Usher Surprises Fans By Dropping His First Album In 4 Years Early

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Usher dropped his latest album Hard II Love ahead of the original release date. The Dallas-born, Atlanta-bred singer with more than 20 years in the music business proved he hasn’t lost a step—or a note—in the four years since dropping his last album. Hard II Love is available to stream on Tidal now, a full three days before its official release on Friday, Sept. 16.

Hard II Love includes “Crash,””Missin U,” and the Young Thug-assisted “No Limit,” which currently sits at No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100. The project also features “Champions,” the theme song of the Usher-starring boxing movie Hands of Stone. 

From his self-titled debut to 8701 to Confessions, Usher has always managed to reinvent himself with every new album while still harnessing the soul that made him famous.  Usher is ranked by the RIAA as one of the best-selling artists in music history, having sold over 23.8 million physical albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States alone. The 22-time Grammy-winner was one of the celebrity backers of Jay Z’s independent streaming service Tidal back in 2015. Other backers included Kanye West, Madonna, Rihanna, Calvin Harris and of course Jay’s wife, Beyonce.

Last time fans heard Usher Raymond in full, it was on 2012’s Looking 4 Myself. Considering U’s four previous albums have all at No. 1., Will Hard II Love follow suit? Check out the 15-track LP on Tidal now and decide for yourself.

(H/T Vulture)

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