Hot Shots: Usher Gets Freaky For Essence

Published: Saturday 2nd Jul 2011 by Sam

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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  1. Humberto July 2, 2011

    I dont like Usher doing dance music.
    I still respect him as an R&B singer, anyway.

    Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. is gorgeous. I still listen to it entirely.

    Trey Songz is… blah. His music is s**, s**, s**, love faces, s** faces, s** positions… #NEXT

  2. lol July 2, 2011

    i went to his show in NC he was AMAZING . i cant wait for his next “revolutionary pop ” album he’s been talking about . long live the Prince of Pop/RNB

  3. Kelly July 2, 2011

    Chris and Trey can’t complete against Usher, it has been proven over and over AGAIN!! Not only by album sales, and 7 Grammys, but he is more respected as a artist and performer!! 16 years in da game and still doing it big!!

  4. ISTANN4GAGA July 2, 2011

    @LOL

    Where in NC????

  5. BREEZYTHEBEST July 2, 2011

    GTFOH with the b*******.Usher is a Legend nobody can take that away from him but trust me CB is on a come up.Chris still has some growing up to do but he is going to be a Legend right up there with Usher.Not trying to throw shade on Usher or Trey but Chris is the better performer hands down Usher stage shows are getting tired he needs to pack it up.The only thing that saves Usher is the fact that he has many classics that is it but im not here for his stage shows.Trey has been regulated to the back of the line since CB is back that is fact even with mainstream audiences nobody is checking for Trey like that Miguel has more buzz than Trey right now.

  6. kody3x July 2, 2011

    realtalk everbody knows im teambreezy till i die but its know need to bring cb up all the time in other artist posts

  7. kody3x July 2, 2011

    i will say it is funny how 2 years ago everbody was on trey songz d*** now everbody back on cb bandwagon fans

  8. Skin. July 2, 2011

    I LOVE Usher! :X :X :X

  9. KAT DELUNA FAN July 2, 2011

    @BREEZYBEST
    Usher is like beyonce;he has nothing else to prove in the game from the rookies.Unfortunetly he still trying to dance more than sing.That’s why people are confusing him with the youngins

    He should come back with a more mature R&B sound with beautiful ballads …beyonce already opened the door for him with ‘4’.

    He is a legend,no matter what

  10. Malibu Barbie July 2, 2011

    competition??? Usher is the KING of R&B hes the Beyonce for the GUYS. aint no1 on Usher’s LEVEL

  11. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) July 2, 2011

    Whenever will he stop trying to immitate MJ??? He’s been in the scene more than 15 years, he has to find a vision of his own, instead of trying to be MJ’s heir.Chris Brown stopped immitating MJ and found his lane.Usher should too.
    And I don’t regard 2010 as his commercial comeback.Raymond vs.Raymond didn’t do really well. I think it didn’t even reach 3 millions WW, so…
    I’m waiting for his 7th album, because he’s still one of the best in the industry

  12. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) July 2, 2011

    Btw, the word ‘legend’ is OVERUSED TO BITS.Usher is an icon, undoubtedly, but a legend???So, we have Aretha, MJ, The Beatles and then…Usher?Nope

    IMO, an icon is someone that has A CERTAIN IMPACT with his style of music and image and that has a large back catalogue and a bunch of awards

    A LEGEND is someone that CHANGES/RE-INVENTS music and influences EVERYONE

    Usher, provided that he works hard and stop caring about sales and fame, may get there in time, but not yet…AN ICON FOR NOW

  13. um no July 2, 2011

    ASAP (As Sincere As Possible)

    Chris Brown stopped imitating MJ and found his lane.Usher should too.

    _______________________________________________________________________

    0_0

  14. Yall Are Too Fake July 2, 2011

    Chris Brown STILL imitates MJ.
    Wtf are u taking bout. Chris Brown can Barely can put a sentence together.

  15. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) July 2, 2011

    @UM NO Well, in the F.A.M.E. era, AS FAR AS VISUALS ARE CONCERNED, I didn’t see Chris Brown TRYING to immitate MJ. I’m not bashing Usher anyway, I just don’t want him to grab his crotch at his age.

  16. kody3x July 2, 2011

    @yall are too fake what do u mean chris brown can barely put a sentence together what does that have to with post usher mj and cb dumbass

  17. kody3x July 2, 2011

    the she aint you video it was only right

  18. 1rnbfan1 July 2, 2011

    Usher doesn”t need to prove anything. He is undoubtedly the biggest male act of our generation 🙂

  19. kyla July 2, 2011

    Chris Brown is VERY talented and I like his music but is never abd will never be competition for USHER…… Usher has CLASS and his songs are CLASSIC R&B songs that will live on. CONFESSIONS is one of the top R&B albums ever…… 8701 also gave us classic and CLASSY songs.

    When Chris can sell out arenas all over the world like him & make music that can live 10-15 later then we can start comparing the two …. oh and I mean SELL OUT 50 ARENAS IN THE U.S. ALONE… check Ushers wikipedia tour page…….

    Usher sells out more arenas in the US/Canada than both Rihanna & Beyonce. ……….. Usher is STILL the most successful R&B artist in America……. He even has a diamond album….Chris is not on Usher’s level yet. …… he’ll never go 10 x platinum…. never…. CB is not even close…

    I wont even address the Trey comparison cuz we all know that’s a joke…. He went after R Kelly but Kelly is headlining an arena tour and Trey is still a support act….. this guy will be forgotten in a few yrs.

    USHER IS AN ICONIC SUPERSTAR.

  20. mobwife July 2, 2011

    Not a big Usher fan but DAMN POPPIE……Oh la la at the top pic! YUM 🙂

  21. mobwife July 2, 2011

    @kyla

    LOL…JUST LIKE USHER WILL NEVER BE THE KING OF ANYTHING! Michael Jackson is the KING of Pop and R. Kelly is the King of R&B! I like Usher but ………..!

    Yes, he has sold well in the past (a diamond selling CD is wonderful) and ppl will watch him perform (like me) but he lacks something. And honestly, I am not trying to hate on him but there is just somehting that MJ and Chris Brown have ………its that “IT FACTOR” that Usher and Ne-Yo, who are both competent artists, just don’t have! Trey Songz doesn’t have it either.

  22. kody3x July 2, 2011

    @kyla what do u mean chris brown will never be on usher level lets see chris brown only been out about 5 years and is 22 years old usher is very popular but we all know cb is more popular than him like mobwife said chris brown has that it factor usher on the other hand

  23. Nayla July 2, 2011

    Usher is and has always been a michael jackson wannabe

  24. lol July 2, 2011

    @ISTANN4GAGA
    i saw him at the bobcats arena in Charlotte

    @ASAP
    BOTH Chris Brown and uSher copy Mj, Yeah 3x video,she aint you,and his BET 2011 performance were all inspired by mj

  25. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    Usher is NOT da KING of R&B!!!!! His ass can barely sing LIVE and dance @ da same time……..he ONLY dances to distract ppl from his horrible ass LIVE singing and dats if he isnt lipsyncing.

  26. mobwife July 2, 2011

    @KAT DELUNA FAN
    July 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    @BREEZYBEST
    Usher is like beyonce;he has nothing else to prove in the game from the rookies.Unfortunetly he still trying to dance more than sing.That’s why people are confusing him with the youngins
    ************************

    I think you just hit the nail on the head with this comment!! I do think that’s the confusion. To be honest, Usher probably would have produced a “4” ish type of CD had MJ not passed and the industry/media tried to push him into being Michael’s replacement!!

  27. mobwife July 2, 2011

    @lol
    BOTH Chris Brown and uSher copy Mj, Yeah 3x video,she aint you,and his BET 2011 performance were all inspired by mj
    **************

    Now what a minute! I know how you like to “pop slick” about Chris “on the sly”, but come now what part of Chris’ 2011 BET Performance was inspired by MJ?

  28. lol July 2, 2011

    @queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ApjZy5Em4

    can YOU name anybody that can sing Luther Vandross songs LIVE ? …ill wait p[lease sit down with the Usher cant sing

  29. lol July 2, 2011

    @mobwife
    i like chris brown but i also like other artist is that a sin? anyway the song she aint you is is tribute song to mj and grabbed his crotch all through out that performance at the BET awards

  30. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    @LOL- R. muthafuckin KELLY!!!!! He can slay Usher whole performance with just his vocals alone 🙂

  31. Queen Beyonce Stann July 2, 2011

    He Looks So S*** In That Pic Where He’s Grabbing His Crotch 😉
    But… He’s Still Annoying As F***!

    #KingB2011

  32. Queen Beyonce Stann July 2, 2011

    @LOL

    Not Everything Male Artist That Dances & “Sings” Is Inspired By MJ! Get That Through Your Head Betch!

    #KingB2011

  33. Queen Beyonce Stann July 2, 2011

    @LOL

    Not Every Male Artist That Dances & “Sings” Is Inspired By MJ! Get That Through Your Head Betch!

    #KingB2011

  34. luv missy July 2, 2011

    Did he steal that outfit from Janet? The only reason he’s relevant is because he caters to a white audience like beyawnce does. He’s getting too old for that

  35. PYTFROMAL July 2, 2011

    @ASAP..So true. LOL. Since when was Usher a legend? And Chris Brown the Prince of Pop? Get out of here. LOL !

    @QUEEN BEYONCE STANN…True, but many mainstream artists like Chris, Usher, Timberlake and many others ARE inspired by MJ. 🙂

  36. luv missy July 2, 2011

    And last I heard I thought R.Kelly was the king of R&B…..

  37. Speechless July 2, 2011

    Again with the Trey Songz shade? He’s somewhere touring and making more money than what this whole website is worth.

  38. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    @LOL- Usher grabbed his crotch all thru his ‘You Dont Have To Call’ video so is he trying to imitate MJ too or thats only for wen Chris Brown does it????

  39. kody3x July 2, 2011

    chris breezy the prince of rnb f*** prince of pop

  40. Kathy July 2, 2011

    I dying for Usher to take a year off, and just singgggggggggg. Relax that voice, and go back to r&b

  41. Queen Beyonce Stann July 2, 2011

    @PYTFORMAL

    What I Meant To Say Is Not Every *Performance* Is Inspired By MJ.

    #KingB2011

  42. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    R.Kelly’s Down Low>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Usher past,present and future songs 🙂

  43. lol July 2, 2011

    @queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout
    i clearly said usher and chris brown copy mj . you act like i said chris brown is a mj clone o0r somethin

  44. lol July 2, 2011

    @queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout

    i see ever since i showed you that clip of usher slaying those vocal on that luther vandross song you tryn to bring rkelly into the mix . i didnt mention rkelly try again…

  45. mobwife July 2, 2011

    @queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout
    July 2, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    R. muthafuckin KELLY!!!!! He can slay Usher whole performance with just his vocals alone
    **********************

    OMG THIS RIGHT HERE!! 🙂 All R.Kelly needs is a mic and the stage!! LOL I would say the same thing about Alicia Keys and a piano!! You can say many things about her personal life but WOW that she has undeniable talent!

  46. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) July 2, 2011

    @LOL Chris Brown is INFLUENCED by MJ.Who isn’t???
    But Usher STRAIGHT UP COPIES MJ. He’s established, he doesn’t need to do that.He actually has said in an interview that he’s the natural heir of MJ. (#SHOCK)
    (no attack, no shade, just saying that he needs to do sth different)

  47. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    Trey Songz WILL get shaded every f***** time, since his wack ass tried to come for R.Kelly

  48. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    @LOL- Reread ur comment @5:17- u asked me a question and I gave u an answer

  49. kody3x July 2, 2011

    trey songz does the same old s*** take his shirt off like at the bet awards that s*** is really getting played out but i guess he got to keep doing that to stay relevant

  50. BAA July 2, 2011

    @Kayla I pretty much agree with you on everything but im sorry to say it but Chris Brown Shits all ova Usher as a performer. And im a bigger Usher fan. Neither one can sing and dance at the same time but Chris is n the lead with stage performances. Usher was the man before Here I Am but like somebody said, Chris is on the come up. Usher is a Icon and Chris isnt messing with his music. The old Usher before Tameka was n a lead of his own. I just dont know about all this latest stuff Usher has been doing. Usher u are a Icon, so why are u following trends. You should b making them.

  51. lol July 2, 2011

    like i said everbody is inspired by mj

    and just because Usher is an established artist doesnt mean he cant be influenced by his mentor mj

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Heglmot4USQ

    clearly usher had Michael Jacksons Blessing look how satisfied mj was

    hell beyonce is an established artist yet she inspired by Tina Turner all day every day

    Lady Gaga is an established artist but shes inspired by Madonna when she wakes up to when she lays her head at night

  52. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    @LOL- Nobody is sayin Usher cant be influced by MJ but u made it seem like Chris Brown striaght up copy MJ…..
    U used Chris Brown videos and performances as examples but where is Usher examples?????

  53. Kelly July 2, 2011

    To all you lames that’s still on R.Kelly’s d***? ?! Take a look in the mirror! That n**** is on Tank level at this point! He throw away his crown! Usher got it now!! Kellys was finished after the chocolate factory! REALTALK…

  54. kody3x July 2, 2011

    chris brown is number 1 right now u all know it not trey songz not usher not jason derulo not neyo his competion in the music period is justin bieber and bruno mars

  55. PYTFROMAL July 2, 2011

    @KELLY

    ………………………………………………….

  56. lol July 2, 2011

    queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout

    July 2, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    @LOL- Nobody is sayin Usher cant be influced by MJ but u made it seem like Chris Brown striaght up copy MJ…..
    U used Chris Brown videos and performances as examples but where is Usher examples?????
    ———————————————-

    I was responding to Asap ‘s comment that Chris Brown hadnt copied Mj at ALL during the F.A.M.E era which is why i brought up those examples. if was to use some examples of usher copying mj i would have to write a book

  57. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    @KELLY- *blank muthafuckin stare*
    Just bcuz R.Kelly isnt makin any s** songs doesnt mean he cant, believe me if he wanted to go da s** route he could!!! He doesnt have to make any more songz or albums and he will forever be da KING of R&B…….he track record made him one of the best and added him to the record books
    *STAY DA F*** MAD* 🙂

  58. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) July 2, 2011

    @LOL Chris Brown was influenced by MJ in the F.A.M.E. era and in his entire career.All I said was that Chris Brown stopped COPYING Mj.Influence # Copy. What I want Usher to do is to keep his MJ influence because this is what made him a star, but to stop BLATANTLY COPYING MJ. It’s getting out of hand. I’m just aftaid that Usher really meant his comment about being the natural heir of MJ’s throne and that he’s planning to go all for it now, which is insane because MJ is irreplaceable

  59. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    R.Kelly wrote one song dat shits on Usher’s whole career-
    Micheal Jackson’s ‘Your Not Alone’

  60. Clandan July 2, 2011

    usher is still the prince of rb…
    …they already shippin test iPhone 5’s ..get 1 n keep it http://ow.ly/5uOZH s*** had my fam do it & got 3 of them..lmao

  61. Madonnalover July 2, 2011

    Usher looks……gay. I still love him though. 🙂
    CB and Trey songz will never be legends. Point blank period. why utter such foolishness? Seriously, no offense.

  62. Yellow Gorillah July 2, 2011

    looooooooool

    Usher is the ONLY Male from this last generation that can be considered as a LEGEND Usher is the male version of beyonce her. until your fav can get a personal approval from J himself then …. How dare you say usher is not on his way to become a legend what other male artist in the last 10 years has gone DIAMOND!

    Please put the shade aside

    Chris brown will NEVER be on usher’s level he will never be a legend. Usher owns the crown right now Me, You, Me and everyone’s Grandmother knows it.

    And I feel like he has the RIGHT to make POP music like come on he has been making rnb music for 10 long years why can’t he experiment into other generation he gave us the CLASSIC Album Confessions.. he is the best male artist of the last decade and we will all deal.

  63. queenbey will always s*** on ur fave and leave them no option but 2 pout July 2, 2011

    Da ONLY thing Usher is da KING of is wearing them tight ass yeast infection pants…….he looks like an over grown Miguel

  64. ISTANN4GAGA July 2, 2011

    “…his competion in the music period is justin bieber and bruno mars”
    ______________________________________________________

    Since when does Justine Beiber count as R&B????

    Bruno Mars (to me) does NOT look like the dancing type so I wouldn’t classify him as a competitor to Chris Brown…..

    Chris Brown has the potential to have longevity,Usher ALREADY has some longevity(like someone said if he wants to further his EMPIRE,he must take notes from Beyonce.),Trey could get some potential if he would STOP bleating like a damn goat and taking his shirt off everytime during his performances.

  65. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) July 2, 2011

    Do y’all people realize what “legend’ REALLY means???
    Usher is an icon…a HUGE ICON…but a legend is someone that without him the music scene would be NOTHING. Usher has contributed a lot, but c’mon now…6 albums and he’s a legend??? Nooo…Wait until he has a legacy to call him a legend…
    And whoever said Chris Brown was a legend???Nobody said that…I know I didn’t.I just said that he’s moved on from COPYING MJ…never mentioned his status…

  66. DION_ISH July 2, 2011

    @ASAP (AS SINCERE AS POSSIBLE)

    Im sorry but um his latest single and video is completely Heavily MJ Inspired?!

    Please just SHUT UP.

    Chris Brown and Usher are both inspired by MJ both take bits and pieces from his career. Difference is Usher has actually made his own legacy out of his career that even the likes of Chris Brown, Miguel, Justin Bieber, and Trey take from. Usher is also a HUGE iconic figure of our generation. This man is STILL selling out World Wide Tours while your fav has yet to have one …Plz Sit.

    Usher caters to a much more WIDER audience then the others, aside from Bieber.

  67. BREEZYTHEBEST July 2, 2011

    BTW I made my comment about Chris because his name was on this post and I will be like Ray Charles when I comment,I don’t see Haters or Teambreezy stans.I’am A Chris Brown Fan from before O9 and never left with that being said.I listen to Usher,CB and Trey they are totally different but make some of the same music. I said this before and I will say this again Usher is a Legend no point to argue that point cause it is what it is,Trey makes good music and models that is it his downfall is that he came at R.Kelly in of story,he came at a Legend.@Yellow Gorillah never say never Usher has been in the game for 15 plus years he earned his spot but I will tell you this crowns can be handed down people said the same thing about Madonna and now Gaga has her spot and crown.CB has been in the game 6 years and for 2 of those years had to rebuild,CB will have that crown.

  68. Angela Wesley July 2, 2011

    I like Usher but grabbing his crotch doesn’t make you s*** it make you nasty to me.
    Both Cris Brown and Usher are good imitates of MJ but you cannot compare
    the two of them to MJ because it won;t work period.

  69. zania July 2, 2011

    Actually billboard name R & Kelly the king of R & B and is great and he has one legend album-confession, but at 18 yrs old Chris had two platinum albums and won top awards billboard, AMA artist of the year. The song FOREVER will be a classic from years from now. Chris 2009 incident was his down fall and he has been rebuilding for two years, he will eventually get back to the top of the pop charts, he is already consider at the top in R & B. Usher was 25 or 26 when he did confession, Chris is 22 and rebuilding his fan base again. Chris is the best male performer now, Usher was great years ago.

  70. BrandyNMonicaStan July 2, 2011

    I was at Essence and Usher is the reason why I’m just getting up, his set ended at 2 in mornin’ ! I’m not complainin cause he brought down the Superdome with his show and yes he is an Icon and is well on his way to legendary status. One of the only performers that I would actually pay to see besides Brandy and Beyonce’.

  71. mobwife July 2, 2011

    @Kelly

    LOL OMG Kelly is dreaming again! Usher and R.Kelly aren’t even in the same lane and never has been. They are completely different performers! Usher is more of a dance performer while Kels is a straight crooner! There was no crown to pass at least not to Usher!!

  72. jadakiss July 2, 2011

    PEOPLE forget that USHER HAD CONFESSION 10 millions album sold in USA ALONE. 1.1Millions album SOLD IN THE FIRST WEEK. CONFESSION IS THE BIGGEST ALBUM OF THE 2000’s

  73. vicious vixen July 2, 2011

    Idgaf WHAT ya’ll are talking about… But I will say that I TOTALLY agree with @queenbey will always s*** on ur fave… Usher is good but he’s no King of R&B… R. Kelly has that in the BAG all day e’rr day! Kelly has HOW many CLASSIC albums??? Compared to Usher’s Confessions??? C’mon now… Check Kels’ discography! Then check Usher’s and THEN you can tell me who the REAL King of R&B is! Not only has R. Kelly made PLENTY of classic hits BUT he’s written HELLA songs that became hits (eg. You Are Not Alone by MJ)… Stop drinking the kool aid people & get a grip! R. Kelly >>>>>>> Usher

  74. mobwife July 2, 2011

    I don’t think that ppl are taking anything away from what Usher did! The success of his Confessions CD is simply amazing. He still cannot compete with the overall success of R.Kelly however!

  75. mobwife July 2, 2011

    @ASAP (As Sincere As Possible)
    July 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    I’m just aftaid that Usher really meant his comment about being the natural heir of MJ’s throne
    *******************
    WAIT……WHAT? Usher actually said that? I tought it was just the media hyping him up in an attempt to place the person they felike and believe should be in that position!! I’m a tad shocked by that statement!!

  76. mobwife July 2, 2011

    *thought*…….*like* 🙂

  77. Robert July 2, 2011

    Chris Brown is more talented then Usher, and was farther along at the age of 16 then Usher when he first came out. Chris Brown can sing, dance, write, produce, act and he brings a new sensibility to art and fashion that Usher just doesn’t have. The only reason Chris Brown isn’t selling out Arena’s is because of the domestic violence towards Rihanna. Prior to that (and by the age of 19) Chris Brown was ranked by Billboard Magazine as Male Artist of the Year twice, joining the ranks of R. Kelly, Eminem, and 50 Cent. Usher had a diamond selling album when albums actually sold that much, but the record industry is tanking due to downloading. Chris Brown would be selling tons more albums if free downloading wasn’t so easy to do. As far as Chris Brown imitating Michael Jackson, all you have to do is peep the introduction to the “She Ain’t You” video to know that Chris proudly stands on Michael’s shoulders and admits it every chance he gets. Usher is a great artist, but he doesn’t have the dancing feet to fill Michael Jackson’s shoes no matter how much he is begging the audience to let him during his concerts. Who was on his way to visit Michael Jackson the day he passed? Chris Brown! That says it all !

  78. kody3x July 3, 2011

    people saying chris brown will never be a legend the same people who said his career was over chris brown 22 already has major succes the only thing you can say is the grammies

  79. kyla July 3, 2011

    @mobwife

    Ur wrong. Usher CLEARLY has the “it factor”. I think his x-factor actually has a lot to do with his success thus far. Yes, Chris is a better dancer than Usher and Usher is a better singer than CB ….. BUT Usher’s music is MUCH MUCH better than CB. Go to youtube and watch DVD’s of Ushe’s concerts when he was Chris Brown’s age. You can’t tell me he didnt and still doesnt have “it”.

    Why do you think he sells out more arenas than CB or Beyonce?? They are all great live performers…. it’s because he brings something authentic to the stage. CB is a great performer though…

    I won’t take anything away from Breezy. … He deserves his success but he needs some new songwriters and he needs to mature a little bit…….. Usher has always presented himself in a CLASSY way……. which is why he is more successful than CB or Beyonce…. but I like them too.

  80. kody3x July 3, 2011

    @kyla who the f*** said usher has better music then chris brown yeah you might think that if older like usher but most young people would say breezy all day

  81. SHESDUMB July 3, 2011

    I HAVE TO AGREE WITH THE FIRST COMMENTATOR, I DONT LIKE HIM DOING DANCE MUSIC EITHER, HE NEEDS TO STICK TO WHAT MADE HIM FAMOUS, AND WHAT MADE HIS CONFESSIONS CD’S BIG, WHICH IS SHOWCASE HIS VOICE AND SWAG.

  82. VA STAND UP!! July 3, 2011

    Damn, TGJ ya’ll be getting me! I always think ya’ll be having videos then click the post only to find a few pics. SMH! I guess I’ll just assume he killed it. *shrugs* At least it looked like actually shaved & cut his hair! Thank God!!

    I don’t really think Sam was trying to start a war with this post but OF COURSE some people took it there. SMH.

    Usher may be a veteran in the game, he has his platinum plaques, Grammy’s, sold out tours & all that but to say that he doesn’t have competition in the game is just ridiculous! As long as he is going to continue to make music & release albums, he is going to be competiting with other r&b artist. Even though Usher is older than Trey & Chris the two of them are obvisously his biggest competition in the game right now. Just look at the charts! Just like Rihanna & Lady Gaga are Bey’s biggest competition. Bey may be the veteran with the most success & accolades but she still has to compete with the youngins!

    I really think Usher has lost his ‘s** appeal’ & I think that’s the lane that Trey owns. People can say what they want about Trey’s singing or lack of stage presence, but Trey clearly has the ‘s** sells’ thing going that works in his favor. And he stays producing hits.

    Chris I think still mainly appeals to a younger crowd as far as the ‘s** sells’ thing goes but
    we all know Breezy can shut a stage down! Even with all his controversy Breezy still gets praised for his performances, stays producing hits & outshines all these other r&b dudes around his age such as Mario & Lloyd.

    Even though Chris has a lot of controversy surrounding him, in some cases it can help a lot. Like with GMA then his album opened at No. 1. Then all the people protesting whether or not he should have been on DWTS, his perfomances at award shows the pointless twitter beefs, etc. Chris gets a lot of press! He stays on the blogs & in the media.

    Besides the lil drama with his ex wife Tameka, Usher isn’t as talked about as he was when he was with Chilli. No one really cares about his personal life anymore & you don’t hear about him as much in the media & blogs. Usher is like the ‘veteran’ in the game now & Chris is like the new ‘controversial r&b star’ but he is also a hit maker. That’s why I think Chris is Usher’s biggest competition right now.

  83. VA STAND UP!! July 3, 2011

    KAT DELUNA FAN
    July 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    @BREEZYBEST
    Usher is like beyonce;he has nothing else to prove in the game from the rookies.Unfortunetly he still trying to dance more than sing.That’s why people are confusing him with the youngins

    He should come back with a more mature R&B sound with beautiful ballads …beyonce already opened the door for him with ‘4′.

    He is a legend,no matter what

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    I agree to a certain extent, but I think Usher already had his ‘4’ album, that was ‘Here I Stand’. Like ‘4’, ‘Here I Stand’ was full of a bunch of ballads, it was more slow & mature sound than what he had previously released. Besides ‘Love in the Club’ there were no dance/club records on the album that’s why people called it boring like they are calling Bey’s ‘4’ album. It didn’t come close to touching the sales of ‘Confessions’ & was quickly forgotten.

    For the most part fans & critics panned ‘Here I Stand’ & after ‘Confessions’ it was commercially his worst album to date. Bey’s ‘4’ album is getting mixed reviews, she hasn’t had a certified yet & the sales don’t look like they are going to be as good as her previous albums, especially her first week sales. So for Usher to go in that direction wouldn’t be good for his career cause even though I LOVED Bey’s ‘4’ album, it just doesn’t look like it will be a hit as far as sales or hits.

    I kind of think that Bey may be ready to retire with her ‘4’ album. When you listen to songs like ‘I Was Here’ and the way she talks in all her recent intervirews it’s like she is saying she is ready to bow out of the game. I’m not saying she will never record music again or tour, but she may be ready to settle down & make having a family her proirity now.

    I don’t think Usher is ready to retire yet. He already announced that he is going in a new direction for his next album so he’s clearly going forward even though he is getting up there in age. No matter how many sales or awards he has over these younger artist he is STILL gonna have to compete with them. Period!

    I am eager to hear his new ‘revolutionary pop’ sounds that he supposed to have on his next album, but I still don’t like the word ‘pop & Usher’ in the same sentence. To me he will always be that ‘My Way’, ‘8701’ & ‘Confessions’ Usher cause I think that’s where he shines. His few pop hits can’t touch his r&b hits!

    I still don’t think Usher has earned the title of ‘legend’ yet. People need to realize that sales don’t make you a legend. SMH.

  84. VA STAND UP!! July 3, 2011

    ASAP (As Sincere As Possible)
    July 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    Btw, the word ‘legend’ is OVERUSED TO BITS.Usher is an icon, undoubtedly, but a legend???So, we have Aretha, MJ, The Beatles and then…Usher?Nope

    IMO, an icon is someone that has A CERTAIN IMPACT with his style of music and image and that has a large back catalogue and a bunch of awards

    A LEGEND is someone that CHANGES/RE-INVENTS music and influences EVERYONE

    Usher, provided that he works hard and stop caring about sales and fame, may get there in time, but not yet…AN ICON FOR NOW

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    Agreed! People REALLY need to stop over using the word ‘Legend’ as well as ‘Epic’ and flop cause clearly most people dont’ even know what those words mean! They change the meaning when it comes to thier fave artist. SMH!

    Usher is definitely a Icon, he has left his mark & has influenced a lot of younger artist, but to call him a legend….no….not yet.

  85. shell517nj July 3, 2011

    did u call trey songz a trier? lol. I agree……yes usher has lost his looks and s** appeal and breezy is back. anyway, what didn;t michael do? all choreography today has a little bit of MJ in it. as long as musicians continue to pay tribute to michael jackson, his music will live forever.

    @mobwife..you’re right breezy has his own dance style and that wow factor like MJ when performing. the others do not come close. usher messed up when on tour he asked for permission to fill MJ shoes. lol. Go Breezy! #TeamBreezy

  86. VA STAND UP!! July 3, 2011

    July 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    Chris Brown is VERY talented and I like his music but is never abd will never be competition for USHER…… Usher has CLASS and his songs are CLASSIC R&B songs that will live on. CONFESSIONS is one of the top R&B albums ever…… 8701 also gave us classic and CLASSY songs.

    When Chris can sell out arenas all over the world like him & make music that can live 10-15 later then we can start comparing the two …. oh and I mean SELL OUT 50 ARENAS IN THE U.S. ALONE… check Ushers wikipedia tour page…….

    Usher sells out more arenas in the US/Canada than both Rihanna & Beyonce. ……….. Usher is STILL the most successful R&B artist in America……. He even has a diamond album….Chris is not on Usher’s level yet. …… he’ll never go 10 x platinum…. never…. CB is not even close…

    I wont even address the Trey comparison cuz we all know that’s a joke…. He went after R Kelly but Kelly is headlining an arena tour and Trey is still a support act….. this guy will be forgotten in a few yrs.

    USHER IS AN ICONIC SUPERSTAR.
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    Ugh! No one forgot about ‘Confessions’!! We know it was Usher’s biggest selling album & blah, blah, blah! No one can take Usher’s PREVIOUS success from him but we are talking about RIGHT NOW!!! Damn did ya’ll even ready the post?! SMH! Usher IS competing with artist like Chris & Trey RIGHT NOW!!

    Ya’ll keep naming all of Usher’s PREVIOUS success but that doesn’t mean it will carry on that way into his future! ‘Confessions’ was 6 years ago! Look how bad ‘Here I Stand’ performed! Unless you are Gaga, people don’t sell albums like that anymore cause everyone is illegally downloading! Just like MJ never came close to repeating the sales of ‘Thriller’, ‘Usher still has yet to outsell ‘Confessions’ & Gaga doesn’t look like her album sales are gonna top FAME either. Everyone is downloading so for any artist to sell 10 million plus albums again it is very unlikely!

    No matter whan his PAST sales have been, Usher is still in competition with artist like Chris RIGHT NOW!!!

  87. VA STAND UP!! July 3, 2011

    Yellow Gorillah
    July 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm
    looooooooool

    Usher is the ONLY Male from this last generation that can be considered as a LEGEND Usher is the male version of beyonce her. until your fav can get a personal approval from J himself then …. How dare you say usher is not on his way to become a legend what other male artist in the last 10 years has gone DIAMOND!

    Please put the shade aside

    Chris brown will NEVER be on usher’s level he will never be a legend. Usher owns the crown right now Me, You, Me and everyone’s Grandmother knows it.

    And I feel like he has the RIGHT to make POP music like come on he has been making rnb music for 10 long years why can’t he experiment into other generation he gave us the CLASSIC Album Confessions.. he is the best male artist of the last decade and we will all deal.

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    Only a R****** would believe that B******* you just said! When you are you dumbass Rihtards gonna realize that the word ‘never’ isnt’ to be used EVER cause you can’t predict somebody’s future! You Rihtards said CB’s career was over two years ago didn’t you? You were WRONG about that!! You said he would ‘never’ have a No. 1 album! You were WRONG about that!! You said FAME was going to flop didn’ t you? You were WRONG about that!

    If you dumbass Rihtards didn’t think that Chris wasn’t any competiton for Usher then you wouldn’t ALWAYS have his name in your mouths saying what YOU think he can & can’t do!! He continously proves you Rihtards WRONG then you make up new s*** that you say he can’t accomplish!

    Furthermore Chris has only been in the game for 6 damn years so why the hell would you even try to compare him to Usher’s PREVIOUS success when Usher has literally a ten year lead on CB’s career?! How stupid are ya’ll?!

    FYI: Chris HAS been praised by his Idol MJ! MJ called him for his 18th B-Day & they discussed working together! Chris talked about it when he appeared on the Tyra Banks Show! Chris was CHOOSEN by MJ HIMSLEF to perform the ‘Thriller’ tribute at the WMA back in 2006! Also back in 2007 MJ gave an interview with GMA he said that Justin Timberlake & Chris Brown were two of his favorite performers out at the time! He didn’t mention Usher!

    Chris was choosen by MJ’s family & even introduced by his brother to do the tribute last year at the BET Awards! Chris had the praise & respect from MJ & his family so don’t act like you don’t know!

    You dumbass Rihtards should realize by now that NOTHING you say is fact! EVER! You just hate & the opinions of HATERS never mean s*** cause you won’t be honest even if the facts are shoved in your face!

  88. LACEFRONCE. THE USER FORMELY KNOWN AS BEYAKI. July 3, 2011

    F.A.M.E. was a flop. Just because an album debuts at #1 doesn’t make it successful. . He is a flop and only a big deal in the US. If not, why the only other place his album debuted at #1 was in Austrailia? Get real! LMFAO!He was a flop worldwide and still hasn’t sold 1 million in the US with F.A.M.E. yet, yes…FLOP. And when did Mike Jack say Chris and Justin Timberlake were his favorite performers out at the time? I want receipts…INTERVIEW PLEASE ! lmfao! I don’t believe you. Chris being chosen by MJ to perform at the VMAS…RECEIPTS please! Another delusional fan of Beat Em Down Brown..no different from BLEACHonce fans.

    BEAT EM down Brown is an imitator amongst many imitators out today..he has no extradoinary talent. ..please don’t make it as if he does! Let us know when he wins a Grammy like RiRi (: .Let us know when Beat Em Down Brown goes PLATINUM in the US..because FLOP F.A.M.E. hasn’t. That is all. LMFAOOOOOO!

  89. Mathew July 3, 2011

    Usher is head and shoulders above his competition. He is a living legend and the greatest male artist at the moment (and has been for a while). Usher can do what ever music he wants because he has done R&B for 2 decades and has respect from everyone. He isnt just an arsist that calls themself an r&b artist but never truly made and r&b record, he has done it all with r&b and made it what it is today. USHER WILL REIGN AS KING!!!

  90. Nayla July 3, 2011

    Usher aint the king of nothing. Since the start of his career he has always copied Michael Jackson. Bwing influence by MJ is one thing but straight up coping his dance moves is another. Usher has been in the industry 15 years and has yet to find his own way. Anybody can copy. Usher and Ne-yo are the two biggest Michael Jackson impersonators. And usher sur as hell isNOT a legend people use the word too loosely. Michael Jackson is and will forever be the king of pop.and R. Kelly is the king of R&B.

  91. kyla July 3, 2011

    @VA STAND UP!!

    U really wanna talk about right now? U really wanna talk about whic h one is killin it right now??? OK

    Usher – Here I Stand – 2008 – 1.5 million sold
    Chris B. – Graffiti 2009 – 341,000 sold

    Usher – Raymond V Raymond – 2010 – 1.2 million
    Chris B. – F.A.M.E – 2011 – 633, 000

    Usher 2011 Australian Tour – 13 sold out arena shows
    Chris Brown 2011 Australian Tour – 4 arena shows

    And lets not even talk about who had more sold out shows in the U.S. …. If you wanna ignore the past ( Usher was six times platinum when he was Breezy’s age) that is cool …………. but don’t pretend CB is on Usher’s level anymore than CiCi is on Beyonce’s level…………… no comparison……

    stop pretending they are in the same league….. and I like CiCI & CB……… but dont even try to compare them with Ush & Bey.

  92. kyla July 3, 2011

    @ VA stand up

    If u wanna talk about now then ok……..Usher sold out 13 arens shows in Australia in 2011 and CB did 4 arena shows. Usher’s 2010/2011 tour has been selling out arenas all over the world including the US…..CB is still doing summer jams and would have only been Usher’s support act on tour……..Usher went platinum in 2008 & 2010 but CB last two cds havent gone plkatinum…. no comparison……… Bey and Ush are on a different level than all the others

  93. kody3x July 3, 2011

    @kyla u dumb b**** if it wasnt for a another dumb b**** f****** cb up that slowed him down if so what do u mean when you say usher was already that by cb age

  94. kody3x July 3, 2011

    @kyla like i said how are you going to put in 2009 and 2010 usher aint f****** with cb now b****

  95. shell517nj July 3, 2011

    the hiatus usher took in the mist of his career really took a toll. confessions was an awesome album, but the key word here is “WAS”. it has been reported usher ‘s audience on his last tour consist of mostly women over 35. this means he isn’t bringing in the new generation. very few artist can pull this off as did madonna and michael jackson. everyone else the same rule applies , “out with the old and in with the new”. yes breezy is back and performance wise he is the closest to mj. being able to pull in 19 million viewers on dwts counts for someting. #teambreezy

  96. nice_gurl July 4, 2011

    I hope Usher brings back an album like Confessions. Here I Stand was also good, but Raymond V Raymond was his worst to date. He started going with the pop crowd, like Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber. Still love him though.

    And to people saying that MJ didn’t mention Usher. For your info, MJ was Usher’s mentor. There’s even pictures of them together. Usher was also chosen to sing at MJ’s funeral.

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