Two albums in one year, OMG Usher! This is what artists at the top of their game do. His bark is as big as his bite (ha!) like DMX when he dominated with back to back debut and sophomore albums within six months of each other in 1998. Not comparing Usher's most recent work to his self-titled opus, but this year, we've allowed him to reintroduce himself. So Usher's next release won't be a proper album, tracking in at 9 songs, making it an EP. Not exactly the first time he's done things his way, because outside of Usher's studio albums, there have been a few other abbreviated works. See all four after the jump.
It looks like Versus might eclipse some of the singles from it's predecessor because his new record with Pitbull picks up where "OMG" left off—in the club. As for it's hip-hop counterpart, the Bun B-featured single finds his producer Ace Polow Da Don at his best.
Four new tracks were added to this deluxe version of Confessions, all from the best producers that helped Usher wax on his relationship woes with Chilli. The collab with Alicia Keys, "My Boo" really took off though, no one saw it coming, even though it was a chance for the pop mega-stars to share the same spotlight, and even come off a little flirty. To keep things safe though, the video was a 2-for: "Bad Girl" first then the "My Boo" finding Usher at another crossroads between his good side and his dark side. Speaking of so-called "bad girls," keep your eyes peeled for Lindsay Lohan's boo Samantha Ronson spinning in the opening scene.
SAMPLE: USHER F. ALICIA KEYS, "MY BOO"
Usher returned to his birthplace of Chattanooga, Tennessee (not Atlanta) for a stop on his tour, promoting My Way. This was Usher's turning point from being Diddy's little homie to Usher Raymond. Here we see Usher perform a Bobby Brown medley, back when it was really cool to be influenced by the original King of R&B. Yeah, Whitney was kind of right when she said that. This performance made it onto the 1999 live album, his first and still his best on-stage performance to date. Sorry "OMG."
SAMPLE: USHER, BOBBY BROWN MEDLY (LIVE FROM CHATTANOOGA)
Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up was Usher's Moonwalker. It was a collection of videos starring Joy Bryant, co-starring high-profile celebrities like Diddy, Naomi Campbell, Clifton Powell, and even a cameo from Ryan Seacrest. A lot of the songs were filler material of Usher's that could have been left alone, but it at least gave room for slept-on classics like "Caught Up" and the Lil Jon banger, "Red Light." Lesson Learned: Watch In The Mix instead.
SAMPLE: USHER, "RED LIGHT"