Usher Strips Off His Shirt In A Time Of Crisis

How can Usher revive America’s flagging response to Here I Stand, which has only just broken the million-sold mark (it’s currently at No. 83 on the Billboard 200) and had an unrepentant flop of a second single with the dirgey, yet screamy “Moving Mountains”? Apparently the answer is “a video with naked Usher rolling around with a naked model… and a piano that seems to be made out of the same material as Wonder Woman’s jet. Oh, and don’t forget the diamond-earring product placement!” Whether or not the sex-soaked “Trading Places” will make America remember that the libidinous singer exists is still up in the air, but I’m most disappointed that the lyrical homage to “What What (In The Butt)” at the song’s end got cut, perhaps because the clip needs to be “family-friendly.” What with the rest of it being so buttoned-up and all. [YouTube]