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The same goes for his simmering new single “Good Kisser,” the first offering from his as-yet-untitled eighth album due in the fall. On May 5 Usher and his RCA label released the single and its video, which finds him seducing a vixen, coolly shuffling in James Brown-like fashion with dancers and drumming—shirtless, ever the sex symbol. “It bridges current urban culture and what’s classic for me,” he says. “And R&B is classic for me.”
The song debuts at No. 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at No. 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts dated May 24. The bow was fueled by 29,000 downloads in the week ending May 11, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and 13 million impressions on radio, according to Nielsen BDS. The song “Good Kisser” launched with a music video on May 5, the same day it hit digital retailers. Usher, 35, gave the single another bump with his May 12 performance on “The Voice,” where he’s also been coaching potential pop stars for two seasons now.