Usher’s “Raymond v. Raymond” is getting a second act in August, as a deluxe edition is released and a “Fame Monster”-like EP with it. “Versus” is an eight-song set that will be sold separately or with the Ultra “Raymond” set on Aug. 24. In a release, it’s described as “a conceptual sequel and final chapter” to the full-length, which itself was the artist’s exploration of “the dichotomies of his life as a newly single man/father.”
Bun B, Polow Da Don, Pitbull and Max Martin all contribute to “Versus”; the latter two appear on the first single from “Versus,” “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” which goes to radio some time this coming week. A track called “Hot Tottie,” produced by Polow, rolls out in early August.
“Raymond v. Ramond” yielded five singles, including omnipresent summer hit “OMG” with The album made it to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and currently sits at No. 14. The veteran singer is performing in Asia this month, and plays in Atlanta on Aug. 8.


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.