Beyond the awards, his talent in all round entertainment, his platinum records and cultivation of talent on â€œThe Voice,â€ Usher is also a renowned cigar smoker. In this September/October issue of Cigar Aficionado, his rise to fame, his opinion of the changing music business, Justin Bieber, and cigars is profiled.
See excerpts from his interview below:
On the music industry: The Internet has killed the music industry. People donâ€™t wait in line anymore at a Target or a Tower Records for a new CD to be released; they just download it. When you see companies like Blockbuster and Tower going out of business, you know the industry has changed.
On troubled Justin Bieber: Weâ€™re all Godâ€™s children. I can only imagine. I mean, itâ€™s a crazy journey at any age. Who knows what would have happened to me or if Iâ€™d even be having this conversation from this perspective.
On his love for cigars: I like the smell and taste of a good cigar. Itâ€™s a great fit that truly celebrates the occasion. And thereâ€™s nothing better, when youâ€™re in a space where youâ€™re being creative. Thereâ€™s something about savoring a moment, rather than wracking your head to find a creative solution. Iâ€™m too young to consider myself a connoisseur. I just enjoy smoking cigars. And Iâ€™m not blowing smoke up your a**.