Usher Set To Receive ASCAP Golden Note Award
... The 26th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards is set to present R&B singer Usher
with its esteemed Golden Note Award on June 27, 2013. The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. will be the venue where the "Dive" singer will be plunged into a list of past winners such as Jay-Z, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Alicia Keys, Jermaine Dupri and Quincy Jones. "I take the art of songwriting and music-making very seriously, so to be given the ASCAP Golden Note Award from an organization of my fellow music creators is a huge honor," Usher
said in a statement. The coveted award is presented to composers, artists and songwriters who've reached significant milestones in their musical career. "We at ASCAP have been a fan and advocate for Usher
since day one," said Nicole George-Middleton, ASCAP VP of Rhythm & Soul Membership. "He's a tried and true music trailblazer who's constantly pushing boundaries and redefining genres." Photo Credit: Harold Cunningham/Getty Images Usher
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Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo To Give Up 'Voice' Seats To Shakira, Usher... Again
... The Voice," she said. "So yeah, I have to take a little break. But you never know, I might come back!"Christina Aguilera Shares Sexy Photo From Music Video Set.Meanwhile, here in the current cycle, the talent has been whittled down to 10 singers, and Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Shakira and Usher
are vying for their artists to win the competition. With viewers tuning in multiple days a week, "The Voice" is currently killing the ratings, beating out "American Idol" in March. The show continues next week with its live performances.'The Voice' Top 10: Who Made It?While Shakira and Usher
are warming the red-swivel chairs up for their predecessors' return, Xtina and Cee Lo won't have to get too comfortable when it comes to next season. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo To Give Up 'Voice' Seats To Shakira, Usher...
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'The Voice' sets 2013-2014 coaches with Shakira and Usher returning in spring
... their enormous music careers with working on The Voice to coach some of the best undiscovered talent in America. The coaching panel of Christina, CeeLo, Adam and Blake was at the heart of this show in its first three seasons and we are so lucky to have found equal success with Shakira and Usher
in season four. Our best seasons are ahead of us." Shakira and Usher
took over for Aguilera and Green this spring and ratings haven't suffered. The show's Monday installments have averaged 14.5 million viewers and a 5.2 rating among adults 18-49, while Tuesday editions have averaged 13.4 million and a 4.7 rating in the key demo. NBC has also scheduled several random Wednesday episodes and used "The Voice" as Sunday filler to cover up various programming holes. Daniel Fienberg Executive EditorFollowA long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music. 'The Voice' sets 2013-2014 coaches with Shakira and Usher
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The two most important people to lend him a helping hand in the beginning were Puff Daddy and Jermaine Dupri. Usher says that Dupri taught him how music works and Puff Daddy (later Diddy) showed him how to craft his image. Puff Daddy co-produced Usher's first album and record producer Jermaine Dupri started working with Usher for his next albums.
He calls the evolution of his style a "Rev Pop" movement or simply "Rev." He told MTV: "I did it with 'Yeah!
,' taking a cultural experience, and also worldwide recognition of a feeling, and putting the soul in the middle of it. Not allowing it to shift heavily to R&B genre, or pop. I did it again with 'OMG
,' once again putting the soul in the middle of it, which was an electric-pop experience, with the soul. It's bringing those elements together to tell a story. The movement is called Rev."
Usher cites entertainer/vocalists like Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown as big influences. He also listened to a lot of Gospel, since his mother directed his youth choir in church, and he loved listening to The Winans. As far as his dance moves, he gets them from guys like Bob Fosse, Ben Vereen, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.
He makes his movie debut in the sci-fi thriller The Faculty (1998). He also appears in the movies She's All That, Light It Up, In The Mix, Killers and in a number of TV series. In 2006 he played the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical Chicago.
His album Confessions debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts. Three songs from that album, "Burn," "Yeah" and "Confessions II" made Usher the third lead artist in pop music history and the first solo artist ever to have three singles inside the Hot 100's top 10 simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964, and the Bee Gees in 1978.
Only Madonna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Rihanna have more #1 Dance hits than Kristine.
Shaun Morgan of Seether
Shaun breaks down the Seether songs, including the one about his brother, the one about Ozzy, and the one that may or may not be about his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee.