Usher is about to launch his “One Night Stand Ladies Only” tour Sunday in Atlantic City, N.J. in support of his current CD “Here I Stand,” but he’s already plotting the logistics of his next album, telling Billboard.com it will be a “worldwide entertainment experience.”
It’s “all about adapting new musical styles in creating a unique blend between what I know works here in America and what I know will be appreciated worldwide,” he says. “I may go to France and do some work. I may go to London … Japan.
“There’s tons of artists I want to work with abroad. I can’t give you specific (names) but I am interested in working with artists who are out of the range I’m accustomed to. I want to try new things.”
Usher said he hasn’t started recording but that the album would be the next thing on his to-do list, following the tour and an “ensemble” movie that’s among the film projects he’s considering.
Leading up to the tour, Usher — an outspoken supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama — has released a socially conscious new single, “Hush,” via iTunes. Proceeds from sales of the song will go to the singer’s New Look Foundation.