Snippets: Usher – ‘Looking 4 Myself’

Published: Sunday 3rd Jun 2012 by Sam

The time is almost nigh! Usher‘s new album ‘Looking 4 Myself’ hits stores on June 12th; and so as to drum up heightened buzz, 30 second snippets of each track have been released.

We’ve heard much of the LP already, now it’s your turn. What are you waiting for? The goodies after the jump…

1. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
2. Scream (not included)
3. Climax (not included
4. I Care For U
5. Show Me
6. Lemme See (feat. Rick Ross) (not included)
7. Twisted (feat. Pharrell)
8. Dive
9. What Happened To U
10. Looking 4 Myself (feat. Luke Steele)
11. Numb
12. Lessons For The Lover
13. Sins Of My Father
14. Euphoria

Deluxe:
15. I.F.U.
16. Say The Words
17. 2nd Round
18. Hot Thing (feat. ASAP Rocky)

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Echoing our exclusive album preview, the material on the finished product is markedly “Urban”. A fact which should appease Mr Raymond’s fiercest critics.

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  1. THE LEGENDARY LAX June 3, 2012

    First weeks sales 450,000 first week…….I like what i hear…

    • Oh Baby(B****** Will Deal) June 3, 2012

      well damn,12 of the 15 unheard songs are BANGERS! i’m defo buying this album no doubt! my 2 stand-out favs from the snippets have to be twisted(7) and I.F.U(15)…AMAZING! the other good ones are track number:(1) maybe,4,5,9,10,12,(13)maybe,16 and 17!

      • Khavinna Heaven Raymond June 4, 2012

        NO CHOICE. SOUNDS WONDERFUL

  2. umm June 3, 2012

    I’m def buying this!

  3. WaterBearer131 June 3, 2012

    This actually sounds REALLY good! Definitely buying!

  4. aishaaguilerakeys June 3, 2012

    From what I’ve heard, the album sounds good. Glad he didn’t do mostly techno- dance. I think this will be the first Usher album I’ll buy.

    • aishaaguilerakeys June 3, 2012

      Do U, Usher, whatever music u feel like releasing, f*** what anyone else says, u’ve been in this game long enough not to care!

  5. RoyalKev June 3, 2012

    I honestly haven’t liked Usher’s music in a while, but this album bangs (…atleast half of it does). It’s no where near “Urban” BTW!

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

  6. Back2Business June 3, 2012

    I’m not feeling it and that’s crazy because Usher is my favorite male singer! It’s marketable but I was hoping he did some r&b/soul like on HIS & Confessions

    • POP ROYALTY ( Révolution) June 3, 2012

      if he made a Full strictly R&B album , it won’t sell ….. and it will Flop hard …. and he won’t be happy about it.

      that’s what happened with HIS , right ?!

      he made a full strict R&b album and ppl kept saying it was ” boring” and ” sound like that kind of music that puts you to sleep while in the barber’s , etc … ” , you want him to do it all again ?

      mind you :

      definition of stupidity : is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein

      • JustMe June 3, 2012

        some of the songs sounds promising but no one will be checking for this s*** and ten years…

      • SBC19 June 3, 2012

        You’re such a homosexual, Pop Royalty. I’m sorry, but what straight black dude champions cheesy ass pop music as much as you do? “Gay” is literally stitched on your forehead.

        Usher is a sellout. Plain and simple, and I don’t anticipate that this album will “sell” anywhere near what his past “R&B” albums have. And if it doesn’t, then he sold his soul to wannabe white gay boys like you for nothing.

    • Khavinna Heaven Raymond June 4, 2012

      Ok…Where in the Wide Wide world of each 30 sec share did you hear sell out? Is it because the evolvement is so far advanced that you are questioning your own ability to keep up musically. I am so SOOOOORRRRRRRYYYYY but I don’t know what you heard. I
      Bangs all of USHERs ALBUMs
      And they still push hard timelessly. quit being a hater because what you hear makes you gooey lol. evolvement is a pure example of Growth. Not one of Ushers songs on NONE of his releases sound nearly alike. The So Fly rendention with My Way in it made My Way sound fresh and crisp the way it was conjugated. I think you need a few lessons in Usher History. when you say you want something like the previous states at you are not willing to grow and are stuck in time. I commend Usher and cannot wait until 6/12/2012. BET,

  7. 1rnbfan1 June 3, 2012

    Wow. This album is almost perfect for me!! 🙂 God I’m so glad I got RnB Usher back 😉

  8. yeyay June 3, 2012

    The Album is FIRE!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jason Waturfalls June 3, 2012

    The album is solid…..

    Not as “R&B” as the last album, but it’s pretty urban.

  10. POP ROYALTY ( Révolution) June 3, 2012

    EUPHORIA !!!! yes this is what i’m having at the f*****’ moment !!

    OH F*** , the KING arrived !!

    this album sound Sophisticated and satisfying as a Good S** !! S*** !!! I Love this man’s Music So F*****’ much. he gave you ” R&B” , “Dance” , “Pop” and some urban tunes here and there. what else do you want ?
    if you are a REAL usher fan , you will like it !
    if you are a casual fan , you will like it , he’s pleasing every-f*****-one with it i believe. not Only Focused on R&B , not strictly a Pop album , and not a dance album obviously , a Mixture ! this how album should be like from now and On if they want to sell and still True to themselves artistry-wsie.
    Revolutionary Pop Indeed. he balanced lots of genres in one album and that’s what i like about him , he is able to experiment ” maybe cuz he is a Good singer and can SING , something some other artist can’t do ” and going all for it till it work out for him.

    NOW my ass should really get ready to prepare a sick dance Routines to ” Euphoria” and maybe ” Hot Thing” , damn ! this summer gonna Be hot As FUckkkkkkk. imma play the hell out of this album when i get it.

    you Made My WEEK , not my day Usher ! U go man , other Lips-syncer(s) should take notes on how to deliver On stage and Musically.

    MJ doesn’t have to worry cuz “Beyonce” and “Usher” are here to save the music and the art of GREAT performing.

    #random :

    at some parts of those snippets , i sensed he got inspired by Beyonce’s “4” !! don’t know if anyone will notice that !!

    NOW Let’s Celebrate !! King USHER is coming 😀 , hope it sells Well cuz i feel it is going to be a Great album.
    now if only there was a promo schedule as Sophisticated as the album ……………

    XDeeeee 😀

    • Suicide Blonde June 3, 2012

      MJ doesn’t have to worry cuz “Beyonce” and “Usher” are here to save the music and the art of GREAT performing.

      LMAO!

    • Really? June 4, 2012

      You liked Euphoria???? That was the worse track on there! lmao

      • Failure 03 June 4, 2012

        I love how some people point out their opinions as facts. Y’all are such f*** lmao

  11. JER June 3, 2012

    I’m not really hearing Urban, I’m hearing mostly dub step influenced pop.

  12. Really? June 3, 2012

    Liking the R&B tracks not feeling the first few dance/ techno tracks like the other stuff he’s ben putting out lately. I’m undecided.

  13. manuUSH June 3, 2012

    MASTERPIECE!

  14. Angela Wesley June 3, 2012

    Royalkev, was righy this is not a urban album. It is more of a pop and dance
    album. There are ver few ballads, he forget about his fans that were forty
    and over. This album is for young people.

  15. @cbDani June 3, 2012

    not bad!!!

  16. steven June 3, 2012

    I like Usher’s music but this is not my cup of tea. There are three songs I
    l’ll buy off itunes but I already have scream & Climex . Someone said that the songs is made for the young but you have to admit Usher is nearer to 40 than 19 or 20’s. I went to an Usher concert and most of the audience looked like 35 to 50 years old. So him not putting songs for the older crowd it will be his lost in sales/

    You people talking s*** about buying this album. Yea ok

    • Really? June 3, 2012

      I agree – I was hoping for some real R&B not all this empty electro techno mess there are probably 2-3 songs from those above i like. Even the “dubstep” is not the type of dubstep I could get into – dubtsep like Jamie Woon or even James Blake I would expect from someone of Ushers calibre.

      Disappointed

  17. Jayla June 3, 2012

    Love the R&B tracks, that Euphoria mess is so damn stupid, UGHH

  18. christinastherealtalent June 3, 2012

    The real Usher is back!

  19. ASAP (As Sincere As Possible) June 3, 2012

    There are 6-7 songs that I’ll be checking for when the full album is out, but as a body of work, it sounds a bit disjointed. Still, given that I’ve been buying every album he’s releasing in the past few years, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.

    S/N : Didn’t he say he was going to make “revolutionary pop”? I hear some pop here and there, but nothing revolutionary. No shade, genuine question.

  20. yaya June 3, 2012

    I’m not sure what some of you are hearing, but the album is more “urban” than pop or dance. Having 2 dance tracks on an album does not make it Pop, especially when one is actually a soul dance track.

    Also, people move on from Confessions. If you like it so much do what I did and buy it again and listen to it. Usher is growing as a person and artist. Confessions is a classic album and those don’t come out of a can. Did MJ ever make another Thriller? This album sounds good to me. I like diverse sounds and that so-called R&B trey songz or Chris brown does bores me to death. I already pre-ordered my album and I’m now know I did not make a mistake.

    • Really? June 3, 2012

      I’d prefer it it usher went down the Weeknd or Miguel route of R&B if he wants to be experimental tbh. I cant hear much real R&B on here – not that Weeknd & Miguel are strictly R&B but they sound more “urban” than this.

  21. dee June 3, 2012

    This is his worst cd by far! There are no singles on this cd that screams a hit. This is a certified flop. He should have reached out to Jimmy and Terry again for a baby making banger.

  22. Casual June 3, 2012

    Potential smashes, standouts at first listen: Twisted, Looking 4 Myself, Numb, I.F.U. Usher’s on to something here.

  23. I Judge Flops June 3, 2012

    I see this album going Gold. Good job USHER!

    • Back2Business June 3, 2012

      Chile hush! Usher is a house hold name! He don’t do gold. This album will at least got platinum in the US and 2M+ WW (at the very least)

  24. the real xoxo June 3, 2012

    i like it overall, the opening track is the worst song.

    • Really? June 3, 2012

      Thats for sure – should have been left off.

  25. Failure 03 June 3, 2012

    Great snippets love it. Preordered the album, just waiting for the full tracks now.

  26. THE LEGENDARY LAX June 3, 2012

    NOW USHER NEEDS TO PROMOTE THE HELL OUT THE ALBUM AND START DOING PERFORMANCE I WANT HIM TO DO GOOD…HE DESERVE IT

  27. DTG June 3, 2012

    This album already sucks. Not only did Usher sell out, but lately he seems like he’s in the midst of an early mid-life crisis. No one wants to hear all this skater boy pop s*** from Usher. It’s not the music he rose to fame with and it doesn’t cater to his core audience, who will probably wind up being left cold by this euro-sound.

    The worst thing an artist can ever do is alienate their core fan base in an attempt to chase after trendy listeners whose taste flutter with the breeze. When the dust settles, he won’t have made too many new fans with this crap, his long time fans will have moved on…and ultimately he won’t have many left.

    So sad.

    • POP ROYALTY ( Révolution) June 4, 2012

      he’s going for the fanbase that actually Buy CDs , not the ones who go ” oh , it is not R&B , why it is not Boring ? kind of People who Originally don’t buy R&B cds , cuz if they were buying , R&B wouldn’t have been Shitted on For how many years now ?

      USHER is doing the right thing at this tough time in the industry. you gotta adopt yourself to the changing environment around you …. look how many R&B artist did R&B album and Flopped for lack of fans support ?!!

  28. Ernestine June 3, 2012

    This is def more pop than urban. Anyone who think otherwise need their ears check. I am highly disappointed as a fan since the “My Way” era. Yes, you have to stay current, but can we not completely sell-out? His music just get worse and worse. No one in urban going to be checking for him soon enough…

  29. Vandrea June 3, 2012

    This mostly sounds wack and I don’t anticipate buying it. The Usher I know died after 2008. I don’t know who this fool is wearing his name today, but I’m not feeling him.

    Have fun courting those Katy Perry/Glambert fans Ush with corny s*** like “Scream”, because you pretty much lost me.

    • Really? June 3, 2012

      I hear that.

  30. FireIce June 3, 2012

    Not feeling most of it. Usher used to be the man, but he’s falling off lately. “Looking 4 Myself” is a good title, because he has no idea who he is today.

    • Really? June 3, 2012

      looool!

  31. Failure 03 June 3, 2012

    I feel like anyone wanting straight up r&b nowadays will be disappointed no matter what. R Kelly is a different artist, he can’t go into the pop audience because he’s too old for it and his fanbase would disown him, (which is terrible, as a fan should support the artist and try to understand the vision, otherwise they’re just a fan of that particular style of music, not the artist).

    Usher is still young, he has potential and he’s being experimental. It’s fine not to like everything he makes, I get that, but shading him for trying to create a new path for the multiple different types of audiences he has isn’t wrong, it’s smart. He’s at a point in his career where if he stays in a box, he will be forgotten and replaced.

    He needs to bring out something new because I haven’t enjoyed his albums since Confessions. Here I Stand was boring and Raymond v Raymond was more in-cohesive than this, and that was mostly R&B. I liked his singles and that’s about it.

    I’m saying this as a fan, he needed to bring out something fresh and I’m liking this direction. People may hate it but they need to learn to get with the times because R&B simply isn’t going anywhere commercially or critically. I’d go as far as to say that it’s boring nowadays.

    Also Usher always had pop appeal, except for when he released Here I Stand. It’s just R&B and Hip Hop were pop back then too. He’s always been a pop artist.

    • Really? June 3, 2012

      I guess I’m just a fan of good music then – no crime in that not like he’s payng my bills or i am going to ever meet him – so why support music I dont like just because he once made music i could vibe too. An artist can change direction – but guess what so can the fans.

      • Failure 03 June 4, 2012

        That’s highly subjective. I find R&B music to be s*** for a long while now, so I can easily say that I’m a fan of well produced music that isn’t in a box, but I get that there’s a lot of R&B fans who aren’t getting what they want… It’s because most of y’all aren’t supporting it.

        It’s cool that what he’s doing isn’t ur cup of tea though, but at least he didn’t go all pop for all y’alls concerns. He’s making music, not saving lives so I don’t give a damn if people quit, no fans sticks with someone from start to finish.

  32. Mike June 4, 2012

    Evolution is a natural phenomenon…glad he still has the 90’s vibe he started off with, definitely feeling his vocal growth. On Euphoria, he for sure found himself. Will cop the disc when it’s out for sure…

  33. Geezy June 4, 2012

    I must I was on the fence w/ Rvs.R but I must say after a few listens I must say I liked some tracks Mars vs Venus, Okay, Making love into the night, guilty, among my standouts tracks. L4MS I would hear it in full b4 making a concise judgment.

  34. Todd June 4, 2012

    Sounds better than his last lbum,actually sounds good! Lets see!

  35. Steph June 4, 2012

    Love it! I can’t wait to get it.

  36. HAMBONE June 5, 2012

    Loving CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP.
    I CARE 4 U.
    DIVE is nice!!!.
    WHAT HAPPENED 2 U is another HIT – that’s that driving song. Love it!
    LOOKING 4 MYSELF is tight. creative. real sound. more feelable than songs that are out.
    NUMB, yep.
    LESSONS FOR THE LOVER, uh huh.
    SINS OF MY FATHER!!!!! YEZZIR! COLD!! Probably my favorite.
    Euphoria is somewhat expected, but still hot.
    I.F.U. – hmmm…
    SAY THE WORDS!!! YEZZIR (10)! Crazy. Intelligent R&B in 2012. somewhat vintage, but singers and dancers and club people and family reunions… I see it. Good work!
    2nd Round is crazy.
    HOT THING… is bad too. Good dismount.

    To say the least, I love the record. People don’t always know how to appreciate maturity in R&B music, but I can say of all the R&B/pop artists that have been in the game, Usher has managed to maintain a survival code and ethic to not just survive, but make something palpable… something authentic… and worth my time to listen to. I haven’t intended to buy Usher’s last two records, but then when I started hearing the songs… I was like, I’m missing out on some classic, real music that’s also fresh. 2012. Kudos… to you sir… it’s a long way from ‘All I do is think of you, holding onto someone new, don’t make me lose my mind’… LOL, yea. That was hot though.

  37. damn June 8, 2012

    this pop album is trash i’m a fan but only climax and diva is good hes on some beyonce s*** totally sold out on this album it really sucks where is the r&b songs? we only get about 3 on this wack album ,this is his Worst ALBUM TO DATE USHERS WORST ALBUM USHERS WORST TERRIBLE ALBUM!

  38. damn June 8, 2012

    SORRY DIVE AND CLIMAX IS THE ONLY GOOD SONGS ON THE WHOLE ALBUM THIS IS PURE GARBAGE .I NEED R&IN 2012 AND TANKS ALBUM IS BETTER THAN USHERS PLAYED TANK OUT ALREADY!

  39. damn June 8, 2012

    TANKS ALBUM IS BETTER THAN USHERS IN 2012

  40. damn June 8, 2012

    I’M SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAD USHER LEFT R&B ON THIS ALBUM

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