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Usher: [Laughs] Well, yes. In making this album, I wanted it to not just--don't just focus on me. Allow me to be the vessel that allows you to, you know, get this story. You want to feel like "I understand this guy," you know, or "I can relate to his situation." You may be that asshole, you know what I mean? So it's like, you know, I'm singing for you. You know, sometimes in life, you've got to go through something to get to something. You've got to let it burn sometimes, you know?
The Gimme-a-Break Question
Q: Recently you've had three massive hits off the Confessions album, and at one point they were all in the top 10 at the same time. Do you think you can safely say you're the King of Pop?
Usher: I don't ever want to be the person who is self-proclaiming myself as the King of Pop. If I was given that title, I would accept it, and I would hope that I would represent it properly because Michael Jackson held it down for almost 40 years. So I hope that I would last that time and then some. You know, I am a consummate professional and perfectionist. I try to be as mindful of everybody when I'm doing my albums and making my music. This has truly been a great experience. I'm extremely happy. But to be the King of Pop, the Stage King, the R&B King--I don't want to self-proclaim myself as anything, man. I'm blessed. I'm blessed to be here. I'm blessed to be able to have you individuals on the telephone, even to hear what I have to say. Thank you. Thank you all very much.
Operator: And that's all the time we have for questions. This concludes today's teleconference call. You may now disconnect.