Nas and Lauryn Hill announce North American tour with Hannibal Buress
Nas and Lauryn Hill have announced a short North American tour that will kick off this September in Chicago.
Reggae singer Chronixx will open 11 of the scheduled dates with comedian Hannibal Buress opening the remaining six dates. In a joint statement about the tour, Nas said: “This is history… Better late than never. Life is good!”
1st June 2017 12:21
BRYSON TILLER SUPRISE DROPS NEW ALBUM 'TRUE TO SELF'
A month earlier than anticipated, US crooner Bryson Tiller has unleashed his sophomore album True To Self online.
Just as he did on his debut LP TRAPSOUL, the Louisville native holds things down on his own, with a total of 19 new solo tracks on offer. Only one of the three tracks released earlier this month, "Somethin Tells Me", makes the final cut of the album.
1st June 2017 12:19
Beyonce and Bruno Mars Dominate 2017 BET Award Nominations
Beyoncé’s Lemonade dominated the 2016 BET Awards last year, and she’s set to do it again this year, with the very same project.
Last year, Bey won Video of the Year for “Formation” and this year, she’s up for the same award for “Sorry.” Solange is also nominated for the top award for “Cranes In the Sky” from her celebrated album, A Seat At the Table, Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” is also up for the award, as well as Migos’ No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee” and Big Sean’s “Bounce Back.”
In total, Bey has seven nominations for the 2017 ceremony. She’s followed by Bruno Mars, who has five nominations, lead by his acclaimed album, 24K Magic. Solange follows Bruno with four nominations this year, and Chance the Rapper also has four nominations for his acclaimed album, Coloring Book, as does Migos for their Culture album.
The BET Awards will air Sunday, June 25.
16th May 2017 14:19
KENDRICK LAMAR REVEALS ALBUM FEATURES & TRACKLIST
After it was rumoured to drop last Friday, Kendrick Lamar has now finally revealed all the juicy details on his forthcoming new album.
It's called Damn. and consists of 14 brand new tracks including his current single "Humble". Guest features on the LP come from Rihanna and rock group U2, while Mike Will Made It, BADBADNOTGOOD and James Blake all handle production duties, amongst others.
Damn. will arrive on April 14th (this Friday) at midnight. Start getting gassed for King Kendrick Lamar to return
12th April 2017 11:20
DRAKE DROPS EPIC “MORE LIFE” PROJECT
Drake has come through with his long awaited “More Life”project.
The playlist of new tracks premiered last night on Drake’s OVO Apple radio show, bringing us 22 new tracks almost a year after Views came into our lives.
The project is a solid body of work to, in Drake’s words, “bridge the gap” between albums. Man just doesn’t want us to forget about him and we’re here for it.
Features showcase the best of UK talent, and further solidify Drake’s connection to London’s urban scene. Giggs appears on not one but two tracks and Skepta has his own interlude. F-cking sick.
20th March 2017 14:22
WHY STORMZY'S ALBUM IS SO IMPORTANT EVEN IF IT HADN'T GONE NUMBER 1
After relentless efforts not only from the grime and rap community but from the entire country, Stormzy’s debut album Gang Signs & Prayer has nabbed the top spot in the Official UK Album Chart this week.
Since dropping the record last Friday, Stormz embarked on a week of crazy promotion including numerous surprise gigs, a WhatsApp campaign, meet and greets with fans across the country and all the heavy hitters of the genre relentlessly plugging the drop on social media. Let’s not forget his shut down performance at the Brits last week too. Thankfully the campaign trail worked and the album won the iconic number one position, but here’s the thing: it wouldn’t have mattered even if it didn’t.
It’s undeniable that GSAP will go down as one of the defining albums of the genre. By mixing the road with his unwavering faith, Stormzy bared his soul and the country listened. In its first seven days, the record sold nearly 70,000 copies and eight of its tracks made it into the top 40 in the Official UK Singles Chart. “Big For Your Boots” is in the top ten. This is the kind of territory that our scene has never seen before and the fact that it’s come from an independent artist is historic.
He wanted his people to know that there is more to life than the road, even if they don’t know it. With a mix of powerfully emotional tracks like “100 Bags”, “Lay Me Bare” and “Blinded By Your Grace Part 2”, blended with more traditional grimy bangers like “Bad Boys” and “Return Of The Rucksack”, Stormzy has cemented his place as the voice of the new generation of grime.
With a track list and feature panel this strong, the album was already set to be a classic, but the sheer furor that Big Mike sent the country into over the last week has taken it to another level. Who could have such legit street cred that Crazy Titch is backing him from jail and is actually known as “Wicked Skengman”, yet can still appear on Sunday Brunch, GQ, LBC Radio and BBC News all in the space of seven days? The same man who just two weeks before was almost arrested in his own home after his neighbours disbelief that a black man could be living in a luxury flat in Chelsea, that’s who.
One week ago Stormzy was a semi-household name who was mainly known outside of the grime community as “that guy who did that “Shut Up” song and knows Pogba”. Now, he’s a certy pop star, with the likes of Kehlani, Adele and Ed Sheeran backing him.
Yes, it is incredible that the album hit that top spot. But really it was the incredible campaign trail that really made the last week special, proving that in the case of Gang Signs & Prayer, the journey was the destination.
8th March 2017 12:40
Happy Birthday, Bob Marley!
In the 31 years since his untimely death, Marley still remains the most-popular figure in Reggae music. Succumbing to cancer at age 36 in 1981, Marley had become a global ambassador for the music he helped make famous.
Marley’s passing shook the reggae and music community to its core; yet, his legacy remains intact through his timeless music catalog and talented children.
Marley was born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish in Jamaica (also the birthplace of Marcus Garvey). Marley’s father was a white Jamaican man of English descent and his mother was a native of Jamaica. Discovering music as a teenager, Marley befriended Neville “Bunny” Livingston (aka Bunny Wailer) who shared his dreams of becoming a musician. Through singer Joe Higgs, the pair met Peter McIntosh (aka Peter Tosh) who also had similar ambitions. Recording his first songs in 1962, Marley and his friends would eventually be renamed The Wailers, after being discovered by a local record producer.
Marrying Rita Anderson (now Marley) in 1966, Marley and his bride made a sojourn to the United States to live near his mother in Wilmington, De. Marley soon teamed up with American singer Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”) and nabbed a deal with CBS Records. Marley and the Wailers went on tour with Nash before their label deal went sour and the band ended up stranded in London in 1972. From there, Marley contacted Island Records’ founder Chris Blackwell and was advanced funds to record the hit album “Catch A Fire.”
Shortly after the release of their major-label debut, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh went their separate ways for still undisclosed reasons. Marley continued on recording under the Wailers name, employing his wife Rita on vocals and formed an entirely new backing band. Bob Marley and The Wailers released thirteen albums between 1965 and 1983, with the last, “Confrontation,” released posthumously.
Bob Marley converted to Rastafarianism in the 1960s, enraptured by both the Pan-African message of his hero Garvey and the story of Ethiopian regent and emperor Haile Selassie I, the latter revered as the messiah in Rastafarian culture. Marley’s music was first modeled after American pop and soul styles, becoming increasingly militant as he grew into his faith. His last studio outing with the Wailers, “Uprising,” is considered his most-religious work and spawned the hit song “Could You Be Loved.”
Marley had several children with various women. His oldest son, Ziggy, is an accomplished musician himself as the front man for his Melody Makers band with brothers Stephen and sisters Sharon and Cedella.
Marley’s youngest son, Damian “Junior Gong,” has enjoyed success as a “deejay” (dancehall rapper) and vocalist under the tutelage of older brother Stephen. Other members of the Marley clan have dabbled in music and have deep investments in their
father’s legacy and image.
Marley’s hypnotic voice and poignant lyrics still resonate within the hearts and minds of Reggae fans the world over. Marley has the distinction of being the most-universally loved Reggae artists of all times, with some fans saying their only exposure to Reggae music came by way of Bob Marley. While his children may have captured their father’s honeyed vocals and potency at times, there has never been an artist like Bob Marley since.
Happy Birthday to you, Bob Marley!
6th February 2017 14:26
Drake Reschedules The Boy Meets World Tour Again
Drake has rescheduled the dates for upcoming The Boy Meets World European tour for the second time.
The ‘One Dance’ rapper was set to start his highly-anticipated tour in Amsterdam tonight (26th January).
However Drizzy has pushed back the Amsterdam dates again, after he had already moved them from their original 20th and 21st January dates.
A statement from Netherlands-based concert and festival organiser Mojo, says: “Earlier we informed Drake fans on the rescheduling of his Ziggo Dome concerts. We are very sorry to inform you again that the Drake concerts on January 26 (original date January 20) and January 27 (original date January 21) in the Ziggo Dome have been moved to new dates.
“Drake wants to bring a complete new show to Europe and not a copy of the shows in the US Unfortunately due to unforeseen production setbacks it will need a little bit more time to be ready.
"The international and local crew have been working on this production since January 17 in the Ziggo Dome and Drake was all set and has started his rehearsals this week. He can’t wait to start this new tour and show his fans this amazing concert.”
There is currently no further information about new dates.
Drake had previously rescheduled his a number of his UK dates because of “unforeseen production setbacks”.
Check out the UK tour dates below:
London, The O2 (30th January, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 14th, 15th February, 20th March)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (8th, 9th February)
Manchester, Arena (11th, 12th February)
Sheffield, Arena (17th February)
Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (22nd, 23rd February)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (22nd, 23rd March)
Meanwhile, Drake is still expected to release his playlist project ‘More Life’ this month, which is rumoured to feature Skepta, Bryson Tiller, Jennifer Lopez and more.
26th January 2017 13:32
Karrueche Tran Is Not Here for Chris Brown and Soulja Boy's Feud: 'It's So Ridiculous'
Karrueche Tran has finally responded to the Chris Brown and Soulja Boy feud that erupted on Instagram. Apparently, Breezy wasn’t happy that Soulja liked one of Tran’s post and challenged him to a boxing match.
Much like the fans, Tran is so over it. She apparently went on social media and called Brown and Soulja Boy’s feud “ridiculous.”
“First off this drama between the both of these two is so ridiculous it makes no sense,” she writes. “We just brought in a new year and this what we doing?? Leave the extra’d out, rah rah s— behind. Th isn’t cool to funny…it’s draining…not just for me…but for everyone.”
We couldn’t agree more. Of course, Brown had to respond since he stays creeping on Tran’s page. He wrote a very long response in the comments section. The singer maintains that his fight with Soulja Boy has nothing to do with her.
“No one asked for this opinion!!! It ain’t over you!! Girl keep the fame you got and stay classy! This man randomly started this, now u gassed!!!!” he wrote. “Karrueche is 2 years famous. I’m so sick of n—-s coming at me left and right and now she wanna chime in. Nobody gives a f—.”
Soulja Boy also chimed in with his opinion about Tran’s response to Brown. You can watch the rapper’s response below.
Yes, this is getting really messy and nonsensical.
4th January 2017 12:21
Drake has hit yet another streaming landmark
Drake has hit yet another streaming landmark – ‘One Dance’ is now the first single track to notch up one billion streams on Spotify.
We already knew that ‘One Dance’ is the streaming platform’s biggest song of the year and indeed, of all-time, with the Canadian also crowned most streamed artist ever back in May. Now he can add the one billion stream tally to his shelf of virtual awards.
The viral hit, which features Wizkid and Kyla, spent 15 weeks at the top of the UK singles chart – the longest run to date – overtaking previous record holder and fellow Canadian Bryan Adams with his 1991 track ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For You).’ [via Billboard]
20th December 2016 14:03
Nicki Minaj Drops New Single ‘I Ain’t Gone Do It’ Read More: Nicki Minaj Drops New Single 'I Ain't Gone Do It'
Nicki Minaj is back with a news single, “I Ain’t Gone Do It.”
After exciting fans with her version of “Black Beatles” aptly called“Black Barbies Freestyle” and setting social media on fire with the release of her new mobile game, Nicki Minaj: The Empire, the rapper graced fans with new music as well. Anyone who purchased the game also received the song.
Already the mobile has received rave reviews, trending on Twitter upon its release for its features, including the opportunity to record raps as you build your hip-hop empire.
The mobile game basically rival’s Kim Kardashian’s.
“Nicki brings to Glu her audience of over 100 million social followers and a new music category,” Glu Mobile CEO Niccolo de Masi said in a press release from 2015. “We look forward to combining Nicki’s distinctive style and massive global appeal with Glu’s celebrity social gaming expertise.
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8th December 2016 13:15
Kanye West Cancels Remaining Dates of His ‘Saint Pablo’ Tour.
After much speculation, Kanye West has officially canceled his Saint Pablo Tour. This after he abruptly ended his show following a bizarre rant about Beyonce and Jay Z in Sacramento, Calif., last Saturday night (Nov. 19).
Apparently, West canceled his makeup show in Los Angeles on Sunday (Nov. 20) and now it looks like the rapper has had enough and “nixed” the whole jaunt entirely. There’s no word if fans will get refunds for their purchased tickets.
West has received a ton of backlash this past week during his West Coast run of his tour. First, he voiced his support for Donald Trump at last week’s show, much to the chagrin of concertgoers. Then, on Saturday (Nov. 19), he sent shots at Queen Bey and Hov at his Sacramento show and left the stage after performing three songs.
Fans and the Beyhive swarmed on Yeezy and delivered the swift slander with the trending topic #KanyeIsOverParty.
Following West’s rants at his Saint Pablo Tour, fellow rappers Snoop Dogg and Mysonne expressed what pretty much everyone has been thinking since then. “This n—- crazy. I can’t believe he still talking,” said the Doggfather, while Mysonne called him a “Cornball.”
However, Talib Kweli has reached out to Kanye West on Twitter and urged him to rethink his position on Donald Trump and reconnect with Black people who support him.
“We love u. u r everything u say u are. A genius, an icon. U added greatness to my life. But lifting Trump up kills us. Come home,” he tweeted.
Even though the week has just begun, it’s safe to say, that Kanye West is already having the worst week ever.
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22nd November 2016 15:56
Chris Brown and T-Pain Set To Release New Music
Chris Brown and T-Pain have been working on new music together.
The R&B singer previews a slew of new tracks on his Instagram last night and one of them will see T-Pain making a guest feature. One of the tracks also sampled Usher’s baby-making jam “Nice & Slow.”
“Wanna start making more music for the ladies. Bring that real love music. Ain’t always about bitches and hoes. Want to touch your soul first!” Breezy wrote on IG.
Chris Brown has been rumored to be working on a new album but so far there are no real conformation about that project except that Bounty Killer son, Major Myjah, revealed back in August that he has been working with Brown on a project title “Heartbreak on a Full Moon.”
Breezy also promised his fans that he would be releasing more genuine R&B songs like he used to. That could explain some of the lyrics in the snippets he teases on IG. “Ooh, girl, I see you looking my way / Right now, I see you back in my place,” he sings. “In a foreign, whipping’ like it’s Djang / If I f*** you in that Range Rover / I had that pu**y before you came over.”
14th November 2016 12:24
Jeezy Grabs His Third No.1 on the Billboard 200 Chart with ‘Trap or Die 3′
Jeezy’s much-anticipated project, Trap or Die 3, has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts.
This marks the third album the rapper has had hit No. 1, and the eight consecutive album top 10 album on the chart, according to Billboard. The album which was released on Oct. 28, sold 89,000 units in the week ending Nov. 3, according to Nielson Music.
Thus far, all eight of Jeezy’s charting albums have reached the top 10, stretching back to 2005’s Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, which debuted and peaked at No. 2. As for No. 1 albums, he previously hit the mark with 2008’s The Recession and 2006’s The Inspiration.
Jeezy said that he wanted to take it back with the release of the third installment of the popular Trap or Die series.
“I wanted to take it back to creating music,” Jeezy recently told Billboard. “My first two albums, we made from scratch. We didn’t even have a studio… In its entirety, (the new album is) real, authentic, quality street music.”
The 16-track release also boasts features from the late Bankroll Fresh on “All There,” as well as Lil Wayne on the previously shared “Bout That.” Chris Brown shows up on “Pretty Diamonds” and French Montana throws an assist on “Going Crazy.” In addition, the album features appearances from Plies and Yo Gotti.
You can purchase Jeezy’s Trap or Die 3 on iTunes.
7th November 2016 14:27
Future Is Cooking Up Bangers With DJ Khaled
Future’s 2016 has been undeniably strong. Not only did he release his new album EVOL, he was able to smash the summer with his incredible tour with Drake. Now, it appears that the “March Madness” rapper is once again in the studio brewing up some magic with his partner-in-crime, DJ Khaled.
The 20-second clip finds Future and Khaled laying down some new heatrock, leaving us to wonder what else they have in store for the future. If you recall, Khaled tapped Future for his singles “I Got the Keys” and “Do You Mind.” Is Future preparing to lace up his boots and finally release Beast Mode 16? With only two more months left, we can only hope that he lives up to his promise and release the sequel to his long-anticipated mixtape. Last month, Zaytoven revealed that the project was finished and that he is waiting on Future to give him the word to finally release it.
20th October 2016 15:51
DJ Khaled is working on a book titled "The Keys."
DJ Khaled is working on a book titled "The Keys."
We're about to receive Lil Wayne's memoir in the coming week, Gucci Mane recently announced his own book deal, and next up in the rap game to take on the book game is DJ Khaled. The Major Key DJ is prepared to share the keys of success in his upcoming book, titled "The Keys," for which the cover was unveiled yesterday.
The book will reportedly explain Khaled's philosophy for success, real life Khaled stories, as well as some additional mogul talk provided by the likes of Lyor Cohen, LA Reid, Diddy, Jay Z and more.
Khaled says of the book, "THEY tried to hide the keys from me when I was coming up. Now I’ve mastered the keys and I want to let everybody know that these are keys from my perspective. This book will help you follow your vision as long as you have passion, dedication, blood, sweat and tears, and especially ignore when THEY try to bring you down. Major Key, I wish I had this book when I was coming up. This my passion pain success, blessing and more wins! We the best!"
The book is due out on November 22nd.
30th September 2016 14:35
Kanye West Confirms Collaborative Album With Drake
As if their “Calabasas is the New Abu Dhabi” billboard wasn’t a big enough hint, Kanye West confirmed he and Drake have a collaborative album on the way.
On the eve of his Yeezy Season 4 unveiling in NYC, the “Fade” star took the time to speak to Vogue about the collection and what he hopes to accomplish with Adidas going forward.
On the music tip, he said, “We’re just working on music, working on a bunch of music together, just having fun going into the studio. We’re working on an album, so there’s some exciting things coming up soon.”
The aforementioned billboard is on display in Los Angeles, stamped with the G.O.O.D. Music angel and OVO’s owl showing the camaraderie between the two camps.
Neither of the rap superstars are strangers to joint projects, with Kanye going bar for bar with Jay Z on Watch the Throne and Drizzy being taken into Future‘s hazy world on What a Time to be Alive.
While a release date has yet to be mentioned, expect the hype for the collaborative album to be through the roof.
9th September 2016 12:48
Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart
It’s official—Frank Ocean has the No. 1 album in the country. The 28-year-old R&B singer’s sophomore album, Blonde, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Frank didn’t disappoint with the highly-anticipated album as he brought on the likes of Beyoncé, André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, and Tyler, the Creator for featured guests.
It was unclear whether or not Blonde sold enough to make it to the top spot last week since it was released exclusively on Apple Music. But Blonde ultimately sold 232,000 traditional album sales. With streams, it racked up 276,000 units including streams, according to Nielsen Music.
Blonde serves as Ocean’s first No. 1 album. (His 2012 effort, channel ORANGE, debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.) It also nabbed the third largest opening week in 2016 after Drake’s Views and Beyonce’s Lemonade. Not to mention it’s also charting at No. 1 in the UK and in Australia.
Ocean has yet to make a statement about his latest win but after the release of the album, he thanked his tireless fans who consistently begged for the release of his sophomore album.
“I had the time of my life making all of this. Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish. Which is basically every one of ya’ll. Haha. Love you,” read his Tumblr post.
The album was released independently through Ocean’s Boy’s Don’t Cry imprint. As for Endless, the album Ocean released one day before Blonde to fulfill his contractual obligation to release another effort through Def Jam, is not eligible for Billboard charts since it is not available to purchase.
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30th August 2016 11:20
Drake Brings Out Eminem in Detroit, Says He’s ‘The Greatest Rapper to Ever Touch a Microphone’ Read More: Drake Brings Out Eminem in Detroit, Says He's 'The Greatest Rapper to Ever Touch a Microphone'
Drake and Eminem proved it’s all love between Tuesday night (Aug. 16) at Drake’s stop at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for his Summer Sixteen Tour.
Eminem rose from a platform under the stage to perform his verse on Drake’s 2009 song, “Forever,” causing the his hometown crowd to go crazy. The two gave an energetic performance before Drake let the crowd know exactly what he really thinks about Eminem.
“Make some noise for the greatest rapper to ever touch a microphone,” he said to the crowd, before bowing to Slim Shady.
Drake bringing Eminem out on stage is significant, since a couple of weeks ago, the Internet went crazy when Hot 97’s Ebro suggested the two had plans to diss each other. The move pissed Drake off and he denied there was any truth to the rumor. Ebro later said the whole thing was a joke. Now, Drake and Eminem’s display of love should forever end any discussion about whether or not the two are friends or not, and quell any linger thoughts about whether that beef Ebro made up actually had some legs to it. Short answer? No.
Eminem also posted a picture of the two on Instagram, and simply captioned it, “Views from the The Joe. #WelcometoDetroit.”
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17th August 2016 15:06
How Usher’s ‘8701’ Transcended Him from Teen Heartthrob to R&B’s Leading Man
Making the transition from teeny-bopper heart-throb to a leading man and bonafide sex symbol has been a crap-shoot in many genres, but especially in R&B. For every Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, there’s a Tony Thompson and Ralph Tresvant. Even Bobby Brown, who was once crowned the King of R&B during his peak, suffered a steep fall from grace before he was in his mid-20s.
With Brown’s downslide, it left behind a vacant spot for the next R&B contender to step in and fill. Enter Usher Raymond IV.
Usher, who would be the next great R&B hopeful to successfully evolve into a true adult superstar. That evolution, which was spurred by the singer’s multi-platinum sophomore album, My Way, was completed with his third LP, 8701, which arrived in August of 2001. The album, which came four years after the release of My Way, would be the one album out of Usher’s catalog that had the most riding on it. But as he had just proved with his previous outing, expectations have been nothing but fuel for Usher since he first stepped into the music industry.
After deciding to dedicate his life to music in 1987, which is in-part the inspiration behind the title, 8701, Usher would make his first foray into the music biz as a member of a local quintet called NuBeginnings, appearing on the album, NuBeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV. The album, which was only available regionally and through mail-order, would fail to catch on and Usher’s mother, who also doubled as his manager, would pull him out of the group, instead deciding to embark on a career as a solo act.
After an impressive appearance as a contestant on Star Search, Usher caught the eye of a talent scout for industry titan L.A. Reid’s record label, LaFace Records, which housed some of the hottest R&B talent at the time. Signing the young, charismatic performer on the spot after an impromptu audition, Usher became the hit factory’s newest act, and would immediately make a good first impression with his debut single, “Call Me a Mack,” which Usher contributed to the soundtrack for the 1993 film, Poetic Justice.
The teenage ladies man would begin work on his eponymous solo debut, honing his craft under the tutelage of Sean “Puffy” Combs. After being whipped into shape and molded by the fast-paced lifestyle in New York City, LaFace unleashed Usher’s debut album in August of 1994, which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Spawning three successful singles, one of which – “Think of You” – landed at No. 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Usher would establish himself as a young artist with promise, but failed to light the world on fire in comparison to fellow young R&B acts like Tevin Campbell, Aaliyah, Brandy, and Monica, all of whom had achieved platinum success while Usher would fail to go gold until much later after its release. His future in the music industry in limbo, Usher retreated to the open-mic and live showcase circuit, continuing to build his chops as a singer, as well as his fan base, impressing L.A. Reid enough to bet the bank on Usher and throw the kitchen sink into his sophomore album, My Way.
8th August 2016 12:27