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Usher: Innovator Or Follower?

Usher has long been heralded as one of music’s most celebrated artists. Ranked as the 2nd most successful act of the last decade on the Billboard charts, he managed to give R&B music a voice amidst the expanding sea of Hip-Hop and Pop artists who began to dominate radio stations in recent years.

Nonetheless,  it seems that the tide of change has finally gotten too powerful for even Usher to resist as he prepares to reinvent his sound with the launch of a new genre he calls “Revolutionary Pop”. This decision has left many of his loyal fans baffled as they wonder if he is truly being innovative or simply joining the Pop music bandwagon in an effort to remain relevant.

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Janelle Monae, Usher, Jaden Smith & Others Join Grammy Awards Performers Lineup

The 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony is shaping up to be quite a show. In  addition to the previously announced list of performers comprising Eminem , Katy Perry and Lady GaGa, more high profile names have been added to the event.

Justin Bieber and his mentor, Usher, will hit the stage at the show, which airs on February 13th via CBS, alongside none other than Willow Smith’s equally famous brother, Jaden. Janelle Monae, B.o.B, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and Muse have also been confirmed as featured performers, joining Cee Lo Green, Arcade Fire, Miranda Lambert and Muse on music’s biggest night.

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Usher Set To Unleash “Revolutionary Pop” On Next Album

After experimenting with Pop on his platinum-certified ‘Raymond vs Raymond’ LP and achieving a worldwide #1 hit with ‘OMG (Ft. Will.i.am)’, Usher is ready to completely abandon his R&B roots and embrace a more radio-friendly sound.

The chart titan has revealed that his working on a completely new type of music called “Revolutionary Pop” which will be a combination of various genres. See what he had to say below:

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Video: Usher & Fan Get Close

R&B crooner Usher brought his ‘OMG Tour’ to Memphis, Tennessee last night, where one excited fan was extra keen to make her moment with him (during the show’s staple saucy segment) a special one.

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That Grape Juice Interviews Soundz

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2010 is quickly winding down but the energy here are That Grape Juice  is higher than ever! In our continued effort to bring you the latest exclusive information about your favourite artists, we caught up with none other than one of the industry’s hottest producers Kenneth ‘Soundz’ Coby.

Having worked a wide range of artists including Rihanna, Usher, Brandy and others, Soundz is quickly establishing himself as one of the game’s key power players. During our discussion the ‘Gimme Dat’ producer spoke openly about how he got started in the industry, his experiences working with Ciara as well as her followup to ‘Basic Instinct’ and his thoughts on Rihanna’s vocal ability.

Soundz even surprised us by giving us the title of Kelly’ Rowlands highly anticipated new single and answered the burning question of whether Beyonce actually writes her own songs. If there was ever an interview that you had to read then this is it!

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Interviewer: Trent //  Questions by: Trent // Edited by: Trent

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Video: Usher Kicked In The Face During Concert

R&B star Usher got quite the surprise during the fan serenading segment of his ‘OMG Tour’ in New York last night. Indeed, while performing the show’s staple steamy number ‘Trading Places’, the 31 year old received a kick to the face by the fan on his lap.

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Sneak Peek: Diddy-Dirty Money’s ‘Looking For Love (Ft. Usher)’ Video

Diddy-Dirty Money have chosen ‘Looking For Love’ as the next song from their upcoming ‘Last Train To Paris’ release to get video treatment. The song, which features Usher, surfaced yesterday, just a few days shy of the album’s December 14th arrival date. Peep the preview of the video below:

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