Some of the most talented musical stars will align next month in honor of the late musical icon, Whitney Houston. Grammy award winners Celine Dion, Usher, and Jennifer Hudson are a few of the artists who have been tapped to perform in a one-hour television tribute to Houston, titled “We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston.” In addition to performances from a selection of artists, the special will include interviews, never-before-seen footage, Houston’s iconic performances, and other highlights from her career. Additional performers yet to be announced will pay homage to Houston, who was one of the few artists to have held the record for most performances done for the annual televised award show. The special will tape live on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theater in LA, and air on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10PM EST on CBS.
NEW YORK, May 31, 2012 – Today, American Express, in partnership with VEVO and YouTube, announced that seven-time Grammy® award-winning and multi-platinum recording artist Usher and director Hamish Hamilton have been selected to create this art-in-motion experience for its popular livestream music series, “American Express Unstaged.” Usher’s exclusive performance will be livestreamed from the Hammersmith Apollo in London, at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT on Monday, June 11 at www.youtube.com/UsherVEVO. Fans can also watch the live event on VEVO’s free mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and the YouTube mobile website. The stream is also available for the first time ever on VEVO’s Xbox Live app. The global event will coincide with, and celebrate, the debut of Usher’s highly anticipated album, LOOKING 4 MYSELF (RCA Records), set for release June 11th in the UK and June 12th in the U.S. Comments Usher, “I am excited to introduce my new album LOOKING 4 MYSELF with a worldwide performance in such an innovative way. It’s very exciting to interact with my fans from a global stage through American Express Unstaged’s live stream. Using the cutting-edge ‘take the stage’ technology will allow my fans to join me virtually via their dancing avatars on stage at London’s renowned Hammersmith Apollo Theatre. Be there on June 11th.” Renowned for his innovative directing style and technical skill in capturing live events, along with possessing an innate artistry in filming music and movement, Hamish Hamilton, Grammy and BAFTA award-nominated director of the 2011 and 2012 Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show, 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and the 82nd Academy Awards® telecast, was hand-selected by Usher and American Express to flawlessly capture this unique, high-energy performance for fans watching across the globe, via online music leaders VEVO and YouTube. Usher and Hamish Hamilton have had a long-standing creative bond, having worked together on several live performances, creating historic cinematic moments that fans love and anticipate from Usher. “I’m really excited about partnering with Usher – he is an exhilarating performer. I’m going to transport every viewer to Hammersmith in my home town of London to enjoy Usher in the most visceral way possible,” said filmmaker Hamish Hamilton. “Helping to elevate his killer performance, artistic flair, and his new sounds out to the global masses for the ‘American Express Unstaged’ livestream experience will be fun.”
FOLLOW UP TO USHER’S GROUNDBREAKING #1 LEAD SINGLE “CLIMAX” FROM HIS FORTHCOMING HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED ALBUM LOOKING FOR MYSELF SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 12TH ON RCA RECORDS USHER NOMINATED FOR 3 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS AND KICKING OFF THE TODAY SHOW’S TOYOTA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ON MAY 18TH!
(New York – April 26, 2012) Seven-time Grammy Award winner Usher announces today the release of his electrifying and kinetic brand new single “Scream,” available tomorrow, Friday, April 27th at iTunes and all digital providers. Written by top hit making songwriters Max Martin, Shellback, Savan Kotecha and produced by Max Martin and Shellback, “Scream,” is the follow up to Usher’s game changing lead #1 charting smash single “Climax” from his forthcoming album LOOKING FOR MYSELF, set for release June 12th on RCA Records. Click here to listen to “SCREAM.” Following a surprise performance at Coachella with David Guetta last week, Usher is in top creative form, having been nominated for three Billboard Music Awards including Top Streaming Single and Top Dance song for “Without You” with David Guetta, along with Top Latin Song “Promise” with Romeo Santos, two of his highly successful collaborations while working in the studio on LOOKING FOR MYSELF.
Usher has been ranked by the RIAA as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 43 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including seven Grammy Awards and was recently named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and seventeen Hot 100 top-ten singles.