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Raymond v. Raymond
Studio album by Usher
Released March 26, 2010
(see release history)
Recorded 2008—2010
Genre R&B, Pop
Label LaFace
Producer Usher (exec.)
Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Will.I.Am, The Neptunes, Zaytoven, Polow da Don, RedOne, Ester Dean, Dre & Vidal, Danja, The Runners, Tricky Stewart, Jazze Pha, Jim Jonsin, T-Pain
Usher chronology
Here I Stand
(2008)
Raymond v. Raymond
(2010)
Singles from Raymond v. Raymond
  1. "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"
    Released: December 8, 2009
  2. "Lil Freak"
    Released: March 2, 2010
  3. "OMG"
    Released: 2010

Raymond v. Raymond[1] is the forthcoming sixth studio album by American R&B singer Usher.[2] The album features production from Jermaine Dupri amongst others including The Runners, Ester Dean,T-Pain, Polow da Don, Ne-Yo, Anthony Hamilton, The Neptunes, Adam Levine, RedOne, and Tricky Stewart.[3][4]

Contents

Background

In November 2009, a representative of Usher told MTV News that the album will not be released on December 21, 2009 as scheduled: "The release of Usher's next album, Raymond vs. Raymond, has been delayed because we believe that the album is so strong that we want to give it the opportunity to have the proper setup before coming out".Now being released March 30th 2010 and 26th April in the UK[5]

Themes and motifs

Usher, whose private life has been shaken by his filing of divorce from Tameka Foster, told People Magazine that the album will be, "racy, risky and edgy, and sometimes about personal experiences." [2] Indications are pointing to the album being a self-confessional, much in the way his 2004 blockbuster album dealt with his high-profile break-up with Chilli of TLC, Usher will also introducing new face's to the album including, Justin Bieber from Canada, Rico Love from Atlanta and also Nathan Oliver from London, England.

Singles

  • "Lil Freak", which was previously released as a promo single prior to the album's release, has been announced as the album's official second single in the U.S., Usher and Minaj shot the music video for the song on March 9, 2010 in Los Angeles with director TAJ.[6]. It so far reached number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • "OMG", which features Will.I.Am, is set to be released as the first international single off Raymond v. Raymond. Usher spent Oscar weekend (March 6 & 7) in front of the lens shooting a video for "OMG".[7]
Buzz Singles
  • "Papers" was released as a buzz single from the album on October 28, 2009. Despite being only a promotional release, it topped the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart for two consecutive weeks, becoming his tenth #1 single on that chart. It also peaked at number 31 on the Hot 100 in the United States.
Promo Singles

Prior to the release of the album, three promotional singles were released exclusively on Apple's iTunes Store as a "Countdown to Raymond v. Raymond". These promotional singles should not be confused with ordinary singles

  • "There Goes My Baby" was the first promotional single. It was released on iTunes on February 9 but removed shortly after and then added back on February 16.[8] It peaked at number 26 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Following it's digital release, it debuted at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • "More" is the third promo single, and was released on March 16, 2010.[8] The song was used to promote the 2010 NBA All-Star Game on TNT. A promo video was shot, it is intercut with scenes used to promote the game and Usher performing the song with stage lights behind him.[9] Usher performed the song at the NBA 2010 All Star game at the Dallas Cowboys stadium on February 14, 2010.[10] Also, two videos for the song were shot in December 2009 by two all-teen film crews as part of the Body By Milk Got Noise? program. Fans are given the chance to watch both videos and vote for their favorite.[11]

Track listing

Track Title Producer Length
1. "Monstar"   Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:02
2. "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)"   The Runners 3:44
3. "There Goes My Baby"   Jim Jonsin 4:44
4. "Lil Freak" (featuring Nicki Minaj) Polow Da Don, Ester Dean 3:55
5. "She Don't Know" (featuring Ludacris) Bangladesh 4:03
6. "OMG" (featuring Will.I.Am) Will.I.Am 4:31
7. "Mars vs. Venus"   Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 4:21
8. "Pro Lover"   Tricky Stewart 5:03
9. "Foolin' Around"   Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri 4:11
10. "Papers"   Zaytoven 4:21
11. "So Many Girls"   Danja 4:36
12. "Guilty" (featuring T.I.) Ester Dean, PrettyBoiFresh 3:44
13. "Okay"   Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 3:20
14. "Making Love (Into The Night)"   Jim Jonsin 3:36
15. "More"   RedOne 3:46

Release history

Region Date
Germany[12] 26 March 2010
United Kingdom[13] 29 March 2010
United States[14] 30 March 2010

References

  1. ^ Dyball, Rennie (2009-10-03). "Usher’s New album Title: ‘Monster’". Hip-Hop & More. http://hiphop-n-more.com/2009/10/ushers-new-album-title-monster/. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  2. ^ a b Dyball, Rennie (2009-06-19). "Usher's Got Milk – and a New Album - Usher". People.com. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20286317,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  3. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2008-11-07). "Usher Says Ne-Yo Will 'Potentially' Work On New Album - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News". Mtv.com. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1598924/20081107/ne_yo.jhtml. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  4. ^ Singersroom.com. "Usher Gone 'Monster' For Fall Album, Shoots Kutcher, Beiber Flicks". Singersroom.com. http://www.singersroom.com/news/3869/Usher-Gone-Monster-For-Fall-Album-Shoots-Kutcher-Beiber-Flicks. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Usher’s Raymond Vs. Raymond Pushed Back » MTV Newsroom". Newsroom.mtv.com. 2009-11-23. http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/11/23/usher-raymond-vs-raymond-pushed-back/. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  6. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2010/03/09/new-music-jason-derulo-f-nicki-minaj-in-my-head-remix/
  7. ^ http://www.rap-up.com/2010/03/09/single-covers-estelle-freak-usher-omg/
  8. ^ a b c "iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewRoom?fcId=355767421&id=1. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Video: Usher NBA All-Star Game Promo". Rap-Up.com. 2009-12-27. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/12/27/video-usher-nba-all-star-game-promo/. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Video: Usher, Alicia Keys, & Shakira Perform at NBA All-Star Game". Rap-Up.com. 2010-02-14. http://www.rap-up.com/2010/02/14/video-usher-alicia-keys-shakira-perform-at-nba-all-star-game/. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  11. ^ "Usher Lets Teens Direct His Music Video". Rap-Up.com. 2010-01-18. http://www.rap-up.com/2010/01/18/usher-lets-teens-direct-his-music-video/#more-36213. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  12. ^ "Raymond V Raymond: Usher: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. http://www.amazon.de/Raymond-V-Usher/dp/B002YCGLD2/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1265833372&sr=1-28. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  13. ^ "Raymond Vs Raymond: Usher: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raymond-Vs-Usher/dp/B002YCGLD2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1264633094&sr=8-1-catcorr. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  14. ^ "Raymond v. Raymond: Usher: Music". Amazon.com. 2009-09-09. http://www.amazon.com/Raymond-v-Usher/dp/B002RAREAK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1261393867&sr=8-1. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 

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