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R&B Singer Usher: Digital Tech in Music Was Inevitable

The music industry would be in a lot less pain if it had embraced the inevitability of digital technology instead of trying to fight it, R&B singer Usher Raymond told CNBC at the Clinton Global Initiative Thursday.

While at the conference, Raymond also pledged $1 million to his non-profit organization Powered by Service, which targets youth in underpriviliged communities to participate in service projects.

"The reality is—and it's a harsh reality—that everybody might not necessarily be the star, but there's so many other alternatives, there's so many other directions in life," Usher told CNBC at the Clinton Global Initiative. "If nothing, you leave these kids motivated to do something productive."

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