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The Best You Never Heard: Usher’s Unexpected Duets

Published: Thursday 14th Jun 2012 by Rashad

R&B ringleader Usher has long stood a solo symbol of the R&B divo – outlasting many of his 90’s male (and female) contemporaries to usher in chart-topping albums and singles over several genres.  While able to claim the title of one of the most successful male solo acts of all time, the singer has still found time to lay his recognizable falsetto over many-a-rapper’s hooks and hits.

But, some may not know of his oft-under praised duets with singing co-stars.

On the heels of today’s ‘Lemme See’ video release (which features Rick Ross) and news the singer was set to duet with the late Amy Winehouse shortly before her death, That Grape Juice looks to salute Ush’s smoother musical couplings with some of R&B’s leading divas – Beyonce, Brandy, Alicia Keys, and Omarion.  Get into old favorites and new acquaintances below:

Usher & R. Kelly – ‘Same Girl’

Usher & Brandy – ‘Who Is She 2 U’ (Remix)

Usher & Alicia Keys – ‘My Boo’

Usher & Beyonce – ‘Love In This Club’ (Part 2)

Usher & Monica – ‘Slow Jam’

Usher & Omarion – ‘IceBox’ (remix)

Usher & Alicia Keys – ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ (Remix)

 

Usher’s latest album may have already hit stores this week, but here’s hoping the singer has many more duets like the aforementioned up his sleeve.

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  1. Ugh June 14, 2012

    My favs are My boo, LITCP2, and IceBox remix.

    • Virtuoso Intellect June 15, 2012

      Mine too 🙂

      • Jasmine June 16, 2012

        I like his 2 songs with Lil Jon (Yeah and Lovers & Friends). I also like the You Don’t Have To Call remix song with Ludscris. Also the song Lets Straighten it Out with Monica is good.

  2. brockaLOVE June 14, 2012

    hahahahah did you really omarion in the divas category ! looool

  3. DavidThande June 14, 2012

    How Much W/ Mariah Carey had a great hook!

  4. AmbeRussell June 14, 2012

    Slow jam always reminds me of that ep of sister sister when Tamera snuck out and had enough time to dance with her bf Jordan and they danced to that song.
    AmbeRussell on YouTube.

  5. Girrrl June 14, 2012

    Does anyone remember his duet with Mariah? I thought it was cute.

  6. AmbeRussell June 14, 2012

    He should have done more features from singers n not as many rappers. I wasn’t a fan of how those songs were lyrically put together n his vocals on those songs.
    Slow jams remind me of sister sister bc tamera danced to it w/ her bf on an ep
    AmbeRussell on YouTube.

  7. AmbeRussell June 14, 2012

    He should have done more features from singers n not as many rappers. I wasn’t a fan of how those songs were lyrically put together n his vocals on those songs.

    AmbeRussell on YouTube

  8. ….. June 14, 2012

    Slow Jam and MY BOo are the Ones I Listen to, out of these set.. SLow JAM is A GREat SOng, along with MY BOO..

  9. NYLA June 14, 2012

    I’ve always been surprised at just how good him and Alicia sounded together. Artistically she is stronger as a writer and musician. But vocally they are a perfect match. They should record a joint album.

  10. NYLA June 14, 2012

    I’ve always been surprised at just how good him and Alicia sounded together. Artistically she is stronger as a writer and musician. But vocally they are a perfect match. They should record a joint album

  11. JazThatBoi June 15, 2012

    Sidenote: Usher also recorded a version of “My Boo” with Beyonce singing instead of Alicia.

  12. Mean Jean June 15, 2012

    You forgot about “Let’s Straighten it Out,” with Monica and the original version of “My Boo,” with Beyonce

  13. POP ROYALTY ( Révolution) June 15, 2012

    i live 🙂

  14. Kingphoenix June 15, 2012

    I have heard all these songz before so…lol. It really makes me miss how damn good an R&B Artist Usher used to be.

  15. Truth Be Told June 15, 2012

    #BeyHive News: Beyonce’s new 2012 Live Album/DVD/Blue-Ray will be released in July/August 2012. The Standard Edition is titled ‘Beyonce: Live At Revel’ & the Deluxe Edition is titled ‘Beyonce Live At Revel: Back To Business’. The Deluxe Edition will include 9 music videos from ‘4’ and more! Excited? ~ Source: Wikipedia

  16. Koolie June 15, 2012

    #BeyHive News: Beyonce’s new 2012 Live Album/DVD/Blue-Ray will be released in July/August 2012. The Standard Edition is titled ‘Beyonce: Live At Revel’ & the Deluxe Edition is titled ‘Beyonce Live At Revel: Back To Business’. The Deluxe Edition will include 9 music videos from ‘4’ and more! Excited? ~ Source: Wikipedia

  17. Ayo June 15, 2012

    1 slow jamz
    2 My boo
    3 same girl
    4 how much
    5 who is she to you
    6 love in this club

  18. damn June 15, 2012

    USHER NEED TO DO A DUET WITH KERI HILSON

  19. damn June 15, 2012

    HE DID INVITED S** WITH KERI HILSON AND TREY SONGZ THO

  20. MusicLov June 15, 2012

    Monica and Usher “Slowjam” shits on every song on this list!

  21. aishaaguilerakeys June 15, 2012

    His duets with A Keys are classics ! Hell, ALL these duets are!

  22. John92 June 15, 2012

    he also had a duet with ciara called ” turn it up”. for me his best duet out of these songs above is “love in this club part 2” with beyonce!

  23. JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) June 15, 2012

    He did a duet with Mariah in 1999 for her album Rainbow too

  24. swaggin June 15, 2012

    im suprised usher got a special article thats not “news” being that Sam usually only does special posts about females because it is apparent that he is a flaming queen of sorts :->

    • Jayla June 15, 2012

      TOATALLY AGREE!!!!!

  25. Suicide Blonde June 15, 2012

    So what, he can’t top this collaboration, Justin Best.

    • LA BABY! June 16, 2012

      Damn I love this song!!! Now that Onyx loves it!!!!!!

  26. GET INTO THIS June 15, 2012

    SO NO ONE IS GONNA SAY ANYTHING ABOUT TGJ CALL OMARION A DIVA????????? LOL

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