For his first-ever show in Beijing, [artist id="1270"]Usher[/artist] paired up with Chinese singer Leehom Wang onstage to sing his hit “OMG.” They also joined forces on Wang’s “My One and Only” — which Usher even sang in Mandarin.
Usher encouraged his fans to sing along.
“I want you to have crowd participation, which is very odd in my Asian markets, because a lot of times, they don’t like to sing out of respect, but I don’t mind. I love for my audience to sing along with me,” Usher said, according to Rap-Up.com. “That’s the part that makes me really enjoy it and I hope it makes them enjoy the show as well.”
It was Usher’s first trip to China, and he pulled in Leehom to perform with him because he wanted to give his Chinese fans a little hometown flavor.
“I am really excited!” Wang said before the show. “It is a great honor to be able to perform with Usher who has had such a powerful role in developing R&B around the world. The audience in Beijing is in for a really special night.”
Usher said Wang came to his attention earlier that year as he started preparing for the tour. “You know, in looking at the music in Asia, Leehom really stood out,” Usher said in a statement. “Like me, he started young and I’m impressed by his natural talent, plus he has written some great songs. Also, his commitment to the environment and other good causes really resonated with my own philanthropic work.”
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