Usher to Release New Album in June

The R&B singer plots introspective new LP.

Posted: 03/30/2012 06:09 PM EDT
Filed Under Usher, Music News, R&B Soul

With the release of his Diplo-produced new single "Climax," Usher gears up to release his seventh studio album, Looking For Myself, this summer. According to MTV News, the follow-up to 2010's Raymond vs. Raymond, which is due in stores this June, will feature production from heavy hitters Salaam Remi, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin and Max Martin.

The album has been in the works since at least last summer, when producer Rico Love, who got his start on Usher's classic album Confessions, mentioned in an interview with BET.com that he'd just begun studio sessions for the upcoming project.

Another collaborator, Taio Cruz, spoke with MTV about what can be expected from the project. "He has very specific ideas of where he wants to go musically and sound-wise," he said. "He always wants there to be the soul in there. I'm kind of, not the opposite, but I'm always like, 'Let's get straight to the point and be really clear with the message and be simple." So we try to match those two worlds together: being soulful and, at the same time, catchy."

The album is set for release June 11.

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