It’s been four years between albums, but Usher is officially back — and early. The R&B star’s eighth studio record, Hard II Love, is due Friday, but Tidal subscribers can listen to it now.
The crooner’s new album was teased in Los Angeles on Monday, where fans were able to track down tickets to attend a special listening event with the singer himself. Usher played the album back in an intimate setting before launching into a Q&A.
Hard II Love has been long in the works, having been teased since 2013, cycling through two reported names (UR and Flawed), and four singles that do not appear on the album (“Good Kisser,” “She Came To Give It To You,” “I Don’t Mind,” “Chains“). The album features Usher collaborations with Young Thug (“No Limit”) and Future (“Rivals”), but never fear: the golden pipes still shine.
Usher’s last album, Looking 4 Myself, came out in 2012, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. He’s also done work on camera, by serving as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. He starred in the recently released Roberto Duran boxing biopic Hands of Stone as the subject’s rival, Sugar Ray Leonard.
Tidal members can stream Hard II Love below or on Tidal. Non-subscribers can hear up to 30 seconds per track.