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Nina Revisited, an all-star tribute to Nina Simone, comes out July 10.
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July 6, 2015 The tribute, which strives to update Simone's ability to capture the hope and rage of the '60s for a contemporary audience, features six songs performed by Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Usher performs onstage during his The UR Experience tour at Madison Square Garden.
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November 14, 2014 For the past week, Stevie Wonder and Usher have been on the same tour path. Both shows hawk nostalgia, but to crowds whose expectations are shaped by two different generations of the music industry.
June 25, 2012 The NPR Music team presents its 25 favorite albums from the first half of 2012. Highlights include records by rockers Jack White and Sharon Van Etten, pianists Jeremy Denk and Vijay Iyer and debuts from Alabama Shakes and Exitmusic.
On Looking 4 Myself, Usher's seventh studio album, the singer works with producers to cloak classic R&B in cutting-edge sounds.
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June 10, 2012 The singer's new album, Looking 4 Myself, is soulful, dramatic, heartfelt and deeply danceable. Cloaked in the newest electronic textures, it sounds like the ultimate post-genre album at first, but its style is actually classic and ambitious.
Usher (left) and Beyonce (right) performed at private concerts funded by the family of Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi. Gadhafi's son Hannibal is at center.
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March 8, 2011 Pop stars like Beyonce have made (and donated) millions on private concerts for the Gadhafi family.
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In "OMG," Usher teams up with Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am to create a heavily processed chart-topper.
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May 12, 2010 "OMG," from Usher's just-released Raymond vs. Raymond, marks something of a departure for the singer. In "OMG," center stage is given over to the song's inner workings -- and collaborator will.i.am -- rather than Usher's pleading voice.
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May 27, 2008 Lizzy Goodman from Blender magazine discusses the week's new album releases, including a spectacular soul record from Al Green. Also discussed: new discs from Usher, Spiritualized, Cyndi Lauper and more.
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November 22, 2005 R&B entertainer Usher is taking on his first starring role in the film In the Mix, which opens in theatres Wednesday. Ed Gordon speaks with Usher about the pressures of "opening" a Hollywood film.
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April 2, 2004 Music critic Stephen Ivory talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about new albums by Janet Jackson, Usher and American Idol champ Ruben Studdard.
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