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Usher: 'Electronic Music Has Given Me a New Story'

Usher: 'Electronic Music Has Given Me a New Story'

Usher takes the cover of Billboard‘s latest issue, on newsstands May 7.

Here’s what the 33-year-old singer had to share with the mag:

On his new sound: “Electronic music has given me a new story, a new opportunity to build something I think a mass audience will understand.”

On debuting “Climax” on Twitter: “I really wanted to offer the greatest courtesy to my fans first—they are ultimately who brought me to this point, and I want to make sure they understand my journey. Twitter is kind of like my outboard communication, one of the places I’ve chosen to speak directly to my fans.”

On his new album, Looking for Myself, out June 12: “The cool thing about Diplo and the thing that made me want to work with him is that you can’t put him in a specific category or a box. He does everything. That represents what this album is. This album doesn’t fit into a specific box. It is an all-world experience that gives you a multitude of genres, a multitude of experiences: electric soul, revolutionary pop, classic, new tradition, dance, tech. And it brings me to more of a relevant place.”

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  • mandy

    i like his music.

  • jh

    worst magazine cover ever

  • ozzie

    his music has always been electric dance crap that requires zero talent … his music is aweful … he needs to stick to being Bieber’s pimp.


    Basically, you’re a major sellout. Don’t act like dance music gave you a “new story”. You just followed the popular wave. Nobody’s checking for r&b so you swallowed your pride and followed the latest trend.

  • Yaya

    Some of you people sound real dumb. So, trying new music is being a sellout? Whatever…..

    I love this cover and can’t wait to get. Usher is the king of R&B and now is taking over dance music. I can’t wait for his album.

  • Eric

    He needs to go back to doing R&B. That is what he is good at and that is where he makes his best music. His dance/electronic music sucks. Period. He has had like 2 songs with that style that good, but the rest of it’s crap. I hope he goes back to his original style soon.

  • W

    Lets be honest. Majority of music consumers do not like r&b…he wants to be relevant so he had to adapt. Its a real shame.

  • marq

    breakout artist

  • John

    Some singer in music industry is just like a wave. When he was Bieber’s age, he is popular, and even get acting in film. But age and time passed, people wouldn’t stick long. Those singers who didn’t have own style, wouldn’t stick long or survive long in the music industry. If you want to be a singer, just focus be a singer. Not half way away to acting movie, drama etc.
    Why BB King, James Brown still get famous and have loyal fans because those blue, jazz etc were their style since they became singers. They stick to their own originality without sudden sing pop, sing dance just because the music industry popular. Bieber eventually will just gonna walk Usher’s path anyway.

  • Jack

    Usher should be able to adapt and change is his music thats why hes still one of the biggest artists today. And if you count hes actually only had like 3 or 4 dance songs.

  • jamie

    You are all fairly ignorant of Usher’s music. His last two albums Raymond v Raymond and Here I Stand have been entirely rnb with the exception of three songs. Two of those songs, OMG and DJ Got Us Falling in Love, became massive hits. So it stands to reason that he would continue to experiment with dance music. He still is primarily putting out RnB music as opposed to Euro Pop, as evident by two out of his first three singles (Climax and Lemme See are decidedly RnB/ Urban). I suggest that many of you buy his entire album rather than make judgment about his music based on what you hear on the radio