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Usher To Portray Sugar Ray Leonard In Boxing Biopic

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Grammy winning crooner Usher may have built a career out of being a knockout on charts and dancefloors, but now the smooth singer will be taking his moves to the boxing ring.  Indeed, reports have surfaced indicating the ‘Trading Places’ performer will see his name placed on the bill of new film “Hands of Stone” portraying celebrated fighter Sugar Ray Leonard.

The movie, based on the life of great boxer Roberto Duran, will be directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz and also feature the likes of acting legend Robert De Niro in its cast.

Set for release in early 2014, Ush took to Billboard to share his thoughts on the announcement. His words below…

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Diplo On Usher Collaboration: ‘He Took A Risk’

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‘Pick Your Poison’ producer Diplo has opened up on the R&B classic ‘Climax‘, the jam he produced for ‘Dive’ star Usher.

However, while enlisting the chart topper to work on his latest album ‘Looking For Myself’ may have seemed like an easy to decision to make considering his credentials, Diplo has revealed that he feels Usher took a risk when joining him in the studio.

His explanation at the 2013 ASCAP ‘I Create Music’ Expo below…

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Paul McCartney Praises Usher’s ‘Climax’

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When it comes to pleasing fans, very few come better than Usher.

Securing chart success with dance numbers while leading the way for R&B’s freshest stars with ‘Climax’, he has come under heavy praise from ‘Beatles’ legend Paul McCartney thanks to that very song.

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Weigh In: Have Singing Competition Shows Run Their Course?

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American Idol, X Factor, The Voice, Sunday’s Best, Duets, Making the Band, Sing-Off, and Major & Minors are just a few of the recognizable titles of singing competitions that have graced (or disgraced) television over the past decade or so.

With its modern-day format pioneered by the FOX-aired ‘Idol’ to once record ratings (though ‘Live at the Apollo’ is the true grandfather of the genre), the last few years have seen a steadily declining interest in the singing competition themed reality show – despite reigniting interest in some of music’s top stars (see: Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, etc).

Until…NBC’s ‘The Voice’.  But, even with its winning ratings, it has yet to produce a quality star in three seasons:

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‘The Voice’ Season 4 Premiere Deemed A Ratings Winner For NBC, Usher Drops By ‘Fallon’ (Watch)

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Watch: Usher & Shakira Perform ‘Come Together’ On The Voice

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Season 4 of The Voice kicked off in spectacular fashion last night. And as has become customary on the NBC hit, the show’s four coaches took front stage center for a rousing joint performance.

New additions Usher and Shakira teamed up with show staples Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to rock the house with the aptly titled ‘Come Together’.

Watch the Pop quad in action below…

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Hot Shot: Usher & Jermaine Durpi Hit Studio For New Album

 Hot Shot: Usher & Jermaine Durpi Hit Studio For New Album

It appears Usher is wasting no time cooking up new material to pair with his new role on The Voice.

Hitmaker and long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri shared a shot of him and the 34-year-old in the studio, tagging the snap “Me and Usher back in the lab”.

And while the singing superstar has made no secret of the fact that he’s working on the follow-up to last year’s ‘Looking 4 Myself’, his reuniting with JD will, for most, be the most exciting news to emerge about the as yet untitled set. Indeed, the duo have a number of chart smashes under their collective belt – such as ‘You Make Me Wanna’, ‘U Got It Bad‘, the title-track of 2004′s Diamond seller ‘Confessions’, and of course ‘Burn’.

What’s more, with many still campaigning for a more marked return to R&B for Usher, re-teaming with Mr Durpi is as smart a move as it gets.

Check out our favourite cut from their many hits below…

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Watch: Usher Surprises SXSW With Hits Medley

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Usher‘s inaugural SXSW appearance came last night during the set of the night’s rocker headliners Afghan Whigs.  The group backed the ‘Confessions’ crooner as he laid into a number of his top hits including ‘O.M.G.’, ‘Climax’, ‘U Got It Bad’, and more.

Ush’s performance, which came during the height of last night’s media circus around ailing health reports of rapper Lil’ Wayne, saw him send well-wishes to the ‘Lollipop’ performer.

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