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CRAIG DAVID USHERS IN COLLABORATION

The star tells NME.COM he's "blown away" at the news that his R&B contemporary wants to make sweet music with him...

CRAIG DAVID has told NME.COM that he can't wait to take up USHER's offer of a collaboration.

David said he was "blown away" when he read in an interview that R&B star Usher had declared that he wanted a duet. And it now looks like the project will go ahead.

"I'm a big fan of Usher and I'd love for us to record together," said David. "He's a real star and there's no reason why it shouldn't happen very soon. It's just a case of comparing our schedules, seeing when we can be in the same place at the same time and cutting it."

He also revealed that he has plans to showcase "several new songs" during his forthcoming UK tour, which kicks off tomorrow (February 14) in Reading, including tracks that are slated for inclusion on his as-yet untitled second album. "The key element is still the melody, but we've
stepped up the production and added a lot of new flavours," he explained.
"Another thing that may surprise people is my voice. I've improved and
advanced a lot vocally since [debut album] 'Born To Do It'."

He said he hopes that the album will be ready for release later this year. "My aim is to have around 25 tracks to chose from. A dozen new ones alongside ten or 12 that I wrote for the first album and still really like. When there's enough material finished, we'll just sit down and sieve through them, see what would sound good together."

He side-stepped the 2-step and garage tags, insisting: "They just sound like Craig David... I can't really tell you anymore because I might change my mind and take them in another direction. What I can tell you, is we're hopefully going to come up with a collection of tracks that are a level above 'Born To Do It'. The key album is definitely going to be the second one."

David's tour calls at:
Reading Rivermead Centre (February 14)
Nottingham Arena (18)
Cardiff International Arena (19, 20)
Nottingham Arena (22)
Newcastle Arena (23)
London Wembley Arena (February 28, March 1, 2)
Bournemouth International Centre (4)
Birmingham NEC (5, 6)
Manchester Evening News Arena (8)
Sheffield Arena (9)
Dublin The Point (11)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (12)
London Arena (14, 15)
Bournemouth International Centre (16)

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