Usher was out to make a statement with his latest album, and he seems to have achieved that. On his seventh studio effort, Looking 4 Myself, the R&B star broadened his horizons, taking a chance on some new producers, which resulted in a unique — what he calls "revolutionary pop" — sound.
Teaming up with DJ/producers Swedish House Mafia and Salaam Remi, Usher enriched his genre-breaking sound on this album, especially with the artistic and sultry first single, "Climax," produced by Diplo.
"I never would have imagined that me and Diplo would have created as much incredible music as we did," Usher recently told MTV News. "However, I felt like he could get it, and just ... the nights of going through the ideas and him being very humble in his approach. To be as successful as he is musically ... he's probably one of the most humble people that I've ever met and will sit there — I'm talking until 6 o'clock in the morning — off a melody that we've been working on all day, no words, just melody, and still be patient and still come back with a very positive vibe the next day."
Usher also went back to producers he has worked with in the past including will.i.am, Rico Love and Max Martin. And with the massive success of last year's "Without You," many were hoping that David Guetta would collaborate on Looking 4 Myself. Well, fear not, fans, as Usher and Guetta have gone back into the studio together for what Usher promises will be another hit record.
"Well, there is another crazy record, that he, I and Luda [Ludacris] worked on," Usher said. "I can't tell you too much about it. I'll tell you as much as he has: It's incredible, it's crazy."
When we caught up with Ludacris recently at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, he revealed that this new track will actually be featured on his upcoming album, Ludaversal, which drops in September.
"That is definitely the track, absolutely," Ludacris said. "I can't tell you anything else, but that's it. That's all you need to know for now."