Album Preview: Usher, 'Here I Stand'



If there were a Buzzworthy lifetime achievement award for Most Consistently Excellent R&B Performer, Usher would win it, hands down. That smooth-as-silk voice, fresh hats, heroic pectoral isolations, don't-try-'em-unless-you're-a-pro dance moves... it's like the boy was genetically predetermined to perform. Which is why we've been impatiently counting down the minutes until his next album drops.

Fortunately, the MTV powers that be are giving us a sneak peak of Usher's Here I Stand -- the follow-up to his nine-times-platinum album, Confessions -- a week before it hits stores.

Our choice cut is track 10 -- "Best Thing," featuring Jay-Z -- but maybe you have your own fave? Just be ready to get hooked. We haven't been this entertained since God invented the DVR.

Listen to Usher's new album, Here I Stand, only on "The Leak," and watch Usher perform "Love In This Club" live at The Hills finale party.