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Usher Reveals His Biggest Career Regret; Says Tevin Campbell’s 'Can We Talk' Was Originally For Him

By: Marie David

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R&B superstar Usher Raymond has a few confessions.

In a sit down interview with Questlove for Pandora, the singer opened up about his music career, his biggest regret involving his career, a major song that was supposed to be for him and more!

When Usher was first signed he began working with LA Reid and Babyface, his album was completed and set to be released, however, things spiraled out of control between Babyface and LA Reid and they parted ways.

Due to the split, many of the songs Usher recorded were given to other music artists. One of the songs was Tevin Campbell’s  ‘Can We Talk’. His talked about how his team were against him working with Chris Brown, which is one of his biggest career regrets. Check out the highlights:

Not working with Chris Brown:

“So there’s one thing in my career that I definitely regret, one thing,” he said. “And to this day I battle with it which is why I always show support of this artist whenever he asks. So his manager comes in… They show him to me… I was working on an album at this time, they wanted him to perform on this album. I was like, Okay cool’. Then I went to my team and they was like ‘I don’t think you should work with this artist’… Then he left… Chris Brown.”

Famous song originally written for him: 

“When I first signed to LaFace Records, I wanted to do an album with Babyface and LA Reid, right? I signed specifically for that reason. So L.A. Reid wanted Babyface to work on me and they were going through, you know, a lot of drama at the time. They were kinda severing their ties… he got mad and he built an entire album for me, and he gave the whole album to somebody else… Tevin Campbell! ‘Can We Talk’ was my song.”

20 years later, Usher has earned himself eight Grammys and has sold millions worldwide. So everything turned out for the best

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