Usher will release eight new songs on Versus, August 24th, 2010, Jive Records, New York, New York, announced. Versus will be released in conjunction with Raymond V. Raymond (The Deluxe Edition) which will contain Versus, in addition to the 14 original tracks.
This most recent installment is a continuation of the critically acclaimed album Raymond V. Raymond which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums and R&B charts in Spring 2010. Raymond V. Raymond yielded the single “OMG” (featuring Will.I.Am), one of 2010’s smash-hit summer anthems and Usher’s ninth No. 1 single – maintaining the No. 1 chart position for four weeks.
Versus is designed as a sequel to conceptually complete Raymond V. Raymond, exploring Usher’s ever expanding purpose as a single man, father and accomplished artist.
The lead single off Versus “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” , produced by pop-music phenomenon Max Martin – famous for his work with Britney Spears, Celine Dion, P!nk, and the Backstreet Boys – which was scheduled to impact radio on Monday, July 12, 2010, is already being broadcast in Los Angeles and by most metropolitan stations. Production credits also include Bun B and Polow Da Don, who most recently produced for Christina Aguilera on her fourth studio album Bionic. Polow-produced “Hot Tottie” is presently scheduled to be the second single from the new set and will impact airwaves on August 9th, 2010. Usher will be overseas and performing with top Asian R&B singer Wang Leehom in China on July 11th, 2010.