Usher Discusses Voting & Poverty On ‘Today’

The ‘Today’ show’s Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talk to Usher on Tuesday (November 4) about addressing voting and poverty with his new single ‘Hush’. Proceeds from the single, available on iTunes, goes to his foundation. Now that Usher’s a father, he feels a responsibility for “setting a great example for what I’d like my kids to be,” he told Hoda, adding that he felt his life has a reason now he has a child and that his second child will be here in December. Watch the interview below.

Usher Offers His Prayers And Condolences To Jennifer Hudson

Usher spoke with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ at the opening night for his ladies only “One Night Stand” show, where the R&B singer offered his thoughts on the shooting deaths of Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew. “My heart goes out to Jennifer and her entire family,” Usher said. “It’s just unfortunate that things like this do occur. They don’t make a lot of sense. But you know there definitely is a devil that’s alive, and is always active. Any ill deed done to us is really to tear us down, so we need to pray for her strength right now. Hopefully our prayers and condolences will begin to make her, hopefully, feel better.”

Usher also spoke about doing something special for his female fans on this tour, wanting to make this an intimate trek, how life with his son is the greatest part of his life, and being thankful for the family he has and being able to do what he loves. Video of the interview at ETOnline.com has since been removed.

Usher ‘What’s Your Name?’ Walkman Contest

Perform your version of Usher’s ‘What’s Your Name?’ and you could win a VIP trip to meet the man himself. Watch a clip promoting the Sony Ericsson Walkman sponsored contest, featuring performing the song, below.

Usher: I Have Another Baby Coming

Usher in bed

Usher spoke with Cindy Adams of the New York Post about how life has changed for him since becoming a father last November, when wife Tameka Foster gave birth to Usher Raymond V. Usher also revealed there’s another bun in Tameka’s oven. “I’m so excited, because I have another coming,” the 30-year-old said. “I’m getting to be a whiz at taking care of a baby. I’m right there making the formula or changing diapers like any other father. I can only tell you, having a baby, hugging your own child, to me is suddenly the greatest joy in my entire life.”

Usher ‘Trading Places’ Video

Usher 'Trading Places' music video

Usher is out with the video to his new single ‘Trading Places’, the fourth release off the Atlanta, Georgia R&B singer’s fifth studio album ‘Here I Stand’, out now on LaFace Records. Watch it via YouTube below.

Usher 'Trading Places' cover art

Usher Campaigns For Obama At Barbershop Voter Registration Drive

Usher Obama

During a visit to Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change Headquarters in Detroit on Thursday (August 21), Usher Raymond shares his thoughts on the importance of voting and barbershops in the community. “This is where you get all the hottest topics,” Usher said about barbershops. “This is where you get the hottest flavor, the flavor of the week, the flavor of the month. This is where you actually get a chance to bond with your brothers, and this is where I think a lot of the conversation needs to go. A campaign like this campaign it’s gonna very very positive, and I think getting the word out about Barack Obama and voting for him this time.” Watch the message below.

Usher Sex Appeal Discussion

A discussion on Usher’s sex appeal featuring three fans of the R&B star, as well as journalists Kim Osorio, SOHH.com’s Janee Bolden, Billboard magazine’s Hillary Crosley, Blackplanet.com’s Abiola Abrams, Essence magazine’s Kenya Byrd and AllHipHop.com’s Kathy Iandoli, has been posted at his YouTube channel. Watch it below.

Usher Drops Benny Medina, Rehires Mom As Manager

Usher Raymond

It was recently rumored Usher was going to dump Benny Medina and rehire his mother Jonnetta Patton, and now E! News hears the 29-year-old R&B star has executed the move. Usher made the move due to disappointing sales of his latest album ‘Here I Stand’. “He’s leaving Benny. The record is pretty stiff, and nowhere nearly as successful as Confessions,” an insider explained. Read more.

Will Usher Fire Benny Medina To Make Way For Mom’s Return?

The New York Daily News reports Usher is talking to his mother Jonetta Patton about returning to her role as manager of the R&B superstar. Benny Medina had replaced Jonetta before Usher released ‘Here I Stand’, which has failed to match the success of his 2004 release ‘Confessions’. Usher has blamed Medina for the slow sales, and was especially irked when Lil Wayne’s release ‘Tha Carter III’ sold more than a million copies in its opening week, more than double Usher’s 433k opening. “Usher was livid!,” an insider told Rush & Molloy. “He threatened to fire everyone.”

On TV: Ashanti, Usher, Chris Brown

Chris Brown wearing a t-shirt

R&B acts on television this week include:

Ashanti, who visits ‘106 & Park’ on Monday and ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday, and performs on ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Friday.

Usher, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Tuesday and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Thursday.

Al Green, who performs on ‘The Late Show’ on Thursday.

Chris Brown, who performs on ‘Today’ on Friday.

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