Usher Release Pushed Back


Jive Label Group has canceled the Dec. 21 release date of Usher’s new album “Raymond v. Raymond,” and a new date is still being determined, a rep for the company told Billboard.com.

The date change is designed to give the album the proper setup time that it deserves, according to the rep. “This is a solid album that we believe in. We want to give it a proper launch.”

“Raymond’s” lead single, “Papers,” holds the No. 2 spot on the current Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Usher’s last album, 2008’s “Here I Stand,” has sold 1.2 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His biggest-selling album to date is 2004’s “Confessions,” whose total stands at 9.7 million units.