Between his platinum records, a movie acting career and his cultivation of talent on “The Voice,” the popular entertainer known as Usher is also a passionate cigar smoker. The October issue of Cigar Aficionado profiles his rise to fame as he graces the cover of the magazine, holding a cigar.

Inside the magazine, he talks about the changing music business, Justin Bieber, and, of course, cigars.

Read a few highlights below:

On the changing music industry: The Internet has killed the music industry. People don’t wait in line anymore at a Target or a Tower Records for a new CD to be released; they just download it. When you see companies like Blockbuster and Tower going out of business, you know the industry has changed.

On his troubled protégé Justin Bieber: We’re all God’s children. I can only imagine. I mean, it’s a crazy journey at any age. Who knows what would have happened to me or if I’d even be having this conversation from this perspective.

On cigars: I like the smell and taste of a good cigar. It’s a great fit that truly celebrates the occasion. And there’s nothing better, when you’re in a space where you’re being creative. There’s something about savoring a moment, rather than wracking your head to find a creative solution. I’m too young to consider myself a connoisseur. I just enjoy smoking cigars. And I’m not blowing smoke up your a–.

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Photographer: Jim Wright / Atelier Management
Stylist: Gali Barraza
Groomer: Cole Patterson

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