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14
Nov
2014


Usher delivered a nonstop performance Thursday night at TD Garden in which he expressed gratitude to his loyal fans.

In the middle of his performance Thursday night at TD Garden, Usher stood still for several moments. He rooted himself in the middle of his elaborate, multileveled stage, quieted his dozen-member-strong band, and had his eight dancers wait off to the sidelines and talked to the audience about how grateful he was for their loyalty.

Considering how packed the house was given that Usher doesn’t have a current hit — the “UR” album from which the tour was intended to take its name has been pushed back to 2015 — and how frequently — perhaps a little too frequently — Usher ceded the songs to the crowd to sing, loyalty is not an issue.

It was a lovely moment and one of very few in the nonstop, sweaty, hour-and-fifty-minute show in which the R&B star was not in motion as he worked through his back catalog of hits with a combination of dazzling precision and soul-stirring warmth.

Even when he was singing ballads, Usher couldn’t quiet the feet that seemed to move of their own effortless accord. They took him sliding, stepping, and skipping across the stage with both fluidity and sharp angles, his body punctuating the music like its own separate percussion instrument. This spectacle proved useful when he dipped into the area of his repertoire that favors rhythm over melody.

Crucially, the erstwhile “The Voice” judge/coach got back to using his own and when the two elements were combined the results were sublime as the beat throbbed and his voice soared on the airy dance pop of “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” or he let loose his falsetto and locked into rich harmonies with his backing vocalists for an intimate version of “There Goes My Baby.”

A peak came during a throwback soul passage with Usher and his band digging into a more classic, horn-soaked R&B sound for “U Remind Me,” “Caught Up,” and an epic take on “Twisted.” That song found Usher pushing his voice to a limit, clearly jazzed by the stripping off of the gloss and channeling his inner James Brown for the night’s best vocal. An a cappella passage during “Burn” — with the audience pitching in on backing vocals in a way that felt truly collaborative — also seemed to energize the already pumped Usher.

The night’s only true momentum killer was when he brought a flock of female fans onstage to dance to “Bad Girl” as it took nearly seven minutes to pick them all and escort them up and they were gone in less than half that time.

His energy never flagging Usher brought things home with the triumphal stomp of “Yeah!” and an aerobic version of “Without You.”

written by Sarah Rodman (Boston Globe)


13
Nov
2014

No we are not gone! lol. Sorry for the delay in updates, I have been trying to figure out a couple things offline, and trying to figure out the direction I wanted to take the site in. But I did take some time out to update the gallery, with photos from the tour. Check them out by clicking the thumbnails below.

11.01 – Montreal, QC
11.02 – Toronto, ON
11.05 – Cleveland
11.07 – New York City
11.10 – Washington DC
11.11 – Philadelphia, PA


17
Oct
2014

Next Tuesday sees the release of T.I.’s ninth studio album, Paperwork. The album features the song, Private Show which showcases the vocals of no other than our fav, Usher! Check out the track below and let us know what you think!

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13
Oct
2014

YEAH MAN! The 2014 Soul Train Music Award Nominees were just revealed, and Usher isn’t doing too shabby, if I must say so myself!

Best Dance Performance (Good Kisser)
Best Collaboration (New Flame)
Video of the Year (Good Kisser, New Flame)

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2014 will be recorded on November 7, 2014 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and air on CENTRIC and BET on November 30, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.


20
Sep
2014


Usher took the stage and offered up a concert that many will never be able to forget! Singing hits like OMG and U Make Me Wanna, Usher also performed some new music and brought Chris Brown on stage to perform New Flame. Check it out below.


09
Sep
2014

Usher started the show off with a hot performance of She Came To Give it To You. Check it out below.


08
Sep
2014

The singer-songwriter’s upcoming album will feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more.

Usher is taking back his album, UR, and “taking my time.

The singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the “album isn’t scheduled anymore.” While UR was originally scheduled to be released this year.

The album isn’t scheduled anymore. I’ve basically taken it back. I’m taking my time with it,” he tells Billboard. “At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio [and] go with how you feel.

He’s taking his time working on the eighth studio album, and focusing on “having fun” with his featured guests: Nicki Minaj, Pop & Oak, Pharrell Williams, Jermaine Dupri, Diplo, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and Drake.
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04
Sep
2014

The photo is not the final album artwork but it is the photo used to pre-order the album. When you PreOrder the album, you can get a code so that you can get a your tickets during the presale!

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