Last week, Samsung released a short film starring Usher entitled “Looking 4 Myself” to help promote their line of new SmartTV’s. Now go behind-the-scenes for the commercial finding out why Usher was chosen for their series.
I REMEMBER WHEN I BECAME VEGAN,EVERYONE THOUGHT I WAS TRIPPIN #VEGANNATION
Hip hop star Usher has come over to the green side. Radar Online is reportingthat the 33 year-old singer has gone vegan, and loves what it’s doing to improve his already enviable abs.
A source told Radar, “Usher frequents a few vegan restaurants in New York City and not only loves the food, but feels like it’s the healthiest way to live.”
Apparently, the singer is close withJustin Bieber. So close that he’s trying to get the teen sensation to enhance his diet as well to keep him energetic while on tour. The same source said, “He’s desperate to get Bieber on the same health kick he is and thinks with all the touring and busy schedule he has, it would keep him energized.”
The source adds that thus far, Bieber isn’t game for the change in diet, but he does see Usher as a mentor, so it can’t be ruled out. Bieber is also friends with Ellen, so maybe Usher and the host can both work on convincing him.
Usher has apparently focused more on healthy living since his father died of a heart attack in 2008. Bill Clinton and Rosie O’Donnell would agree that the best medicine to keep your heart healthy is to adopt a plant based diet. Kudos to Usher for changing up his eating so he can be around to entertain the world for many years to come.
Our big question is… What are his favorite restaurants in NYC? Has anyone spotted him at any vegan joints?
IT’S NOT ANOTHER CURRENT BLACK ARTIST ON THIS CHART BY THE WAY, YALL GOT ME FUCKED UP,LOL
SEE THIS IS WHY IF YOU TRY TO GIVE ME A CD ON STREET, I DONT TAKE IT,HAS ANYONE ON HERE EVER HERD OF A GROUP CALLED “REAL TIGHT” ? I HAVEN’T, NORE HAVE I EVER HERD OF THE GUY WITH CLAIM,PEOPLE KILL ME WITH THIS SHIT #AWAISTOFMYTIME
Usher is on the verge of facing a song theft dispute over allegations of stealing material for his Hot 100 No. 1, “Burn,” from a songwriter named Ernest Lee Straughter.
Last month, a California federal judge found there to be sufficient possibility that Usher and co-defendants who produced the song had access to Slaughter’s work, “Reasons,” created in 1998. The judge accepted a musicologist’s report that noted substantial similarity between the songs and denied a motion to dismiss the case on summary judgment. That means a jury might have the rare opportunity to listen to two songs and determine if the Usher song was stolen.
But before that happens, Usher’s camp is pleading with the judge to re-examine whether there was any chance he was familiar with Straughter’s work.
Attorneys for the defendants, including Usher, producer Jermaine Dupri, EMI April Music, Sony Music, Arista Records, and others filed a motion on Friday that asks U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder to reconsider her August order denying summary judgment.
In the case, Straugther alleges he created a song entitled “The Reasons Why,” which showed up on an album by the R&B group Reel Tight under the name “No More Pain” in late 1998.
To make the claims stick, Straughter needs to show two big elements — that the defendants had access to his work and there was substantial similarity in the songs.
An expert for the plaintiffs submitted a report that the two songs shared measurable similarities, including a “highly unusual” 18-bar introduction, musical instruments that enter at the exact same bars, similar guitar and vocal stylings, the pitches and phrasings of certain melodies, and other compositional congruity.
Leaving aside the issue of whether these songs sound alike, the big controversy at the moment in the lawsuit is whether Usher and Dupri had access to Straughter’s song. Straughter offered several theories, some more convincing than others.
In her decision, Judge Snyder didn’t buy the one about Usher and members of Reel Tight having much personal contact with each other. But she did rule it to be an issue of material fact whether a third-party intermediary, Warren G, may have provided the link, having had mutual collaboration with both parties. Further, the judge did her own independent research and found Reel Tight’s album to have reached No. 197 for a single week in 1999 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. As such, the judge says the song may have been heard by Usher because it was available through “wide dissemination.”
In papers to the court on Friday, Usher’s camp attacks these theories. Usher says there was no attempt by the court to show access by anybody who had responsibility over “Burn,” as Warren G played no role in the song’s creation.
As for “wide dissemination,” the defendants attempt to school the judge on the fact that an album isn’t a song. The plaintiff’s song, it’s pointed out, was a “random and unproven song buried on an album.” Further, they show the song got played on the radio around the nation just three times, twice in Chattanooga, Tennessee and once in Denver.
“The fact that the song had virtually no radio airplay forecloses any inference that it was widely disseminated, let alone remotely popular,” say the defendants to the judge.
Judge Snyder now gets to decide whether to take these arguments and backtrack. Otherwise, this will be the rare song theft case that goes before a jury.
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THIS IS GREAT ENERGY GOIN INTO THE NEW YEAR
Written by DJ Cisco
Thursday, December 17, 2009 – BlackVibes.com
Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade list names “We Belong Together” number 1, “Be Without You” the top R&B song of the decade and Usher Raymond the number one Hot 100 Artist of the Decade.
Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Johntá Austin, Multiple Grammy Award winning Producers and Artist, make Billboard’s “Hot 100 Songs of the Decade List”, “Top 200 Artist of the Decade List”, “Hot R&B Song of the Decade List” and “Top 200 Albums of the Decade List”, through their work with Mariah Carey, Usher and Mary J. Blige.
“We Belong Together”, “U Got It Bad”, “Burn”, and “My Boo” are number 1, 15, 26 and 36 respectively on Billboards Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and Usher Raymond was also awarded the top spot on the Hot 100 Artist of the Decade as well as ranking #2 for the Artist of the Decade. Raymonds album “Confessions” was awarded the #2 Album of the Decade.
The #1 song, “We Belong Together”, produced and written by Jermaine Dupri, Johntá Austin, Mariah Carey and Manuel Seal, was a crossover success receiving two Grammy’s at the 2006 Grammy Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, two Radio Music Awards, and over two million in sales. The top R&B song of the decade, “Be Without You” written and produced by Bryan-Michael Cox along with Mary J. Blige received a Grammy and posted #1 on the R&B Charts for a record 13 weeks.
Usher Raymond was also mentioned on Billboard’s “Hot 100 songs of Decade” with “U Got it Bad”, produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, “Burn”, written and produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, and “My Boo”, produced by Jermaine Dupri with writing credits from both Usher and Dupri.
“We are pleased with the continued recognition for our hard work and dedication to music,” said Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, and Johntá Austin. “We would like to thank Billboard for acknowledging our work throughout the years.”