Usher opens up about his forthcoming album, ‘Flawed’ which is his first since 2012’s ‘Looking 4 Myself.’ It was among the topics the multi-Grammy winning R&B superstar explored in a wide-ranging discussion with Ryan Seacrest.
Yes, it’s been four years since Usher has graced the world with a new album. His seventh album ‘Looking 4 Myself’ was released to critical acclaim and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. A new album seemed on the verge two years ago with a spate of singles including “Good Kisser,” “I Don’t Mind,” “She Came To Give It To You” and most recently “Chains” which was released last year. All the while, he also clocked in a couple of seasons as a coach on NBC’s ‘The Voice.’
But it was not until the sudden release of not one but two lead singles — ‘No Limit’ (featuring Young Thug) and ‘Crash’ that the word was out. ‘Flawed’ was on the way.
Usher made some of his first public comments on the new album during his live seminar on stage with Ryan Seacrest. It took place at The Cannes Lions in Cannes, France. He also won an award at the festival for his music video ‘Chains.’
Seacrest asked him why he had chosen the title “Flawed” and, as Billboard reports, Usher said, “I find the inspiration every time I find a word: what is ‘flawed?’ It’s something that is not perfect. It’s a future relic of some sorts, to grow and blossom and gain texture.”
Continuing, he went on to say, “But it is those things, those tumultuous occurrences and things that happen in your life that define what it is, and in our country and us as people. All of these things are standards, and I became the inspiration. Now I cant tell you yet at the end what it’s gonna be, and but right now it’s Flawed.”
He was mum on the album’s release date, saying, “You know, I like to release music the way I feel it, as opposed to having a date. The idea of dates, boxes, categories are very scary for me.”
You can see more excerpts of the discussion here. Usher also opens up about portraying boxing legend Sugar Ray in Leonard in ‘Hands of Stone’ which chronicles the life of Roberto Durán.
But the big news is Usher’s album ‘Flawed’ is one the way!
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