The streaming service has teamed up with the singer for an exclusive early release of Hard II Love, Usher’s long-awaited eighth studio album that was scheduled to drop at the end of the week. Starting today, Tidal subscribers can listen to the full project, which includes the previously released tracks “Crash,” “Rivals” featuring Future, “No Limit” featuring Young Thug, and “Champions,” the title song for the motion picture Hands of Stone.
During an appearance at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival, Usher spoke to Ryan Seacrest about the album, which was formerly titled Flawed: “I find the inspiration every time I find a word: What is ‘flawed?’ It’s something that is not perfect. It’s a future relic of some sorts, to grow and blossom and gain texture,” Usher said. “But it is those things, those tumultuous occurrences and things that happen in your life that define what it is, and in our country and us as people. All of these things are standards, and I became the inspiration. Now I can’t tell you yet at the end what it’s gonna be, but right now it’s flawed.”
This drop marks the latest in a series of deals Usher has inked with Tidal, following the exclusive debut of the “Rivals” video, the “No Limit” track, as well as the release of the interactive video for “Chains,” which underscored the issue of police brutality in America.