Back to her dive bars roots with latest album
IT HAD been a long day for the spectators of the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, which took place over the weekend at the Sepang International Circuit. But all that was forgotten at the After-Race concert when Usher took to the stage, for what better way to celebrate the finale than with this multi-Grammy-awardwinning singer-songwriter.
Before his performance, local artistes Modescope, Back2Basixx, Fazura and Natasha Sass helped to set the mood for the thousands of music fans at the concert with performances of their own songs as well as covers of hit tunes like Ariana Grande’s Bang Bang, Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive, Sia’s Cheap Thrills and more.
At 7.45pm, LED lights blasted from the stage and the iconic autotune introduction of Usher’s OMG broke the silence, triggering rapturous cheers from the crowd at the sight of the popular R&B artiste.
Usher continued to thrill with the soul-funk-infused beats of She Came to Give It to You, uptempo sensual R&B tune Good Kisser and the funk-trap rhythm of Missin’ You.
Paired with his smooth hip-hop dance moves, it was almost impossible not to sway along to the groovy beats.
Fans were also transported back in time when Usher performed the song that helped launch his career, You Make Me Wanna.
“I just wanna set the mood
Burn, U Got It Bad, Confessions Part II, and U Don’t Have to Call.
The R&B singer also impressed and moved the audience with his incredibly smooth vocal finesse, matched with emotional lyrics, when he sang Climax from his Looking 4 Myself album.
Fans also had the opportunity to dance to some of his catchy new songs off his latest Hard II Love album, such as Crash and No Limit, as well as Rivals which had a more classic R&B Usher feel.
They cheered even louder when Usher delivered his most popular collaborative hits over the years such as My Boo, the well-favoured love duet featuring Alicia Keys; Need a Girl, the P. Diddy single in which he was featured together with Loon; as well as Love in this Club, his own single featuring rapper Young Jeezy.
Of course, he included the more recent chart-topping Crush, his track with local songstress Yuna, as well as I Don’t Mind, his single featuring Juicy J.
Usher took the time to address the recent tragic happenings in the United States such as “the loss of black lives, law enforcement [and] minority rights” which have influenced many to live in fear from all the shootings.
“All I ask is [for] you to say something, if you see something that looks odd to you, if you see something that doesn’t feel right to you, say something … again, what I do, I could not do without you,” he concluded, as the familiar synth melody introduction of David Guetta’s Without You played, prompting cheers from the crowd.
The splendid flashing LED light show and attractive brightlycoloured screen visuals instantly turned the concert area into a disco floor, as the indefatigable singer entertained jumping fans with the mega-hit, DJ Got Us Fallin in Love.
Usher ended the show with his Grammy award-winning up-tempo hit Yeah!, but turned it up a notch with a heavy dubstep remix which proved to be a winner for the fans that night.
The concert was indeed a fitting end to an already sizzling F1 event. LADY GAGA ( left) might be set to rock the Super Bowl next year, but that will not stop the Grammy-winning singer from r emembering her roots. The Perfect l lus ion songwriter has announced that she will be playing at a string of dive bars in support of her upcoming album with the Bud Light X Dive Bar Tour that kicked off on Wednesday at
IIan undisclosed tiny venue in the US.
Fans can livestream Gaga’s gig through the beer company’s Facebook Live at 10pm to listen to the premiere of her new song, Million Reasons.
“My first performances were in dive bars in New York City and around the country, so working with Bud Light to go back to my roots to perform songs from my new album is such an exciting way to connect with my fans and share this music with them for the first time,” Gaga said in a statement.
She added that the “raw Americana vibe” of her new music is best suited to these styles of venue.
Perfect Illusion received a mixed reception from fans and critics when Gaga first performed it at London’s Moth club last month.
She later appeared on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, when she revealed that the song is about social media, and the “many fake things around, things that appear to be real”.
“People feel pressured to live up to that perfect illusion in their real lives,” she said. “This is about accepting that and letting go.
“I’m not saying not to use your phone, I’m not that crazy. I think social media is great. But there’s also a lot of things that are on the internet that aren’t reality.”
Gaga’s return has been hyped for months and excitement was ranked up further when she revealed that she has recorded a duet with Florence + the Machine’s Florence Welch.
“There’s a feature on the album that I think you will be very excited about,” she told Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw.
“Me and Florence Welch did a duet together. I started to work on an idea for a song that I really wanted to do with a girl. You’ll see why when you see what the song is about.
“I just thought: ‘Who do I want to sing with?’ She’s really to me if not the best, one of the greatest vocalists in the world.”
is due out on Oct 21, with two tour dates scheduled on Oct 20 and 27. – The Independent