When Usher set out to work on his “Raymond V. Raymond” album, which arrived in stores this week, the “OMG” singer had iconic performers Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye on his mind. “For me, I think [Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye] â they figured out what they were as they were going, by inspiration as well. Philanthropy is one thing all of them did in some way â rather, it was allowing their music to speak to where they were and what they had to say, from Michael to Stevie Wonder to Marvin,” Usher shared with MTV this week. “The one thing they all had is the ability to last forever. Two of them are now gone, Michael and Marvin, their music will last forever, and that’s something I hope to accomplish.” With a solid catalog of hits and albums, including “Confessions” and “8701,” the singer may just achieve that goal. While Usher may have his goal of following Michael and Marvin with similar success checked off, he admits that it has been difficult for people to get to know the real Usher. On “Raymond V. Raymond,” he wanted to change that. “Part of the reason why I did this album so you can understand the full spectrum of who I am as an artist,” says Usher. “Raymond V. Raymond” is packed with the singles “OMG,” Lil Freak,” “Papers” and the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs top ten charting “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”.
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