[video] Usher & Nas Require That You ‘Face the Victims’ to Watch Powerful New Music Video for “Chains”


Simply incredible. Click this link to watch the interactive video on Tidal, or watch the video in its standard form below.

More information on the concept and technology, courtesy of EgoKick:

Internationally acclaimed artist Usher recently launched a powerful video project to accompany the release of his new single, “Chains.”

The empowering track, which features the talents of Nas and singer-songwriter Bibi Bourelly, highlights the prevalent issue of racial injustice and police brutality in America.

In collaboration with the release of “Chains,” Usher designed an interactive music video experience titled “Don’t Look Away.”

Instead of starring in the video themselves, Usher and Nas chose for the visual experience to focus on the faces and stories of different victims of extreme violence and racial injustice.

Using groundbreaking interactive technology, the video tracks the viewer’s eyes while they watch and immediately stops playing if they look away from the screen.

As the viewer focuses on the changing black-and-white footage, the lyrics “We still in chains, we still in chains, you put the blame on us” repeat in the background, creating a hauntingly powerful experience.

“I chose to introduce the song through the ‘Don’t Look Away’ experience because it is important not only to feel the issue but to face it,” Usher explained.

Usher continued, “The pain and suffering that these victims and their families have endured is something we must never forget. When we look away from this problem it gets worse. To fix it, we have to face it.”

The “Don’t Look Away” experience calls attention to the stories and faces of Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Caesar Cruz, Ramarley Graham, Kendrick Johnson, Marlon Brown, Andrew Joseph, and Sean Bell, who represent only a handful of victims of social injustice.

“The reality is that racial bigotry diminishes the lives of too many people in our country,” the R&B legend explained. “We have to come together as a country to solve these problems and this is one way I can contribute.”

Usher and Nas performed the empowering single at the recent Tidal x HTC concert in Brooklyn, where they shared the stage with fellow artists Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Jay Z.

“Chains” is the latest track from the Usher’s highly anticipated new album, “UR,” which is expected to be released soon…

Usher Cancels Performance Over Wife’s Plastic Surgery Emergency In South America


via People

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Usher has canceled his performance at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party due to a family emergency, Access Hollywood has learned. His wife, Tameka, is in Brazil and has experienced complications from plastic surgery. A neurosurgeon, Dr. Gabriel Hunt of LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is on the way to South America. A rep for Usher had no comment at this time. Josh Groban filled in for the R&B star at Davis’ annual event. Foster, a 37-year-old stylist, recently gave birth to the couple’s second child, Naviyd Ely Raymond. The couple’s first child, Usher Raymond V, was born in November 2007. The couple announced their engagement in February 2007, marrying on August 3 of that year. Story developing…

SONY Uses Star Power to Unveil Cool, New Products at CES

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LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Sony Corp introduced on Thursday a bendable video screen, a Wi-Fi camera and eyeglasses that display movies, saying the industry must keep innovating in the midst of a severe economic slump.sony_goggles

The Japanese firm, which pioneered the Walkman and once dominated the high-end electronics marketplace, is hoping a swathe of new products will spur spending and lift its consumer division out of a business malaise.

On Thursday, Chief Executive Howard Stringer demonstrated a range of new devices at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including a flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen playing a video of singer Beyonce.

Sony in 2007 launched the world’s first OLED TV, which is slimmer, more energy efficient, and offers crispier pictures than liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs. The bendable OLED screen, which is still in the development stage, would offer flexibility in design, making possible such applications as wearable displays.

Stringer and Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks also demonstrated prototype eyeglasses with built-in video screens that can show full-length movies.

Besides Hanks, other celebrities who cameo-ed at Stringer’s keynote speech included R&B singer Usher and baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, underscoring a unique business structure that combines the world’s leading electronics conglomerate and entertainment group under one roof. Continue reading

Update 2: Link Fixed [Download] Young Jeezy-The Prime Minister

Source : iLLRoots


More heat from ATL’s finest Young Jeezy. Hold onto this until his album ‘The Recession’ drops sometime this year.

1. I’m Here
2. Put On
3. Black Dreams (Freestyle)
4. Translator
5. Out Here Grinding
6. Entertained (Freestyle)
7. Prime Minister (Freestyle)
8. Job For
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10. Serious (Freestyle)
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Usher Looks To pass Mariah on album charts…

Despite all the beatings he has taken in the press concerning his wife, Usher still has alot of fans out there who are scooping up his album. And he looks to best Mariah Carey who has had the biggest cd release so far this year. Billboard has the break down:

Usher’s “Here I Stand” (LaFace/Zomba) continues to charge its way towards a No. 1 debut on next week’s Billboard 200 album chart, as it will once again lead Nielsen SoundScan’s Building chart when it is released later today (May 30).

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Usher Partners With Sony Ericsson


via Billboard

Usher has teamed with Sony Ericsson to become the face of the mobile phone maker’s new Walkman music phone, which will be available later this year. The partnership covers the United States, Canada and 20 European countries, according to Usher’s publicist.

The campaign will allow music fans access to exclusive content, contests to meet Usher on a video shoot and the chance to win VIP tickets for the artist’s North American tour later this year, which is sponsored by Sony Ericsson.
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Three time Grammy® award-winning producer Bryan Michael Cox  --famous for his work with top performers such as Mary J Blige, Usher, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey on both the Grammy winning Emancipation of Mimi and her newest release E=MC2, needs your help in a search for new talent.

Three time Grammy® award-winning producer –famous for his work with top performers such as Mary J Blige, Usher, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey on both the Grammy winning Emancipation of Mimi and her newest release E=MC2, needs your help in a search for new talent.

From now through April 27th, log on-to http://www.myspace.com/colgatemaxfresh and checkout the hundreds of video auditions and vote for your favorite. You vote could change someone’s life. According to Bryan Michael Cox, when it comes to discovering new talent the internet combined with the power of word of mouth helps uncover exactly what’s new, fresh and what people want.

The 5 entries with the most votes by April 27th, will advance to the finals for a final judging by a celebrity panel featuring Grammy® award-winning songwriter and producer, Bryan-Michael Cox, Tito el Bambino, popular Latin singer/songwriter, and Danyel Smith, Editor-In-Chief of Vibe magazine.
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Obama on Rollingstone


 It is no secret who we support over here at Street Knowledge. Hopefully you seen some of the many cartoons that my partner in crime P Moor has put together about this historical political race we are in right now. Saw this over at The Rap Up. Probably will be one of their biggest issues to date. Classic.

Usher Back On Top With ” Love in the Club”


For those of you who thought an unexpected marriage plus a chart full of new R&B acts dulled the shine on your boy Ursha(Usher) you were sadly mistaken. After taking continous ridicule for his recent marriage in the press,he  has risen once again with his scorching single “Love in the Club” ft Young Jeezy

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Hil and Bil “We Swear We Don’t Know This Slumlord”


 In startling revelations that have recently come out, it seems that the same slumlord Hillary chided Barack Obama for having some dealings with, also has had  contact with The Clintons. A pic has surfaced with Hil and Bill (Slick Willie)Clinton and the most famous slumlord in the nation Tony Rezko. When asked about the pic, Hil played dumb and said “she takes thousands of pictures…” Full story @ ABC NEWS via MEDIATAKEOUT

Usher 2 Steps 4 Obama


Mulit-Platinum artist Usher is hitting the campaign stump for Presidential hopeful Barack Obama in a rally in Orangeburg, South Carolina. After losing  two-hotly contested primaries in New Hamphire and Nevada, Obama looks to get back on a winning streak with a win in South Carolina ,which has 50% black democratic voting block. With many black celebrities still on the fence as to who they support, it is good thing to see Usher make a public stand for who he is backing in this election. The question is whether his fellow NBA owner Bob Johnson(Charlotte Bobcats) will attend after making such an ass of himself earlier this week. More of this story @ CNN POLITICAL TICKER

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