Just two weeks after Jermaine Dupri said Usher and Alicia Keys' "My Boo" duet would be another smash in their platinum catalog, not only has that record surfaced, but so have a couple of other songs on which Usher teams with Beyoncé and Brandy.
Usher starts off the mid-tempo "My Boo" by singing, "It is always that one person who will always have your heart/ You never see it coming because you're blinded from the start/ ... I know you're that one for me/ It's clear for everyone to see."
Keys comes in, rapping, "I don't know about y'all, but I know about us/ And, uh, this the only way we know how to rock."
True to Dupri's description (see "Usher, Alicia Keys Record Duet"), the two talk about how they used to be in love and how those feelings are still lingering despite the two not being involved anymore.
"It started when we were younger, you were mine, my boo," Usher sings on the chorus. "Now another brother's taken over." Then on Keys' verse, she tells Usher, "After we kissed, I could only think about your lips."
The New York Grammy winner isn't the only fly girl Usher has feelings for on wax, though. Another version of "My Boo" has popped up, with Beyoncé singing Keys' part.
Usher and Brandy aren't getting along as famously on "Who Is She 2 U." The version fans will hear on Brandy's upcoming Afrodisiac (see "Brandy Album Preview: Singer Opens Up On Afrodisiac — Or Does She?") has the female singer going it alone over the Timbaland-produced track, but on the original incarnation of the song, she's busting Usher's chops.
"Don't even think about calling me crazy, you know you've seen that lady," Brandy sings. "You tried to play it off, but I could tell that you two were friends/ You were just too nervous, she was looking like she was hurt/ But the memory has surfaced."
"Who is she to me? Nobody, babe," Usher sings, defending himself. "Who is she to me? No need to explain/ I don't know why homegirl keeps on lying on everything I'm denying/ ... Don't be paying that broad no attention, 'cause you're the one I'm with."
The last new Usher record starting to get play below radar is a remix of "Confessions, Pt. 2" featuring all new rhymes from Kanye West, Twista and Shyne. West has been tapped to open for Usher on tour, beginning August 5 in Hampton, Virginia (see "Usher, Kanye To Bring 'The Truth' Nationwide"). Usher's itinerary currently runs through an October 7 show in Hartford, Connecticut, but the singer's management said more dates may be added.
The singer's rep also said the aforementioned Usher tracks may or may not be officially released. It's unclear what the plan for those records are because Usher is still on tour overseas. As for a possible expanded reissue of Confessions, Usher's management said no decision had been made yet.
Usher tour dates, according to his management:
- 8/5 - Hampton, VA @ The Hampton Coliseum
- 8/6 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
- 8/7 - Raleigh, NC @ RBC Center
- 8/9 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
- 8/12 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
- 8/13 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
- 8/14 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
- 8/17 - Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena
- 8/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
- 8/20 - Washington DC @ MCI Center
- 8/21 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
- 8/22 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center
- 8/25 - Columbus, OH @ Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center
- 8/26 - Cleveland, OH @ CSU Convocation Center
- 8/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
- 9/3 - Oakland, CA @ the Oakland Arena
- 9/5 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay
- 9/10 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
- 9/11 - Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
- 9/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Bradley Center
- 9/17 - Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
- 9/18 - St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
- 9/19 - Kansas City, MO @ The Kemper Arena
- 9/23 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
- 9/24 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
- 9/25 - Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena
- 10/1 - Greenville, SC @ The BI-LO Center
- 10/3 - Atlanta, GA @ The Phillips Arena
- 10/7 - Hartford, CT @ The Hartford Civic Center