Showtime Nets Live Usher Broadcast
Usher is planning a one-off stop March 5 at San Juan's Coliseo de Puerto Rico that will be broadcast live on pay-television channel Showtime.Usher is planning a one-off stop March 5 at San Juan's Coliseo de Puerto Rico that will be broadcast live on pay-television channel Showtime. "One Night One Star Usher Live" will come just a few weeks shy of the one-year anniversary of the release of the artist's blockbuster Arista album, "Confessions."
Fans who are not regular subscribers to Showtime will be able to see the concert -- which will also be broadcast in HDTV -- via a free preview weekend March 4-7. The weekend will also see the premiere of a new comedy series starring Kirstie Alley and the opening of a new season of a series starring comedy/magic duo Penn & Teller.
Released in March 2003, "Confessions" scored the best opening week ever for a male R&B artist and the best debut week of 2004 with sales of 1.096 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set spawned the No. 1 singles "Burn" and "Yeah!" featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris. It has sold nearly eight million copies to date.
A finalist in 13 categories, Usher walked away from the 2004 Billboard Music Awards with 11 honors, including artist of the year, album of the year and Hot 100 single of the year for "Yeah!" He is nominated for eight Grammy awards, including album of the year, record of the year ("Yeah!") and best R&B male vocal performance ("Burn").
Usher spent part of the year on the road with his Truth tour, with Kanye West supporting. At deadline, he has no other 2005 concerts scheduled.