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Adam Graham
The Detroit News

A day ahead of his concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills, R&B superstar Usher spent his day on a mini-tour of downtown Detroit.

And he had a pretty decent tour guide ushering him through the city: Dan Gilbert, the billionaire mogul who owns a decent chunk of downtown’s real estate.

Usher and Gilbert have been partners for years — Usher is a part owner of Gilbert’s NBA franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers — and Gilbert personally escorted the “Yeah” singer through a handful of his buildings.

“I’m really interested in building here,” said Usher, outside of the Detroit Institute of Music Education building in downtown’s Capitol Park. He called Gilbert a “great ambassador” to the city and said they’d been through the Chrysler House, dPOP!, the Qube and First National buildings. Tweets and Instagram posts showed the singer posing for pictures with fans at several of those buildings. “To see the election of new ideas and inspiring places like the DIME, it’s a great foundation for an incredible city.”

Usher, 36, said he had no firm plans, but was interested in contributing to Detroit’s arts and culture scene.

“We’ve seen the past with this city,” Usher said, “now we’re looking into the future.”

Usher performs at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday night.