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Noel Gourdin – Debut album After My Time coming Summer 08 – EPIC RECORDS

Noel Gourdin – Debut album After My Time coming Summer ’08 – EPIC RECORDS

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A gritty, working class city outside of Boston, Brockton is best known as where legendary fighters the late Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler grew up. Unlike Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans or Philly, Brockton doesn’t spring to mind when name checking soul music’s breeding grounds. Yet it’s there that 24 year-old Noel Gourdin first fell under R&B’s spell and his hometown’s tenacity is the force behind his stunning Sony Urban Music/Epic Records debut.

Blessed with roughhewn, down-home vocals that hark back to when rhythm and blues repped for both those components, influences ranging from hip-hop to gospel and songs that are nakedly emotional and truthful, Noel Gourdin states his case on his refreshingly heartfelt debut CD. Featuring production from Kay Gee (Jaheim/Zhané), Raphael Saadiq (D’Angelo/Angie Stone), Mike City (Brandy/Sunshine Anderson), Dre & Vidal (Jill Scott), Butta (Usher), Eddie F (Heavy D), RLES and Trackaddix, Noel’s debut release is soul at its best. Speaking to the vibe he offers, Noel divulges, “It’s about the emotions of the average man. My intention is putting my feelings on the track and leaving everything I’ve got in the recording booth. I want people to think; this is a man that you can feel. That you can slow dance with, have a drink with and cry with. It’s real music that affects your life.”

That’s apparent on the richly moving “The River.” Produced by Kay Gee, “The River” conjures up vivid images of family, faith, tradition and the journey towards becoming your own man. “I had a track, and Noel and his co-writer [Balewa] said they wanted something that sounded like an old-styled ballad,” recalls Kay Gee of their seamless creative process. “I said, `Well, I have the perfect beat for you.’ So, I gave them the beat and they were like, `Alright…bet.’ Before I knew it, they had written `The River,’ which is a great record. A lot of people are scared to do one of those kinds of songs right now, so I think they took a chance and came up with something great.” “We wanted to make a modern-day Negro spiritual,” concludes Noel, of the song’s inspiration. “Both my grandparents lived in Mississippi about 3 hours from Biloxi and I spent every summer with them, so I really soaked up that atmosphere and history. My grandfather had just died and I was really thinking about him, and in the Deep South the river represents something spiritual. The song means a lot because it’s so close to home.”

Emotions also guide the jazzy “Hurts Like Hell”, produced by Trackaddix. “That’s a real pride record. He still loves her but it’s not working out. A lot of fellows wont admit it, but after they’ve broken up they say, `She’s not gonna see me crying.’ That’s real.” So too is the sultry “Summertime,” produced by Dre & Vidal. Featuring lines like “Just cause it’s cold outside/let’s make it summertime,” this is a soft and wet ode that Noel calls “just crazy. In some ways the vibe reminds me of `Let’s Get It On.’” There’s also a hint of a more contemporary singer – namely, D’Angelo — and Noel acknowledges the influence. “I hear the comparison; our voices are similar but you can tell us apart. I get inspiration from a lot of artists: Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke. There’s also a real big Prince undertone. I just filter it all through my own way of seeing things and hopefully come up with something hot.” Hot also describes the up-tempo “Clap 4 That,” produced by Butta. “That’s a `have fun party record’ that I loved doing it.”

The youngest of three kids, Noel grew up singing in church and fully absorbed his father’s classic soul and older brother’s New Jack Swing records. From Otis Redding and the Chi-Lites to Teddy Riley and Jodeci, Noel loved it all, so much so that in middle school he had begun to write his own songs, drawing from what he’d heard coming up. “Listening to so much music from so many different eras really helped me put my style together.”

By high school, Noel was performing in local talent shows, parties and events sponsored by the city. “We’d always keep it true, trying to put it down for the home town,” he fondly recalls. “It was a pleasure performing in Brockton. I did shows for the Boys and Girls Club to help keep the kids motivated.” It was also while in school that Noel hooked up with a local producer, who sensing his talent took Noel to a small studio. While the recording facilities might have been modest, the pay off was enormous as Noel recalls: “I had somewhere to get the music off my chest and after a year I had a bunch of tracks together, doing all the music and writing all the lyrics.”

Following graduation, Noel focused even more on music and further strengthened his commitment to his community by working at a local group home for battered kids. “It was a passion of mine, being able to affect a kid’s life and trying to be a positive role model.” By 2002, Noel and Stalin Entertainment owner Larry “Lucky” Fernandes had built their business relationship and sealed their artist management deal with a handshake. After a year of writing and producing new songs — following a club date in Providence, RI — Lucky introduced the Noel project to producer/artist Tommy Olivera, who, with songwriter Balewa Muhammad, now make up Noel’s production team. Tommy also had a wide range of industry contacts, among them former Naughty By Nature DJ / producer Kay Gee, who is best known for his production work for Jaheim, Zhané and Next. Within no time, Noel was working with Kay Gee at his New Jersey studio. In 2004, Kay Gee asked him to contribute a song to The Cook Out soundtrack; Noel cut “Family Reunion,” which by his own admission signaled a new musical direction. “Working with everyone had really opened up my horizons and I started looking at concepts and listening to music in a different way. I wanted to come up with something that wasn’t out there.” With that in mind, Noel kept writing and amassed close to an album’s worth of material, which he and his team sent out to taste-makers in the music industry. He also met with label executives, which resulted in an introduction to Sony Urban Music’s V.P. of A&R, Chad Elliott in June 2005. Armed with a slew of tracks, including early versions of “Hurts Like Hell” and “The River,” Noel caught Elliot’s ear and by the end of the summer a showcase was set up for the young singer/songwriter. By the fall of that year, Noel was offered a record deal. “Getting signed was unbelievable. I’m very family oriented, so to be able to make them proud meant everything to me. Plus, I think my deal showed other Brockton musicians that it’s not just a pipe dream.”

That dedication comes through on Noel’s emotionally-stirring debut CD, something his seasoned producers recognized early on and played up. “I know a lot of people say this, but I think he’s just a breath of fresh air [right now],” explains Kay Gee. “I think the fact that we haven’t heard singers like him in a while, mixed with the sound of his falsetto, lets us know that there’s something missing in the music industry right now. I think there’s a lane open for his sound.” Raphael Saadiq wholeheartedly agrees, adding, “Noel’s a young soul who can sing in all kinds of different areas. He’s from Mississippi but lives out in Boston, so he’s bringing a certain flavor from both places. His style is really soulful. He’s very competitive and cool, but also has that energy that you need out there in the urban world.” Asked to describe his soulful collection and Noel straightforwardly replies, “It’s emotional and vulnerable, but still strong and secure. More than anything, I wanted to make music that was real, relatable…and timeless.”

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Usher in the Studio with Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri + More Love in the Club

Usher in the Studio with Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri + More Love in the Club

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One Chance continues to make noise, featured cameo in Usher’s latest video…

Chicago’s, One Chance (Mic, Courtney, Rob, and Jon) continue to make headlines as the next group to break mainstream. Signed to J Records (via Usher’s label imprint, US), One Chance is destined to follow in the footsteps of such legendary R&B acts as Boyz II Men, New Edition, Jodeci, etc. The group can also be seen in Usher’s latest video, “Love In This Club”.

Check out the single that is currently hitting major air waves, “U Can’t” (remix), featuring Bad Boy Records, Yung Joc.

One Chance – “U Can’t” (remix) feat. Yung Joc

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Jesse McCartney Live Kiss FM Acoustic Performance | Launches Remix Contest

Jesse McCartney’s lead single, “Leavin” has been steadily added to the rotation of several urban radio stations all across the country.

Check out this exclusive performance during the first leg of his promo run. In the video, Jesse performs a live acoustic version for Kiss FM in Phoenix / Tucson, Arizona. Also, an official remix page has been launched for “Leavin” which allows fans to pick their favorite remix of the track.

Video: Jesse McCartney Kiss FM Phoenix / Tuscon, Arizona Acoustic Version

Jesse McCartney
Departure available May 20
Hollywood Records

Departure Collaborating producers listed below

“Leavin’”
Tricky & The-Dream
Best known for their work on Rihanna and Jay-Z’s single “Umbrella”, which became a #1 hit and J. Holiday’s “Bed”.
“Rock You” Featuring; Sean Garrett, “How Do You Sleep” & “Into Ya”

Sean Garrett
“London Bridge” Fergie; “Buttons” The Pussycat Dolls; “Ring The Alarm” Beyonce’ ; “Yeah” Usher; “Goodies” Ciara; “Run It” Chris Brown; “Check On It” Destiny’s Child; “Grillz” Nelly; “Ping-Pong Song” (Do You Know?) Enrique Iglesias- #1 Latin
“Told You So” & “Not Your Enemy”

Eric Hudson
Is a 21 year old “Quincy Jones” multi instrumentalist. Production credits include great songs such as Omarion’s “Entourage”, Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights”, (Which is one of the best songs on Graduation), and Ne-yo’s “Can We Chill”.
“Make Up”

Kwame’
“Bite the Dust” Pussy Cat Dolls, “Understand” Christina Aguilera, “Switch” Will Smith, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige and Dru Hill. In 2004, he had a major success as the co-producer (with Eminem) of Lloyd Banks’ smash hit song “On Fire”.
“My Baby”

J.R. Rotem
Produced A-listers such as: “SOS” Rhianna, “Beautiful Girls” Sean Kingston and 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Fabolous, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Dr. Dre, Mýa, Young Buck, Busta Rhymes, Trey Songz, Talib Kweli,Lil’ Flip,
“It’s Over” & “Runnin”

The Clutch
The Clutch is a songwriting/production team consisting of Candice Nelson, Ezekiel Lewis, J.Que, Balewa Muhammad and Keri Hilson. And as of 2007 Dan Miller from former group O-Town has signed on to be a possible producer. They are responsible for a series of hit songs including: Keri Hilson/Timbaland “The Way I Are”, Mary J. Blige’s “Take Me As I Am”, Omarion’s “Ice Box”, Tiffany Evans’s “Promise Ring” and Ciara’s “Like A Boy
“Relapse” & “Freaky”

Maddscientist
Up and coming Atlanta based producer currently working on new Pussycat Dolls, Mario, Leona Lewis amongst others

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Usher – Love In This Club video featuring Young Jeezy

Usher – Love In This Club video featuring Young Jeezy

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Superstar Artist Usher Announces New Album “Here I Stand” For Worldwide Release May 27th MTV Video Premiere For “Love In This Club” Scheduled For April 7th Smash single “Love In This Club” Heats Up The Charts

Superstar Artist Usher Announces New Album “Here I Stand” For Worldwide Release May 27th MTV Video Premiere For “Love In This Club” Scheduled For April 7th Smash single “Love In This Club” Heats Up The Charts

New York, NY –LaFace/Zomba recording artist Usher sets to release his eagerly awaited album “Here I Stand” on May 27th. Originally scheduled for a June release the highly anticipated album has been pushed up in order to satiate increasing global demand from all of his fans. The video for “Love In This Club” will make its worldwide debut on MTV April 7th and the latest smash hit sits comfortably at #2 as the weeks greatest Airplay Gainer on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Usher’s newest single, “Love In This Club,” features Young Jeezy, and is co-written by Usher and produced by Polow Da Don. The smash hit currently holds the #2 position on both the Hot 100 and Hot Digital Tracks charts. The song became his eighth #1 hit and is the lead single from his forthcoming, fifth studio album, Here I Stand. The video for “Love In This Club” was directed by the rising directing tandem of the Brothers Strause and will have its worldwide debut on MTV on April 7th.

Slated for global release on May 27th, Here I Stand is Usher’s follow-up to his history-making, 9x platinum-selling Confessions. Within the first week of the release of Confessions, Usher sold more than any other R&B artist in the history of SoundScan. The album spawned four #1 hit singles and Usher spent 40 weeks in the No. 1 position on The Billboard Hot 100– which is more than any other male artist in the nearly 50 year history of the chart. Worldwide, the multi-talented, five-time Grammy-winner, musician and actor has sold nearly 14 million copies of Confessions and it earned a multitude of honors including MTV, BET, and People’s Choice awards.

Over the span of his 14-year career, Usher has sold close to 26 million albums worldwide and combining all of his single, album and DVD sales, he’s sold in excess of 36 million units globally. With four studio albums, the eponymous first release, Usher (1994) and multi-platinum albums, the 6x-platinum My Way (1997),the 4x-platinum 8701 (2001), and the 9x-platinum Confessions (2004) and one gold-certified live album simply titled Live (1999), and a string of #1 hit singles including “U Remind Me,” “U Got It Bad,” “Yeah,” “Burn,” and “My Boo” Usher’s return to the top of the charts is inevitable. The Tennessee-born, Atlanta raised performer, songwriter, producer, dancer, actor started his multi-faceted career at the age of 15-years old.

Usher Raymond IV has achieved what few other contemporary entertainers have ever accomplished. He most recently launched a successful line of signature fragrances, actively heads up his own charity, New Look Foundation, a camp for teens that teaches them about the entertainment business, and he is part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

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Jesse McCartney – Departure available May 20 – Hollywood Records

Jesse McCartney – Departure available May 20 – Hollywood Records

About Jesse McCartney:

“The record is called Departure for a number of reasons,” says Jesse McCartney, whose multi-platinum 2004 debut album Beautiful Soul launched his career as an international singing star. “There have been departures in my career, in my personal life. I’ve learned a lot since doing my first couple of records. I think I’ve landed in the most comfortable place I’ve ever been musically as the style of music, my vocals and the lyrical content of the songs on this album. I co-wrote several songs on the new album, and learned a lot from the producers I worked with. In the process of writing for my own project, I wound up writing “Bleeding Love” with Ryan Tedder for Leona Lewis. Departure has a little more of mature sound than what my fans previously heard from me but this is the road that I’m on right now and it’s the road that I believe they’ll join with me!”

With star writers and hit making producers such as Sean Garrett (Usher, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown), Tricky & The-Dream (Rihanna, Mariah Carey), J.R. Rotem (Britney Spears, Sean Kingston, 50 Cent, Rihanna) and The Clutch (Omarion, Timbaland, Ciara, Bobby Valentino), Departure has an edgier pop/urban sound than Beautiful Soul and Jesse’s sophomore album, 2006’s Right Where You Want Me reflecting Jesse’s growth as a songwriter and young man. “When it was time to do my third album, I wanted people to see another side of me. I wanted the record to have a little retro hint sonically but with a my own contemporary feel – I listened to the music of Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince a lot before we started the album. I knew I had to present myself in a fresh way so I was open to other people’s ideas and suggestions, especially since I was working with such great writers and producers.”

As the co-writer of many of the album’s songs, Jesse chose to share the experiences he’s had since Beautiful Soul made him a household name throughout the U.S. and in a dozen or more countries, from Italy to Japan. “I recorded my first solo album when I was 16. A lot has happened since then and this new album reflects my experiences growing up over the past couple of years and various stages of family and personal relationships. I bought my first home. I’ve been fortunate enough to tour all over the world which meant being away from my family and friends for very lengthy times. I’ve experienced all the ups and downs of relationships people my age go through. That’s why I think fans who’ve grown up with me will relate to the songs on Departure, many of which do have an autobiographical feel.”

A prime example, the standout cut “It’s Over” which Jesse says “represents the reality when you know a relationship is not going to continue.” The edgy jam “How Do You Sleep?” was inspired by a conversation Jesse had with writer/producer Sean Garrett during sessions with the hitmaker in Atlanta about “moving on from your first true love.”

On a completely different tip, “Into Ya” – another collaboration with Garrett – is “a sexy, intimate, sensual, romantic kind of song.” In contrast, the hard and funky track “Freaky” (produced by Madd Scientist) shows Jesse in a whole other light, a dance-flavored uptempo cut that Jesse laughs is “about whatever you think it’s about!” “Rock You” which features a performance by Sean Garrett, a cut that Jesse says was “a stretch for me. I heard the track and I was like, ‘that’s fire!’ I can’t wait to perform it live. I hope when my fans see how much I embrace this different side of me musically, their ears will adjust!”

The album’s first single, the instantly memorable pop/R&B-flavored “Leavin’” (produced by Tricky and The-Dream, the team behind Rihanna’s 2008 Grammy award winning hit “Umbrella”) is one of the few songs on Departure that is not autobiographical, Jesse says, while “My Baby” (produced by J.R. Rotem) comes directly from one of Jesse’s relationships: “I wrote that about the ‘puppy love’ stage I went through when I first got together with an ex-girlfriend. Wherever we went, whatever we did, all eyes were on her – she was that girl! It was cool, I didn’t worry about it because I knew at the end of the evening, she was mine. She knew how much I cared about her….we were just super tight.”

Produced by New York-producer Eric Hudson (who Jesse describes as “a young Quincy Jones”), “Told You So” is a mid-tempo cut that Jesse says is “more about situations that my friends have told me they’ve been in after a relationship is over. You know, when I’m sitting around with the guys, we talk about things we’ve been through. Same thing with “Runnin,’” which is something guys go through sometimes when a girl gets really intense and tries to push a relationship to the next level. Guys get scared, you know! Our guard comes up…we’re scared of maybe getting our hearts broken.”

With his third Hollywood Records album, upstate New York-born Jesse McCartney is building on a foundation that began when he first started performing at local community musicals at the age of seven, making his Broadway debut in “The King and I” when he was ten and later appearing with The Who’s Roger Daltrey in “A Christmas Carol.” In 1997, Jesse joined kid group Sugar Beats as a vocalist, earning a Grammy nomination for “Best Children’s Album” for their 1998 release How Sweet It Is. He then joined the band Dream Street where, at the age of twelve, he was presented with his first platinum album.

At sixteen, Jesse launched his solo career, creating songs for his first record while performing on dozens of soundtracks. Released in 2004, Jesse’s debut album Beautiful Soul sold over 1.5 million copies, while the first single of the same name burned up the U.S. charts while topping the charts in Australia, Italy, the Phillippines and Taiwan, making “Jesse Mac” a household name in the teen world. Of his global appeal, Jesse notes, “It’s been surreal, going to countries where people know me, know my parents’ names, even know my pet’s name! I’ve loved all the places I’ve been but one of my favorites is Italy because it’s a very romantic country. And Japan is so futuristic. Traveling worldwide has definitely been a life changing learning experience. It’s interesting to learn about other cultures and meet people from different places.” Jesse performed to sold out crowds in Europe in 2005.

Jesse also racked up a number of awards and nominations including an American Music Award nomination for “Best New Artist,” an MTV Award nomination for “Best Pop Video” and three Teen Choice Awards, including “Choice Male Artist,” “Breakout Artist” and “Crossover Artist.”

Being on the road for eight straight months gave Jesse the impetus for his second album, Right Where You Want Me, released in 2006 which drew from Jesse’s life-long love of R&B artists like Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Lauryn Hill while expressing a more rock-flavored side of his musicality. It was, he says, “a step forward from Beautiful Soul, to show some growth and maturity” and working with guitarist and musical director Dory Lobel, he co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album.

Expanding his professional horizons, Jesse appeared on the hit television show “Summerland” and in the filmed his first feature, “Keith.” In 2007, he was heard as the voice of Theodore in the box office smash, “Alvin & The Chipmunks,” an experience he says he thoroughly enjoyed. While working in the studio for his new album Departure, Jesse wound up writing songs for other artists: “Bleeding Love,” a powerhouse ballad co-written with Ryan Tedder (of the group OneRepublic) was picked by music industry veteran Clive Davis as a single for singer Leona Lewis, winner of Britain’s “X Factor” (the U.K. equivalent of “American Idol”), becoming one of 2007’s biggest hits in Britain. “It was very intense for me as a songwriter to have Clive pick one of my songs and then to have it be such a huge success. It has certainly encouraged me to write more for other artists.”

While establishing himself as a successful songwriter is certainly in Jesse’s future plans, his current focus is his latest album. “I spent over a year on Departure and I’m thrilled with how it turned out,” says Jesse, a self-confessed sports fan who enjoys football, baseball, snow-skiing and water-skiing when he’s not working. With songs like the infectious “Make Up” (“a song about natural beauty”), produced by Kwame; the upbeat “Relapse,” the story of a man hooked by a ‘hard-to-get’ woman (based, Jesse says with a smile, “on a personal experience when I was young and naïve!”); and the beautiful ballad, “Not Your Enemy,” a big production track that demonstrates Jesse’s vocal power and strength, Departure reveals Jesse has arrived with new confidence and maturity.

Jesse reflects, “The last five years have been a whirlwind: I feel like I’ve dealt with it well because I’ve had so much support, especially from my family with whom I’m very close. I can never take credit for all that’s happened in my career because I couldn’t have done it on my own – my fans all over the world have been so loyal over the years. Departure represents a new start for me, a new sound and this is a part of me the fans haven’t been exposed to yet… This music really is my passion and I’m ready to get out there and share it!”

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USHER Introduces new group, ONE CHANCE

One Chance – US Records/ J Records
Album Coming Soon!

One Chance – “U Can’t” (remix) feat. Yung Joc Windows Media

“I had no doubt that these guys have what it takes to not only live up to the great R&B legends of the past, but to have the same kind of respect and longevity that many of those greats still enjoy today.” – Usher

For Courtney, Jon, Michael and Rob, One Chance is the perfect name for a foursome that has invested their heart and soul into their musical dreams and now stands on the verge of savoring the fruits of their labor.

“This name really suits us,” says Jon Gordon, 22. “One Chance means we only have one life, this is our one dream and we’ve only got one chance to do it. We feel like all we need is one chance for people to hear us and they’ll love us.”

Bound by their love of music and their undeniable talent, these four Chicago natives came together six years ago and overcame all the obstacles that littered their road to success. After a few detours and more than a few roadblocks, the guys found themselves face to face with the biggest R&B superstar in the world and, much to their delight, he liked what he saw. “We got the opportunity to showcase for Usher,” Jon recalls. “He could tell that we were already polished. We had been working so hard for so long and it must have shown on stage because we were chosen by Usher over several other acts that showcased for him and his staff that day.”

Under Usher’s tutelage, the diligent task of developing One Chance as only Usher could, quickly ensued. After countless rehearsals and vocal training, the group presented their more finessed stage show on both the Scream [#?] and Up Close & Personal tours, and garnered a legion of fans in the process. The multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist said he saw reflections of himself in the group. “As an artist, I know what it takes to be successful,” Usher says. “I know what it takes to make a mark and have longevity. I had no doubt that these guys have what it takes to not only live up to the great R&B legends of the past, but to have the same kind of respect and longevity that many of those greats still enjoy today.

There’s no question that One Chance is next in a long lineage of great R&B male groups. “We got a mean swagger,” says 23-year-old Courtney Vantrease, describing the group’s uniqueness. “It’s a Chicago swagger but it’s real and we’ve got things that you will remember from previous groups, like little things you might remember from Jodeci and Boyz II Men.”

Jon adds, “One thing that will set us apart from other groups is that most of them are missing something. Some of them can dance but aren’t that strong vocally or maybe they can sing but they’re not solid entertainers but with this group we cover the whole spectrum. We’re not trying to be something we’re not. We can sing. For real! Take away all the music, all the beats, you can even take away the microphones and you will hear natural voices blending in harmony.”

Hearing them sing ‘for real’ is the treat listeners get when they lend an ear to any of the songs featured on the group’s debut CD.

The group’s introductory single, “Look At Her,” featuring D4L’s Fabo, served a refreshing new style called Snap & B. “It was something new we were trying,” explains Courtney. “I think we were probably the first guy group to do it. The snap movement was really strong so we just decided to incorporate some R&B into it. It’s just all about giving people something fresh.” Produced by Chocolate Star and Soundz, the song conjured up images of a club scene and a group of men eyeing a special lady who has captivated them with her sexy dance moves.

While the irresistible Snap & B sound resurfaces on the smoothed out single “U Can’t,” featuring Young Joc and produced by Drummer Boy, it’s the beautiful Mr. Bangladesh-produced ballad “Emotional,” that showcases the group’s vocals. Notes member Rob Brent, 21, “I think it’s one of our hottest songs and it shows the versatility of the group.” Adds Jon, “The song is about a guy whose girl is about to leave him and he doesn’t know what to do so he runs after her and becomes very emotional.”

The group’s music creates various nuances. The songs are alternately bright and fun and dark and pensive. “We have some really bright voices. We have a couple of dark records but for the most part the album has a young feel. Youthful but not too young and not too old either. It’s right down the middle.” Adds Jon’s brother Mic, 23, “Some of the songs address situations that young people are going through in relationships and in life in general.”

Just as their songs run the gamut of styles and emotions, the personalities of the group’s members and the talent they possess cover all the bases. “Rob is the young guy with the non-stop dancing, the popping and locking all over the stage,” offers Jon. “He has the spunk and a voice that sounds like he’s got auto tune on it. He’s the guy that likes to riff and run you down the street.”

“Jon’s the spokesman of the group,” says Courtney. “He’s the gel that keeps everything together. He keeps our business tight, keeps us practicing and on stage he’s the improviser and the one in the group who has the most hip hop flavor.”

“Courtney is the quiet, smooth entertainer,” chimes in Rob. “He’s young but grown and sexy too. Out of all of us he has that in-between look that can go in either direction.” “And Mic is that sexy, fly dude,” notes Courtney. “Mic is the one that’ll take his shirt off on stage and go wild. He’s like Jekyll and Hyde.”

The mutual love and respect that the members of One Chance have for each other have sustained them through some very trying times over the years, times that often found them chasing down one elusive opportunity after another. “It’s been a real rough grind,” recalls Courtney. “We left home, sold CDs to rent a van to go to New York and went to different record labels to perform. We all stayed in one hotel room or when we didn’t have enough money we all slept in the van.” Undaunted, the group packed up the Gordon brothers’ not-too-dependable van and hit the road to Atlanta for Usher’s showcase. “Even after going through ups and downs we took it upon ourselves to drive down to Atlanta where we slept on the floor in a cold studio, going daily without eating. It’s been a struggle but we’ve gotta say, it’s been a blessing and it allows us to appreciate everything that’s going to come to us even more.”

The rest of the group shares Jon’s philosophical perspective: “The struggles that we had before have prepared us for the struggles that are yet to come,” says Mic. “Through it all we didn’t give up. We stayed together. We used to be sitting up on a couch in a studio, side by side sleeping with our feet propped up on a chair. A lot of people wouldn’t have come this far. They would have given up. We have the chance of a lifetime to do what we love to do – to sing and entertain and allow people to hear our story.”

And it’s a chance that they’re more than ready to take.

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Usher’s Newest Single Dominates U.S. Charts: Superstar’s Smash Hit “Love In This Club” Skyrockets From #51* To #1 On Billboard’s Pop Singles Chart And Is The Best-Selling Digital Song In The Country

Usher’s Newest Single Dominates U.S. Charts: Superstar’s Smash Hit “Love In This Club” Skyrockets From #51* To #1 On Billboard’s Pop Singles Chart And Is The Best-Selling Digital Song In The Country

Fifth Studio Album Titled “Here I Stand”

Scheduled For Worldwide Release In June ‘08

New York, NY – Fans of LaFace/Zomba recording artist Usher are embracing the multi-talented superstar’s newest song, “Love In This Club.” It is the No. 1 song in the country making an astonishing leap from #51* to the No. 1 position on Billboard’s “Hot 100 Singles” chart. “Love In This Club” also claims the No. 1 spot on SoundScan’s digital tracks and iTunes tracks charts during the first week of its release. This accomplishment marks Usher’s eighth No. 1 single in the United States.

“Love In This Club,” featuring Young Jeezy, co-written by Usher and produced by Polow Da Don is also being well-received by music critics; Entertainment Weekly calls it a “Must” listen, proclaiming that Usher “returns with his magnetic club groove.”

“Love In This Club” is the first single from his eagerly-awaited fifth studio album titled Here I Stand, slated for worldwide release this June. Here I Stand is Usher’s follow-up to his history-making, 9x platinum-selling Confessions. Within the first week of the release of Confessions, Usher sold more than any other R&B artist in the history of Soundscan. The album spawned four #1 hit singles and Usher spent 40 weeks in the No. 1 position on The Billboard Hot 100– which is more than any other male artist in the nearly 50 year history of the chart. The multi-talented, five-time Grammy-winner, musician and actor has sold nearly 14 million copies of Confessions worldwide and it earned a multitude of honors including MTV, BET, and People’s Choice awards.

Over the span of his 14-year career, Usher has sold close to 26 million albums worldwide and combining all of his single, album and DVD sales, he’s sold in excess of 36 million units globally. With four studio albums, the eponymous first release, Usher (1994) and multi-platinum albums, the 6x-platinum My Way (1997),the 4x-platinum 8701 (2001), and the 9x-platinum Confessions (2004) and one gold-certified live album simply titled Live (1999), and a string of #1 hit singles including “U Remind Me,” “U Got It Bad,” “Yeah,” “Burn,” and “My Boo” Usher’s return to the top of the charts is inevitable. The Tennessee-born, Atlanta raised performer, songwriter, producer, dancer, actor started his multi-faceted career at the age of 15-years old.

Usher Raymond IV has achieved what few other contemporary entertainers have ever accomplished. He most recently launched a successful line of signature fragrances, actively heads up his own charity, New Look Foundation, a camp for teens that teaches them about the entertainment business, and he is part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

He is currently gearing up to promote his forthcoming album.

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Usher – Love In This Club featuring Young Jeezy

Usher is back! See below for audio streams of his new single “Love In This Club” feat. Jeezy.

Love In This Club