It seems like 2012 is going to be a big year for Usher. In addition to the release of his latest album The Shanertance, the singer has also been in London training for the upcoming movie Hands of Stone.
The singer will play Sugar Ray Leonard in the movie about Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán, played by Gael García Bernal. Robert De Niro is also reported to star in the movie.
The last time Usher appeared in a film was in the 2010 romantic action-comedy, Killers. In an interview with the BBC, the pop star expresses his excitement for his next project: “This is going to be an incredible movie — in time an incredible story — and I’m really looking forward to that.” Not having Kutcher and Heigl as your leads is a good start.
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Much to the chagrin of Elton John, ESPN prefers Friday nights for fighting, and we’re helping the network define the soundtrack. As we speak, OurStage artists FlyRydaz and The Organ Beats are duking it out for a chance to be crowned “Main Event” champ and have their tracks featured on ESPN’s legendary Friday Night Fights. Head to the ESPN Main Event Competition and vote for your favorite by March 30. We’ll be featuring a different matchup every two weeks, so be sure to check back in and vote for your new favorite. Each Main Event champ will take part in a final vote in August to decide which song will be featured on FNF’s “Images of the Year.”
During the early weeks of the year, 2012 sounded a lot like 2011, as Adele continued to rule Billboard’s Top 200 album and Hot 100 singles charts with 21, one year into the album’s life span. For all of her ongoing success, by February, the tops of the pops finally began to welcome some much-needed counterprogramming to The Adele Show, featuring rotating regular guest stars Katy Perry, Rihanna and Bruno Mars.
For several weeks, the late Whitney Houston became the chart force in death that she hadn’t been in life for more than a decade (“I Will Always Love You,” her signature No. 1 hit, re-charted and rose to No. 3, and one week, she had three albums in the Top 10), while a number of vets and newcomers arrived on the singles scene looking for a hit. They all came out swinging, but not everyone scored. Although the night”er, the year”is still young, look who’s winning (and losing) now.