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Usher: Justin Bieber Needs to “Manage” His Own Life Now

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Legal Issues, Meltdowns, Features,

Justin Bieber and UsherUsher believes that Justin Bieber needs to "manage" his own life now that he's an adult.

The rapper has mentored the pop heartthrob since his career took off at the age of just 13, seven years ago, but he hasn't tried to stage an intervention following Justin's recent run-ins with the law and bad publicity as he insists the youngster needs to learn from his own mistakes.

"I gave every bit of advice and always told him it was up to him if he really wanted this. Now that he has it, as an adult, it's his to manage. Do I turn my head in shame based off of what I see, what I know? Nah, I don't because it's all part of life's process. Am I in it with him? Yeah," Usher said in Nylon.

Usher, 35, was mentored by Diddy from the age of 15, so he understands why it's important to have someone else in the industry looking out for you. "Artistic development made me who I am. Somebody took the time to help me find what it is that works for me as an entertainer and who I am as a music maker," he explained.


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Usher and Chris Brown Collaborate

Chris Brown and UsherUsher has recorded a collaboration with Chris Brown.

The "Good Kisser" singer has confirmed the troubled R&B star - who is currently serving a prison sentence for violating the terms of his probation, stemming from a 2009 assault on pop star Rihanna - will feature on his upcoming eighth studio album and it seems the track will reflect on Chris' recent troubles.

"The song that we did together, I think it answers a lot of questions. There's a lot mystery, I think, about a lot of things and the reality is we all are human. And though we may all experience hardship, it's in those times that people should really rally and remember why you fell in love with the artist, why you fell in love with the person," Usher said.

The 35-year-old star admits he hasn't had a chance to talk to Chris, 25, since he was imprisoned, but says the "Loyal" singer was in a "good place" after leaving rehab for anger management issues in February.

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Usher: Justin Bieber Is Just Being a Normal Teen

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Meltdowns, Features,

Justin Bieber and UsherUsher thinks Justin Bieber is just being a normal teenager.

The "Scream" hitmaker - who mentored the 19-year-old singer to success alongside his manager Scooter Braun in 2007 - believes the criticism directed at his young protege is unfair as the teenager is living his life the best amidst a barrage of media attention, and is maturing every day.

"I think all of us, in some way, have humble beginnings that pan out to be incredible and we hope that in his transition, as friends and family who have helped him be who he is, that he'll continue to just mature. I am hoping for the best. I don't look at as a negative though, I look at it as a teenager - he's a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera. Imagine if you had to do that as a teenager," Usher said, speaking on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

While the R&B singer - who duetted with Justin on the remix of hit song "Somebody To Love" - doesn't necessarily agree with Justin's recent antics, including keeping his fans waiting for hours before his gigs, getting into a scrap with the paparazzi and constant partying, he is hopeful he won't succumb to the pressure in the same way as other former child stars.

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Usher Always Knew He Would Be Big

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, R&B / Soul,

UsherUsher always knew he could be as big as Bobby Brown or Michael Jackson. The "Yeah" singer - who has sold over 65 million records during his career - was convinced of his talents from an early age, and even though people didn't believe him, he knew he was going to be a star.

Speaking to Pharrell Williams for his Artist TLK show, he said, "Bobby Brown and Michael Jackson that's what I'm gonna do. People are like 'Sure kid, whatever.' And I'm like, 'No, no, no. That's what I'm gonna do.' If I had come out as a kid artist then I kinda woulda got lost in the kid thing, but you put me with Puff [Daddy, now P. Diddy, an early mentor], at the time when Puff was hot, blew 'em away."

In the same interview Usher also talks about teen sensation Justin Bieber, who he signed to The Raymond Braun Media Group, which he founded with the star's manager, Scooter Braun. "Many people passed up on Justin. That was never my reaction," he added.

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Justin Bieber Triumphs at American Music Awards

Justin Bieber at the American Music AwardsJustin Bieber won three prizes at last night's American Music Awards.

The 18-year-old singer - who was accompanied to the bash by his mother Pattie Mallette - was the big winner at the ceremony, taking home pop/rock male artist, pop/rock album for Believe and the evening's final accolade, the coveted artist of the year award.

Accepting pop/rock male artist, he said, "I want to say this is for all the haters who thought I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here for a very long time."

For his third win, Justin brought his mother on stage with him and told her, "I wanted to thank you for always believing in me... This is my mom. She's little, but she's beautiful."

The Believe star also performed twice at the ceremony, duetting with Nicki Minaj on their track "Beauty and a Beat" and a stripped-back solo acoustic performance of "As Long As You Love Me."

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Usher Angers Voters in Atlanta

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Rants,

UsherVoters in Atlanta were furious when Usher was allowed to skip to the front of the line on election day.

The "OMG" hitmaker was given special treatment by polling officials, where he was allowed to bypass the long queue to vote during the recent US presidential election, and his fellow voters are unhappy with the move, according to local TV station WSBTV. However, election officials insist Usher was allowed to move to the front of the line to prevent chaos among those present.

They said in a statement that the site's poll manager "was directed to ensure that [Usher's] presence would not become a distraction by taking necessary measures to move [him] through the process as expeditiously as possible. At no point was this decision made for preferential treatment, but to avoid a distraction at the poll."


Usher’s Ex Sued for $50K

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Legal Issues, Rumors,

Tameka FosterUsher's ex-wife is being sued for $50,000. Tameka Foster - who recently lost custody of the couple's two sons Usher Raymond V and Naviyd to the "Climax" singer - is reportedly being evicted from three retail spaces she rents in Georgia after failing to pay her landlord.

Antelope Valley Plaza (AVP) says Tameka owes almost $37,000 in rent and they are also suing her for late charges and unpaid taxes, according to TMZ. However, Tameka, who runs a play area for children from the building, has accused AVP of breaching the contract and has asked for the case to be dropped.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed Usher is planning to sell the Georgia mansion Tameka currently lives in and has ordered her to move out. She has been living in the house alone since they split but their divorce agreement stated that Usher could sell the property at any time as long as he gave her 60 days notice.

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Nicki Minaj and Rihanna Lead AMA Nominations

Nicki MinajNicki Minaj and Rihanna lead the nominations for the 2012 American Music Awards (AMAs).

The two singers are each in the running for four awards, with Drake, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher following narrowly behind with three nods apiece.

Justin, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Drake and Katy Perry will battle it out for the coveted Artist of the Year prize, while J. Cole, fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are all up for New Artist of the Year.

Nicki's four nominations are for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Artist - Rap/ Hip Hop, Favorite Album - Pop/Rock and Favorite Album - Rap/ Hip Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. As well as Artist of the Year, Rihanna is also up for Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist - Soul/R&B and Favorite Album - Soul/R&B for Talk That Talk.

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Usher’s Ex: ‘I’m Not a Gold-Digger’

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music, Divorce,

Tameka FosterUsher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond thinks she has been stereotyped as a "gold-digger."

The 41-year-old stylist - who was married to the "Yeah" singer for two years until 2009 - claims she is fully able to support herself and claims those who call her a money grabber should think more before they speak as they are suggesting Usher is not loveable without his cash.

"I think this is the typical stereotype. If a woman who has lesser means, even if she is successful and hardworking and does her thing in her own right, marries someone that's what they call marrying up, someone that has more means or more money, they're automatically a gold digger. I haven't seen one unity where someone hasn't been called a gold digger. The woman is always a gold digger. It's kind of an insult to the men because it means they're not loveable."

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Usher’s Ex-Wife Says He Confessed to Cheating on Her

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Tameka Foster and Usher in court

Usher's ex wife insists he cheated on her. While the "Burn" singer has denied claims he was unfaithful to Tameka Foster during their marriage, she alleges he confessed one incident of infidelity to her after she accused him of seeing two different women.

"He admitted to sleeping with one of the two. It was a very disappointing revelation. I had suspected it for some time. I hate to say it, but I somewhat empathize with her. ... She fell into somewhat of a trap," Tameka told Entertainment Tonight.

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