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Usher Admits He Pushed Album Back So He Could ‘Put The Soul’ In It

Could UR be coming sooner than we thought?

Remember that time Usher announced that he was releasing his eighth album in 2014 and then was like nah, I changed my mind, I'm putting that on hold?

Well, it turns out he was toying with our emotions all along and actually had no intention of releasing UR this year.

"The record company will be shocked, but I didn't plan on putting out an album this year because I just didn't feel like I was ready," Usher recently told MTV News. "This is a very important and significant album for me it's my eighth album, I don't know if it's something about that number."

And don't get Usher wrong, the number eight is "not intimidating," it's just that he wants to make sure it's right because he "hadn't put the soul of it in yet."

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"I'm approaching it with empathy and appreciation for everything and everyone that has shown support for me throughout all of these years so I want to make sure that it's true," he said. "And it truly does represent where I am, but also it makes people feel like they need to move and do something."

And to help him do that with this album, which may drop at the "top of the year," he's teamed up with "old and new" producers and artists including Ed Sheeran.

After meeting at a Passover dinner, the two brought their newfound friendship into the studio and brought along two other unlikely collaborators, Diplo and Skrillex.

"Music, that's what makes it work. The fact that we have such a love and appreciation for music and melody," Usher said. "What was most unlikely in theory, was Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and Usher, because how do you make that mixture of people work together? Music. Music gives you a limitless approach, there is nothing that binds you when it's just about music."

While Usher wouldn't reveal what exactly the song sounds like, or if it will make the cut on the album, he did open up about the creative process behind their studio session.

"You got Diplo, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex, me. It was a vibe session first of all and if those songs will be used for the album, I don't know," he said. "I know Ed said 'if you don't use them I will.' But my creative process has been that. We come in, there is no preconceived idea of what we are going to put together."

"Sometimes there is a record that they may have [and say] 'listen we worked on this, what do you think about it?' Then we will try to write it from scratch, create it from scratch."