It’s a dense, lengthy album with dense layers and unexpected twists, with lyrics that are so plainspoken that at times they seem tossed-off (surely someone on his team could have intervened before he rhymed “phone calls” with “phones off” on the whirling “Make U a Believer”). The album’s persistent darkness, in keeping with current radio trends, overtakes even uptempo tracks like the Pharrell-produced tease “FWM.” But Usher – like any soul star worth his collection of Al Green albums – also knows that low-lit rooms are where a lot of the best action happens.
Okay but enough about people who are not Priyanka Chopra. How does Priyanka Chopra fit into everything? Wellllll:
That’s right. The best part of Hard II Love‘s opening track comes somewhere in the last few moments of the song, where Chopra intimately confesses, “Everybody wants somebody that’s got…confidence. He should make me feel safe, make me laugh, everything about him should feel sexy. His walk. His talk. He’s gotta be effortless, you know? Not trying too hard. What do you want in someone?” This collaboration probably explains this picture the two posed for sometime last month, too, shared via Chopra’s Instagram account:
Congrats and good luck to my friend and talent extraordinaire @usher for the premiere of #handsofstone you will kill it as #sugarrayleonard @hair_by_priyanka mup @uday104 A photo posted by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on
She’s come a long, long way since “Exotic.”