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While "Yeah!" was only beginning to lose its grip on the charts, Usher went in the opposite direction for the second single off the platinum-in-a-week Confessions. Even though "Burn" involves plenty of assistance from Jermaine Dupri and Bryan Michael Cox, much speculation was made about its possible parallels to the beneficiary's bust-up with TLC's Chilli. The production isn't much beyond serviceable, barely springing to life at the most dramatic points in Usher's delivery. Lyrically, it's standard "the thrill is gone" material, but Usher injects plenty of feeling and skill into something that would crumble in the hands of most other singers his age. Dude feigns a breakdown in the breakdown, so you know plenty of female listeners responded in kind by soaking their pillows. It's no matter -- he and his torso probably moved on (a few times) before the song was recorded.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Confessions 2004 Arista 4:15
Burn 2004 BMG International
Grammy Nominees 2005 2005
Various Artists
Capitol / EMI Records 3:49
BRITs25 Album: The Music Event of 2005 [DVD] 2005
Various Artists
BMG 4:18
Street Beatz [Bonus Track] 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:45
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:16