Rihanna may be catching the most flack for a messy album roll-out, but she certainly isn’t the only one.
The ‘OMG’ singer has left fans screaming exactly that after scrapping his ‘UR’ album last year.
Preceded by a slew of singles, including ‘Good Kisser’ and ‘She Came To Give It To You,’ the set’s release was dashed into disarray when neither song caught on commercially.
Oddly, even when he did stumble on a hit in the form of ‘I Don’t Mind’ (which almost made top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100), the 37-year-old didn’t use it as a springboard to release a body of work. Instead, he hit the road and has been recording.
Formal updates have been scarce. However, during a visit to the Ellen show this week, Mr Raymond was squarely asked about the status of the project. He replied that it’s “buffering” and will arrive shortly.
Check out the interview, in which he spills on his recent marriage, below…
Though somewhat non-descript, it’s cool to finally have some clarity.
Updates aside, we’re hoping the music itself hits the mark. ‘Kisser’ and co were cool, especially from a production standpoint (the funky throwback vibe is a smart means of courting his Urban base back). However, at this stage in the game, it’ll be great to see Usher singing about something of substance rather than lyrics that his industry “sons” (see: Trey Songz and co) could be singing.
He has the benefit of age and experience, as such it’d be awesome to see him get his grown and sexy on.
And for the love of all things good, come back with better choreography or a new choreographer. Or both. It’s been incredibly grating seeing someone so talented doing moves and formations that should have been left in the early 00’s.
Having smartly laid low of late, there’s a real opportunity for Ush to make a real statement this go round. Fingers crossed he comes through with the goods.
Well it’s almost 2016. He better release in february or march. I sometimes feel as if he doesn’t care anymore which is a shame
He didn’t release simply because his singles flopped except stupid ass I Don’t Mind.
Wouldn’t mind him and Monica recording a third duet
WHY WAS THERE NEVER A MUSIC VIDEO TO THIS SONG!!!
Miscarriage of justice
No, to Be honest.
While his voice got better in all those years, he somehow lost his mojo
Not interested in new music from him at all. Just being honest.
I hope he has a hit on there ready to be released as the new re-lead single because he seriously has to ignite the general public’s interest again. The album should’ve been released right as soon as “I Don’t Mind” was unexpectedly slaying. Now, without a new hit, he’s in dangerous territory.
Chile, if ANYTHING did get better with Usher as time progressed, it was his looks and voice. In my opinion, he’s more handsome today (he looks a decade younger than his actual age) in 2015 than he’s ever been and his vocals have matured nicely. Too bad the quality of his music and consistency towards his craft have dipped heavily.
You told no lies whatsoever, but I’m STILL mad that his booty didn’t get bigger with age like an average Haitian man’s would. Well, at least he’s attractive.
I’m interested as long as it’s not pop I like him when he does R&B
And where are Gwen Stefani and especially Fergie´s albums? LOL Those were supposed to be released a year ago too. Nelly Furtado released and flopped with dignity at least 🙂
Now seriously. all these mid 00s artists didn´t make a mark big enough, it was obvious then (despite the usual bandwagoning and hype around new things) and it´s obvious now as teh results show. Justin Timberlake would be in the exact same position if he had released regularly like Usher. None of them are/were that big. You could already see it with Justin´s second part of his last album. Meanwhile Madonna and the likes, keep releasing their stuff despite having debuted 15 or 20 years before. Now THAT´s making an impact 🙂
She oboes good and well that if she recorded another “Loose” follow up, then she might have a good chance at having another “TEOM” type of comeback, but she’s too stubborn, complacent, and prideful. She must not want anymore #1 songs. I did enjoy “Bucket List”, though.
Prince of Pop!!! Legend, you don’t have to release anything as long as you live.
Im here for it! I’m ready a new Usher album.
I can’t wait for the king of R&B to comeback !!! I’m ready for this album as long as it’s urban , I hate when he does pop & “believe me” better be on the album
R.Kelly is the king of R&B sis.
Usher made a bigger impact honey & remained relevant & he’s still very relevant & still very young
R. Kelly has been consistently successful for over 25 years. I Believe I Can Fly trumps anything Usher has ever released.
He needs to really take his time with this record and not chase hits.
#1 Usher needs to focus on Urban tracks and R&B sound. That is where he found his peak. Look at ‘My Way,’ ‘8701,’ and ‘Confessions.’ ALL R&B albums, and big hits. He needs to recreate that vibe and sound and keep it modern while still being timeless R&B music. But even “I Don’t Mind” which I liked was cheesy and corny and had so much Pop music elements. People also may have liked it because of the Juicy J feature (he was hot on songs around the time and prior to its release). But the Nicki Minaj “She Came To Give It To You,” was a bad song. Even “Little Freak” was better and thats not a good song IMO. “Good Kisser” wasn’t single materiel IMO. Not a bad album cut, but not a lead single either. Am I forgetting any of the previous singles over the YEARS it has taken a near legend to launch his album?
Also people don’t bring Fergie, Gwen, and Nelly Furtado into topic. They all are very different artists from different backgrounds. Clearly Nelly Furtado wasn’t going for the sound she had on ‘Loose,’ Urban Dance Pop. The sound change and time from release minus Timbo might have resulted to her low numbers. They had created a brand new Nelly Furtado and it was pretty epic.