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MAY 23, 2008- With only a few days of announcement regarding Usher’s guest performance on Dancing With the Stars by major networks, hysteria heated up chat rooms and message boards with heavy anticipation.
A child prodigy, Usher exploded onto the music industry with controlled poise and charisma along with chart topping album-after-album sales that had music lovers not only comparing his dance moves to other artists, but placing this modern day Fred Astaire of R& B artist as a top contender among all dance artists present and in the past. Just check out the artist’s past albums. You won’t be able to stop listening to every album from beginning to end.
The only difference is this boy wonder icon is now a full grown man with stronger vocals, more effortless and lethal dance moves, a teasing beard over a forever young face, and the kind of confidence in his voice that gravitates listeners and even if his lyrics to his latest hit are taboo!
His number one song topping BillBoard Charts is “Love in this Club,” and while a bold and forbidden notion in any modern day family household, you can expect for grandma, mother, daughter and her newborn to be singing Usher’s catchy and contagious lyrics.
Viewers of Dancing With the Stars held their breath wondering if Usher would as folks say in media say, “Do the darn thing!” Well, not only did Usher do his thing, but he won over new fans. In fact, folks who were convinced that Kristi Yamaguchi would take over the show’s season finale, actually flipped the channel after Usher performed because on that night, Usher was the winner of “Dancing With the Stars!”
Most of his fans will just have to get use to the pounds and muscle Usher has put on lately because to do Usher’s moves, you have to be a heavyweight on the dance floor. The new move hands down is Usher’s “Piano Keys” Wave dance. You have to have strong legs first of all, keep your balance, and confidence to pull off that move.
Right now, the only artist that can possibly compete at Usher’s level with comparable dance moves is Chris Brown, but Usher certainly has more grace as a seasoned artist, and I am sure Chris Brown will agree.
Friendly competition is what the music industry needs right now in the R& B arena, and if the two contenders look like Usher and Chris, why not? This is where the Females of the R& B industry went wrong.
No one really stepped up their game to independently perfect their own craft, but instead tried to copy Beyonce’s moves which just did not work. What I like about Usher and Chris is their own style all around.
Both real performers and real singers with real talent. With triple threat talent no one can take anything from artists like Usher. There’s no doubt in my mind that Usher is ready to take over and is officially back. It’s time for media to start focusing on a modern day king of R& B.