Usher kicked off the release of his latest album by treating fans in New York City's Times Square to a free show on Tuesday (30Mar10).
The singer will release Raymond v. Raymond in the U.S. on Tuesday night, featuring songs inspired by his highly-publicised divorce from Tameka Foster.
And the heart-throb can expect weeks of soaring sales from the release if the rowdy crowd is any indication of the record's impending success - hundreds of fans roared inside Manhattan's Nokia Theatre as Usher took the stage, flanked by scantily clad dancers delivering racy routines.
He performed new songs from the album, including Hey Daddy and There Goes My Baby, as part of U.S. breakfast programme Good Morning America's Spring Concert Series.