AMP Music Minute:Katy Perry Days Away From SNL Hosting Gig, Usher & Taio Cruz Work On Being ‘Soulful’ & ‘Catchy,’ And Beyonce Sued By Video Game Company

107060271 AMP Music Minute:Katy Perry Days Away From SNL Hosting Gig, Usher & Taio Cruz Work On Being Soulful & Catchy, And Beyonce Sued By Video Game Company

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[photogallerylink id=133791 align=left]Soulful crooner, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Usher[/lastfm], has been making the rounds lately with his big hit, “Without You” with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Guetta[/lastfm]. But he’s been making time to work on his upcoming album in the meantime as well. One of the writers of the hit song, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Taio Cruz[/lastfm], touched base on what to expect from Usher’s new album.

Apparently, Usher has taken point on this project and as Taio insists, has a strong vision about what he wants from this album. “I saw Usher a few times, but I spoke to him at length at David [Guetta]’s house when we were in Ibiza [Spain],” Cruz told reporters. “He has very specific ideas of where he wants to go musically and sound-wise.”

But while Mr. Raymond knows what he wants from the album, he isn’t above compromising. In fact, the idea for the next album is to combine the worlds of R&B based Usher with the popular electro-dance craze that Taio has mastered.

“He always wants there to be the soul in there,” Taio explained. “I’m kind of, not the opposite, but I’m always like, ‘Let’s get straight to the point and be really clear with the message and be simple.'”

“So we try to match those two worlds together: being soulful and, at the same time, catchy,” he added.

The sound Usher is looking for is a complete meeting of the mind, body and soul, some would say. But Taio couldn’t say much else, besides “Without You,” he said, “Everything else is secret.”

We can’t wait for the new usher album. There is a real absence of the soul sound in pop music these days and Usher is certainly a great candidate to bring that back.

Usher – “Without You”

  • Are you excited for Usher’s new album? Interested in hearing more soul in his music? Tell us, comment.

[Source: MTV]


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