Usher is putting fans on notice: The all-around entertainer plans to defy all sonic expectations on his upcoming album.
"It's gonna be freaking out of here, man," Usher said in a FADER interview at South by Southwest. "Space and sky, that's what it'll be. You look up, and it's everything you can imagine."
Usher visited the Austin, Texas, festival for the first time and hit the stage on the final day with the Afghan Whigs, whom he called "indie-rock royalty," as well as Sudanese artist Sinkane. The R&B veteran said the performance was representative of what's to come.
"I'm a studier, man," he said. "I'm always listening to all types of music."
Discovering these diverse sounds has been the inspiration for what will be his eighth studio album, Ush said. No release date is set, and Usher's seventh album, Looking for Myself, just came out last June. That album included the sexy hits "Climax" and "Lemme See" with rapper Rock Ross, but also featured production with unlikely collaborators Diplo and Swedish House Mafia. Ursher did offer fans a teaser of his new sound in February, releasing a single called "Go Missin'."
The album will likely have to get worked into Usher's schedule, as he will join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira next week as a new mentor on season four of "The Voice."
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