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Usher makes Beijing audience go "OMG"

2010-07-12 10:33:42 GMT2010-07-12 18:33:42 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Usher (right) performs alongside Lee-Hom Wang at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Sunday, July 11, 2010. (Photo: CFP)

The U.S. R&B sensation Usher has brought down the house in Beijing's Wukesong Arena.

In his first ever China concert, Usher entertained fans with some of his biggest hits over the years, including "You Make Me Wanna", "Nice & Slow", "You Remind Me", "Caught Up", "Burn", "Love in This Club" and "Yeah".

But the absolute highlight of the night was when Usher and Mandopop singer Lee-Hom Wang sang a Chinese song together. The song is a signature piece from Wang called "My One and Only".

"What made me happier was that after he got in touch with me, we talked about what we could do together. I said to him, 'As your honored guest, my responsibility is to make this concert very impressive, trying to impress music fans in Beijing, in China. Then I asked him 'Would you like to sing a Chinese song?' And he said 'yes' right away. I think it demonstrates Usher's openness. He is willing to learn Chinese, and I believe the whole audience did go crazy the moment he started to sing in Chinese."

Usher is also very happy about the collaboration, adding that he came to China because he knows there's an audience here. In fact, almost all the tickets for his concert were grabbed in just one week.

"Thank you so much for your support. I am really happy to be here and perform for the first time here. You know, I am really excited."

Usher and Wang also sang an English song together - Usher's current No.1 megahit, "OMG". Wang says their collaboration means a lot.

"I think this is a very good interaction. What's more, I am wearing this red, Chinese traditional coat today, because I attach great importance to this collaboration. I think it means a lot symbolically and it will be historical."

Usher will next release a mini-disc called "Versus", due out Aug. 24. The eight new songs on the disc will also be included in a special deluxe version of "Raymond V. Raymond", which was out in March.

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