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The Final Numbers Are In!: Usher’s ‘Hard II Love’ Sold…

R&B Vet Bombs On Billboard 200

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Usher‘s 8th opus, ‘Hard II Love,’ may have lived up to its title after all.

Indeed, after gaining mixed review from industry insiders and fans alike (see:  thumbs down for “trend-hopping,” “lack of overall theme,” etc.), ‘Hard’ – released September 16th – was predicted to make little impact on the Billboard 200 after a full tracking week.

In fact, analysts projected the project would not only bomb – much like Ush’s ‘Hands of Stone’ movie that preceded it by two weeks – but it would give the Grammy-winning R&B vet the lowest first week sum of his 20 year+ career.

Needless to say, they were right.  Tuck in below to find out the official figures Billboard is reporting:

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Watch: Usher Performs ‘No Limit’ On ‘Kimmel’

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Usher is taking his ‘Hard II Love’ album campaign on the TV circuit.

The superstar crooner was joined by an army of dancers on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show last night and together they turned all the way up to ‘No Limit.’

Embracing the grandeur of the stage, Ush turned in the grandest showing of the song yet.

Will it be enough to ignite his sales of his album? Watch below and let us know…

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Watch: Usher Dishes On Album Sales & More On ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Usher‘s new album is receiving love from reviewers, but is proving ‘Hard II Love’ for consumers.

In a bid to turn the tide, the singer stopped by The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 today to chat about a whole host of topics.

Indeed, the ‘No Limit’ crooner dished on how his new project is for his R&B audience and how he’s not seeking crossover hits. He also waxed honest on whether he feels he’s appreciated, album sales, his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more.

Watch the insightful interview after the jump…

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Why Is Usher So… ‘Hard II Love’?

TGJ Weighs Up The Singer’s Missteps & Moulds A Comeback Plan

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Usher unleashed his eighth studio album ‘Hard II Love’ on the masses last week. And though the final tally has yet to be counted, the official sales forecast sent the net into a flutter.

For, the set – led by singles ‘Crash’ and ‘No Limit’ – is on course to debut with 25,000; the lowest US numbers of the crooner’s career.

Given the unforgiving nature of today’s age and the fickleness of select fans, some have deemed it “the end” for the 8-time Grammy winner.

We’re not so sure about that, but can’t distract from the fact that something is…off.

Join us below as we unpack the problems and size up the solutions…

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The Numbers Are In! Usher’s ‘Hard To Love’ To Sell…

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Usher’s opening week number prediction for his new LP ‘Hard II Love’ has arrived.

How he’s set to  fare?

Find out below…

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Are You Buying? Usher’s New Album ‘Hard II Love’

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Let some critics tell it, R&B superstar Usher‘s new album, ‘Hard II Love,’ does not live up to its title.

Noted by many-a-reviewer for its tracklist being lined with moving ballads and daring departures from mainstream R&B, the set’s lead singles –‘Crash,’ ‘No Limit’ (ft. Young Thug), and ‘Rivals’ (featuring Future) – have proven themselves a clear, yet strategic and intentional attempts to draw today’s younger listeners.

From where we (the buying public) stand in relation to the boardroom (on the outside looking in), however, it appears the strategic tactics stopped there.  For, with a surprise early release and few promotional appearances to announce its availability, the absence of buzz for the project may see ‘Hard II Love’ very ‘Hard II Find’ in the upper rankings of the Billboard 200.

An alarming fact given the high hopes many had for ‘Hard’ to help return the one-time chart champion back to his former glory…

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Did You Miss It? Usher Brings ‘Crash’ To ‘Ellen’ [Watch]

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After surprising fans with an early release of his eighth album, ‘Hard II Love,’ Grammy winning singer/songwriter Usher reminded us whey everybody loves Raymond when he took to ‘Ellen’ to render a stirring rendition of one of his latest singles, ‘Crash.’

Joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Ellen introduced the stageblazer to a thunderous applause from audience members – a reception we’re sure he’s hoping translates to first week sales of ‘Hard.’

Keen to see how he fared? It awaits below:

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