Usher has a lot to get off his chest, and it seems as though he may be drawing on a tried and true format to do so.
For, the R&B star has just teased a sequel to his Diamond-selling ‘Confessions’ album.
Dive below for details…
Moments ago, Ush shared a shot of himself in the studio of Jermaine Dupri – who he’s been working on new music with.
He captioned the snap: “Dis What Yall Want”
Notice the board with the blank tracklist? Squint and you’ll see the title ‘Confessions 2.’
Released in 2004, the original ‘Confessions’ album is not only one of Usher’s most successful projects, but it’s one of the best selling sets in music history.
Earning the rare honor of being Diamond certified in the US, the LP sold over 10 million on home soil and over 20 million in total.
While sales of that ilk are a relic of yesteryear (unless your name is Adele), topically it’s clear why Usher may be veering down this route again.
Much of the ‘Confessions’ album’s success was rooted in its juxtaposition of candid truth and playing up to tabloid headlines. From its title track to #1 single ‘Burn,’ the project presented itself as an up, close, and personal look into the life of one of music’s biggest stars; notably at a time when his break-up with TLC’s Chilli was the hottest of topics and he was coming into his manhood.
Fast forward to now and the crooner is at an interesting crossroads – once again personally and professionally.
Beyond just turning 40, he recently split from his wife – which came on the heels of a major scandal involving accusations relating to sexual health. While artistically, he’s in need of another commercial moment after a string of so-so performing projects. To assist that charge, he on-boarded new management last November.
He’s been mute on the more dramatic aspects of his life, even on recent Zaytoven collabo set ‘A.’ So the ‘Confessions’ framing makes sense in context.
It’s a risqué move, as sequels have a reputation for not comparing well to originals. But, truth be told, Usher doesn’t have much to lose at this point. He must to address the drama, so why not do so via a medium and a movement that he created?
We’d listen. Would you?