Usher is not abandoning his delayed eighth studio album, "UR," while touring the U.S. on "The UR Experience Tour."
The "U Don't Have To Call" and "U Remind Me" singer is actually rounding up a circle of heavyweight producers to make "UR" what it needs to be — a major success.
In a recent interview with The Guardian (UK), it was confirmed that he has tapped Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson), Ed Sheeran, Skrillex, Disclosure, Babyface, LA Reid and pop producing heavyweight Max Martin.
"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," Usher told The Guardian, speaking of James Brown anointing him as his successor. "He always told me: ‘If you stay ready, you ain’t got to get ready’."
“As an actor I’ve tried a lot of different things – I’ve tried TV, I’ve tried reality TV doing The Voice, I’ve done Broadway [starring in the musical Chicago], I’ve acted in films, I entertain, I dance, I sing, I write, I produce, I mentor – whatever the order for the day is, I take it up," Usher went on to say. "And I’m a dad. I’m just being the best that I can."
As reported earlier this year, Usher made an announcement via Billboard confirming that "UR" "isn't scheduled anymore." That announcement followed the push of two singles ("Good Kisser" and "She Came To Give It To You").
"At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio [and] go with how you feel. It's not about a specific topic or specific period of my life. I work on 40-50 songs in making an album," Usher told Billboard. "I haven’t finished the album enough to tell you what I'm talking about."
At that time he also confirmed a new collaboration with Chris Brown, which may make the final cut of "UR" whenever it is released.