R+B star Usher is more focused on his growing business empire than his career as a chart-topping artist.

The Yeah?! singer admires the entrepreneurial skills of Martha Stewart and Russell Simmons and is desperate to broaden his own brand of products rather than spend hours in the studio working on his next album.

Usher says, "Something that you should know about me is that I'm a businessman before I'm anything else.

"Look at the capabilities of Martha Stewart or Russell Simmons or SEAN 'P DIDDY' COMBS or even 50 CENT with G-Unit. Look at what they did with their licensing.

"This is my opportunity to do the same. Clothing and shoes are kind of the standard nowadays, so I'm trying to figure out how I can come at it from a different angle. Watches, clothes, perfume, cologne, facial and acne products. There are so many possibilities."

02/05/2005 17:43