Jay-Z launches his streaming music service TIDAL at an industry event, #TIDALforall at Skylight in Moynihan Station in New York City. He announces his partnership with 16 other artists, including Beyonce, Madonna, Usher, Rihanna, Butler and Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jack Wright, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Nikki Minaj, Coldplay and Calvin Harris, who formally sign a declaration of partnership. Tidal is the first service to offer ad-free music, video and editorial content owned by the stars who actually create it. The high quality sound service is available across iOS and Android devices, as well as in Web browsers and desktop players, in the U.S. and 30 other countries. Tidal Premium is $9.99, and Tidal Hifi is $19.99. Alicia Keys:
We come to you with one voice in unity. The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!
Usher and Ellen discuss his tour as well as the American Ninja Warrior Parking Lot Challenge on The Ellen Show.
I hope I can land somewhere between ok and good.
Usher opens up Fashion Rocks with a performance of She Came To Give It To You from his album UR.
Usher performs She Came To Give It To You on The Today Show from his album UR
Usher performs OMG during The Today Show from his album Raymond V Raymond
Usher performs U Don’t Have To Call and Caught Up on The Today Show from his albums 8701 and Confessions.
Usher performs Good Kisser on The Today Show from his album UR.
Seacrest interviews Usher during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his latest tour.
I’ve been busy. Just making my way back to the stage has been kind of the greatest anticipation of this year and now I’m ready. I’ll be touring on North America in 27 cities and I’m really excited about it. This will be] like no other [tour] before. Twenty years of doing this, musically, I’ve graced every stage there is, but never quite like this. This is going to be a new experience that does not arrive based off of one album, or either the launch of this most-recent album, which I’m not finished yet. I’m still working on it. I just really want to get back on the stage. You see me playing the bass, you see me playing the guitar, you see me playing the drums. It’s just a different experience.
Usher releases the music video for his song She Came To Give It To You featuring Minaj. Directed by Philip Andelman the video features Usher and Minaj performing in a packed night club. Usher:
For me, it (the video) felt like, ‘Let’s go against the grain of what you think this song’s gonna be about. But also, too, give you what you feel you were getting ready to get.
Usher and Minaj perform She Came To Give It To You during the MTV Video Music Awards from the album UR.
Usher releases a public statement about Bieber via his Instagram account..
At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.
User will perform at the BET Music Awards along with Parrell Williams, Trey Songz and lil Wayne. Chris rock will be the host of the awards.
Usher and fellow the Voice coach Adam Levine perform a cover of D’Angalo’s How Does It Feel. Usher also performs with his artist Josh Kaufman, on a cover of Police’s Every Breath You Take.
Usher teams up with Ed Sheeran for song on his next album. Sheeran explains:
I was at a Passover dinner and sat next to Usher, it was quite random. I met him once before, but never enough to be like ‘Yo what’s up man?’ but he went over to me with his phone and he’s like ‘Yo check it out’ and he downloaded Sing. And he was like ‘Yo, man, do you want to get in the studio sometime?’ and I was like ‘Yes, Usher, I would love to get into the studio sometime. I had this guitar idea on my phone it was literally just a voice note and I emailed it to Skrillex then he took it in sampled it and made a beat out of it, and then me and Usher just went back and forth on melody ideas and lyric ideas.
It was a very random studio session where he was forcing me to try new things and really pushing me outside my comfort zone and we just ended up with that song. I think he knew how special it was and I needed a lot of convincing and I’m glad he convinced me
Usher performs a dance tribute and sings Love Never Felt So Good, the first single released from Michael Jackson’s album Xscape, during the iHeart Radio Music Awards.
Usher, Shakira, Shelton And Levine make an appearance on the show and talk to Carson Daley about their relationships both on and off of the screen.
Usher performs Twisted on The Voice from his album Looking 4 Myself.
Usher wins Grammy for Best R&B Performance for Climax. This is his ninth Grammy.
As someone who completely lost their voice at one point for a year that people have recognized my music and there is an award there for it I appreciate it. This was a journey about finding a way to show my talent, and the nature of the sound and creating unique sounds and this was the opening of the shell.
Usher performs Climax and Cant Stop Wont Stop during the American Music Awards show to promote his album Looking For Myself.
Usher performs U Make Me Wanna at the iTunes Music Festival from the album My Way.
Usher performs Burn at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Confessions.
Usher performs Numb at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Looking 4 Myself.
Usher performs Twisted at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Looking 4 Myself.
Usher performs Dive at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Looking 4 Myself.
Usher performs DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Versus.
Usher performs OMG at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Here I Stand.
Usher performs Climax at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Looking 4 Myself.
Usher performs Lil Freak at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Raymond v. Raymond.
Usher performs There Goes My Baby at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Raymond vs. Raymond.
Usher performs Nice & Slow at the iTunes Music Festival from the album My Way.
Usher performs You Don’t Have To Call at the iTunes Music Festival from the album 8701.
Usher performs Yeah at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Confessions.
Usher performs Scream at the Capital FM Summertime Ball from his album Looking 4 Myself.
Usher performs Without You at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball from David Guetta’s album Nothing But The Beat.
Usher performs Scream at the Billboard Awards from the album Looking 4 Myself.
Usher wins Grammys for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for There Goes My Baby and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Raymond V Raymond.
Usher performs DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love during The Ellen Show to promote his album Verses.
Usher performs Caught Up at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Confessions.
Usher performs Lovers & Friends at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Crunk Juice.
Bieber releases his remixed single, Somebody To Love, which features Usher. The song title has previously been used by artists; Jefferson Airplane, Queen, and Leighton Meester.
Usher and Will.I.AM perform OMG on American Idol from the album Raymond v. Raymond
Williams interviews celebrity stylist Tameka Foster on The Wendy Williams experiment on her career and what she thinks of Usher’s relationship with his mother.
You know a lot of rumors are started by music and record label people. It’s bad because Usher and his mother have a very unique relationship. He loves his mother very much. He takes his mother to every award show. Like that’s his date most times. He loves his mother, he respects his mother but they have its almost like a split personality relationship. She’s his manager so when their talking about management, business, numbers, times, dates. It’s like that but that’s mommy. He kisses on her, that’s mommy.
Usher and Foster’s divorce is finalized. Usher claims the marriage is irretrievably broken with no reasonable hope of reconciliation. Foster:
I had every reason to believe the marriage was intact.
Usher files for divorce from Foster, after almost 2 years. His mother didn’t approve of the relationship and it caused a big strain on the couple’s relationship.
My wife is not 40 years old. I love her to death and I’m a black, strong man in America standing up for my people — as a man to my wife, to my son, to my family. I’m making a stand that a lot of us should make. I coulda been like any other man who has a child and live with that woman and continue to just play the game. I’m trying to do it the right way. This is the way you’re supposed to do it! Pay attention, fellas.
Usher performs What’s Your Name and Yeah! at The Victoria Secret Fashion Show from his albums Here I Stand and Confessions.
After an audition with Usher, Bieber signs a recording contract with Island/Def Jam Records chairman L.A. Reid.
Usher called and said I have something really special for you. I have a gift for you. He brought Justin in. Justin had a guitar, he payed piano, he sang for me. I thought he was amazing. It was a no-brainer.
Reid later says that if he had known that Bieber had been rejected by other record companies first, he wouldn’t have signed him.
Usher and his wife are expecting their second child together.
I’m so proud to be a father by the time I’m 30. I’d hate to be 80 years old and not be able to run with my kids. I need to still be able to do flips when they’re in high school!
Usher auditions Justin Bieber in Atlanta sometime in early 2008. It is his first time out of Canada. Scooter Braun drives to the studio and they meet Usher in the parking lot. Bieber asks Usher if he could sing one of his songs for him.
No little buddy, just come inside, it’s cold out.
A week later Bieber flew back to to Atlanta:
I sang for him and his people and he really wanted to sign me then and there but I still had a meeting with Justin Timberlake who also wanted to sign me. It turned out Usher’s deal was way better. He had L.A. Reid backing him up and Scooter had a lot of really good connections in Atlanta. I always tease Usher now and remind him how he blew me off the first time we met.
Keys and Usher wins the Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for My Boo.