BOSTON (AP) _ R&B crooner Usher swears he has no beef with Justin Timberlake.
``I'm not in competition with Justin. I'm not in competition with anyone but myself,'' he told The Boston Globe in Friday's editions. ``I'm not looking for that bad-boy image, I'm not a person who goes out looking for trouble.''
It's been suggested that the two singers are less-than-friendly rivals, especially after Timberlake, the former 'N Sync leader, was anointed by Rolling Stone magazine as ``the new King of Pop'' over Usher.
Usher's latest album, ``Confessions,'' has sold more than 5 million copies. Its singles include the infectious dance hit ``Yeah!,'' ``Burn'' and ``Confessions Part II.''
``It's not just about a hit record, it's not just the marketing behind an album, it's about the talent, and I go out there and I work hard,'' he said. ``No one can just take your spot. If you really work hard, no one can take your spot.''