calls “an immersive experience.”
“Touring is definitely on the horizon,” he said. “I mean, obviously: single, video, album and tour. But this time around, I’m doing things a little bit different. I don’t know if you’ve seen the picture of a piece of art from a collaboration between myself and this artist Daniel Arsham. An interest in art and artist affiliation in something I’m very interested in and is very new to me. I’ll be doing pop-ups, something that represents an immersive experience so you can get really into the idea and what music is saying and the art is really dictating.”
Besides all that, Usher is also basking in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Sunday night victory over the Golden State Warriors. As a part owner of the Cavs, Mr. Raymond got to celebrate the team’s first championship ever with a “champagne shower.”
“I’m still sobering up,” he added.” This is a win for us, man! LeBron [James] did it, you know, but you gotta 100 percent give it up to LeBron and all the Cavaliers and the entire administration. They really worked their asses off the entire year. If you believe in something, this is an American story. When you look at this man, he had humble beginnings, came to Cleveland, left, went to Miami, but he came back and he delivered on his promise.”