Usher Set To Release New Album ‘Hard II Love’ In September

Published: Thursday 25th Aug 2016 by Sam

It’s finally time for fans of Usher.

The R&B icon’s long-awaited 8th studio album will be dancing into stores next month.

Full story awaits below…

Initially titled ‘Flawed,’ the LP has now been re-christened ‘Hard II Love.’

The reveal comes courtesy of iTunes New Zealand, who have the 15-song set up for pre-order.

Per the page, the project will land in stores on September 16th via RCA Records.


News of its arrival has surfaced on the eve of the release of ‘Hands of Stone’ – the crooner’s new movie, in which he plays Sugar Ray Leonard alongside Robert DiNero.

Crucially, the confirmation comes after the singer scored a hit with ‘No Limit’ – which has thus far peaked at #33 (and rising) on the Billboard Hot 100.

We’re excited…are you?!

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  1. LB August 25, 2016

    I’ve literally lost interest

    • Ughhhh August 25, 2016

      That album cover is hard to look at… Ughhhh

      • LB August 25, 2016

        I agree

    • Danzou August 25, 2016

      I’m sure you lay interest a long time ago when u saw his skin color.

      • LB August 25, 2016

        DECLINED, not when I’ve been supporting Usher since My way.

  2. steve August 25, 2016


  3. Ayyseify August 25, 2016

    I don’t like the cover

  4. Mujigijag August 25, 2016

    Not a fan of the album art really, but guess that’s the message he’s sending, it’s ‘Hard II Love’ the cover art. Hope there’s more gems on there like his new single ‘Crash’ and ‘Missin U’…Make or break season already, hope he delivers, HARD

    • Danny Bey August 25, 2016

      Someone who gets it…

  5. Mike August 25, 2016

    Who the HELL told him that was a good look for an album cover? It looks borderline grotesque…..

  6. Chileplease August 25, 2016

    Missin U is hot

  7. stardom August 25, 2016

    God that album art is irritating what the fvckk was he thinking. looking at it alone is making me itch & this is definitely going to make it hard for me to continuously listen to it.

  8. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 August 25, 2016

    The art work is very interesting, however it’s the music that counts. I’m looking forward to this new release. Personally I feel “Good Kisser & Don’t Mind” were 2 Great lead singles that ultimately went to waste last time around. Hopefully this album I’ll deliver.

    • s.a August 26, 2016

      dont worry those songs will b repackaged as bonus tracks

    • Rosicky August 26, 2016

      “Good Kisser” was a waste…where the hell are R&B fans, when quality R&B is released? “I Don’t Mind” was a success actually reaching #11 on the Hot 100 without a music video. But it was mediocre. I want quality to succeed.

  9. Suicide Blonde August 25, 2016

    This got to be one of the worst album covers of all time.

    • ???????Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??????? August 25, 2016

      What about the album art for “Hard Candy”?

      • Suicide Blonde August 25, 2016

        That’s Madonna worst album cover, but it certainly don’t fall under the “all time” category.

  10. ???????Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??????? August 25, 2016

    $17.99??!! Usher, I love you and you’re clearly gonna be a legend soon, but don’t you think you’re pushing it a little too far with that price? It worked for Bey, but I don’t know if it’ll work for you……hit single charting and all.

    • Ayyseify August 25, 2016

      Mind you hers came with the visual as well

    • themusicking August 25, 2016

      That’s 17.99 New Zealand Dollars NOT US Dollars.

      17.99 NZ Dollars = 13.13 US Dollars and £9.97

  11. 2bad2bme August 25, 2016

    lately his album covers have been some pure b*** lately. Like who OK’ed this??? The last one looked cheap, now this one looks even more foolish, it doesn’t even look like him…SMH Usher what is the problem for real?

    • coolness August 25, 2016

      I was SOOO disappointed when I saw this! I was like, REALLY?! I dunno why such a good looking man would opt for such a borderline grotesque album cover that looks nothing like him and could potentially deter people from purchasing. Couldn’t he contract a nice photographer to deliver some sophisticated and s*** shots (see the Raymond Vs Raymond album cover)? Chile, Usher sure does love to shoot himself in hi foot doesn’t he, lmao?!

      • stardom August 25, 2016

        I don’t know if its just me but I can’t look at the cover without feeling itchy & irritated & I have been anticipating his album since good kisser & crash. What the hell is wrong with him.

      • Rosicky August 26, 2016

        “I have been anticipating his album since good kisser and crash. What the hell is wrong with him”……..U guys cannot be this close minded to think s*** album cover = s*** album tracks. Grow up.

  12. HELP August 25, 2016

    shop now at

  13. Kyle August 25, 2016

    That cover tho, Eww! Lol But hopefully music speaks for itself!..

  14. Molly #TheMostRelevantBitch August 25, 2016

    Tragic af

  15. Jason August 25, 2016

    Seriously, what is this album cover?!? ?

  16. themusicking August 25, 2016

    The album cover is a sculpture of himself by a famous artist. I believe it is meant to look like the famous Greek Statues…

  17. Dossome August 25, 2016

    That album cover is indeed Hard to Love 🙁

  18. Bitchpleaseeee August 25, 2016

    This album cover is sure gonna be hard to bring people to cop it. ??

  19. Danzou August 25, 2016

    Missing you is the reason I’m ready for the album at this point. The album cover I understand because he’s broken and hurt and hard to love and I like it personally. It has a Greek/roman empire aesthetic to it. Yall are saying that you don’t like the album cover because you don’t like it’s physically sexual and attractive which is so vain of people. Gosh so many people claiming to love music bit can’t scratch beneath the surface to develop an opinion. He didn’t make the art for you to get your d*** hard or get your p**** wet.

    • Rosicky August 26, 2016

      Thank u. Some ppl have brain cells.

  20. Danzou August 25, 2016

    It’s a sculpture that has stood the test of time and has its flaws but it’s still standing. Ironically it’s hard to love. Yall want a shirtless picture though. THIS IS ART PEOPLE.

    • #JACKIE August 25, 2016

      All of us aren’t artistic boo. It’s gross to the average eye.

  21. Danzou August 25, 2016

    I’m so disappointed in yall.

  22. Reality August 25, 2016

    Sorry not only do I not like the album artwork, I’m not feeling the tracks that I previewed. They don’t sound mature or like music a person of his caliber should be making. The last real solid album Usher had was Confessions.

    • Rosicky August 26, 2016

      That is NOT the truth, if ur talking about “sound mature”…Here I Stand was a way more solid album in maturirty and depth of lyricsm. It had solid ballads…maybe too many. Raymond V Raymond and Looking 4 Myself were mixtures.

  23. #JACKIE August 25, 2016

    That cover is gross but I’ll check it out when it drops.

  24. Theman August 25, 2016

    An Icon.

  25. Johnny Gill Nicole Scherzinger Brian McKnight August 25, 2016

    Usher pull it together. That new song “missin’ you” is more generic trash. If Usher keeps making songs like this one and that piece of crap no limit, this album will suck more than his last two albums.

    I’ll be more excited and will listen to the new Eric Benet and Joe albums, forget Usher!

  26. Johnny Gill Nicole Scherzinger Brian McKnight August 25, 2016

    No limit is so cheesy. Since when is master p and no limit the cool thing to talk about?

    It’s not the 90’s anymore Usher.

  27. Jackx August 25, 2016

    Where’s the crash video, it’s way better than no limit ??

    • Foxx August 26, 2016

      The video been out…guess you werent looking for it that much haha

  28. Mark111 /.\ August 25, 2016

    I’m not paying $17.99 for NO ONE’S album in 2016.

  29. Alex August 25, 2016

    @mark we ALL know the NAVY don’t support their own fave, let alone someone else. #1.29

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  31. Foxx August 26, 2016

    F*** the album cover…have yall heard “Missin U”…song is his best in a while.

  32. s.a August 26, 2016

    this album will b his lowest selling album thats what i feel and the artwork goes good by the title “flawed” but not with hard2love. I m afraid critics would call it HARD II SELL.

  33. s.a August 26, 2016

    rofl looks like someone has stretched usher’s face from the chin.

  34. King B August 26, 2016

    When will these artists realise that album covers plays an important role in your marketing? So far, ANTI has the best album cover for this year. I hated Lemonade’s artwork at first, but it grows on me tho. Taylor’s by far, had the best album cover (minus TS) for all her albums. Beyoncé’s too. DIL, B day, IASF, 4 Deluxe, BEYONCÉ and Lem had amazing artworks, my favorite is ST cover.

  35. Nowd Reddish tran ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi August 26, 2016

    Let see how he does with the album by next month

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