Ronda Churchill/The Associated Press
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 | 10:37 a.m.
Usher says the Palms is his “second home,” and Friday night the R&B singer had a few hundred guests over to his second living room for a little cocktail party.
VEGAS Magazine (a Greenspun Media Group sister publication of the Las Vegas Sun) co-hosted the get-together, which was held in Usher’s honor at Playboy Club. The singer is cover model of the magazine’s current, men’s issue.
Since the Palms is what Usher refers to as his “home-away-from-home,” the venue was an appropriate choice for the party.
The 30-year-old star has recently been living on property while working on his upcoming album, tentatively titled “Monster.” The five-time Grammy Award-winner and his entourage overtook the entire third floor of the resort’s Fantasy Tower while they laid down tracks for the soon-to-be-released CD.
After spending countless hours in the Recording Studio at the Palms, the artist is in the final stages of the recording process and is all smiles as a result.
“I came here to Vegas to close out the album and we did our last few sessions last night,” he said on his way into the VEGAS Magazine party last night.
“Within the next few weeks -- few days -- we’re going to be finished with it,” he said, noting, “most of the album was recorded here.”
He said living and working on-site was convenient because it allowed him to go into the studio whenever the mood – or inspiration – struck him.
He also said that the album will be a reflection of his personal experiences.
“On this album, the influences came from places I’ve gone myself, the reality of circumstances of choice,” he said.
The fashion-forward star made headlines in June after he filed for divorce from his wife of two years, former stylist Tameka Foster. The pair have two children together but had been living separately for nearly a year when Usher filed for divorce two months ago.
In light of his personal struggles, fans can expect “Monster” to be a more intimate release compared to the club track-filled albums that came before it.
“Through all of your situations, you learn something, or you should learn something,” Usher said. “Well, I’m documenting it in that way.”
Melissa Arseniuk writes about Las Vegas entertainment and celebrity events. She can be reached at 702-948-7823 or by e-mail at [email protected].
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.