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I Could Not Have Said it Better Myself…Hahaha Another very mature interview!
Baring his soul is second nature to R&B superstar Usher, but although he has documented his recent divorce on a new album, he’s got to keep something back
Usher Raymond IV is in a thoroughly good mood. “I’m happy to be in this space and this place,” he smiles, draped over a soft leather sofa in a recording studio in the basement of a Hollywood hotel – though he’s speaking metaphorically, not literally. “Energetically, my soul, my mind, my focus – I’m happy, I’m relaxed, and I’m ready to do it all over again.”
You’d expect the multimillionaire R&B star who, according to the US music industry trade paper Billboard, stands second only to Eminem as the most successful artist of the 2000s, to have one or two things to smile about as he prepares to release his sixth album. The first signee to his record label, Justin Bieber, is an international overnight star thanks to YouTube. The basketball team he co-owns, the Cleveland Cavaliers, have just won their league. He turns down more offers to appear in Hollywood movies than he accepts, he enjoyed good notices for a three-month stint on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago, and even his male and female perfume ranges have been bestsellers.
But the last few years have been difficult for the man hailed as the best dancer in pop since Michael Jackson, and credited with inventing Justin Timberlake (the former ‘N Sync star’s debut album was built from Usher’s blueprint). There’s been birth and death, severed relationships, both personal and professional, and worries over a career that hasn’t returned to the stratospheric heights his globe-conquering, 20m-selling Confessions album reached in 2004.
These are tough times for soul singers who aspire to a place in the music’s rich history (Usher’s status among the greats is already assured: the late James Brown once called him “the Godson of Soul”). It’s not just that the music has changed: the new paradigm for a successful musician demands constant interaction with fans and artfully choreographed press campaigns to produce saturation coverage around record releases and tours. There’s no room for mystique, and if your private life is public property, what’s left to put into your art? And what if you’re a naturally private person who, despite having grown up in public and spending years making music that has to be sincere to succeed, doesn’t really want to have to put all the details of your personal life on public view?
“I don’t have a private life – that’s the catch,” Usher says with a smile. “What R&B music is, and what it always has been, is taking an emotional experience and singing it passionately. Privacy is something that just isn’t there. Every other day something’s written about you, but you can’t get caught up in it. I try to live my life, and whatever is said in the press, I think my music will allow me to address certain things with people. Or, if people wondered if there were certain truths in certain things, my music basically sets the record straight.”
Or does it? Somewhere in there, Usher created a paradox and hit commercial pay dirt by finding a way to appear to be baring his soul in his art without actually having to open up all of his life to widespread public scrutiny. He did this with spectacular success in 2004, and is clearly trying to repeat the trick with the new album, Raymond v Raymond – another collection of sometimes ambitious, sometimes over-sentimental, state-of-the-art R&B.
The first single from Confessions was the daringly minimal dancefloor hit Yeah!, a collaboration with fellow Atlantans Lil’ Jon and Ludacris, which hit No 1 around the globe and briefly made the hip-hop sub-genre crunk look like it was going to change the world of pop forever. But what sealed the deal were the lyrics on the album, which seemed to spill the beans on a private life that had hit the headlines. The song Burn was widely interpreted as Usher’s take on the demise of his two-year relationship with the TLC singer Rozonoda “Chilli” Thomas – and lyrics discussing affairs and sexual liaisons spiced up a story that appeared to bear a striking resemblance to his personal life.
Raymond v Raymond plays similar games. In 2007, Usher married his stylist, Tameka Foster; the couple have two sons. In February 2009, during a cosmetic surgery procedure, Foster suffered a heart attack and was put into a medically induced coma. She recovered, but in June, the singer filed for divorce. So not only does the new album’s court-case-echoing title appear to suggest the record is Usher’s take on the saga, but there’s the not altogether unconnected matter of the album’s first single (a US R&B chart-topper in December), Papers, in which Usher talks about a relationship deteriorating to the point where one person serves a divorce petition on the other.
“I was still married when the record was written,” he says. “When it was brought to me, I said, ‘Well, this isn’t really my story.’ And Sean [Garrett, the song's writer] said, ‘Yes it is: don’t you feel that you wanna walk away from the whole thing at times?’ The last thing you want to do in a marriage is give up, but when you’ve tried everything you can, then the best thing to do is realistically have a conversation about letting go. I have to balance two worlds: the world of the artist that I am, and the world of the person that I wanted to be – the man, the husband who is home on time. And that’s what the song’s about.
“And unfortunately,” he continues, switching unprompted from discussing the art to the life, “my marriage did come to its demise. But I wasn’t the first and most certainly won’t be the last to have a divorce. I still collect the beauty of what that is, sometimes, in my mind: I just think back to how I felt when I found my wife. It was one of the most sincere moments in my life, and I’ll never diminish that. I was very happy to have had that experience with her, and to have had two beautiful boys, who we raise together. But it just didn’t work out for us.”
So the art, then, mirrors the life, but with restrictions and caveats. Just as he was quick to explain that specific infidelities described in songs on Confessions were not literal interpretations of actual biographical facts, so again Usher is trying to have his cake and eat it – to make soul music that rings true to the life his fans know he lives, but which keeps enough of what’s really going on close to his chest. But trying to hold back, he believes, isn’t going to work.
“I try to keep the songs very general, because when people listen to my music I want them to be able to pull from it,” he says, “to maybe get something from it that helps them in their life. But that’s not really what they want, though: they want your soul. They want to know how you really feel. ‘If we buy into you, and spend our hard-earned money on hearing your story, we wanna feel like we’re taking a glimpse into your life, and understand how vulnerable you are, how emotional you are, what your obstacles are and how you overcame them.’ I have a responsibility both ways – to be an incredible man, but also to be very artistic and open. Honesty is the greatest gift that we can give each other; and there are certain things I talk about on this album, about infidelity or whatever it may be, that are very difficult. But it’s about communication, and about growing in every aspect of the journey through life.”
That journey began in Dallas on 14 October 1978. A little over a year later, Usher’s father – Usher Raymond III – left home and the family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the youngster’s early aptitude for music was honed in a church choir. As his talent blossomed, his mother, Jonetta Patton, took Usher, his stepfather and half-brother to Atlanta, where there would be more musical opportunities. At 13, he appeared on a TV talent show, Star Search: though he didn’t win, it led to an introduction to Atlanta-based record executive Antonio “LA” Reid, who signed the teenager to his LaFace label.
I meet Usher the day before he does a stint mentoring contestants on American Idol. Despite the part a similar show played in his own career, he is sharply critical of the fame-first imperative that the current raft of reality TV shows appear to promote; moreover, he believes today’s music industry methods are preventing artists from achieving true greatness.
“The true art form of music is being lost, because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight,” he says. “Television is a lie. It can’t happen overnight. The artist who thinks that it can just comes and goes. The reason why great singers cannot exist in this time is maybe because they’re not properly managed, and maybe they don’t understand the full gamut of what being an entertainer is.
“We’re dealing with an industry that is slowly but surely dying, every day,” he continues. “So [a manager] finds someone with a great look, and it’s, ‘Wow, let’s make him sound great, so we can sell some records.’ Then there’s the record companies that’s mass-producing these versions of these people; versions of this broken art. While it works, because it sells records, it damages the business. Great executives like LA Reid, I think, understand that there’s a perception that goes with a great voice that you have to make sure you preserve. And my mother was – still is – the type of manager [who understands that].”
Ah, yes – Usher’s mother. Until late last year, Jonetta had been involved not just as a parent but also as his manager. Mother and son had parted professional company once before, though she was reinstated after the comparative commercial failure of Here I Stand, the followup to Confessions. But in March last year, they split again. “It was an agreement between the two of us,” Usher explains, “but that message has been misconstrued because we just never chose to have a conversation in public about our relationship. I can have many managers, but I can only have one mother. And having been introduced to these new stages of my life where I do need that support, that’s where I need her.”
Among those new stages have been the birth of his two sons, his impending divorce, and the death of his father. Usher and his father were estranged, then reconciled – but it is a source of regret to the singer that his father never got to meet the fifth Usher Raymond. “He wasn’t supposed to die,” the singer says. “It wasn’t a life-threatening situation: he had liver problems, and was preparing to undergo surgery that would definitely have given him more time. But he didn’t make it. There’s not a day that I don’t wish my dad at least got a chance to see my son, who’s the fifth Usher Raymond. A lot of times, names were appointed to workers – or, rather, slaves – based off of things that they do. So the first Usher – my great-grandfather – could potentially have been an usher. Kinda hard to fathom, that one would be named based off of his duty, but that is the lineage of this black skin that I wear.”
He chuckles a little, aware of the element of pretension in the phrasing. Often portrayed in print as a truculent or bad-tempered interviewee, Usher is today charming and lucid. While prone to flights of hyperbole – at one point he compares himself to Da Vinci and Picasso, and he occasionally refers to himself in the third person – he always manages to laugh at his own preposterousness.
“Having these experiences over the last two years made me more normal than anything,” he says. “That’s why I embrace everything that’s happened. All of it is a life lesson. There are no mistakes: there is only an opportunity to do better, or learn more. Don’t be overwhelmed by what lies in the future, and don’t get caught up on the past: live the best you can in each and every moment, and be historic in everything you do. And what makes the most incredible experiences and moments is not taking it so seriously.”
LONDON (Reuters) – The eligible bachelor is back in singer Usher’s new album “Raymond v. Raymond,” which he sees an expression of his struggle to balance life in the fast lane with his commitments as a family man and father.Last year the 31-year-old R & B star, one of the world’s top-selling musicians, filed for divorce from the mother of his two young sons, and feelings of anger, guilt and relief filter through the music on his latest record. So too does a celebration of being single again, placing Raymond v. Raymond somewhere between his 2004 hit “Confessions” and the more subdued, though less successful follow-up “Here I Stand” that followed his 2007 marriage to Tameka Foster.
“Here I Stand was a very personal album, it was very honest, there wasn’t that much drama because I was in a happy place, I was married, I had children and (was) really coming of age,” Usher told Reuters in a telephone interview.
The five-time Grammy award winner had been due to give interviews in London this week, but the flight ban over Europe caused by volcanic ash prevented him traveling.
“That same acceptance of coming of age is in this album, it’s just a different story,” he added.
“I’m no longer married, and the reality of sustaining and balancing the celebrity that I am and the individual that I’ve grown to be is what Raymond v. Raymond is all about. If I had to put it short, I’d say Raymond v. Raymond is a little bit of Confessions and a little bit of Here I Stand.”
In “Papers,” Usher seems to be addressing his divorce with the line: “I’m ready to sign them papers, papers, papers.”
And in “Foolin’ Around” the singer appears contrite, singing “And the games I played, mistakes I made/Leave me sorrier than you’ll ever know” before adding: “Blame it on celebrity.”
Yet “Pro Lover” features the lines “I profess I’m a lover, minor scholar of anatomy/Doctor of feminine chemistry.”UsherRaymondBlog
Usher said his decision to sing about personal issues was partly a comment on people living “vicariously through sensationalism” in the form of celebrity gossip.
“That became kind of an underscore for this album, because it seemed like the main topic of the world — who’s cheating, who’s in a relationship, what’s happening, who’s doing what, who’s with who.”
Asked why people seemed so fascinated in the personal lives of the famous, he replied: “A lot of people are running from their hard truths.”
Raymond v. Raymond topped the U.S. album chart on its release and the single “OMG” reached No. 1 in Britain. The album is available in Britain from April 26.UsherRaymondBlog
Usher’s last three albums have hit the top spot in the U.S. market, although sales figures show that “Confessions” was by far his most successful record selling 10 million copies there.
Raymond v. Raymond sold 329,000 copies in the United States in its first week, versus around 440,000 for Here I Stand, partly reflecting a shrinking market for album sales worldwide.
Usher believes that the digital revolution, allowing people to listen to music for free online and download it illegally, was a major factor.
“Had we not had this issue with record sales distribution, downloads, pirating, and illegal downloads, I’d say that would have been equivalent to about 800,000 to maybe close to a million in the first week,” he said.
Usher criticized record labels for failing to keep up with technology, and has started his own record company.UsherRaymondBlog
“I say taking ownership of our masters, having a lot more control of our music creatively, I think all of those are indications that there is a standard that can be changed,” he said. “Or maybe there is something we’re not thinking to do.”
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciat
Rien de très intéressant dans cette interview. Il parle d fait qu’il était heureuxquant il a sortit Here I Stand et que c’est pour cela, qu’il n’y avait pas de drames desss.
Il pense également que sans les téléchargements illégaux,il aurait pu vendre jusqu’à 800 000 album la première semaine.
>He’s sold 45 million records, won five Grammy awards, performed on stage with Michael Jackson and James Brown, watched Confessions become the most successful album of 2004, perfomed on Broadway in 2006, and now, he’s released his seventh album; Raymond V Raymond.
Discovered on Star Search eighteen years ago, Usher has since transformed into a global superstar. He’s won awards, travelled the globe and done his bit for charity. Due to meet up face to face, Usher was stranded due to the Icelandic Volcanic erruptions. But never fear! I Like Music chatted to Usher on the phone, we found out what Raymond V Raymond means to him, how it came together and why, despite such a high level of success, this is only the beginning for the global superstar.
“I Like Music because… it’s expressive. I like music because it commemorates times of life, love and all these wonderful experiences” USHER
ILM: Oh no! Why? Usher: Well, about the fact that my record is number one in the UK and I can’t be there! But, for the most part, I’m very happy that it is number one and very thankful for all of my fans that made it possible. I wanted to be there in person, unfortunately I couldn’t. But hopefully this phone call will hold you over until I get there on June 6th 2010.
ILM: It would have been great to have you over, but of course, these things happen…
Usher: Well, I’m looking forward to being there with you guys soon!
ILM: How did it feel to top the UK chart once again?
Usher: Oh, it was incredible man! You know, as I said, I couldn’t have done it alone. It took the support of radio, the fans that requested, talked about it online, talked positively about the video. All of those things led to not only a successful album, but an incredible experience that will take place for the rest of the year! As I said, I’ll be back in June at Wembley Stadium. I look forward to seeing my fans and thanking them in person then! But, other than that, I’ll be back on tour sometime in the fall.e.
ILM: What can we expect from the tour? How is it all shaping up?
Usher: Well, I can tell you this, it will be an experience you’ve never seen before and one you will never forget! The best way for you guys to stay linked with what the performance is going to be like and when it is going to take place is that you gotta go to my website www.usherworld.com
ILM: How did you approach the making of Raymond V Raymond? Where does it sit in your journey so far?
Usher: The sound came together by way of the producers and writers that I worked with. They were very open minded offering to help me convey my story. In terms of what this album meant, I had to live and learn through a lot of incredible and also disappointing experiences. I wrote about them and that is Raymond V Raymond. That is what that dichotomy is, the comparison of those two places, those two images and those two intents.
ILM: OMG features Will.I.Am, you’ve worked with some incredible people on the album, but at the end of the day it is your music. How do you approach collaborations? What works for you?
Usher: Well, when working with other artists I pinpoint a song that I feel is relevant to who that artist is and also what I’m attempting to convey with that song. I’m not having a random guest appearance on a song just because it sounds cool, or the name is cool, or the person is cool. I want to make sure that what I say and what I offer is an experience, that it fits like a glove, you know what I mean?
ILM: Of course. How do you like to work in the studio?
Usher: It varies. You know, most of the time I live through it. I write it down. I record melodies. But for me, slow and easy wins the race. It may take me some time, you know, months even, to write a song. I’ll go around and around about it. But then other times I’ll record a song and I’ll be finished in twenty minutes! It really varies. It all depends on what the song is about. What the intent of the record is, who you’re intending to talk to, what you’re ultimately hoping to convey… ILM: In terms of individual tracks on Raymond V Raymond, which tracks did you have the most fun with in the studio?
Usher: Hmmm….let me think…Well, there were many gratifying records on the album, but the one that was very gratifying for me was Guilty. T.I. just came back from being incarcerated. I feel like it is a song that is kinda edgy, given that the name of the song is Guilty. Me and him have been talking about doing a record for years. I visited him whilst he was incarcerated, of course we didn’t really talk too much about music, but there was one point where we just decided to talk about potentially working together when he got out, you know what I mean? So, Guilty is the track we did.
ILM: Guilty and Raymond V Raymond is just the tip of the Usher iceberg. You’ve achieved so much! When you look back over your career so far, which are the most memorable moments for you?
Usher: The moments that stick out? In my career? Wow. Some of them are more difficult than others. Some of them are very gratifying. A highlight for me was performing on stage with Michael Jackson in Madison Square Garden. Another highlight for me was performing in Puerto Rico with Beyonce, Bad Girls, it was a once in a lifetime experience! If you saw the special, then you understand, if you haven’t you gotta get it on DVD! Haha! Another was performing on stage with James Brown at The Grammys. One of the hardest experiences I’ve ever had performing was performing at Michael Jackson‘s memorial. It was the biggest stage I’d ever played in my life. The grandest stage.
ILM: What does it take to be a great performer?
Usher: Dedication. Hard work. Focus. The attitude to believe it can happen. Fifteen years of my career has been made up of the belief that something incredible and something major can happen. The future of what I am is yet to be seen.
ILM: Do you feel like now is the time to take it to another level?
Usher: I’m an icon of this time. Only now am I beginning to take that seat and walk that walk. You gotta see me do it! I’m not just another artist. Everything now is based on taking ownership of my experience, taking ownership of what I’ve offered in music. That is a lot! It’s grand and it’s not to be taken lightly. After eighteen years of work, as I said, fifteen years of belief, something major will happen. So far, piece after piece has fallen in to place. Now it’s time for the real show to begin.
ILM: Why do you think music is such an important thing to so many people? What does it mean to you?
Usher: It is such an expressive tool. I don’t say anything that I just said arrogantly. I say it out of belief. Out of the belief that this could be and that this would be. Expression of music isn’t always just about arrogance, it isn’t always just about the experience, that’s what Raymond V Raymond was about; me challenging me. There are certain chapters that are going to play out in the future that are not part of this album, that aren’t necessarily about the overall experience of what my life is. I want to touch on the experiences of people, experiences that are going on outside in the world.
ILM: Is Raymond V Raymond the beginning of a new chapter for you?
Usher: Raymond V Raymond is kind of a coming of age album, it’s not just another LP release. This is engaging iconic music. From this point on, everything is about being iconic, about moving upward and making sure that this tool that I have to use in entertainment and music will interpret something very specific, something very passionate and very direct.
ILM: Raymond V Raymond still comes at a stage when your worldwide recognition is extremely high. If this is just the beginning, what do you hope to leave behind? What lasting impact do you hope to make as an artist?
Usher: I can already see remnants of inspiration through artists that have come. That’s what I want there to be. I want to be an inspiration to many. I want to be able to take this opportunity to interpret creativity, music, life and culture in a way that is expressive, a way that is musical, a way that is timeless. To be an icon that is an inspiration to other artists, well, I see that happening now and I’m only 31! As I grow more, I’m looking to only focus on the icon that is Usher. Raymond V Raymond is the introduction to that moment. The balance of the place that I put myself in with this album, is the reality of what it is going to be. Balancing the reality of who I am as a man, with who I am as an icon. That story is going to be told both ways. I don’t know where the record may come from, I don’t know what the inspiration is going to be, but I do know that everything that you see will have an intent, never just for the sake of putting something out. That’s what my tools should be used for, that’s what music is and that is what it is for me.
Raymond Vs Raymond is now out in Japan! A japanese fan send me these pictures ! So you guys can see that Usher got the royal treatment in Japan! /Une fan japonaise m’a envoyé ces photos.Apparemment des hummer font la publicité du nouvel album ,sortit la semaine dernière!
Thanks to Luv4usher for the pics!/Merci à Luv4usher pour les photos!
One more picture & a video after the jump!/ une vidéo et une photo après Read More
RAYMOND Vs RAYMOND IS OUT TOMORROW IN THE UK!GET YOUR COPY THIS ALBUM IS REALLY AMAZING!
Usher a recemment révélé qu’il trouvait la chanteuse anglaise,Cheryl Cole très jolie: “Will I Am me parle tout d’elle et d’à quel point elle est jolie.Elle est jolie” “Je vais demander à Will de nous mettre en contact.Elle est mignone!”UsherRaymondBlog
Usher a également déclaré qu’il ne serait pas contre la collaboration qu’Amy Winehouse lui aurait demandé, il y a quelques semaines.
“It sounds like Cheryl Cole has yet another US superstar admirer. Usher, who’s riding high in the charts right now with his album Raymond v Raymond, admitted this week he’s hoping to hook up with Cheryl – thanks to his buddy will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.UsherRaymondBlog
Usher reveals: “Will’s always talking about her, and how beautiful she is. She is beautiful!
“I’m going to have to reach out to Will and tell him to put “s two together. She’s cute!” Usher also says he hopes to work with Amy Winehouse. “Our people have gotta speak!” he added. Over to you Amy.”
A career spanning nearly two decades. Over 45 million albums sold. One of the most successful singers in the world. Wrap Up writer, Anna Nathanson spoke to Usher Raymond…
TWU: Congratulations on being No. 1 in the UK singles charts. Can you tell us a bit about the forthcoming album?
Usher: ‘Raymond V Raymond’ is my evolution, the dichotomy of who I am as a man and as an artist. It is me verses me at the end of the day. Not in any way bipolar or an alter ego, simply the fact that we have two sides to our personalities. It’s the perception of who we are and the reality of what we have to deal with.
More after the jump/Traduction en français à la fin
TWU: Sounds like it’s a very personal record…
Usher:The last two to three years of my life have taught me a lot about myself as a person; becoming a business man, getting married, having children, going through a divorce. And there lies a responsibility, an obligation as an artist that I just can’t ignore. Finding a balance between those two places is what ‘Raymond V Raymond’ is all about.
TWU: What’s it been like living life in the public eye?
Usher: It’s a hard thing, but if they didn’t care what was going on in my life, I would not be the celebrity that I am. It comes with the territory in essence; you just have to be accepting of it. I remember being on the other side actually, first picking up a brush and saying ‘I want to be an artist’, and not many people cared to know.
TWU: What is the secret to success?
Usher: Hmm, the secret? Well I’ve learnt that you are who you are, and in the end, if you don’t believe it then no one will.
TWU: It’s just about thinking and believing you’re going to make it, and slowly it will come together?
Usher: All of those things. Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you’re on the journey. But you’ve got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.
TWU: So did you always know you were going to be successful?
Usher:I believed it. The world just had to catch up with the reality that I had in my mind.
TWU: What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
Usher: I’d be a mentor of some sort, either in music or something else. I love to work with others.
TWU: How would people who know you best describe you?
Usher:I’d say funny, smart, a good father, an incredible entertainer, an icon (laughs).
TWU: Justin Bieber is your protégé. Did you anticipate his huge success?
Usher:And then some. More. There’s so much that you guys haven’t seen yet. I’m very proud of him.
TWU: How would you say R&B has changed since you started out?
Usher: I think it’s become quite emotionless. R&B was all about emotion and passion conveyed through music and melody and people may no longer understand the true value of what real R&B music is about.
TWU: P Diddy recently said that he liked grime music. Have you had a chance to check out any UK grime?
Usher: No, I haven’t yet to be honest.
TWU: What do you think of the Stateside success of UK RnB singers like Jay Sean and Taio Cruz?
Usher: Sustaining longevity is all about time. They have a lot to prove.
TWU: What about singers like Ne-Yo and Trey Songz, would you say you paved the way for them?
Usher: Of course. I’ve worked with both of them and respect their work.
TWU: What does it take to have longevity as an artist?
Usher: To physically be able to feel, see and own the success. Not instant gratification but recognition for the honesty in what you’re conveying in your music.
TWU: Out of all of your tracks, what are your favourites?
Usher: I really love a record called ‘Okay’ on my new album and a track called ‘Guilty’. Some songs are not necessary singles, but the substance and the energy of the vocals in those songs are very different to what you’d usually hear from me.
TWU: Do you think that’s often the case, where the songs that aren’t the singles end up getting more love?
Usher: Those are the sleepers. A month after you’ve bought the album you might hear them and be like ‘Man! That was the one I slept on!’
TWU: How about your favourites from back in the day?
Usher: Ah man! ‘You Got It Bad,’ ‘You Don’t Have To Call,’ I love performing ‘Caught Up’ and ‘Follow Me’. I love those songs.
TWU: You’re pretty much always dressed to impress. Do you ever slob out in front of the telly in some old tracksuit bottoms when you’re at home?
Usher: Not just at home. I walk around like that! The beauty about living in Atlanta is that there aren’t too many paparazzi here; you can just relax. And that really works for me and my children.
TWU: Everyone’s on Twitter these days. Do you actually use it yourself or do you get someone else to do it for you?
Usher: Of course. I update it, sometimes I do it and sometimes I have someone very close to me do it as well. It was funny because during release week in America I posted pictures of two different outfits as I couldn’t figure out what to wear, so I got my fans to decide. It was really cool to have a connection like that.
Usher – ‘Raymond V Raymond’ is out on Monday 26 April
>“Andrew also admitted that his favourite celebrity mentor on the show was Usher, he said:
My favorite was Usher. He was awesome. He was really with me and gave me a lot of stuff to help me get up and do what I did”
Here Is a video of Usher Mentoring Garcia/Voici une vidéo d’Usher donnant des conseils au candidat
La participation d’Usher à American Idol est encore dans toutes les bouches, le candidat éliminé cette semaine, confie dès sa sortie que Usher a été son mentor préféré durant l’emission : “Mon préféré,c’est Usher.Il a été merveilleux.Il était vraiment avec moi et m’a donné plein de truc pour m’aider à faire ce que j’ai fait”.