Usher had good reason to delay his next album, UR, which was initially expected to arrive later this year. In an interview with U.K.'s The Guardian, the singer revealed that he wanted to carry the inspiration from his current UR Experience tour with August Alsina into the recording process.
“I thought there would be nothing greater than to come off the high of being on tour than to go back into the studio,” he says of work on the album, which has spawned two singles: "Good Kisser" and the Nicki Minaj-assisted "She Came to Give It to You."
Of his tour, Usher says, “I wanted to encapsulate what the past 20 years have been for me. I wanted the audience to reminisce.”
Usher also tells the paper he sees himself as following in the footsteps of the R&B greats that came before him. “It’s part of what makes me great, being able to follow Michael Jackson, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, great artists who were also incredible songwriters,” he says.
The crooner's North America trek will travel to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia, Boston and Las Vegas before concluding on December 24 in Tampa. He will then begin the European leg on February 13 in France and wrap up March 26 in London, England.
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