Usher: Hard II Love announced
Following years of delays, Usher has officially announced his eighth studio album, Hard II Love.
Due out Sept. 16, the record marks his first effort in four years. The title was initially reported as UR, and later Flawed. The R&B heavyweight debuted two new singles in June: the Young Thug-featuring “No Limit” and falsetto-soaked slow jam “Crash.” Both songs appear on Hard II Love.
He’s been teasing the project since at least 2013, telling The Fader it was going to be “freaking out of here” and “everything you can imagine.” Promotion began in 2014 with “Good Kisser,” “She Came To Give It To You,” and “I Don’t Mind,” and followed with the politically charged 2015 entry “Chains,” which features Nas and Bibi Bourelly.
Usher last released 2012’s Looking 4 Myself, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In the interim, he’s bolstered his resumé with turns in television and film: he served as a coach for NBC’s The Voice during seasons four and six, and stars as Sugar Ray Leonard in the newly released Roberto Duran biopic, Hands of Stone.
Hard II Love is currently available for pre-order.