“I love love, I’m just bad at it/I just can’t escape all of these bad habits,” Usher admits on the track. “I had way too many one nights, yeah/I keep messin’ up my love life.”
The singer also paired the track with a Chris Robinson-directed video filmed largely in a rehearsal space, perhaps offering a preview of Usher’s Vegas residency at the 4,300-set Colosseum at Caesars Palace beginning July 2021.
“2020 has been extremely complicated — we’ve suppressed this anxiety and energy to do anything social,” Usher told Rolling Stone of the residency. “So I’m really excited to be able to know that I’m in the process of putting together a show for Las Vegas.” Usher has so far scheduled 11 dates for his Las Vegas residency, which currently concludes January 2022.
“Bad Habits” marks Usher’s fourth new track of 2020, following his Black Lives Matter song “I Cry,” his “SexBeat” reunion with Lil Jon and Ludacris and his Ella Mai collaboration “Don’t Waste My Time.”