Usher had his 52nd Billboard Hot 100 chart appearance this week (July 16), with “Good Love” featuring rap duo City Girls debuting at No. 70.
The Lathun-sampled party anthem was the 8x Grammy winner’s first entry since October 2019, when his self-influenced tune “Come Thru,” produced by Summer Walker, debuted at No. 42 and peaked at No. 43. Usher previously had a 20-week run with Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon cut “Party” alongside Gucci Mane in 2017. In February 2017, it reached No. 40.
Since his Hot 100 debut with “Can U Get Wit It” in September 1994, Usher has had nine singles reach number one, including “U Got It Bad” with Ludacris and Lil Jon and “OMG” with will.i.am.
Usher now holds the record for the most Hot 100 No.1s in a calendar year by a male R&B singer, with four total. He achieved this accomplishment in 2004 with tracks from his chart-topping album Confessions. “Yeah,” featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon, “My Boo,” “Confessions Pt. II,” and “Burn” are among the tracks included.
Confessions, the Grammy-winning, diamond-certified album, re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 198 last week, following his appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk for Black Music Month.
The viral performance resulted in a huge jump in streams for “Superstar” and “Confessions Pt. II,” both featured on Confessions. The former track had a 238% increase, while the other had a 48% nudge in streams.
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Returning to “Good Love,” the Mr. Hanky-produced tune has received over 1.9 million Spotify listens since its July 1 release. Daps directed the accompanying video, which was released the same day.
Usher gave People’s Mark Gray an update on his long-awaited ninth album in March. “I’m going to release an album this year, hopefully,” he said, “but now it’s just a matter of time, and what the name of the record is, and all of that.” The unnamed album will be Usher’s follow-up to Hard II Love, which was released in 2016.
On June 12, Usher’s sixth proper album, Looking 4 Myself, marked its tenth anniversary. Keithan Samuels of Rated R&B gathered feedback from major participants including Rico Love, Luke Steele, Eric Bellinger, and others to reflect on studio sessions and express their opinions on how Looking 4 Myself has aged.
Usher will start his Las Vegas engagement at Dolby Live at Park MGM on July 15. The second leg will last till October 29.
He’ll sing his hallmark songs as well as some of his more recent singles, such as “Don’t Waste My Time” with Ella Mai and “Bad Habits.” He might invite Mary J. Blige to perform their new duet “Need Love,” off her album Good Morning Gorgeous. Tickets for Usher’s upcoming Las Vegas residency are currently on sale.