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Usher Hosts ‘Coming Home’ Listening Session With Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon & More

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Usher recently engaged in a candid conversation about his latest album, “Coming Home,” alongside some notable friends including Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon.

Hosted by Angie Nwandu from The Shade Room, the discussion provided fans with an intimate glimpse into the creation of Usher’s recently-released album. Joining the conversation were prominent figures such as J.I.D., Gayle King, broadcasters Cari Champion and Molly Qerim, music executive Shawn “Pecas” Costner, and songwriter Johnta Austin. Throughout the session, Usher delved into his creative process, shared insights behind select tracks, and more.

Reflecting on his Super Bowl halftime show, Usher expressed gratitude, stating, “The city gave me an energy and it gave me an opportunity to realize that people love our culture.”

“Coming Home” marks Usher’s first album since 2016’s “Hard II Love” and was released on February 9, just days before his Super Bowl performance. The 20-track project features previously-released singles like “Good Good” with 21 Savage and Summer Walker, “Ruin” with Pheelz, “Risk It All” with H.E.R., and the “Usher Remix” of Jung Kook’s “Standing Next to You.” Additionally, collaborations with Burna Boy, Latto, and The-Dream are showcased on the album.

Explaining the album’s title, Usher shared, “’Coming Home’ is an ode to going back to your roots, whatever or wherever that may be. I’m coming home to where I’m comfortable in being exactly who I am right now. My hope is that you identify with the new album no matter where you are or what you’re going through, too.”

L.A. Reid, Usher’s label head, praised the album, describing it as “a testament to his artistry and evolution as a musician.” He added, “With each track, he invites listeners on a journey of self-discovery and reflection.”

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Following his Super Bowl performance, Usher saw a significant surge in streams on Spotify, with a 550 percent increase. Several of his hits experienced a 1000 percent uptick in streams, with “Caught Up” leading the pack with a 2000 percent increase.

Usher’s music has been climbing charts worldwide, with his classic 2004 hit “Yeah!” currently at No. 9 on the Spotify U.S. Chart.

Although Usher did not receive payment for his Super Bowl performance, he has seen various other rewards. The singer has expanded his recently announced Past Present Future Tour, nearly doubling the number of dates from 24 to 44. With over 360,000 tickets already sold, the North American trek is poised to be his most extensive tour to date.

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