Usher seems to be on fire at the moment, not only is he performing at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards and covering the May issue of Billboard magazine, he’s also the cover star (alongside protégé Justin Bieber) of the magazine’s special awards show edition.

Usher famously took Bieber under his musical wing only four years ago, and has watched his “lil bro” grow to worldwide stardom. The pair got together for a photo shoot and interview with Ray Rogers and talked about their journey together.

The pair confirmed collaborations with one another on their new albums, with Usher saying,

“It’s like when you think about artists like Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney working together: people so enjoyed seeing talents like that come together, it’s almost become a staple to make that kind of record now. I’m looking to be influenced by him: I’ve taught and given him some perspective, but the student really does become the teacher, in a way.”

Usher continues, saying:

“Both of us are being modest about what our journeys have been in terms of songwriting: Justin really has participated in every writing session – that’s amazing. It’s easy to just dial something in, but if you make the music authentic, people feel connected to you as an artist from the beginning.”

 

Source: Soul Culture

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