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It has been reported that Usher will collaborate with Macy’s to curate the concept, music and design for the fireworks, which will be launched from barges off Manhattan.

Via Yahoo:

It’s the first time the company has worked with an artist on the concept for its annual show, Macy’s said Thursday.

Usher will score the music for “It Begins With a Spark,” which will feature his songs, as well as songs and hits from Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra.

He will also provide visual design cues and direction for the pyrotechnics that are choreographed to the musical score.

The 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display will air after the annual concert on NBC. Performers haven’t been announced.

Usher says:

I’m really excited to add my flavor to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the largest show in America. As an artist, it’s important that I expand creatively into new areas. Working on the score and fireworks design has been a great experience that’s allowed me to share my voice in a new way. The 4th of July is a collective celebration of freedom and I hope that through the music and visuals, I’ve helped express the energy and passion of our nation. I can’t wait for the countdown; we’re getting ready to surprise the audience with the ultimate Independence Day party.

Cool!