To Celebrate America’s Birthday, Usher Will Assault New York City’s Ears and Eyes

Macy’s has just announced that its annual fireworks display in New York City will be curated by Usher. What exactly will this collaboration (collabo, I believe, is the hip term) entail? Funny you should ask: Usher is helping to choose the music, overall look and theme of the fireworks show. And you just thought “patriotic” would suffice, maybe that lack of imagination is why Usher is Usher and you’re… you.

This is the 37th year Macy’s has put on fireworks over New York, but its first year teaming up with a musical artist. This year’s show is called Confessions Part 3 “It Begins With a Spark.”

“I’m really excited to add my flavor to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the largest show in America. As an artist, it’s important that I expand creatively into new areas. Working on the score and fireworks design has been a great experience that’s allowed me to share my voice in a new way,” Usher is quoted as saying in a press release Macy’s sent Celebuzz. “The 4th of July is a collective celebration of freedom and I hope that through the music and visuals, I’ve helped express the energy and passion of our nation. I can’t wait for the countdown; we’re getting ready to surprise the audience with the ultimate Independence Day party.”

The show will last 26 minutes, use more than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells and the soundtrack will feature a schizophrenic mix of Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Swedish House Mafia, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and Same Cooke. You can certainly expect some Usher in the mix as well.

The press release also confirms that this year’s firework show will be on the Hudson River (like last year) instead of the East River. So, sorry Brooklyn and Queens, you aren’t invited to Usher’s American Fantistico.