Usher covers Billboard

R&B singer Usher Raymond, 36, is featured on the current cover of Billboard magazine wearing a crown to symbolize his lofty status as the King of R&B. But fans are wondering when Usher's long-awaited album is going to drop.

From Thatgrapejuice:

In a trait common to major names in 2014, Mr Raymond seems to be making the transition from releasing diamond-certified albums and near-annual #1 hits to struggling to even land gold certifications.

Indeed, the star’s most recent opus – 2012’s ‘Looking 4 Myself’ - has sold 504,000 Stateside, according to Nielsen SoundScan — 800,000 fewer than the LP prior (2010’s ‘Raymond vs. Raymond’).

And while this Fall was to bring with it his triumphant return, the campaign ‘Good Kisser’ led LP was brought to an abrupt halt and its release bumped to an undisclosed date next year.

Speaking to Billboard, the performer explained his reason for the delay. He also opened up on the waywardness of his mentee Justin Bieber.

Soundbites below…

On Delaying Album His Album:

“I just ain’t ready, meaning I have more that I want to say and more that I want to do. My process is pretty different. L.A. Reid will tell you, it takes two albums to make one with Usher.”

On Justin Bieber:

“Our relationship is more man-to-man now, He’s making his own decisions and it’s important to show support. I can say I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made, but I’m supportive of him. I try my hardest to give as much positive reinforcement as I can. I’ll punch him in the f—ing chest when I need to, and give him a hug and kiss when I need to. It’s more than just mentoring. I love the kid.”

  • pointhimout

    When I wear purple, I get so many compliments each and every time. I love seeing a guy in purple.

  • capricorn83

    :love: :hump: Usher!!!

  • MissArtist

    I will always love Usher. That last CD was good, he shouldn't be afraid to put out another one.

  • Chocolate

    I just want to say that I save 13 dollars on gas this week $50.00 filled me up

    $2.97 Hampton, Ga :yahoo:

    have a good weekend Roses :hug:

  • inter_loop

    That's a boring cover. It's like some musicians have taken on music as a "job"; something no longer enjoyable. The reason Beyoncé can unrxpectanly drop an album and the worlds stop to buy it is because she appears to really enjoy her work, her creativity. But some artist are on stage seemingly singing and dancing and roll calling with ideas in the back of their minds like, "Damn. Two more shows and I can pay that off. Are there anymore M&Ms in my dressing room..." Simple distractions like that.

  • Hair Lova Formerly Known As Dark Ceaser

    Didn't know we were waiting for an Usher album..

  • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    I would like to formally tell everybody goodnight here :huh:
    Talking loudly intentionally like a snotty nosed kid •I SAID WHAT I SAID ABOUT NIGNORING ME WAS THAT SHE REPLIED TO THE INTIAL QUESTION BUT DIDNT NOT RESPOND TO MY OPINION. I HAD ASKED HER BC I KNEW SHE WOULD BE A MILITANT WHIG IN DUKES AND I POKED THE BEAR INTENTIONALLY. BY NO MEANS DID I SAY I WAS LEGALLY BLINE AND I DID NOT SEE HER FONT. I SAID WHAT I SAID THO :eek:
    :rofl: no for real I just for my kids ya'll have a good weekend :heart:

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    da fugg is you talmbout? :huh: :hahaha:

    uh, yeah, you have a good weekend too (and get those marital bed soft cones and DON'T let Lil Nutbyke in the room this time)
    :hi: :heart:

  • http://youtu.be/xdT5uC4dtgo MisTaken: Loyal reader :champ: and your pastor’s #1 prayer warrior :pray:

    Oh, I see, another failed attempt at humor.:tea:
    -----------
    Artist said said F yo couch @IS :rofl:
    She said do better

    And I was late to the party :oops: I just wanted to come back on banging since ya'll got to joke on me and I wasn't there to go back and forth about it. I felt cheated. So I was gang banging on bacon :hahaha:

  • Just Looking

    Did he just cop Biggie's Cover from VIBE? :tea:

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    wait... what?! :confused:

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    oh... Bye Pola! :hi:

  • sassyshe

    Like TIP said when you get to a certain point of your career its not about commercial success but about critical acclaim

    On some hood note who is gearing up for Prison Wives Club - I am cant wait to see these delusional dumb bytches

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

    So I'm out of town for work.....

    In 2 hours I've seen geckos running around my feet at lunch, signs behind the Wal-Mart that say do not feed the alligators, and a man standing on a street corner wearing a snake........... a real snake.... big ass hail too :tea: #canigohomenow

  • datsmdubya2u

    Oh lord who is shooting up a school now? :cry: ive been in meetings all day what happened?

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    Sassy! dis a real show? and why "club" and not "support group"? :lol:
    i guess "club" sounds more prestigious :shrug: :lol:

  • datsmdubya2u

    Oh ok I see the previous post.. :kona:

  • PumpkinsMama

    GN Taken :kiss:

    @ Dat's girl they shootin up da blog too :ak47:

  • Bootcampgirl

    if anybody have @keya 411 i need club ideas for Philly....tia

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    Missy :huh: da fugg you at? the rainforest?! :rofl:

  • datsmdubya2u

    @ pumpkin

    Dat’s girl they shootin up da blog too

    -----------------

    :popcorn: someone direct me to the post

  • PumpkinsMama

    Matter fact lemme got get Pootie from after school :steer:

    Might be back later :winky:

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    Matter fact lemme got get Pootie from after school

    ____________________________

    "Pootie" awww :love:

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    @dats, i believe it started when "they" (points around blog) tried to bestow the day's Jameis award upon a reluctant recipient :rofl:
    ...something to do w/ebola laced weave (see, ebola post) and then it cropped up agane in the Kerry post, near the end :tea: :hahaha:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2SQh007k6U missyJ

    @nancy

    Flo Rida... me and my coworker at lunch like.. why ain't these wild animals locked up. As if the restaurant didn't just pop up in the middle of their front yard :lol:

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    Flo Rida… me and my coworker at lunch like.. why ain’t these wild animals locked up. As if the restaurant didn’t just pop up in the middle of their front yard

    ________________________

    i figured that! :lol: my Lil Sis text me when she was there 'cause they had to come remove an aligator from her hotel's swimming pool :no:

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Hey y'all!! Who was looking for me about clubs in Philly?

  • Nakeya_J or Keke thanks to Unshake

    Oh it was bootcamp. Ok, so depending on what you want... If its strip clubs go to Onyx. If not Onyx then you have the river deck (regular club) or go down to old city Philadelphia. Its lots of clubs with happy hour specials down that way.

  • http://www.oprah.com/own-six-little-mcghees/Grandma-Gets-Stuck-In-a-Kids-Maze Come Through Nancy Drew :nun:

    Juliana! :happy: :heart:

    Juju, tell your Ma Bootcamp was looking for her (she wanna know where she and her Haitian can go snuggle #helpful)

    :lol: Hey Keya :hug:

  • Bootcampgirl

    Thanks @keya where old city Philly. I want to shake a tail feather

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    We don't care Usher :shrugs: not looking for ya either