I realize the header photo for this article might look odd. The picture was taken in 2009 so Taylor Swift looks like she is 20 years old and Justin Bieber appears to be 15. Do you know why that is? Because they are. But while they look older now, Usher has not aged.
This will be even more evident during halftime of Super Bowl LVIII because while Bieber and Swift are not performing, Usher is. And this is a great thing! No disrespect to Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber intended.
Usher has been part of the halftime show before. He was a guest of the Black Eyed Peas in 2011 when they were the headliners. In fact, I am actually kind of surprised the NFL and Apple Music took this long to make Usher the headliner. It's not like he hasn't been popular for the last nearly three decades.
Usher should bring sheer entertainment to the Super Bowl halftime show
He has sold over 80 million records since his career began in 1994. His second album, My Way, sold 6 million units alone while his best-selling record was 2004's Confessions which went diamond, according to the RIAA. In all, the album sold more than 10 million units. Usher has had 18 top-ten singles and nine number-ones on the Billboard charts.
Oh, and this is important, Usher timed his latest album, Coming Home, to come out just a couple of days before the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show. The release date is February 9. That is some serious marketing chops to put out a record and follow that two days later with the biggest global concert in the history of the earth.
As far as Usher's setlist, we can assume his latest single, "Ruin," will be part of it. Viewers will probably also hear "Yeah!" and "Burn," too. There could even be a Tom Waits cover or two thrown in. (That last sentence was a joke but one can still hope, right?)