Usher Covers Fault Magazine; Talks Not Needing to Sell Out Tour or “Crazy Albums”

Usher continues to lay the groundwork for his forthcoming album, which currently has no release date after the Grammy winner told Billboard that it "isn't scheduled anymore."

With his upcoming "The UR Experience Tour" set to kick off on November 1, the multi-Grammy winner has been keeping busy. His latest look sees him fronting the cover of Fault Magazine’s latest issue; he is captured seated in front of a model's legs.

In his sit down, Usher spoke about joining NBC’s The Voice, his new album and making music based on feeling, and his friendship with Sugar Ray Leonard. Check out some excerpts below:

On why he joined ‘The Voice’: “Part of the reason why I did ‘The Voice’ was so people would get a chance to get a different perception of me.”

On his experiences coaching on ‘The Voice’: “The more I know about life, the more I know about people, the greater the person I am, the more understanding I have about how to make music and how to do things that will grow us as people.”

On making the music he wants to make: “I don’t feel that I’ve got to sell out this tour, or sell crazy amounts of albums, or have the number one single. It’s great to have all those things, but that isn’t what I’m doing.”

On his new friendship with Sugar Ray Leonard (who he is playing in the new film ‘Hands of Stone’: “I spent time with him in Atlanta, and here in Los Angeles. We boxed together; we chilled. He became a great friend of mine, almost like a brother to me.”

On his new album: “The one thing the album represents is confidence. Not confidence in a cocky way, but being open about what I feel, take it or leave it. If I’m not honest about my feelings then you’ll never know how I really feel.”

With all this promo, is Usher planning to drop a surprise album?


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