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Seemingly back on top, the climate was altogether quite different for R&B crooner Usher back in 2008.

Indeed, some years removed from the record-breaking success of global smash ‘Confessions‘, the singer found himself in somewhat of a tricky spot with his fans. Billed as a ‘lothario’ of sorts, the new married-with-a-child Usher did little to help such a cause; a cause which -until- had arguably been his biggest selling-point. Paired with a very public dispute with his mother over his wife and life, Mr Raymond‘s musical release that year – ‘Here I Stand‘  – seemed almost destined to perform poorly. Indeed, though being certified Platinum, the project’s lack of hits beyond first single ‘Love In This Club’, sunk it faster than the titanic.

Fast forward to today and one could be forgiven for believing the above-mentioned never took place. For, off the back of gargantuan hits such ‘OMG’ and ‘DJ Got Us Falling In Love’, Usher is every bit the chart force he was for much of the previous decade.

However, for some, this renewed success has come at a price – his R&B roots. Yes, his latest effort ‘Raymond vs Raymond’ served up Urban geared cuts such as ‘Lil Freak’ and ‘Hey Daddy’. Yet, some argue, there’s no coincidence that it was the Dance flavoured songs which received the most backing and ultimately the most success. As such, Usher in 2011 has emerged as quintessentially Pop. A problem, it seems, for some of the R&B enthusiasts who helped propel him in the first place.

As such, That Grape Juice took to the streets of Hollywood to hear what the people think of Usher in 2011. Did he sell out? Are they still fans? How does he compare to the new breed? This is ‘The Word…On Usher’.

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Usher Celebrates MTV’s 30th Birthday

As one of MTV‘s most iconic staples in the mid 90s and early noughties, Usher helped the network celebrate its 30th birthday at the New York Stock Exchange recently, just days after he was spotted back in the studio with long time collaborator Rico Love.

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Alexandra Burke Hits The Studio With Usher

Check out ‘Bad Boys‘ darling Alexandra Burke enjoying the company of R&B icon Usher and world renowned record producer Rico Love.

Reported to have recorded created music together, the image of the three artists comes after Ms. Burke tweeted excitedly about  material Love had penned for her.

It is still unconfirmed as to whether Usher features on this song.

Responsible for Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Commander’ and ‘Motivation‘, Beyonce‘s ‘Sweet Dreams‘ and Usher’s ‘There Goes My Baby‘,  it appears that Alexandra is hoping Rico Love’s platinum touch  will assist her in her bid to entice American audiences.

For now that she recently signed to RCA Recordings, Ms. Burke’s chances of becoming the international sensation so many of her fans believe she can be are looking increasingly likely.

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Tracklisting: David Guetta – ‘Nothing But the Beat’

Electro-pop’s reigning super DJ David Guetta has revealed the tracklisting for his forthcoming ‘Nothing But the Beat’ album due August 29th.  The album’s cameo list boasts some of Hip Hop and Urban pop’s heaviest hitters, including Usher and Chris Brown (to name a few).

What are you waiting for?  Check out the full listing after the jump:

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iHeartRadio Music Festival Sells Out in 10 Minutes

With a bill that features such top acts as Lady Gaga, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez and more, it should come as no surprise that the iHeartRadio Music Festival sold out quickly.  However, official reports have revealed the mega-concert, whose tickets went on sale to the general public on July 16th, sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Fans who were unable to get tickets should not fret, however.  For the two day event, scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas on September 23 and 24, will be live streamed via video and audio on all of Clear Channel’s radio station websites.

ThatGrapeJuice wants to know:  will you be watching the ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival’ in September?

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Hot Shots: Usher Gets Freaky For Essence

R&B force Usher proved he still knows how to set pulses racing with a sizzling headlining set at the Essence Music Festival yesterday in New Orleans.

The slot crowns what has been an action-packed year for the 32 year old, whose success with ‘OMG’, and ‘DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again’, has seen make quite the commercial comeback. Whether he’ll be able to maintain it with increased competition from the likes of Chris Brown, and that little trier Trey Songz, will be interesting to see.

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New Video: Enrique Iglesias – ‘Dirty Dancer (ft. Usher & Lil’ Wayne)’

Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias recently released the visual for new single ‘Dirty Dancer’ which features R&B heavyweight Usher and hip-hop titan Lil’ Wayne. Directed by Ethan Lader, the clip finds the Pop star surrounded by beautiful women in a futuristic gentlemen’s club.

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