Wednesday, January 22nd 2014
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.
Sunday, December 29th 2013
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…
Sunday, October 20th 2013
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’.
Find out below…
Thursday, October 17th 2013
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!
Tuesday, October 8th 2013
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.
Saturday, July 27th 2013
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.
Check it out below…
Wednesday, July 3rd 2013
US parents have spoken!
Indeed, in a poll taken by Jonah Peretti‘s BuzzFeed, parents from across the country were asked to name their Top 3 artists, listing them from 1 to 3 in order of preference and how popular they believed these entertainers to be.
Voting in their thousands, yesterday saw the results of the survey published on Feed’s official site, and now available to check out right here on That Grape Juice.Net!
Who came out on top?
Monday, June 10th 2013
With his stint on ‘The Voice’ largely hailed a success, Usher is (smartly) ensuring he milks the platform for all it’s worth. Case, point, his performance of ‘Twisted’ on tonight’s episode.
The popular coach” – who will sit out the Fall season of the show- electrified the stage with a live showing the track, which fused shades of James Brown and Michael Jackson with his own trademark performing style.
Produced by Pharrell Williams, we imagine the cut is receiving a push thanks to the Neptunes star’s renewed popularity (see: Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’, Daft Punk, and the like). Whatever the reason, it’s great to see Mr Raymond continuing to plug its parent album ‘Looking 4 Myself’, while cooking up its follow-up.
Is ‘Twisted’ likely to set the charts ablaze or revive the project it sits on? We doubt it. However, the fact it birthed a performance such as the one below has us feeling wholly appreciative.
Watch Usher work after the jump!