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URIV in TC, MN

It’s here. Finally. My Usher OMG Tour recap!

As expected, Usher put on quite the show, opening with a weird military-like entourage and then floating across the arena from the back. Other showy songs were “Mars vs Venus,” with strange white curtains, and the concluding number “OMG.” “Lil Freak” was very reminiscent of the video (monkey bars) and “You Make Me Wanna” had the same dance moves and chairs as that 90s classic video. My favorite, “Trading Places,” was less a musical number than a soft core porn.

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Usher did a lot more dancing than singing, which was not a surprise, although I admittedly didn’t anticipate it. I’ve never been to a show that’s that physical–Third Eye Blind and John Legend don’t exactly roll with choreography and backup dancers. But the dancing was fantastic, as were Usher’s abs, and I think my jaw pain that lingered for the next two days was as much from chewing one piece of gum the entire show as it was vigorously chewing that gum from subconscious sexual tension.

The MVP of the night, surprisingly, was AKON and his “hypeman” (so the eversosmart Whitney called him) who we affectionately named Kilthawk. This nickname derived from his kilt and matching vest (with a skinny tie, how classy) and mohawk. Their dance moves were outstanding and he sang many a quality jam: “Locked Up,” “Lonely,” “Smack That,” “I Wanna Love/*&$! You,” “Right Now (Na Na Na),” “Beautiful,” “Bartender” and the two show stealers “I Just Had Sex” and “Sexy Bitch.” For not expecting much going into AKON’s performance, it was a mind-blowing start to the show. And AKON is just smokin’ hot. 

Overall, it was a good night–topped with Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake on SNL–and I’m very glad we went. Very glad, indeed.

Usher Performance List

  • [jumbled text to myself: ergo, no clue to first song]
  • She Don’t Know
  • Yeah!
  • U Remind Me
  • U Don’t Have To Call
  • You Make Me Wanna
  • Mars vs Venus
  • Nice and Slow
  • Love ’em All
  • Trading Places
  • Love in This Club
  • Lil Freak
  • Hot Tottie
  • There Goes My Baby
  • Let It Burn
  • Bad Girl
  • Daddy’s Home
  • [Michael Jackson dance tribute]
  • Confessions Part I
  • Confessions Part II
  • My Boo
  • I Need A Girl
  • Lovers and Friends
  • Caught Up
  • DJ Got Us Falling In Love
  • More
  • OMG

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Usher: history repeats itself

Apparently, with Usher, history repeats itself.

It’s like the precursor to Raymond vs Raymond‘s “Lil’ Freak.” I mean, he talks about being a freak in it. And shit, Nicki Minaj is even the new Lil’ Kim. Scandalous.

Then there’s this godawful song from Here I Stand.

It’s really only godawful because he got divorced. Jay-Z did not. Really, I didn’t think those two would get back together after that. But they did on Versus.

And I love it. I wouldn’t say that history repeating itself was generally a positive thing. But in this case, yes please.

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Ode to Usher

The man does it all: club jams, slow jams, chart-toppers, seriously bad albums, Super Bowl appearances, and world tours. He also has it all: a killer body, unbeatable dance skills, a fragrance, and a protege that most sane people love to hate. [I got no fever.]

A week from today I will be writhing in pure euphoria thanks to Usher Raymond. In honor of this momentous occasion I am doling out my obviously significant opinion on all things musically Usher.

Best Album: Raymond V Raymond

Best Song: Trading Places

Best Lyrics: "You order Chinese food right before you do me." Trading Places

Best Advice: "Go on and hit it; that's what it's made for."

Best Dancing: Yeah!

Best little known song: Just Like Me

Best Video: Trading Places

Worst Album: Here I Stand [Interestingly, the album that produced Trading Places.]
Worst Song: This Ain’t Sex [See below.]
Worst Lyrics:  “We ain’t having sex/ We’re making moments that will outlast the world.” [See?]
Worst Advice: “Girl I forgot it, but we gon’ still get down like this.” [Babies and STIs are always good, thanks Ursh.]
Worst Dancing: [pfft. That’s not even a category for this man.]
Song that should have stayed unknown:
Papers [I just hate this song. So much.]
Worst Video: There Goes My Baby [Such a boring video for such a sexy song.]

Finally, for your ultimate enjoyment, I present the best-of playlist. It’s color-coded and organized to maximize pleasure (Prepin’ and drivin’; Clubbin’ and dancin’; Bumpin and grindin).

Usher Ultimate Playlist

  1. My Way
  2. Same Girl
  3. Guilty
  4. Pro Lover
  5. My Boo
  6. I Can’t Let U Go
  7. U Don’t Have To Call 
  8. Bad Girl
  9. Hey Daddy
  10. Nice & Slow Remix
  11. Red Light
  12. Hot Tottie
  13. What’s Your Name
  14. Lil’ Freak 
  15. So Many Girls 
  16. DJ Got Us Fallin in Love 
  17. YEAH 
  18. Love in this Club
  19. Just Like Me
  20. Lovers and Friends
  21. Nice & Slow
  22. Trading Places
  23. Making Love
  24. There Goes My Baby
  25. That’s What It’s Made For 
Whether you love him, hate him, or only acknowledge his existence when you’re four drinks in and droppin’ it like it’s hot–you have to give him props. He’s come a long way from that almost inappropriately sexy, horribly dressed teenager singing “My Way.”

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Sexiest men on my iPod

Come Wednesday, I have a long drive ahead of me. That means I have to seriously consider the tunes I’ll be rocking. In an effort to get in the right mindset for mix-making, here are the ten sexiest men on my iPod.

1. Stephan Jenkins Third Eye Blind
He aged fantastically and his voice is orgasmic.

2. Rob Thomas Matchbox Twenty
He’s so good live. His wife is hot. So is he.

3. Usher
He does stuff with that body I can’t even put in words.

4. Frank Sinatra

The ultimate crooner, yet total bad boy.

5. Justin Timberlake
I’ve got you–from NSYNC to FutureSex/LoveSounds.

6. John Legend
I think my multitudinous professions of love speak for themselves.

7. Taye Diggs
Oh heeeeey.

8. Rivers Cuomo Weezer
I {heart} nerds.

9. Neil Patrick Harris
That’s hot. And my iPod would be a sad place without Dr. Horrible.

10. Prince Phillip
Who can say no? He hasn’t aged a bit since 1959.

There’s nothing quite like the combination of a hot man and good music. Well, maybe a hot man, and good music sung by a hot man. There’s the winner.

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Hot Vids

I feel like I’m directing you to a porn website with the title of this post. And I almost am, but this has less money shots and more foreplay.
::distant female hurrahs::

You might remember a previous post complaining about the absolute un-sexiness that is Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy video, while trumpeting the likes of Usher’s Hey Daddy and Trading Places.

Well, do I have news for you. Robin’s managed to pull himself out of the creepy videoland with It’s In The Morning featuring Snoop. Maybe it’s the content, maybe it’s the kitchen table, and maybe it’s the line “Let me put some cream in your coffee.” Whatever it is, I give two enthusiastic thumbs up to this video.

Also, to vindicate the awfulness that is his Sex Therapy video, I found this flash mob video. Nice.

Sadly, after how much I praised Usher, he went and thoroughly disappointed me. There Goes My Baby and Lil Freak are godawful. The first just isn’t what I hoped for, and the second is downright disturbing. I feel bad for the girl in the video. It’s a damn shame, the songs are super sexual.

But let’s end on a good note:

I would like to give my heartfelt consent to Ciara’s Ride and Trey Songz’s Neighbors Know My Name. Ciara rocks it because the lyrics are direct, the music has rhythm, and the way she moves that body I can’t doubt that they love the way she rides. And that girl can dance. Trey’s video is just hot. Big surprise, coming from the man who sings I Invented Sex.

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Vivez!

I’ll get right to the point.

I went to Las Vegas over the weekend.

Yes, yes. My life is pretty fantastic. I’m probably cooler than you. At very least, I know people who are cooler than you.

It was a delightful trip to visit a damn great person. I ate. I drank. I saw some bands. I pondered about other people’s lives. I watched some good TV. I  heard some good tunes. I also slept well, relaxed in a pool, gawked at the strip, encountered an awesome family and left an obnoxious handprint on a mirror–I just don’t have any links for those.

I basically spent three full days living. And “living” includes taking two naps a day and staying awake for 26 hours. I love my life.

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Solid Sunday

It’s Sunday night. I’m lying in bed, reading Sherlock Holmes, drinking white wine, and listening to Pandora’s ‘Sex Therapy’ station. This, in itself, is wonderful. However, Pandora is mixing one hell of a night. It’s too bad this bed is so small and I’m the only one in it. I can’t say I’m planning on taking advantage of Pandora’s hotness, but in case you are, let me share this oh-so-sexy playlist for your next late-night rendezvous.

  • Right and a Wrong Way, Mario
  • This Woman’s Work, Maxwell
  • Neighbors Know My Name, Trey Songz
  • Anonymous, Bobby Valentine
  • Hey Daddy, Usher
  • Falsetto, The-Dream
  • Jupiter Love, Trey Songz
  • Echo, R. Kelly
  • It’s Yours, J. Holiday
  • H.A.T.E.U, Mariah Carey
  • Sex Therapy, Robin Thicke
  • Like I Do, R. Kelly
  • Wanna Love U Girl, Robin Thicke
  • Read  Your Mind, Avant
  • Ordinary People, John Legend
  • So Beautiful, Musiq Soulchild
  • Cry Out For Me, Mario
  • Acension, Maxwell
  • Please, Anthony Hamilton
  • So Anxious, Ginuwine
  • Until the End of Time, Justin Timberlake
  • Trading Places, Usher

Yes, yes, yes.

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MmmmmmMusic

I don’t currently have a TV, and I haven’t really watched MTV or VH1 since middle school (the last one I remember seeing on TRL was ‘I Want It That Way’). But I’ve seen enough of Youtube to think music videos are still surviving.

As of late, I’ve gotten into Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy. Like, way into it. I think it’s easily one of the sexiest albums ever. A friend of mine’s first reaction was, “Oh people would totally do it to this.” Clearly, they call it baby-making music for a reason. It’s explicit. It moans. It’s got sound effects for the morning wood boner poke. Hell yes.

The title song ‘Sex Therapy’ is just fucking hot. A teaser: “Loud if you want to/Scream if you want to.” So wouldn’t you think a song like that would have one hell of a music video? Well, here it is. I think it’s weird and spastic, and watching it makes me cringe.

Other disappointing music videos: R. Kelly ‘Bump ‘N Grind’ and Next ‘Too Close.’ I’m sure there are more, but who wants me to ruin another good song?

If you need a pick-me-up after this depressing array, check out Usher. Sure, his dancing is enough to turn me on, but the rest of the videos are hot, too: Hey Daddy and Trading Places. If only ‘That’s What It’s Made For’ had a video. sigh.

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I’ve Got Soul

I listened to non-stop soul/r&b stations on Pandora for a week while I did the baby names project. Alicia Keys, John Legend, Baby Face, Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo, Raphael Saadiq, Usher, John Mayer, Marvin Gaye… Listening to too much of that stuff is dangerous. It pretty much left me wanting to be in a relationship, or be heartbroken about one, or be getting back together with one, or not in one at all but having a sexy forbidden affair. Yikes. Thankfully I finished the project and returned to my apartment where my itunes computer (yes, I have two, one with itunes and one with Pandora) is not so sexually charged.

But listening to all that music and spending 22 days in Legend Lyric Land pointed out a tragic flaw in my character: I am never exactly ready when a guy does something “right.” Now, I’m not saying that it so rarely happens and guys never know what’s going on. Not at all true. But for all my hating on romance and happy endings and all things love, I always swoon when a guy does something I like. For instance, I find kisses on the forehead or top of the head to be the sexiest things ever. I’m always harboring an inward starry-eyed grin whenever a guy does that–even if it happened every day I would react that way. But that along with so many other things, like a guy saying he misses you just when you needed to hear it most, are the kinds of actions that I’m never ready for and I’ll always let my guard down. And if I’m not careful, that will come back to hurt me.

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I’m blaming soul music for my sappy weakness. I’m also blaming it for this ad that appeared on my Facebook:

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