Usher coming to Shanghai in March

Usher coming to Shanghai in March

The R&B star with the abs and dance moves is making his Shanghai debut

Usher Shanghai concert 2011Usher took Beijing by storm in 2010 with Lee Hom Wong at his side. What does he have in store for Shanghai?Usher (亚瑟小子) might have rocked Beijing crowds in 2010 (singing in Mandarin no less), but he left his Shanghai fans out in the cold -- until now.

The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winner recently announced that he’s adding Shanghai to his OMG World Tour. The city is the only confirmed Asia stop on the tour thus far.

Usher has sold over 45 million albums worldwide over his two-decade career.

He’ll be performing for the first time in Shanghai on March 12, at the 18,500-seat Mercedes-Benz Arena. The show will be backed by AEG China, according to the tour's press release.

Usher is the second major name AEG has confirmed for 2011, announcing the Eagles' Shanghai show a few weeks ago. The company plans to use the new Shanghai arena to (finally) bring more international stars to China.

“AEG is proud to bring Usher to his huge Chinese fan base,” says John Cappo, CEO of AEG China, in the press release. “With an expanding network of world class arenas in China, including the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and the MasterCard Centre in Beijing, AEG promises to put China firmly on the 'world tour' map for major international artists.”

Famous last words for a number of major promoters in China before AEG.

Since the show’s songs need to be approved by the Ministry of Culture way before any visas are issued, we know that Usher will promote songs from his recent “Raymond V. Raymond” album along with some of this other well-known hits.

We’re banking on one of them being “DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again” which gained a solid foothold on the Chinese airwaves.

Tickets to Usher’s 2010 Beijing show sold out in under a week, and AEG is clearly hoping for an encore performance.

Now the question is, will Lee Hom Wong make another guest appearance?

Ticket prices for the Usher Shanghai concert are RMB 280 to RMB 1,680 and are being sold through piao.com.cn

A borough-bred Manhattanite, editor and writer Jessica Beaton lived in Shanghai for five years and has now moved to Hong Kong.

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