Arista Records chief L.A. Reid sung praises for his top artist, who Newsweek taps as the favorite to save the label following the death of TLC’s Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes. Reid tells Newsweek’s Allison Samuels, “Usher was 13 when I met him, and he just had this amazing talent you saw the moment he hit the stage. Even though he was a kid when he debuted, he didn’t get caught up in the teen-pop thing. You always saw him as a serious artist—no bubble gum,”
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