Usher was recently in the UK to perform on the BBC's Radio 1 Big Weekend and he did so with new music from his new album, Here I Stand. While Usher was in the UK, he sat down to talk to Tim Westwood about his album, life and how things have changed since the release of his Confessions.
Usher discussed how since the last album he has been devoting time to his non-profit foundation, got married and had a child, plus joined the musical Chicago on Broadway. "I started a label… a lot has changed," Usher said, "Over a year and a half of recording allowed me to really tell the story that I felt was necessary for this day and time as well as where I am in my life. What I wanted to talk about was a lot of those personal experiences."
will.i.am, Polow Da Don and Jermaine Dupri will produce on the album as well as guest spots from Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne and Beyoncé. "The story I'm telling on this album [are] based off the decisions I made; I took a stance that was against the norm," Usher said. "When you find your mate for life, you feel something. Dealing with that and manning up in that is a lot." Here I Stand lands in stores May 30th via Jive Records.
Usher BBC Tim Westwood Interview