While Usher tells Sonia Murray of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he takes comparisons to R. Kelly or Michael Jackson as compliments, he does want to establish his own identity. “At some point, I’ve gotta become the only one of myself,” he said. “I do look to R. Kelly for the sound, because he’ll keep it real when it comes to the R&B records. I don’t hear Michael Jackson do too many R&B records these days. I really think of Michael Jackson as a dancer, one of the best dancers ever. I’m taking those two things and meshing them together.” Accessatlanta.com has since removed the article.
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