Usher plans ‘One Night Stand’ tour for ladies only


Jason DeCrow, The Associated Press

By Jake Coyle

NEW YORK – Usher is preparing a tour for ladies only.

The Atlanta-based R&B; singer revealed in a recent interview with The Associated Press that he will soon announce details of his “One Night Stand” tour. He said specific dates are still being worked out for about 15 “intimate” venues.

Asked why he wanted to perform a “ladies only” tour, Usher said he relishes the challenge.

“There’s only a few artists that can pull that off,” said the 29-year-old singer. “I feel like I’ve had such a connection with my audience. This album, I felt like, was definitely the type of one that was more intimate. So what better way to get up close and personal than to make it all women?”

Usher’s latest album, “Here I Stand,” finds him still singing about the life of a lothario, but this time he’s a more mature, committed lothario. He sings: “This aint’ sex/ This is a symbol of the true makings of love.”

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    Last year, Usher married Tameka Foster and the couple had a son, Usher Raymond V. Though now a family man, Usher hasn’t relinquished his sex symbol status.

    “The ladies like to see that masculine build,” he said. “They question if I still got it.”

    To go with the theme, Usher is also planning his own line of lingerie and men’s undergarments. He already has a fragrance and cologne.

    Usher, who’s working on a video for his new single “Trading Places,” will perform at the National Football League’s annual kickoff concert Thursday along with Keith Urban and Natasha Bedingfield.