Usher says the new album is about his journey from being married to being single

Usher says the new album is about his journey from being married to being single

During his 30-year career, Usher has released a new album every two to four years, but most recently, He comes homearrives almost eight years after his last solo effort, 2016 Difficult II Love (he released the associate or with producer Zaytoven in 2018).

During that time, Usher got divorced, had two kids, and launched a massively successful residency in Las Vegas — at the tail end of a pandemic that stopped the world, no less. And that doesn’t even include preparing for his upcoming Super Bowl halftime show. In the midst of all this, he was creating his ninth LP.

“I think I finished it about 10 times,” Usher tells EW days before its release and his performance for the big NFL game.


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He would start and stop, preoccupy himself with other things – the residence became his priority – but he would work in the studio “here and there” while trying to figure out “how to gather more life” for to shape his 20 songs.

“I haven’t been consistently working on just one album for five years, man. I’d be crazy,” Usher says. “But I worked on loads of songs and went through a huge transformation in the process.”

Like everyone, Usher found the pandemic to be a time for “a great deal of reflection.” It gave him a different perspective on “what matters,” he says, “what feelings and emotions I’m still dealing with, and why I’m dealing with those traumatic things, why I’m still living with certain suffering, and how I get out of it. ”

Then, while he was in Ghana, inspiration struck. He had visited and vacationed there before, but this time, he says, “something different hit me.”

“She had an effect on me to the point where I wanted to make music based on what I felt in Ghana, specifically, and the amapiano,” he explains, referring to the South African subgenre of house music, which is gaining steam on the US charts in recent years. “It was the beat. Afrobeats is something that has been very popular here in America. So I just wanted to explore. I wanted to be fearless once again and go into a space that felt new, at least to me.”

Usher’s ‘Coming Home’.

The singer decided to name the album He comes home to chart his journey as he makes it, starting five years ago and leading up to where he is now.

“I’ve been through a whole world of experiences from being a married man to a single man, to having and finding true love myself, and then finding a partner, and then the journey of what it is and what it’s become. , and it still is. being made,” he says. “The idea of ​​that trip felt like I was finally coming home to this place that I’m very comfortable sharing and I know I’m vulnerable. I’m ready.”

ABOUT He comes homeUsher recruited a cadre of raucous collaborators, including Summer Walker and 21 Savage (“Good Good”), The-Dream (“Cold Blooded”), Latto (“A-Town Girl”), Nigerian artists Burna Boy (“Coming Home “) and Pheelz (“Ruin”), and HER (“Risk It All”, which is also featured in purple colour).

He also teamed up with BTS member Jungkook before joining the army with some of his bandmates. The album’s closest, Standing Next to You, was originally Jungkook’s, but Usher asked the K-Pop star if he could put it on his record. “I just felt like people had such an emotional reaction to it,” Usher recalls. “And he was on his way to the service. I said, ‘I really want this song to be on my album,’ and I thank God for giving it to me.”

Sure, but after all he’s given us – the great trilogy of early ‘U’ works (‘U Remind Me’, ‘U Got It Bad’ and ‘U Don’t Have to Call’), just – who will the King of R&B deny a certified bop?

He comes home it’s out now. Super Bowl LVIII, featuring Usher’s halftime show, begins Sunday at 6:30 PM ET on CBS and will air on Paramount+.

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