Malaysian singer Yuna debuts music video featuring Usher

26 April 2016 / 6 months 1 day ago

Iffah Durrah Iskandar
The New Paper
April 25, 2016

East meets west in the latest music video from Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, for her latest single Crush, featuring US singer Usher.

Yuna and Usher first met back in 2014, but no plans for a collaboration were made between the two.

In an interview with Malaysian radio station Hitz FM in October 2015, Yuna said: "We sent (the song) over to him and didn't hear anything back for two months... and then I got an e-mail from his team and it was a recording of him on the song. All mixed, all done."

The duet has been well-received.

This week (April 25), Crush is number 18 on Billboard's Adult R&B songs chart. It is also one of the most played singles on the Urban Adult Contemporary radio in Los Angeles, according to Universal Music.

Crush also charted at number 4 on the Singapore iTunes store the day it was released (February 26) , and peaked at number 1 on music news website Music Weekly's Top 30 Singles chart for Malaysia, all within its first week .

The music video was directed by Daniel Carberry, who has worked with artists like singer Skylar Grey and alternative band The Summer Set.

Shot in downtown Los Angeles, most parts of the music video were recorded in slow motion. VIDEO: YOUTUBE / YUNAVEVO

Yuna and Usher share a few scenes together in the music video. VIDEO: YOUTUBE / YUNAVEVO

'Crush at first sight' was one of the things Carberry wanted to focus on for the video.

The video captures the first meeting of a young boy and girl. VIDEO: YOUTUBE / YUNAVEVO

It features the meet cute of an elderly couple, too. VIDEO: YOUTUBE / YUNAVEVO

The main highlight of the video: This shot of Yuna and Usher leaning against the wall, singing together. VIDEO: YOUTUBE / YUNAVEVO

Crush is a track from Yuna's upcoming album Chapters, which is due for a global release on May 20.

Pre-orders for the standard and deluxe versions of the album are currently available on iTunes.

Meanwhile, watch the music video for Crush here.

This article was first published on April 25, 2016. 
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