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The 'Climax' star is looking to go back to his original R&B sound on his eighth studio record.
Usher's new album will see the US star returning to his R&B roots and follow what he "wants to do in his heart', according to the producer working with him on the record.
Top US music producer Eric Bellinger says the 'Scream' singer is at a "more comfortable" place working on his eighth studio album, the follow-up to 2012's 'Looking For Myself'.
"Usher is at a place where he's more comfortable. With his other projects, I think he was like, 'Okay, I'm going to do this because I think people may want to hear this'," Eric revealed to Billboard this week. "But I think this time around, he's going to do what he wants to do in his heart and that's R&B, the stuff that got him here in the first place.
"He's done so many genres of music and excelled in very area, so now he's like, 'Cool, what's left for me to do? I've done everything. So, I'm going to take it back to R&B, timeless music'," the top producer explained.
Check out a picture Usher perching on his seat on The Voice USA below (Credit: Instagram):
The producer, who has worked with huge stars including Chris Brown and Ne-Yo in the past, says he "definitely" thinks Usher will be able to pull off a return to his earlier style of music.
"He has always done R&B, even on the last project," Eric explained. "It is definitely still very commercial. He's still Usher. He has to lead the pack."
Usher recently promised fans his new album will be "everything you can imagine', but has yet to announce a release date for the record.