NEWS: Usher Announces Intimate Show At HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Usher has announced a very special one off London show at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Monday 11thJune, the same day his new album is released. Tickets go on-sale Friday the 1st June at 9am, but American Express cardmembers can get tickets in the exclusive presale from 9am Friday 25 May 2012 to 3pm Thursday 31 May 2012. Ticket are available at
On his seventh studio album, LOOKING 4 MYSELF, seven-time Grammy winner Usher Raymond takes some bold steps into unexpected musical territory. Assuming the most active role of his career as a songwriter, and working with a wide range of producers and collaborators—including Diplo, Swedish House Mafia, Max Martin, Will I. Am, and Empire of the Sun—one of the best-selling musical artists in history has blended electro dance beats with his signature, era-defining R&B, pop, and hip-hop sounds to create a style that goes beyond category.
Judging from the reaction to the first single, the simmering, atmospheric “Climax,” Usher need not have worried. The song’s video was viewed more than eight million times in less than a month, earning rave reviews from Rolling StonePitchfork, and USA Today. In addition, LOOKING 4 MYSELF is being released on the heels of two wildly diverse, multi-platinum chart-topping collaborations featuring Usher: “Without You” by David Guetta, which held the Number One spot on the Pop charts, and “Promise” with Romeo Santos, which reached Number One on the Latin charts.
Challenging himself creatively and testing musical boundaries are characteristics that have defined Usher’s career since he was first discovered an unbelievable twenty years ago on Star Search. Since then, he has sold over 43 million albums worldwide. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his ten-million-selling 2004 album Confessions ranked as the top solo album of the decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 Number One hits and seventeen Hot 100 Top Ten singles.
Along the way, Usher has recorded with everyone from Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Shakira to Jay-Z, T.I. even Enrique Iglesias. He has appeared everywhere from Broadway to the Super Bowl. He is part owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, has a best-selling line of fragrances, and a business venture with RBMG (Raymond Braun Media Group),home to superstar Justin Bieber.
Realizing that with success comes responsibility. Usher has also proven to be a major philanthropic force. Founded in 1999, his New Look Foundation empowers youths to become leaders. In recognition of his accomplishments, Usher has been honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Trumpet Foundation, Do Something, the NAACP, and as the 2010 Ford Freedom Award Scholar.
To Usher Raymond, LOOKING 4 MYSELF represents the next stage in his own coming of age; it’s a project he could not have undertaken until this phase in his life. “As a young artist, you live vicariously through others until you have your own experiences,” he says. “Younger artists might have to go through just doing one thing, like how Picasso had his blue period. But as you grow older, you become able to articulate yourself better and know what works for you.
“So this album is not a monochromatic thing—certain songs were specifically intended to get certain things out, different tones and emotions. And as an artist, that brought out the best in me.”


Tickets go on-sale 9am on Friday 1st June priced at £65 / £55 (subject to booking fee) and are available from
Exclusive American Express Preferred Seating presale tickets on sale from 9am Friday 25 May 2012 to 3pm Thursday 31 May 2012. Tickets available at

The Kaje talks success to Conor Maynard

Brighton teen Conor Maynard has been hailed by the music press as the UK’s answer to Justin Bieber. Having been discovered by Ne-Yo on YouTube, his story has echoes of Usher hooking up with Bieber, but Maynard is much more than a musical protegé. Having scored a number 2 hit with funky debut “Can’t Say No”, Maynard is putting in the hard yards to ensure his solo career is as diverse as his YouTube account. Having received unanimous praise for debut headline tour, The Kaje caught up with Maynard on the last date of shows in Sheffield to see how he is coping with his new-found celebrity status and long-awaited chart success…

How have you found a life on the road?

It’s been amazing. A really crazy experience. It’s my first tour.

How are you coping with the hordes of screaming fans?

It’s mad. Having so many crazy fans that have been waiting so long to see me here, it is like my first kind of taste of what it is like to be famous. It is pretty intense sometimes. Yesterday I was in Newcastle and the floor was bouncing. I could just feel it on stage going up and down. I thought it was going to fall down. I was waiting for it to happen. But it is just pretty amazing.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding your launch, how do you feel about it all?

It was pretty crazy. For a lot of people it seems like that instant kind of thing, but for me it has been quite a long time coming. I started putting my videos on YouTube when I was 15 or 16, which was about three years ago. Then when I was noticed by Ne-Yo, who saw one of my videos and tried to sign me, when I was signed, that was already a year and a half ago. I have been working on the album for quite a long time now. It has been a build up to get here.

Did you feel any extra pressure to succeed due to the hype?

In terms of when the single went out, and it went straight into number 2, that was just insane. I didn’t what to expect. That was a big surprise.

There has been a lot of talk about this first single and a lot of people really like it. It has done really well. I know in my head that I definitely did not come out with my best song first. I am kind of really looking forward to what comes next.

“Can’t Say No” was quite risky. I remember thinking it could go either way. It is quite different as it doesn’t really sound like anything that is in the charts at the moment. It is a lot slower, it has more a groove to it. It is just very different. It doesn’t really show off my voice, that I can really sing, as it is just more of a vibe. It is catchy. I was wondering how it would go and obviously it went in a good way. I was really really happy with it, so obviously I am now ready to really get going. It is annoying how much time things take. It is just a matter of getting things done. I know they will get done but I just want them done now.

If “Can’t Say No” is not your strongest song, why did you choose to release it first?

Because it was my strongest song but since releasing it I have been in the studio, people have heard it and got more of an idea of what the vibe was, what I was about. I also went out to America and worked with Pharrell and some other very talented people over there. We have definitely come up with some crazy stuff.

I think it was just a good song to come in with. I knew that it was not a good idea to come in with you best song, but I wanted to give something up the top. A taster of what is to come.

What can we expect from your upcoming debut album “Contrast”?

I have tried to recreate what was going on with my covers. I had such a diverse range of songs that I covered. They went from upbeat dance tracks all the way down to stripped back piano pieces and rock ballads. I wanted to recreate that. I definitely have massive fans of the slow songs, but people also love the big upbeat ones. Some just love everything. But I am trying to cater to fans of all sides of my music.

Having already worked with so many big name talents, is there anyone you would really love to sit down and write with?

I would love to work with Drake. Drake is a massive inspiration to me. I love all of his music. I think he is definitely very talented as a songwriter. He writes songs that fit every mood. Obviously now it seems a little more unreachable than it did before. Before it was like I’ve got more chance of working Drake and Josh from the Nickelodeon programme! Now because I have worked with so many talented people, I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Having gone from YouTube sensation to chart star, how have you ambitions altered?

It started as a Nando’s Black Card, that was my first goal. Luckily I have done a lot of stuff with them, so I am getting one of them. I am really happy about that. I haven’t got it yet, but I can’t wait to have it in my hands. There are all the generic things though that an artist want to see happen. I want to see my album go out, I want it to do as well as it can and to see it in the charts. Then next year when The Brits come along I want to maybe be involved. I have been to two Brits so far but I have nothing to do with it, so next time it would be could to be involved. You never know how long these things are going to take though, so I will have to wait and see obviously. It is just about reaching the highest amount of success I can.

Interviews and Photographs by Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Misha B Reveals ‘Why Hello World” Mixtape

Misha B has released her mixtape ‘Why Hello World’ featuring a mix that consists of brand new songs and covers by her favourite artists.

To introduce in her own words, Misha says;

This is my mixtape 🙂 ( )

It’s a mix of songs I’ve been working on in the studio and songs by artists that inspire me.

As I’m from Manchester there was only one choice when it came to mixing the tracks – one of the city’s finest DJ Stylus.

Thanks for all your love and support – enjoy!

Misha x’

FYI-the tracklist:

1. Why Hello World Misha B Intro
2. Misha B – Big Dreaming
3. Weeknd ft Drake – Crew Love (Can’t You See Refix)
4. TLC – Unpretty Original / Misha B Cover (Cut)
5. Beyonce – Run the World (Stylus Refix)
6. Misha B – Last Forever
7. Misha B – Home Run
8. Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Classic Hip Hop Blend)/Misha B Cover
9. Usher – Climax
10. Lil Wayne ft Bruno Mars – Mirror Original / Misha B Cover
11. Outro

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