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Usher

Usher

Date: Jun 28 2010

Themes: Music

Grammar: Adverbs

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Most artists who were popular in 1997 aren’t still topping the charts in 2010. Usher is one of the exceptions. His latest album, Raymond vs. Raymond, recently debuted at number one. That’s not bad for an artist who first broke into the scene 13 years ago with My Way, an album that went platinum six times.

Now Usher is breaking into new ventures. As a record producer, he helped make Justin Bieber famous. He’s also started acting and appears in the new movie Killers alongside Ashton Kutcher. Find out what Beren and Dale think of this star with staying power.

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Beren

Beren

Dale

Dale

Beren:  So, Usher has a new album out, Raymond vs. Raymond.

Dale:  Usher.

Beren:  I know, I haven’t thought about Usher...well, I guess he had a song a couple years ago, “Yeah.”

Dale:  That wasn’t a couple years ago, that was like 2005.

Beren:  Really?

Dale:  Yeah, he was a very strong R&B artist. He was very popular, you know, pretty much everywhere. And he mimicked Michael Jackson’s dance moves. And he actually performed with hits, like it’s timeless, I don’t know.

Dale:  Yeah, and I think he was trying to do quite a few new ones but it just never clicked, and I think he was working with other artists as well. But now he’s acting, so I don’t know.

Beren:  Really, acting? Is he good? I haven’t seen anything he’s been in.

Dale:  I haven’t seen him act.

Beren:  I like his music though, like I’d say it’s timeless. I wouldn’t have thought that he’d still be around. But I guess he started pretty young. And he still seems very young.

Dale:  Yep, and I think he’ll be doing extremely fine as a singer, but as an actor? We’ll see.

 

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Beren is surprised to hear that Usher has a new album out. The 31-year-old artist has been around for a long time. His early hits are still popular, in addition to his new songs.

Dale thinks Usher is a classic R&B artist. Beren agrees that his music has a timeless quality. But neither she nor Dale is sure if the singer would make a good actor.

Are you a fan of Usher’s music or acting? Back in 1997, did you ever think he’d still be topping the charts in 2010?

 

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NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

He should go on danceing with the satrs gets saying.

07:34 PM Apr 14 2016 |

Liana's Dream

United States

when i heard Usher i just can remembare dance:)

11:26 AM Dec 02 2012 |

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vicmay_lo-flo@live.com.mx

Mexico

it is a good singer.

06:30 PM Aug 15 2012 |

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Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Humm I don't know his songs 'cause it isn't the type of music that I use to hear…I guess it depends on time and moment :)

07:45 PM Jul 22 2010 |

primula

primula

Saudi Arabia

Usher recently has become a very well-known and year after year he usually surprises his fans with new totally different performance .His album Raymond vs. Raymond has gone platinum. He became famous after his song Yeah and now he brokes the record with his awesome performance of OMG and after Opera's show I think he's gonna draw more attention for his songs . Honestly I came to know about him as a singer and I love his songs but I've not seen his performance as an actor and I'm quite sure he will perform perfectly.

07:08 PM Jul 17 2010 |

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lovejes

lovejes

France

yeah i prefer Usher’s music than his acting ^^
i known that usher could be topping the charts in 201O because each years Usher make a music which become top of charts on the year , like his new single ’’ oh my ghosh’’ i like it and it is successful

11:41 PM Jul 04 2010 |

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lenlix

Spain

heeeeeeey! love your songs and justin's too! :)

xxx

11:31 AM Jul 02 2010 |

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wendyliu01

wendyliu01

China

Some songs are good, I like "OMG", he is gifted, very talented, Tongue out but I don't think he will be better than Michael Jackson, although many people say this now, and MJ also like him. Hehe..

04:57 AM Jul 02 2010 |

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Gaby313

Gaby313

United Kingdom

well I'll admit that I didn't know that usher even existed till justin bieber came out. lol

04:53 PM Jul 01 2010 |

natalyusa

Russian Federation

You can just make a copy of Michael Jackson, but you will never him…

07:23 PM Jun 29 2010 |

natalyusa

Russian Federation

Timeless for his songs is really toooo much/ I have heard just one song of Usher  Yeah… And I know nothing more about him

 

07:21 PM Jun 29 2010 |

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Tew

Tew

Thailand

I think I like his music more than his acting :)

07:54 AM Jun 29 2010 |

Ca_Brazil

Ca_Brazil

Brazil

timeless??... i think its too much for him.

12:41 AM Jun 29 2010 |

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rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

i like his misic and i am agree that  his music is completely timeless.

saludos  

 

07:07 PM Jun 28 2010 |

Snazz De

Snazz De

United Kingdom

i just love him

 

05:28 PM Jun 28 2010 |

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siberian tigger

Mexico

I respect him becuase most singers do not stay long time on the likes of costumers or fans in the list of popularity in this age.

 

05:02 PM Jun 28 2010 |

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rebel lee

rebel lee

China

I have heard about the guy,but I've never listend his music.He must be very good,since he has been so popular for so many years.

04:39 PM Jun 28 2010 |

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penny810428

Taiwan

he will come here for the concert this week =D

03:16 PM Jun 28 2010 |

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penny810428

Taiwan

he will come here for the concert next week =D

03:12 PM Jun 28 2010 |

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PhilipHuang

China

well, Usher is a captivating singer,but my english too bad to know the music

02:42 PM Jun 28 2010 |

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