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Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”

The idea of a posthumous Michael Jackson album, full of "contemporized" versions of unreleased recordings, is more than a little dubious, but there's a decent chance that the forthcoming Xscape will be a fun listen. We've already heard the title track, and it was a fine example of late-period MJ. The new single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014

The Week In Pop: Sam Smith’s Miraculous Voice Will Make Him A Star, But What Kind?

Among the attributes necessary for pop stardom, a powerhouse voice is not typically on the shortlist. From Madonna to Rihanna, pop singers have long been able to excel at their occupation without the ability to wail away magnificently. It's counterintuitive given that job #1 for singers is, ostensibly, singing, but there are other more important… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2014

Bonnaroo Lineup 2014

Like last year, Bonnaroo is announcing the bulk of its fest lineup via a 30-minute B.L.A.M. (Bonnaroo Line-Up Announcement Megathon) webcast. The 2014 reveal is hosted by comedians Hannibal Buress and Taran Killam and features a super jam with the Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, and special guests (I'm guessing Foxygen based on thisMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 19, 2014

The Producers: A Year-End Q&A With Ariel Rechtshaid

As part of Stereogum's year-end coverage, The 2013 Experience, this week we’re presenting a series of interviews with the producers of our favorite songs of the year. Today, we've got Ariel Rechtshaid. Ariel Rechtshaid might be the only person on the face of the earth who's worked with both Cass McCombs and Usher --… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2013

SXSW 2013 Friday: Future, T.I., Master P, More

Our SXSW 2013 coverage continues with a detailed report from that FADER Fort show that brought us Future, T.I., and of course, Usher + Sinkane + The Afghan Whigs. Jump in:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2013

Watch Usher Join Afghan Whigs At SXSW

We'll have more on this when we post our SXSW roundup for last night, since your entire Stereogum staff was on hand for it, but something strange and amazing happened last night at the FADER Fort. The night's headliners, boozy Ohioan underground legends the Afghan Whigs, were a few songs into a tough and grizzled… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 16, 2013

Usher – “Go Missin'” (Prod. Diplo)

There's a lot for Usher and Diplo to live up to after "Climax," their breathtaking collaboration with Nico Muhly. Perhaps that track was appropriately titled, because "Go Missin'" doesn't hit the same mark. I did mention earlier this week that Usher does have a boring side and here he's leaning that way. Diplo'… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 15, 2013

Watch Dirty Projectors Cover Usher’s “Climax” On Triple J

During a recent session for the Australian radio station Triple J, Dirty Projectors took it upon themselves to cover Usher's "Climax," the one recent radio hit that shows the sort of melodic sophistication that the group loves. Backed entirely by by some sort of drum-machine sequencer doohickey, the band's version of the song i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 25, 2013

Rick Ross – “Touch’n You (Balam Acab Edit)” (Feat. Usher)

For reasons only known to young laptop murk-designer Balam Acab, the young man has just remixed "Touch'n You," a Rick Ross/Usher collaboration from the former's God Forgives, I Don't album. Balam Acab's virtually unrecognizable six-minute version of the song sounds like a lost Man-Thing trudging through a swamp while the guy from Salem howl… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2012

Usher – “Climax (Dave Sitek Remix)”

Sound wizard/TVOTR member Dave Sitek takes Usher and Diplo's "Climax" in a much more harrowing direction in his remix of the track, which is saying a lot because the original is pretty pain-filled as is. It makes Usher sound out of place, in an interesting way, and the cold, strangely futuristic sounds Sitek use… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 25, 2012

Album Of The Week: Usher Looking 4 Myself

This week, a couple of seasoned soul-music professionals are releasing new albums that toy around with sonar beeps and European club-music thumps, trying to find the ways that they can use these sounds to convey some serious emotion. In this particular corner of the internet, we've been hearing a lot more about one of those… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2012

Usher – “Hot Thing” (Feat. ASAP Rocky)

If early looks are any indication, Usher's new record, Looking 4 Myself -- his first since 2010's Raymond V Raymond -- will drop next week with its eye focused on the Billboard charts. We've already heard the climbing, Diplo-produced burner "Climax" but now we've got another glimpse of Looking 4 Myself, this time the… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 5, 2012

Rick Ross – “Touch’N You” (Feat. Usher)

Rick Ross aims for the radio with the Usher collab "Touch'N You," a new single from the forthcoming God Forgives, I Don't. The inclusion of Usher should hint that the track's reaching for a different vibe than anything included on the gritty, awesome Rich Forever. Nobody strays too far outside their comfort zone on thi… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 15, 2012

Watch SNL‘s 100th Digital Short

Last Saturday's Will Ferrell-hosted Saturday Night Live contained the 100th Digital Short, a celebratory musical number featuring Justin Bieber, Julian Casablancas, Justin Timberlake, Natalie Portman, Michael Bolton, Usher, Jon Hamm and about every imaginable character from the Digital Shorts. There might not be many more of these; Andy Samberg is rumored to be leaving… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 14, 2012

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO's medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season's plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions' ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to "your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012

Usher – “Climax” Video

Earlier this year, Usher linked with Diplo to make "Climax," a pretty amazing heartbroken R&B track with masterful dance-music flourishes and an excellently subtle string arrangement from indie-classical wunderkind Nico Muhly. It's an early contender for single of the year and a fine reminder that, no matter what you may think of Usher and/or Diplo,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 9, 2012

Diplo – “Express Yourself”

The always-prolific Diplo has been especially visible lately -- a new book coming out and an Usher collab will do that for you -- and tomorrow he'll drop "Express Yourself," a frenetic club track starring Jamaican dancehall singer Nicky Da B. Download "Express Yourself" and check out Diplo's great new medium-burner with Usher, "Climax,"… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 16, 2012

U2, Springsteen Play Inaugural Celebration At Lincoln Memorial

Barack Obama was the eighth most frequently tagged "artist" on Stereogum in the past twelve months. That makes him even more popular than Animal Collective around here, and deservedly so: Animal Collective may have just released their finest album, but they are not ready to lead our country. Yet. In any case, you are… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 19, 2009

This Is A Video Response To R. Kelly (Feat. Usher) – “Same Girl” [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

We're not posting Mimi & Flo's shot-for-shot parody of R. Kelly & Usher's "Same Girl", "Same Dude", just because white artists covering black artists is one of blogging's less decorative evergreens, or to start a thread about Usher's U-Turn. More »

By: Stereogum / July 30, 2007
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