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Usher performs at the grand opening for his Las Vegas residency, "My Way," on July 15, 2022, at the Dolby Live amphitheater at the Park MGM Hotel and Casino. Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Dolby Live at Park MGM hide caption

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The Sphere — a new music venue in Las Vegas with a 20,000 person capacity — lights up on July 4, 2023. Greg Doherty/Getty Images hide caption

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The Super Bowl halftime show gives us a front-row view of the Las Vegas renaissance

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Dua Lipa, whose 2020 album Future Nostalgia produced multiple '80s and '90s pop-inspired hits, has released a new single, "Houdini," that hints at another layer of retro revival. Tyrone Lebon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Setting our sights on the biggest music stories of the 2024

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Memorial candles during a vigil on St Ann's Square in Manchester on May 29, 2017, one week after a bomb attack timed to the conclusion of a concert by Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena. Grande and others will perform Sunday, June 4 to raise money for victims and their families. Jon Super/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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'I've Seen Footage' by Death Grips

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On Looking 4 Myself, Usher's seventh studio album, the singer works with producers to cloak classic R&B in cutting-edge sounds. Francesco Carrozzini/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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. Bryan Bedder (l), Juan Barreto (c), Koichi Kamoshida (r)/Getty Images hide caption

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Pop Stars, Private Shows And Political Consequences

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In "OMG," Usher teams up with Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am to create a heavily processed chart-topper. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Usher: Painting By Numbers

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In a Soulful Return, Al Green Lays It Down

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