Usher: Why His Super Bowl Set Will Be Longer
Usher is pulling out all the stops for his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance. And his show is going to be longer than the usual Halftime show: the R&B legend needs a couple more minutes. Instead of the regular 12-13 minute show for the musicians to act on the big stage, Usher managed to get his set two extra minutes, bringing it to a total of 15.
So, how did Usher manage to get the extra two minutes? The singer chalked it up to his team.
“I can’t explain why, but it’s a funny thing that I was able to do and craft,” Usher explained to Entertainment Weekly. “That was a huge strategic thing that happened between me and my agency.”
Reasons as to why his set will be longer seem to correlate with the fact that he plans to preview new music.
“It’s really hard to determine what moment matters more than others, especially with a new song,” Usher told Billboard in his cover story. “But there’s the dance, the wardrobe, the lighting, how long you stay in a song, the fact that the audience may sing along … It’s a lot.”
Usher To Release Ninth Studio Album Coming Home
The singer has his ninth studio album Coming Home, dropping two days before the Super Bowl (Friday, Feb. 9). Usher released the official tracklist last month which includes features from Burna Boy, Latto, H.E.R., Summer Walker, 21 Savage, The-Dream, Jung Kook, and Pheelz.
This week, Usher announced that he plans to take the album on the road — along with his previous hits — as he embarks on a 26-city trek for the Past Present Future Tour. In August, he will start in Washington, D.C., and make his way to Brooklyn, Atlanta, Miami, and more, over his 24-stop trek. He will also be the first performer at Los Angeles’ Inuit Dome. The tour will end in Chicago after two nights on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 in the city’s United Center.
In addition to previewing new music, Usher will be celebrating Black History Month in his set.
“I think about what our country has kind of represented for Black artists, you know, having to at some point go through kitchens to even be able to perform for an audience, but they had to leave back through that same door, fear for their lives as they went to the next state to do the same thing,” he told Good Morning America earlier this month. “So I’m coming through the front door with this one.”