Looking 4 Myself (RCA Records)
Usher Raymond has morphed before our very eyes from a teen heartthrob into R&B’s Grammy-winning king, getting married and divorced and becoming a doting father of two boys along the way. In spite of all those life-altering experiences, the singer hasn’t shed the sly playboy persona he seems to wear so well in his music, and nowhere is this more obvious than on his most recent album (his seventh), Looking 4 Myself, a solid and eclectic set of thumping beats, uptempo dance-pop grooves and sexy come-ons that remind us that, yeah, the game still needs Usher. DOWNLOAD: “Lemme See” feat. Rick Ross
TNT, Wednesdays at 9pm
Engrossing and deliriously entertaining, the new Dallas reboot ranks among the summer shows I simply cannot get enough of. And seeing that I never had the good fortune of being introduced to the legendary original, TNT’s well-acted modern-day version couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Laced with intense family drama (those Ewings are seriously out of control!), backstabbing, mystery and intrigue – with just the right touches of humour, it’s all you could reasonably ask for in a TV series.
Now Reading: Janice Y.K. Lee’s The Piano Teacher, a sleek romance set in Hong Kong against the backdrop of the Second World War, is a novel I began reading earlier this year and took a break from after the first few chapters. I’m determined to finish it before summer’s end.