Castle On The Hill Ed Sheeran
2 June 2012, 17:44
The 'Scream' singer says he felt "open and creative" while working on his latest record.
Usher has described working on his new album 'Looking 4 Myself' as a "rebirth" because he felt so creative while writing and recording the record.
The 'Climax' singer also promises the fans his seventh studio offering has something for everyone, and says there are both fun songs and deep songs on the album.
"It was damn near a rebirth," Usher told Reuters this week. "I felt open and creative because I didn't have anything in my mind.
"At some point, after making music for a long time, you have to find very new creative and innovative ways to do what you love," the R&B star explained. "I've felt restricted in a lot over the last several years and maybe it's because I was holding myself back.
"Maybe I felt like I needed to conform to some specific standard. I got to the point where I said, 'I gotta go with what I feel and hopefully people will follow me."
The 14-track album is set to be officially released on 11th June, following Usher's performance at Wembley Stadium for the Capital FM Summertime Ball next weekend (9th June).
He added: "I always try to find a way for everybody to feel like they got something. On this album, dance or electronic music is not just your typical electronic experience - it's been Usherized."
The 'OMG' singer recently confirmed he will headline a show for iTunes Festival 2012 on 1st September, as well as performing a one-off intimate showcase concert in London on 11th June to celebrate his album launch.
Usher releases the album's second single 'Scream' on Sunday (3rd June) ready to challenge for the top spot on the Vodafone Big Top 40.