LOS ANGELES — Usher’s devoting 2005 to the big screen, but he’s giving a little love to the small screen as well.
Along with shooting multiple movies, the R&B star is releasing two DVDs and filming a live special for Showtime.
Release dates have yet to be set for either DVD, but the first will likely be “Rhythm City: Volume 1,” a collection of videos that will include the full-length version of “Caught Up” featuring P. Diddy, Naomi Campbell, Joy Bryant and Clifton Powell.
“Little X and myself directed it, so it’s a personal project, it’s very personal,” Usher said recently on the set of the upcoming movie “Dying for Dolly” (see “Set Visit: Dying for Dolly” ). “We worked many years on so many different videos and I’ve just been looking for that opportunity to do a really cool story that was theatrical and musical at the same time. So this is it.”
“Rhythm City” was supposed to be issued this month but was delayed due to clearance issues with the Lil Jon-produced “Red Light,” according to a source close to the project.
The second DVD will be titled “Usher Live: The Truth Tour” and will feature performance footage from his 2004 tour. The Showtime special, “One Night One Star Usher Live,” will air live from San Juan’s Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 5, during the channel’s free-preview weekend. “It’s gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Usher said.
In the meantime, fans can catch Usher performing at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, where he’s nominated for eight awards (see “Kanye Scores 10 Grammy Nominations; Usher And Alicia Keys Land Eight” ).
Usher said if there’s one trophy he’s hoping for most, it’s Album of the Year for Confessions (see “Road To The Grammys: The Making Of Usher’s Confessions” ).
“I would celebrate with all of the people who were a part of it, all the writers, all the producers, everybody behind the scenes that made it happen,” he explained. “[Last year] was a good year not just because of the hard work I put in, but it was also a good year because of everybody that was associated with me.”
An hour before the Grammy Awards, check out “MTV News: All Up in the Grammys,” which airs on Sunday, February 13, at 7 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The Grammy Awards show — which features an all-star performance from Bono, Velvet Revolver, Stevie Wonder, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Brian Wilson on the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” to benefit ongoing tsunami-relief efforts — follows immediately after on CBS at 8 p.m. And stay online with us throughout the night for full coverage.
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For more on Usher, check out our feature “King Me.”