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— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) October 16, 2015
Smooth R&B crooner Usher and the lyrically gifted rhymer Nas have a few choice words regarding the recent tragedies in our community.
The two veteran artists have teamed up for the ultimate song of empowerment with German artist Bibi Bourelly (the co-writer of Rihanna’s B*tch Better Have My Money) on a new song called “Chains,” which raises awareness for the victims of racial injustice and police brutality.
“In writing this song, I was motivated by the events involving prejudicial injustice that are still happening today,” Usher said in a statement regarding the message behind the song. “The reality is that racial bigotry diminishes the lives of too many people in our country. We have to come together as a country to solve these problems and this is one way I can contribute.”
The song was debuted yesterday (Oct. 16) through a cool interactive Tidal feature titled, “Don’t Look Away,” in which viewer’s web cam and facial recognition technology is used. Viewer’s will be able to look into the eyes of the unarmed victims like Travyon Martin and Rekia Boyd and control the video stream. However, if the viewer turns away the song will immediately stop.
“I chose to introduce the song through the ‘Don’t Look Away’ experience because it is important not only to feel the issue but to face it,” Usher explained. “The pain and suffering that these victims and their families have endured is something we must never forget. When we look away from this problem it gets worse. To fix it, we have to face it.”
All proceeds from “Chains” will be donated to a Donor Advised Fund managed by Sankofa.org, a social justice organization.
Give “Chains” and its visual component an eye and an ear here.
These celebrity custody battles are certainly messy! With the likes of Damon Dash and Ludacris public custody battles we’re taking a look at just how many celebs have undergone the battle.
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15 Super Messy Celebrity Custody Battles
When the courts ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in the infamous “Blurred Lines” lawsuit, we knew that it would only be a matter of time before an outpouring of artists and producers alike came forward with similar claims. Our predictions were correct.
Popular 90s and early 2000s producer Jermaine Dupri recently spoke to the Associated Press about the $7.4 million payout and expressed that he understands both sides of the case.
“My first time hearing it [‘Blurred Lines’], I was like, ‘This might be a problem.’ I kind of felt like that,” the 42-year-old said. “Them going to court was really more shocking than anything.”
He went on to claim that he believes some of his own work has been ripped off. An example of this is Ciara’s new breakup track, “I Bet.”
“Ciara’s new single is a complete rip-off of Usher’s ‘U Got It Bad.’ I’m clear on what I made and I’m clear on how music influences people and I’m clear on chord changes and how people move things,” he said.
According to JD, the similarities may not be as obvious as those in “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up,” but he still believes his work was stolen.
“It might not be as evident as the ‘Blurred Lines’ situation, but I believe the same thing happened to me.”
Apparently, songwriter and producer Bryan-Michael Cox, who worked with Dupri on the 2001 smash hit, believes there are obvious similarities as well. At least according to JD he does. Oh yeah, and while we’re discussing track-jacking, the SoSo Def founder also thinks “I Bet” sounds similar to Tamia’s “Still,” which he also worked on. JD, however, says that CiCi doesn’t have to worry about a million dollar lawsuit; he and Cox simply want credit. They have plans to contact the song’s producers.
Personally, I think he’s reaching, but I guess the melodies are slightly similar. Check the tracks below and let us know what you think.
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Unfortunately, over the years, we’ve had to watch quite a few custody battles play out in the public eye. For reasons ranging from funny money and poor behavior, we were shocked when news came out that these famous men were granted primary and sole custody of their children over the mothers of their kids. Here are a few examples that definitely had people talking.
Who is Grace Miguel, really? No one knows the answer to that except for those close to her. But there’s obviously something amazing about her that makes Usher want to make things official between them. Now that everyone knows that they are planning to get married, I thought I’d share with you a few interesting things about Grace Miguel since she will be the new Mrs.
Say what you want about Usher Raymond’s private life–the cheating allegations, the messy divorce from his first wife Tameka Foster and the epic battle for custody of the kids–when it comes to his career, he’s on point. That’s 65 million records sold worldwide.
So Usher’s engagement to girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel, who he began dating on the heels of his divorce from Tameka in 2009, should come as no surprise. Dude is ambitious as hell. He started his career at age 11 when did you start yours?
Now he is mixing business with pleasure, which may not be a good idea. It didn’t work the first time. Tameka was actually his stylist before they wed. And he’ll probably have to chain that roving eye. Will this woman stand for him screwing not one, but two of her bridesmaids? (If it’s a lie Tameka told it) And then there’s the chance he might get bored. Mama is over 10 years his senior- other than that, this looks good!
He recently told Billboard magazine, “I have an incredible partner and manager.” She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career. She’s someone who’s been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person.”
And it doesn’t hurt that as an executive at Island Def Jam Records, Grace worked with everyone from Jay-Z, Kanye and Rihanna, to The Biebs. By marrying her Usher gets to lock down all her time. And speaking of that, the time he spends working won’t be a problem because as manager she gets 10 percent of everything he makes, so the more he’s out there, the better. And how cool is it that all the money and dirty laundry stays in the family? The two of them getting married is like Olivia Pope and Fitz tying the knot. This could be a match made in industry heaven!
Now there is another drawback…a 48 year-old record exec (and mom) and a pop star with custody of his two kids, may not provide us with a lot of drama. But ultimately, we wish the best to the happy couple!
What are your thoughts? Is Usher making a good career move?
Usher & Grace Miguel Step Out Arm-In-Arm In Front Of Cameras For The First Time And Show Off Massive Engagement Ring [Photos]
I guess you could call this the big debut of Usher, 36, and Grace Miguel, 45, as an official couple, even though they’ve been dating for years now and are reportedly engaged.
The two stepped out for the Golden Globes Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in LA on Sunday night, and though Usher walked the red carpet alone, the couple was squeezed up tight inside the event. Walking with her hand wrapped around his bicep, Miguel cheesed it up as her massive engagement ring sparkled in front of the cameras. This was a big change for the couple, who never really have shown PDA, but usually are photographed walking near each other like business partners only. Don’t ask me why they had on headphones though…
Us Weekly spoke to an “insider” who confirmed that the two are engaged: “She’s happy but they’re trying to keep it quiet.”
Usher looked quite dapper, but still had remnants of the aftermath of that busted blood vessel in his eye. As we previously told you, when Usher posted a picture of his injured eye on Instagram with the caption, “You should see the other guy!!!” rumors started to swirl about how he got it. According to reports, at a New Year’s Eve party at E11even nightclub in Miami, a guy said some not so respectful things about Grace Miguel, and Usher had to lay down the smack down.
But all is well now, and the two are all smiles. Check out the pics of the couple and her huge engagement ring.
While many celebrities rang in the new year traveling, partying or spending time with family, Usher was allegedly opening up a can of whoop a** on someone in a nightclub in Miami. Probably not the best way to start 2015…
According to reports, the singer was having a great time celebrating New Year’s Eve at nightclub E11, even doing so alongside Bow Wow, when he ended up getting into a scuffle with another clubgoer who got a little too slick at the mouth. The guy reportedly made some inappropriate comments about Usher’s rumored fiancée, Grace Miguel, and the singer wasn’t having it.
There isn’t footage of the fight, but there is a picture of the aftermath, which was posted by the singer, himself. Usher seemed pretty proud that he only walked away with a busted blood vessel:
Well, I guess all that training to play Sugar Ray Leonard must have paid off?
Clearly Grace Miguel is very important to Usher. In an interview with Billboard late last year, he said that she is an “incredible partner” who has helped him broaden his horizons.
“I have an incredible partner and manager. She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career. She’s someone who has been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person. One thing that has come from having a great partner like Grace is being able to cherish the places that I’ve gone. We see the monumental sites, go to the museums, eat in the best restaurants. I’m that guy now! In the past I’d do what I have to do and get on the bus to the next city. Life has become a vacation.”
Looks like Usher is ready to sign them papers. This time it’ll be a marriage certificate with his longtime girlfriend Grace Miguel. Recent reports from B. Scott and our very own eyes confirmed the news.
A few weeks ago, the couple was photographed in Miami and if you look at Grace’s finger in the shots, you can clearly see that she’s wearing a ring, a very nice sized ring.
According to sources who spoke to B Scott, the couple plan to have a low-key wedding ceremony. Which is not at all surprising considering the way they’ve handled themselves in the public eye.
The announcement is only marred by the fact that stories and now even pictures from Usher and Tameka’s sex tape are surfacing all over the internet.
And this is nothing that has been confirmed by anyone else but judging by these pictures, I wouldn’t be surprised if the couple will be making another sort of announcement in the near future. Grace has on a lot of layers for Miami.
We’ll keep you posted.
But either way, congratulations are in order for this couple!
It’s funny when you look back at the stars who were on Star Search, you’ll notice a few trends:
1. They all started really young like under the age of 13 (at least most of the singers).
2. Some of the biggest stars today, likes of Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, were all on the show within the same time span early 90s.
3. Today’s top stars have been grinding for a very long time.
We were also surprised to see chart-topping comedians like Martin Lawrence and more make the list. Obviously Star Search knew how to spot talent early on.
Perhaps they should bring it back???
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