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Usher gets lots of help on ‘Looking’
On one track on Usher’s latest album, out Tuesday, nine people have songwriting credits. Another two feature eight. No wonder the urban pop superstar is looking for himself. Of course the songwriting by committee — or in some cases authors of sampled works getting credit — approach is nothing new in pop music in general or Usher albums specifically. But the groupthink does drain some of the individuality from the process.