With nine #1s, Usher is easily one of the most reliable hitmakers in the game, and he may have just found his next smash hit. The R&B superstar released his latest single, “Scream,” on Thursday (April 26), and it has chart-topper written all over it.
The Max Martin-produced banger finds Usher in familiar territory, singing the virtues of living for the moment — just as he did on 2010’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” which was also helmed by Martin. With a pounding beat and a massive, swelling hook, the song returns Usher to the club after his recent foray into slow-jam territory with “Climax,” the Diplo-produced first single from his forthcoming Looking for Myself.
“I see you over there, so hypnotic Thinking ’bout what I do to that body/ I get you like ooh baby baby,” Ush sings. “Got no drink in my hand/ But I’m wasted/ Getting drunk off the thought of you naked/ I get you like ooh baby baby.”
In addition to his own new album, Usher also recently hit the studio with David Guetta to record a follow-up to their hugely successful collaboration “Without You.” Usher made a surprise appearance during Guetta’s set at Coachella on April 14.
“These are really big records that we’re working on right now,” Guetta told The Hollywood Reporter of his new track with Ush. “It’s really crazy.”
Looking for Myself is set for release on June 12 and is expected to be released in both standard and deluxe editions. The album is Usher’s follow-up to his 2010 smash Raymond v. Raymond, which produced the massive singles “OMG” and “There Goes My Baby.”
For his new record, Usher returned to work with many of his Raymond collaborators, including Rico Love and Jim Jonsin, as well as Diplo, Martin and Salaam Remi, who is best known for his work with Nas and the late Amy Winehouse.
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