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One of the hottest acts on tour today, Usher, is going to play the Rose Garden in Portland on May 26th. It’s with the OMG Tour also featuring Akon. Tickets are on sale now starting at $29.50 but you can win your tickets as well. Sign up to be a 107-3 VIP and listen for your name to be called. You’ll have 10 minutes and 7 seconds to call back to claim your tickets.

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By overwhelming popular demand, multi-platinum recording artist Usher has just added a second North American leg to his acclaimed “OMG Tour,” which will make a stop at Rose Garden on Thursday, May 26. Presented by AEG Live’s Concerts West and Atlanta Worldwide Touring, the concert will feature Usher’s signature brand of hit-filled R&B-infused pop as well as special guest superstar Akon.

Usher wowed audiences when he “dropped in” for a surprise Super Bowl halftime performance alongside The Black Eyed Peas, and his recent “OMG Tour” performances have received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Daily Variety stated that “he is a consummate professional, showing full mastery of both voice and body.” Detroit News described the singer as “a born entertainer whose effortless moves on the stage never ceased to amaze,” while the Chicago Tribune raved that “turning the arena into his own house of Usher, the singer celebrated his R&B dominance of the last 15 years.” Newark’s The Star-Ledger commented that “Usher, who seems to have spent most of his life at the top of the Billboard charts, danced straight through an explosive headline show,” and the Washington Post reported that “he glided across the stage gracefully for nearly two hours of choreographed dance routines. He elicited constant shrieks and squeals from fans who packed every seat in the arena.”

Usher rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, “Nice and Slow”. His follow-up album 8701 (2001) produced the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad”. Both albums sold over 8 million copies worldwide, establishing Usher as one of the biggest selling R&B artists of the 1990s.

Usher’s success continued with his 2004 album Confessions, which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA. Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R&B artist in history and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. It spawned a record breaking four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits—”Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II”, and “My Boo”. Usher’s 2008 album Here I Stand sold over 5 million copies worldwide and its lead single “Love In This Club” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The “OMG Tour” follows Usher’s pop chart smash, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” from his recent release Versus, an extension of his platinum sixth studio album, Raymond V. Raymond. The record debuted at No.1 on the Pop and R&B albums charts, and spawned five hit singles including “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home),” “Lil Freak” featuring Nicki Minaj, “There Goes My Baby” and “OMG” featuring will.i.am.

To date, Usher has certified sales of over 45 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and nineteen Billboard Music Awards. In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine.

Grammy-nominated international pop star Akon first rose to prominence in 2004 with his smash debut album Trouble. Since then, he has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and has become one of the industry’s most sought after songwriter/producers, collaborating with megastars such as Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, R. Kelly, Gwen Stefani and Eminem. He is the first solo artist to hold both the number one and two spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts—an achievement he attained twice. In 2007 alone, Akon won the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist; three World Music Awards in the categories of Best Selling R&B Male Artist, Best Selling African Artist and Best Selling Internet Artist; as well as the Billboard Music Award for Artist of the Year. Akon’s global appeal continues to flourish and transcend cultural and geographical boundaries. His highly anticipated Stadium LP has been previewed with its first single “Angel”, which debuted during his performance at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and is set for early summer release.

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