Usher seems to be shaking things up and genuinely enjoying himself in London as he promotes the release of his seventh studio album, “Looking 4 Myself,” which dropped Tuesday (June 12). The sexy “Climax” singer, decked in all black and an indie rock-appropriate cutoff denim vest, stopped by BBC’s Radio 1 on Wednesday (June 13) to perform a live cover of “Pumped Up Kicks.”
Shades in place, Usher took to the microphone and addressed the crowd, saying “This is one of my favorites, and it goes a little something like this,” before playing the beloved bass line of Foster the People’s indie pop hit. It’s no secret that Usher can dance, sing, and even play the piano, but the bass guitar was a surprise. Is there anything that man can’t do? The only downside is that it left less room for his impressive dance moves.
Usher’s smooth R&B voice meshes with upbeat background vocals and distortion of the guitars in the video for an impressive blending of genres. The superstar’s crew seems to be having a good time, too, as they “run, baby, run” to the beat.
He opened the six-song Live Lounge set with his second single, “Scream,” which currently sits at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, before breaking into the unexpected cover. Usher is set to return to London in the fall as a headliner for the 2012 iTunes Festival.