Global megastar and eight time Grammy Award winner Usher announces today that his highly-anticipated new album entitled Hard II Love (RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia) will be released on September 16th and is available for pre-order now.
The album artwork revealed today was designed by Daniel Arsham, who also created the cover art for -Crash' and -No Limit feat. Young Thug'.
Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including 8 Grammy Awards and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album -Confessions' being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles.
In Australia Usher has topped the ARIA Single Charts with his smash hits -Yeah!' and -OMG', as well as having a further 8 top 10 singles. He has also had an impressive 4 ARIA top 5 albums, including the #1 -Here I Stand' in 2008.
This year is proving to be a big year for Usher not only in music but also in film and his philanthropic endeavors. Recently Usher completed the filming of his role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film -Hands of Stone', a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez and co-stars Robert De Niro.