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Watch Usher's action-packed 'Looking 4 Myself' short film -- PREMIERE

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Usher is a busy man. In addition to mentoring The Voice and popping up at music festivals alongside the Afghan Whigs, Mr. Raymond has taken the time to star in a new Samsung-produced short film, which you can watch the premiere of here.

Titled Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” Presented By Samsung, the Rich Lee-directed clip features a duel between two versions of Usher — one being down-to-earth side of him, and the other being his celebrity half.

Watch the video below, and read on to find our interview with Usher himself:

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SXSW: Usher performs with the Afghan Whigs, gives shout out to Lil Wayne -- VIDEO

It should’ve been obvious from the start. The lineup at the Fader Fort Presented by Converse yesterday listed the ’90s alternative favorites the Afghan Whigs as the headliner, even though they hadn’t put out an album in 15 years.

Beyond that, the Fader Fort typically closes out their events with rap and R&B acts like French Montana and Rick Ross — not aging Cincinnati rockers.

Don’t get us wrong — we love the Afghan Whigs, and their solo set (following performances from Atlanta rappers T.I. and Future) was pretty great. But when they began playing the beginning of Usher’s recent single “Climax,” we knew the jig was up.

And just like that, Usher came out on stage and played his first-ever SXSW, with the Afghan Whigs. After he and the band finished up a particularly rousing performance of “Climax” (Greg Dulli handled the vocals until Usher came out in time for the second verse), they launched into the Whigs’ “Somethin’ Hot.”

Whigs fans were happy, and it even kept the Usher-only sect of the audience happy — though, really, Usher could’ve sang the alphabet backwards and they would’ve been just as delirious.

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Clive Davis gala remembers Whitney Houston

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A year after Whitney Houston’s death, music executive Clive Davis remembered her in words — and video.

Houston died last year just hours before the annual Clive Davis Gala was to start. On Saturday, Davis said his world continues “to be so shattered by her passing” and that Houston’s death still feels “unreal.”

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Katy Perry, fun., Alicia Keys, Usher added to Obama inauguration

President Barack Obama’s final inauguration is coming up, and apparently he figured he might as well go all in.

In addition to already-announced names Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor, all of whom will perform during the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 21, Katy Perry, fun., Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, and Brad Paisley will also be performing during the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Jan. 19.

In a statement, Presidential Inaugural Committee CEO Steve Kerrigan said, “We are honored and excited to have such a diverse, talented group of musical guests joining Americans from across the country to celebrate the 57th Inauguration.”

Plenty of other performer names have been tossed around for the series of big events, which include the inauguration, the kids’ concert, and two official inaugural balls. Those names include Nick Cannon, the cast of Glee, Marc Anthony, Smokey Robinson, and Far East Movement, though it’s unclear who of those names will be showing up where.

Perry’s spot on the bill isn’t surprising, as she played a rally for President Obama a few days before last November’s election. In one of the more head-turning fashion moments of 2012′s political discussion, she performed dressed as a ballot.

Who else do you hope shows up for the inauguration? Who would you book? And are you going to miss Aretha Franklin and her fantastic hats?

Read More on EW.com:
Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor to perform at Obama inauguration
Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen to rally with Obama day before election
Alicia Keys sued over ‘Girl On Fire’

American Music Awards: See the winners list here!

America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night.

Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. The singer’s mom joined him onstage as he collected the top award. He looked to his mom: “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me.”

He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him.

The 18-year-old also won favorite pop/rock album for Believe, and male artist.

He performed two songs at the award show, one stripped and another upbeat with Nicki Minaj. As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award.

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Whitney Houston getting primetime special, greatest hits package, photo book

When Whitney Houston died suddenly in February, near-immediate tributes sprung up everywhere from that weekend’s Grammy telecast and EW’s own print cover.

But some tributes, of course, can’t be wrought so quickly, and this coming November will bring a number of longer-gestating odes to the fallen superstar. On November 16, CBS will broadcast We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute To Whitney Houston, an hour-long primetime special that genuflects to Houston’s music with the aid of stars like Jennifer Hudson and Usher (with more to be announced). The special will tape at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater on October 11, and tickets are on sale now.

That week in November will also sees the release of I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, a new collection of her biggest hits — including “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” and “My Love Is Your Love,” and 15 others. Also included: a new version of “I Look to You” featuring R. Kelly. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

This week's music winners and losers: Rick Ross, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ellie Goulding, and more!

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Carly Rae Jepsen and Rick Ross muscle out the competition, Ellie Goulding surges, and Phillip Phillips makes a gigantic chart leap with his Idol coronation song “Home.” Here’s your guide to who’s burning up (and flaming out) on the music charts:

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Rick Ross: The large and in charge rapper’s fifth album God Forgives, I Don’t became his fourth number one album, selling 219,000 copies in its first week. The sales total was the largest rap debut since Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded bowed with 253,000 copies earlier this year.

Carly Rae Jepsen: “Call Me Maybe,” which this week passed the 5 million mark in sales, logged a ninth week atop Billboard’s Hot 100. The track, the first off her just-announced Kiss (due Sept. 18), is now the longest-running number one single in 2012 over Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which held the peak position for eight weeks and is still sitting pretty at No. 6. READ FULL STORY

Rick Ross, 'God Forgives, I Don't': The EW Review

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Ever since his 2006 breakout single “Hustlin’” put him on the map as a player in modern rap music, Miami’s Rick Ross has slowly built up an empire. Today marks the release of his fifth album, God Forgives, I Don’t, a hard-hitting companion to the recently released Self Made Vol. 2, from his Maybach Music crew.

The review of Ross’ new album appears in this Friday’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, but you can check out an expanded version of it below:

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Album Sales: Usher dances to No. 1; Rush, Ed Sheeran start off strong

Here’s some news sure to make Usher “Scream.”

The R&B/pop crooner’s 7th studio album Looking 4 Myself topped the Billboard 200 in its debut week, shifting 128,000 copies. While that start can’t compare to the first-week sales of his last effort, 2010′s Raymond vs. Raymond, which sold 329,000 copies in its first week, that’s not exactly a surprise. Usher hasn’t produced a “DJ Got Us Falling In Love”-sized smash from Looking 4 Myself yet — the album’s lead single “Climax” only reached number 17, while its follow-up “Scream” has peaked at 13.

In second, Canadian prog-rockers Rush demonstrated remarkable resilience with their latest, Clockwork Angels, which moved 103,000 copies — up from the 93,000 their last album, 2007′s Snakes and Arrows, sold in its first week. In 2002, their Vapor Trails debuted with 110,000 units sold; the fact that their numbers haven’t eroded in the last decade is impressive. READ FULL STORY

Usher, Grace Potter, Superchunk are all over this week's Spotify playlist

This week in new releases, Usher’s latest finds the radio vet keeping up with the cool kids (hey there, Diplo!), much like the 68-year-old Bobby Womack does on his Damon Albarn-helmed 28th album. And speaking of cool kids, new releases from the likes of Waka Flocka Flame, Evans the Death, and Hot Chip also kept our headphones busy this week.

Plenty of stand-alone singles made the grade as well, including new ones from Lil Wayne, Kylie Minogue, Superchunk and more. Check it all out in the playlist below:

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