Usher brings viewers into his world on the DVD "Behind the Truth: Truth Tour -- Live," which will be available Nov. 8 exclusively via Best Buy. The concert was shot in his Atlanta hometown and will mo
Usher brings viewers into his world on the DVD "Behind the Truth: Truth Tour -- Live," which will be available Nov. 8 exclusively via Best Buy. The concert was shot in his Atlanta hometown and will most likely be Usher's last release until he returns to the studio next year to begin work on the follow-up to 2004's multi-platinum "Confessions."
"The 'Confessions' album was all about confessions but also about truth," Usher tells Billboard.com. "And that's what is displayed on this DVD. It shows the truth of the past, now and the future. It shows insight as to where I came from. It talks about the next steps in my career, including my record label [US Records], my philanthropy/foundation [New Look Foundation] and my other business endeavors [including his part-ownership of the Cleveland Cavaliers and fashion line]."
Usher worked with the production company Tall Pony to develop special camera technology for the DVD shoot. "This show was shot with 30 cameras," he says. "The modern technology allows viewers to choose which camera they want to view the show from: in close-up so you can see the dance movements or from the audience's perspective."
As previously reported, US Records will bow next month with the soundtrack "In the Mix," which will introduce label artists Rico Love and One Chance. US is also home to Atlanta-based R&B singer Rayan, of whom Usher says, "He's a natural talent, who's passionate like a Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder or Brian McKnight. When you hear his voice, you hear a little church and a lot of emotion."
"The one thing that attracted me to him was his way with words," Usher says of Rico Love. "He's a great writer. And he never writes anything down; he keeps it all in his memory. That was a sign to me that this guy is on the ball."
As for Chicago-based male quintet One Chance, "These guys are real performers who can sing," Usher says. "I want to bring back the era of the Temptations, Four Tops, Boyz II Men, Jodeci: classic R&B acts who represent the total package."