Usher And Rich The Kid Involved In Studio Armed Robbery

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Usher, Rich The Kid, and their posse were attacked earlier today at a West Hollywood recording studio. According to TMZ, as many as ten shots were fired at the famous Westlake Recording Studio. More »

The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018

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The Top 40 Pop Songs Of 2018Y’all wanna hear something crazy? I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. As we approach the precipice of 2019, I’m fairly certain … More »

Muggings Mar Global Citizen Festival In Johannesburg

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A spate of muggings early Monday marred a charity concert in South Africa at which Beyonce, Jay-Z and other stars performed in honor of Nelson Mandela. Tens of thousands flocked to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday for a music festival also featuring Usher, Pharrell Williams, Trevor Noah, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Campbell and South … More »

Usher Denies Operating Anonymous Twitter To Respond To Critics Of His New Album

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Last week, Usher dropped his surprise album A and critics were largely unimpressed. It’s hard to imagine getting excited about Usher in 2018, let alone creating a Twitter account dedicated to defending him. But apparently, Twitter user @Lala20548756 was so jazzed about his lukewarm release that they felt compelled to address … More »

Stream Usher’s Surprise Album A, Entirely Produced By Zaytoven

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Now nearly 40, with his biggest hits almost a decade behind him, it’s safe to say Usher hasn’t had the smoothest transition to middle age, although he’s continued to turn out solid singles every couple of years that have reminded us of his star power. The last we heard from him was 2016’s largely unsung … More »

Lykke Li – “U Got It Bad” (Usher Cover)

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Lykke LiSwedish pop singer Lykke Li released her new album So Sad So Sexy back in June. Even more recently, she stopped by Spotify’s studios in Stockholm to record a live version of the LP cut “Sex Money Feelings Die” for the streaming platform’s Spotify Singles series. And the b-side, as usual, is a … More »

Hear Oneohtrix Point Never’s scrapped Usher demo

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Oneohtrix Point Never nearly made music with Usher.

Recently, in Stereogum‘s cover story on the artist, Daniel Lopatin explained that Usher came to an Anohni show, who Lopatin had been working with at the time, and complimented a two-minute noise interlude that Lopatin had written, even going so far as to say that was he wanted his next album to sound just like that. Unfortunately, Usher — and arguably mainstream pop music at large, save for a few figureheads like SOPHIE, Let’s Eat Grandma, etc.  — has yet to embrace experimental noise, so the artist never used Lopatin’s work — though it eventually went on to become Age Ofs”The Station.”

Recently, in a note on Twitter, Lopatin resurfaced the original demo and gave some background on its creation. “In 2016 I was on tour with Anohni and wrote a demo then called ‘dejavu’ in a hotel room in London,” he goes to say. “This song became the record ‘The Station.’ The topline which was written for Usher is insinuated with the right handmelody. The final version of the song has a much different topline and a loopy coda that’s kind of a metaphor for train tracks. In 2016 it was just some nice chords and melody.”

Hear “The Station” for good measure below.


Photo Credit: Atiba Jefferson

Hear Oneohtrix Point Never’s Usher Demo

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On Oneohtrix Point Never’s latest album, Age Of, there’s a song called “The Station” that began as a demo for Usher. In our recent cover story on OPN, Daniel Lopatin explained that Usher came to an Anohni show and narrowed in on a two-minute noise interlude during the performance that Lopatin wrote, saying … More »

Hear Oneohtrix Point Never’s Usher Demo

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On Oneohtrix Point Never’s latest album, Age Of, there’s a song called “The Station” that began as a demo for Usher. In our recent cover story on OPN, Daniel Lopatin explained that Usher came to an Anohni show and narrowed in on a two-minute noise interlude during the performance that Lopatin wrote, saying … More »

Beyoncé & Jay-Z, Eddie Vedder, Ed Sheeran, & More To Play Mandela 100 Celebration

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Global Citizen FestivalGlobal Citizen Festival, the annual celebrity-infused anti-poverty benefit concert, is coming to South Africa this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The December event features a typically eye-popping lineup of musicians and will be the culmination of Global Citizen’s yearlong Mandela 100 campaign in partnership with House Of Mandela. More »