Usher Visits "The Ellen Show" To Discuss The Release Of "UR"/ Brand-New Single, "I Don't Mind"
This week, Usher appeared on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," to discuss his new music, and his provocative lyrics to his new single, "I Don't Mind."
Ellen started off asking Usher when we could be expecting his new album, "UR," and Usher confirmed that the album would be released sometime this year. I felt like Ellen should've went a little further with that question, because Usher just wasn't teasing enough for his fans.
I mean, he's been working on this project for a couple of years. His fans should at least be at the point, where they know what season the album is coming out, but Usher quickly moved on from the question, saying that we could also be expecting a movie from him as well this year, so this'll be an excellent way to start off the new year for Usher.
Ellen later went on to talk about Usher's controversial lyrics to his 3rd single off UR, "I Don't Mind." Ellen quickly read the lyrics to Usher, as the audience looked at Usher's reaction. It seemed as if Usher was a little uncomfortable talking about the track as well, and I've always been curious about that in regards to artist. For example, Beyonce's single, "Partition." I felt it you read the lyrics face to face with her, she wouldn't even be comfortable discussing it, and what's the point of even releasing that kind of material, when you know you aren't even comfortable speaking on the track. I know it's an easy way to sell, since music nowadays in the mainstream, focuses on sex, money, and strippers, but shouldn't Usher, himself be at the point where he releases music from his heart?
I have no problem with him still being mainstream in the music industry, or at least trying, but if his fans keep considering that Usher releases music from his heart, why is he still searching for "what's hot," when he knows what his fans truly want. The same goes for artist like Ne-Yo. No one is checking for Ne-Yo's new material like that, because they miss his old records, when he sung from the heart. (Listen To "Do You" By Ne-Yo)
Many have went on to say how Sam Smith can release "true" music and still sell well. Sam Smith and Usher shouldn't even be in the same sentence. It's just like how the media are always trying to tare Ariana Grande and Mariah apart. They are both two great, established artist, but it's going to be 2x as hard for Usher and Mariah to sell, because they aren't in their prime anymore, which goes for looks, and music, and 2. They have to try to please this generation with their music. It's as if they're starting over in the music industry. I really would like Usher to consider what his fans are saying though, and give it a try. Usher has done everything else in the book, but considered his fan's ideas lately. Overall, even with "I Don't Mind" not being the typical Usher single, I still did like Usher's direction with this era. He's got an organic sound. I mean, before the release of "I Don't Mind," he was really on to something. Can't say Usher may be still going that route, but the material was definitely good.