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Chart Check: Lady GaGa Heads To ‘Hot 100′ / Usher Nabs New Certification

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As fans anticipate the launch of his forthcoming studio (and the Justin Timberlake-sized budget they hope it’ll be back by), Usher proves once again that his influence on Pop culture runs far deeper than most are aware of.

For, with the industry still yet to produce a fresh R&B male with the global appeal held by the ‘Burn’ belter, his fourth studio album has reached a milestone that solidifies his status as one of the greatest acts to grace Planet Pop…despite doing so on an R&B spaceship.

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Hot Shots: Usher Hits Studio With Rico Love For New Album

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The Voice and the big screen may be keeping Usher busy these days, yet that hasn’t stopped the recording process for his upcoming new album.

For, taking to Instagram today, the singer shared a shot of himself in the studio with hitmaker Rico Love, whose credits include Mr Raymond’s own ‘There Goes My Baby’, Beyonce’s ‘Sweet Dreams’, and Kelly Rowland’s ‘Motivation’.

Reportedly due later this year, the LP follows 2012′s ‘Lookin 4 Myself’ – which spawned hits ‘Climax’ and ‘Scream’.

Can Rico help Usher turn the (chart) lights on? Time will tell.

In the meanwhile, peep another pic below…

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Hot Shot: Usher Hits Studio With Jermaine Dupri For New Album

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Could Usher be cooking up another ‘Confessions’ sized smash?

Who knows. But what is certain is that the singer has called on the man who helped craft the diamond selling LP, Jermaine Dupri.

Taking to Instagram, JD shared a snap of himself in the studio with the stage blazer – who was there for a writing camp for his new project.

Mr Raymond’s most recent album ‘Looking 4 Myself’ found so-so success upon release in 2012. With a new movie on the horizon and a return to The Voice nigh, the crooner has the right “setup” for a comeback. All he’s tasked with doing is pairing it with powerful material and he’ll be winning.

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Watch: Elijah Blake Performs Usher’s ‘Climax’ In Concert

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One year after joining forces to pen the smash hit, Usher‘s ‘Climax’ was brought to life once again recently, when Elijah Blake performed it for fans during his set at the ‘EOS Presents’ tour.

Tributing ‘The Faculty’ star after soaring with his very own ‘Birdz‘, Blake’s rendition of the cut came armed with fresh runs and a slightly reworked arrangement that gave us no choice but to hope it becomes a staple in the singer’s live sets.

Peep the R&B newbie honour his game-changing sibling below…

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Usher To Produce High School Drop Out Documentary

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With 2014 reportedly bringing a new Usher album with it, this month has seen the star confirm his executive producer ties to a new documentary named ‘Undroppable’.

Its premise?

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Hot Shots: Usher Celebrates 35th Birthday With A List Pals

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A jovial Usher arrived at LA’s Bootsy Bellow‘s recently, hitting the spot to celebrate his 35th birthday!

Joined by Jermaine Dupri, Justin Bieber, Cassie Ventura, Diddy and Blake Shelton to name a few, the Grammy winning chart staple also rubbed shoulders with Sugar Ray Leonard, whom he’ll play in a forthcoming biopic dedicated to the boxer’s life!

More from the night’s festivities  below!

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Hot Shots: Usher Steams Up ‘Men’s Health’ 25th Anniversary Issue

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As reported here, ‘Confessions’ crooner Usher confirmed rumors that he was set to portray boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in a forthcoming biopic due early 2014.

Tentatively titled ‘Hands of Stone’, the singer has been making headlines for the physical transformation he’s made in preparation for the role – shedding over 25 lbs to beef up to play the boxing champ.

The result of that hard work can be seen displayed afront the latest issue of ‘Men’s Health’.

Inside, Ush details his grueling workout schedule to prep for the role while juggling recording and ‘The Voice’ judge duties.  Read about it in its entirety here.

 

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‘Pink Friday’: Nicki Minaj Makes Top Selling Albums Of The Decade Tally

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Not since the heights reached by Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill has a female Rapper enjoy sales that see her go to to toe-and at times outsell- her Pop star contemporaries.

This time around, that female Rapper is none other than ‘Envy’ maestra Nicki Minaj whose debut album ‘Pink Friday‘ continues to solidify her time atop her field even three years after release.

For, with 3.8 million units worldwide, the album is now officially one of the highest selling albums of the decade- celebrated in a tally which showcases US sales moved since 2010.

Of course, while this decade has seven years to go before it ends, the list below tells many an interesting tale and – in Nicki‘s case- explain why the likes of Pepsi, MAC and Fox have all been so eager to nab a piece of her commercial pie.

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