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|Single by Usher|
|from the album Looking 4 Myself|
|Released||August 28, 2012|
|Recorded||2012; Parkland Playhouse
(Parkland, FL) and
|Writer(s)||Rico Love, James Scheffer, Danny Morris, Frank Romano|
|Producer||Jonsin, Love, Romano, Morris|
|Usher singles chronology|
"Dive" is a song recorded by American recording artist Usher for his seventh studio album Looking 4 Myself (2012). It was written and produced by Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Danny Morris and Frank Romano. "Dive" is a slow-paced R&B ballad with elements of pop music, with Usher making use of his falsetto range. Its lyrics use the metaphor of diving, which was interpreted by critics to discuss a commitment to a relationship. The song was announced by Usher via Twitter as the fifth single from Looking 4 Myself on August 21, 2012. It was released to urban radio on August 28, 2012.
"Dive" was received well by critics, who praised its production and Usher's vocals, particularly his falsetto. An accompanying music video, directed by Chris Applebaum, portrays Victoria's Secret Angel model Chanel Iman as Usher's love interest. Upon the release of Looking 4 Myself, the song debuted at number 50 on the South Korea Gaon International Chart, with sales of 6,546 digital copies.
Background and release 
In an interview with People Magazine in 2009, Usher, whose private life has been highly documented after filing for divorce from wife Tameka Foster, told that his sixth studio album will be, "racy, risky and edgy, and sometimes about personal experiences". Following the commercial and critically mixed success of his sixth album Raymond v. Raymond, in November 2011, Usher revealed that for his next album he was working on a new type of music which he has depicted as "revolutionary pop", which combines different genres to form a new sound. His seventh studio album Looking 4 Myself was released on June 8, 2012 worldwide and received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
American singer-songwriter and record producer Rico Love was interviewed by Billboard magazine stuff, where he spoke about his relationships with artists and experiences. He commented on how Usher wanted to do things differently on the album compared to his previous efforts, saying: "What he wanted to do [on Looking 4 Myself] was explore himself musically. He stepped outside of what was safe and normal. He wanted to make an album that expressed where he was going sonically and not just where he's been for the past 12 to 15 years. He's growing, developing, moving, shaking, and being something that's new, cultural, and that's affecting people sonically. That's kind of forcing the people to grow and elevate". In an interview for MTV News, Usher stated that Looking 4 Myself is "the most artistic of an album" he has ever had in history. When questioned by Reuters during an interview regarding the latter quote, and how this project was different, Usher explained that he felt he was near a 'rebirth' and that prior to Looking 4 Myself, he felt restricted and conformed to a specific standard. He said to himself "I gotta go with what I feel and hopefully people will follow me".
In the interview with Billboard, Love told McDermott that he was excited for people to here the tracks "Dive" and "Lessons for the Lover", both of which he co-produced and co-wrote. On August 21, 2012 via Twitter, Usher announced "Dive" as the fifth single from his seventh studio album Looking 4 Myself following "Numb". It was released to urban radio on August 28, 2012.
Composition and lyrics 
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"Dive" is a slow-paced R&B ballad with elements of pop music, that runs for a length of three minutes and 47 seconds. Throughout the song, Usher makes use of his falsetto range, to which Billboard's Erika Ramirez described as "soulful". Chuck Arnold of People.com complimented Usher's falsetto on both "Dive" and lead single "Climax", adding that they show "that he's a better singer than ever".
According to Matt Cibula of PopMatters, Usher sings the line: The walls look like they might / Precipitate, in a "whispered falsetto". Cibula also wrote that "Dive" contains a triple entendre in its lyrics: seemingly singing about diving or oral sex, "only to realize that what he's really discussing" is commitment to a relationship. Trent Fitzgerald of PopCrush perceived that the song's lyrics "metaphorically compares love to the crashing waters of the ocean". Carrie Battan of Pitchfork media interpreted the lyrics as "explicit" which might "make you cringe if they'd come from of anyone else" in the line: "It's raining inside your bed/ No parts are dry/ Lovin' made you so wet/ Your Legs/ Your thighs".
Critical reception and music video 
"Dive" received universally positive acclaim from music critics. DJ Booth described its production as "sultry" and noted the song as a potential hit for Usher. Erika Ramirez of Billboard also saw the song as a success, writing that it is "slower and more sensual" than Jim Jonsin and Rico Love's "Motivation" (2011) performed by Kelly Rowland. Ramirez also praised Usher's vocals, more specifically his falsetto, the reasoning to why "we fell in love with the singer to begin with". Complex's Brad Wete perceived the song as a "sexy slow-winding cut", that is "powered by Usher’s falsetto". Ryan Hadfield of Consequence of Sound also praised Usher's vocals, with "Dive" and lead single "Climax" showing his "superior R&B vocal range". Pitchfork Media's Carry Battan wrote that Usher's "vocal mastery" allows him to turn the chorus of "Dive"—which she viewed as "cornball"—into something "more specific, as if he were addressing just one woman [...]". PopMatters' Matt Cibula saw the lyric's as "clever" for going "triple-entendre on us". Cibula further lauded Usher's falsetto, which he sings in an "urgent" whisper. The music video for "Dive" was filmed in July 2012, directed by Chris Applebaum, and released to VEVO on August 25, 2012. Victoria's Secret Angel model Chanel Iman plays as Usher's love interest in the video.
Track listing 
- Album version
- "Dive" – 3:47
Credits and personnel 
- Vocal recording – Parkland Playhouse, Parkland, FL; Circlehouse Studios, Miami, FL
- Mixing – Parkland Playhouse, Parkland, FL
Credits adapted from the liner notes of Looking 4 Myself, RCA Records.
Upon the release of Looking 4 Myself, due to digital downloads, "Dive" entered the singles chart in South Korea. It debuted on the South Korea Gaon International Chart at number 50 on June 10, 2012, with sales of 6,546 digital copies. It debuted at number eight on the US Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart for the chart issue dated September 8, 2012.
|South Korea Gaon International Chart||50|
|US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)||34|
Release history 
|United States||August 28, 2012||Urban radio||RCA Records|||
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- Ford, Sabrina (June 1, 2012). "Usher feels "near a rebirth" on new album". Reuters. Reuters Group. Retrieved June 3, 2012.
- "Usher Confirms 'Dive' As New Single From Seventh Album 'Looking 4 Myself'". Capital FM. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2012.
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- Battan, Carrie (June 20, 2012). "Usher: Looking 4 Myself". Pitchfork media. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- Fitzgerald, Trent (June 12, 2012). "Usher, ‘Looking 4 Myself’ – Album Review". PopCrush. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- Ramirez, Erika (June 8, 2012). "Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. Prometheus. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- Arnold, Chuck (June 12, 2012). "Usher's Looking 4 Myself Is an R&B-pop Blockbuster: Review". People.com. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- Cibula, Matt (July 2, 2012). "Usher: Looking 4 Myself (Deluxe Edition)". PopMatters. Retrieved August 27, 2012.
- "Usher - Dive". DJ Booth. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- Brad, Matt (July 12, 2012). "Review: Usher's "Looking 4 Myself" Dares To Be Different". Complex. Complex Media. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- Hadfield, Ryan (June 15, 2012). "Album Review: Usher – Looking 4 Myself". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- "World Premiere Of Usher's "Dive" Video – Watch Now!". Usherworld.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- Bustos, Kristina (August 27, 2012). "Usher unveils 'Dive' music video featuring model Chanel Iman - watch". Digital Spy. Nat Mags. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
- Sia, Nicole (August 24, 2012). "Usher Happily Drowns In His "Dive" Music Video". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
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- "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week, June 10, 2012 to June 16, 2012)" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
- "Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Issue Date: 2012-09-08". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- "Usher Album & Song Chart History" Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Usher. Prometheus Global Media.