Usher Bounces Back With "Texas Rangers," Next LP

When last we heard from Usher, the R&B song and dance man was recuperating after collapsing in a New York City recording studio.

Proving that he's back to 100 percent, Usher is gearing up for the October release of his new album, as well as his next big-screen effort, "Texas Rangers." After roles in "The Faculty," "She's All That," and "Light It Up," the multitalented entertainer is teamed up with James Van Der Beek and Rachael Leigh Cook for the film.

"In the 1800s, black cowboys weren't as easily accepted [as white cowboys], but they were allowed to go through training in hopes that they would become part of the staff as a scout," Usher said about his character, Randolph Douglas Sipio. "In the beginning, that's what my role is.... My character consists of a guy who is really the underdog, and he has to prove himself and prove that he's worthy to be a Texas Ranger." [RealAudio]

While Usher and the rest of the "Texas Rangers" are expected to hit theaters early next year, the singer will land in record racks much sooner when "It's All About U" arrives on October 31. The young star notes that 13 new tracks await on the album, which features production and music from Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, and She'kspere Briggs.

It's all quite a schedule for a man who collapsed in the studio a few weeks ago. As we previously reported, Usher was hospitalized after "dehydration and exhaustion" toppled the star last month (see "Usher Misses Charity Game Due To Exhaustion").

"My doctors just told me that I was working so hard that I forgot to do the necessary things, like eating and drinking water and stuff like that," Usher later explained, "so I was sort of dehydrated and just overworking myself" (see "Usher Recuperates From Collapse, Talks 'All About U'").