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Usher performing at The Warfield in San Francisco, November 2008
Background information
Birth name Usher Raymond IV
Born October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14) (age 31)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Origin Chattanooga, Tennessee,
United States
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres R&B, soul, pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, music executive, actor, record producer
Years active 1990–present
Labels LaFace, Arista
Associated acts NuBeginnings, Justin Bieber
Website www.usherworld.com
.Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American recording artist and actor.^ Usher was born in Dallas, Texas on October 14, 1978.
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^ Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), known simply by his first name Usher, is an American R&B and pop singer and actor who rose to fame in the mid-late 1990s.
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^ Date of birth October 14, 1978 Nationality American .
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.He rose to fame in the 1990s, releasing the multi-platinum album My Way (1997) and 8701 (2001).^ After graduating from high school, Usher released his sophomore album, My Way, in 1997.
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^ In 2001, Usher released the album 8701.
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^ In 1997, Creature was released, by far my favourite Moist album.
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.His success continued with Confessions (2004), which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA.^ His success continued with the release of his breakthrough album, Confessions (2004), which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA. To date, he has sold approximately 38 million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards.
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^ Confessions sold 1.1 million copies in its first week of release.

^ The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling male artists in American music history, having sold over 22 million copies of his five studio albums in the United States and over 40 million albums worldwide, to date.
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.To date, he has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards.^ The album has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
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^ To date, he has sold approximately 30 million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards.
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^ The album yielded three Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, and was successful in music markets, entering the top twenty of many charts worldwide.

[1] .In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine.^ In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine.
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^ Billboard Hot 100 singles this week.
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^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

[2] .He ranked higher than any other artist of his generation.^ On the year-end recap of the Hot 100, the top 10 includes only two other artists aside from Usher who have ranked in the top 10 before.

^ By the time the chart year was over, Usher had held first place for 27 weeks, longer than any other artist in history.

.According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Usher has sold over 21.5 million albums in the United States.^ Usher has been at the forefront of the R&B music scene, selling over 15.6 million albums in the United States.

^ The album has earned platinum certification in the United States from the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

^ According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Usher has sold over 21.5 million albums in the United States.
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[3] .Billboard Magazine ranked Usher the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade.^ In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine.
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^ The album yielded three Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, and was successful in music markets, entering the top twenty of many charts worldwide.

^ The album’s second and third singles: "Burn" and "Confessions Part II" also topped Billboard's Hot 100 singles charts, the former for eight weeks.
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[4] Billboard Magazine also named him the greatest singer of his generation. .(The 2000-2009 decade) While ranking him as the second Top Overall Artist of 2000-2009 decade.^ On the year-end recap of the Hot 100, the top 10 includes only two other artists aside from Usher who have ranked in the top 10 before.

.His 2004 album Confessions was ranked as the best solo album and second best overall album of the last decade.^ In 2004, Usher released his album, Confessions.
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^ Usher's Confessions came out on March 23, 2004, and went on to sell nearly 14 million copies and win three Grammy Awards, including Best Contemporary R&B Album.
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^ Yeah Taken from the hip-hop crooner's 2004 album 'Confessions'.
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.All ranked by Billboard Magazine.^ In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine.
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[5]
.For years Usher has been named by his fans, critics, and peers as the successor to Michael Jackson as the new King of Pop.^ Usher emerges as a new king of pop in 2004 .

^ Usher talks new album, Michael Jackson and more .
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^ It's time to Usher in the new year.

.On several occasions Usher has stated Michael Jackson to be the biggest influence of his career.^ While the biggest names in music line up to honour Michael Jackson next month in Vienna, Janet Jackson has been in gruelling...
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^ USHER has a confession to make: "Bobby Brown was my Michael Jackson."

^ Usher has denied reports he has signed up for a Michael Jackson tribute album - although he is considering a "lot of projects" Usher has denied reports he has signed up for a Michael Jackson tribute album - although he is considering a "lot of projects".

.Despite being named the new King of Pop, Usher has stated that in his eyes there will never be another King of Pop.^ Usher emerges as a new king of pop in 2004 .

^ Usher told Jenel Smith and Marilyn Beck in the Los Angeles Daily News, "If there was a class over at Miramax, I guess I would be the [teacher's pet]."
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^ Jun/09 Click Here the late king of pop dances with usher and its evident that hes taller than the king who's listed at 5'11.
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.He also said that he wouldn't be who he is today without Michael Jackson.^ American singer Usher has paid tribute to Michael Jackson American singer Usher has paid tribute to Michael Jackson and admitted he wouldn't be where he is today without the star.

^ Michael Jackson's body will take centre stage at his public memorial today in Los Angeles.
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[6] .In February of 2010 when asked who he thought would fill Michael Jackson's place as the King of Pop Jay-Z stated he thought Usher would become the new King of Pop and said that he thought Ushers tribute to Michael Jackson was fantastic.^ Usher emerges as a new king of pop in 2004 .

^ Usher talks new album, Michael Jackson and more .
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^ Usher, who is currently featured on the covers of both Uptown and Vegas magazines, will release a new album this fall called 'Monster.'
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[7]
.Aside from recording, Usher ventured in to other business.^ On the year-end recap of the Hot 100, the top 10 includes only two other artists aside from Usher who have ranked in the top 10 before.

.He had established his own record label, US Records, and is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise.^ He also has his own record label, US Records.
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^ Usher is also a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers National Basketball Association franchise.
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^ The Grammy-winning R&B artist, who is part-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled a symbol from his floor seats that he calls the "Double C." .

.Usher was also instrumental in starting and continuing the career of teen singer Justin Bieber.^ Usher's awards-show hot streak continues, as the singer has nabbed the most music-category nominations for the 36th NAACP Image Awards.

^ Rhythm and blues singer Usher began his career as a teen singer in the 1990s, but his career has grown to include television and film acting as well as music.
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^ His family was behind his career from the start and they moved to Atlanta for the greater opportunities that the city could provide for the young Usher.
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.He has also been appearing in films, debuting in the 1998 film The Faculty.^ Usher made his acting debut on the UPN television series Moesha, which resulted in a recurring role on the series and subsequently his first film role in 1998's The Faculty.
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^ In the meantime, Usher launched an acting career, appearing in the 1998 horror spoof The Faculty and the 1999 urban high-school drama Light It Up.
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^ Film appearances include: The Faculty, 1998; She's All That, 1999; Light It Up, 1999; Texas Rangers, 2001.
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.While also starring in Light It Up and In the Mix.^ In 1999, Usher appeared in the teen comedy film She's All That and the action movie Light It Up, which starred Vanessa L. Williams and Forest Whitaker.
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^ He completed two more films, She's All That, and his first starring role in Light It Up.
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Contents

Biography

Early life

.Usher was born in Dallas, Texas[8][9] the son of Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Raymond III.[8] Usher spent the majority of his young life in Chattanooga: his father left the family when Usher was one year old, and they relocated to Chattanooga, where Usher lived with his mother, then-step father, and half-brother, James Lackey, born in 1984.[8] As a child, Usher joined in their local church youth choir in Chattanooga when he was nine years old, as directed by his mother, in which event his grandmother discovered his ability to sing, although it was not until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally.^ Jonetta Patton doesn't live through her son, Usher, but she does admit to living for him.

^ They have two young sons, 2-year-old Usher Raymond V and 2-month-old Naveid Ely Raymond.
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[10] .In the belief that a city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent, Usher's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for beginning singers.^ Usher's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in the belief that the city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent.
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^ His family was behind his career from the start and they moved to Atlanta for the greater opportunities that the city could provide for the young Usher.
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^ The TLC singer appeared on The Bert Show on Atlanta's Q100 Tuesday and claimed the real reason she and Usher split up for good was that the "U Got It Bad" singer had cheated on her.
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[11] .While in Atlanta, Usher attended North Springs High School.^ After graduating from high school, Usher released his sophomore album, My Way, in 1997.
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^ When his vocal talents became apparent, Usher was soon recruited by a talent scout for LaFace Records, who signed Usher while he was still in high school.
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^ After graduating from high school, Usher continued to hone his skills as a stage performer and laid the groundwork for his second album.
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[12] Usher's father died of a heart attack in January 2009.[13]

Personal life

.In 2001, Usher began dating former TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, who had a child with producer Dallas Austin.^ The R'n'B heartthrob, who recently split from TLC star Rozonda Thomas,.
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^ Usher amplifies the "foundations" of manhood by boasting about his infidelity during his well-publicized on-again, of-again relationship with Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas of TLC. A record label exec says the breakup "made him interesting" and implies the rumors of Usher's "unfaithfulness—which he freely admitted—[were] in order to sell records."

^ In that same year, Usher was featured prominently in the gossip pages with the breakup of his two-year relationship with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, who performed with the R&B group TLC. He initially told Chappell in Ebony simply that they grew apart: "She wanted things and was moving in a direction, and I wanted things and was moving in a different direction, and we were unable to both compromise and meet each other halfway."
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.Their relationship lasted for two years: they broke-up in December 2003, followed by a media frenzy surrounding the personal nature of Usher's fourth album, Confessions.^ A lot of Usher's previous albums have been a reflection of his personal life and relationships.

^ After a four year break, Usher finally returned with the much-anticipated 8701 album, which became multi-platinum and gave Usher his first two Grammys.
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^ Usher is in the process of finishing up his next mega hit album.
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His fans inferred the reason he and Thomas split is due to infidelity on his part, giving allusions to the lyrics of the songs.[10] .In an interview on The Bert Show on Atlanta's Q100 in February 2004, Thomas claimed that Usher cheated on her: "Usher did the ultimate no-no to me ...^ Before high school Usher and his family moved to Atlanta Georgia , where he attended the Performing Arts Magnet North Springs High School , and was in the school show choir.
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^ Combs took Usher under his wing for a year, showing him the ropes, although Combs' style did not always feel comfortable for the young Usher.
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^ Nor did Usher's confidence stop at performing music, as his debut as an actor on the television series Moesha showed.

.I will never be with him again, and that is that".[14] Usher defended: "... it just didn't work out.^ Terry Thompson/PR Photos Denied the marriage crisis reports addressed to him recently, Usher has just been reported to have filed for divorce from Tameka Foster.
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^ I just wish that they could have worked things out, but when you are a celebrity it seems to be a different playing feild.
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^ I reached out to him and he was very excited about us working together although we didn't know where to start.

But cheating is not what caused the relationship to collide and crash. That ain't what broke it up".[10] Following their break-up, Usher briefly dated English model-actress Naomi Campbell in September 2004.[8]
.In January 2007 he proposed to his then stylist girlfriend Tameka Foster.^ Hit-maker and stylist Tameka Foster have been living apart for the past year, according to In Touch Magazine .

^ Usher Raymond's birth name is Usher Raymond I. He is married to Tameka Foster since 3 August 2007.
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^ In June 2007, Usher announced that he and his fiancée Tameka Foster were expecting a baby boy in the fall of 2007.
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She has a son from when she was a teenager, as well as two sons with Atlanta clothier Ryan Glover. .In February 2007, Usher announced his engagement.^ In June 2007, Usher announced that he and his fiancée Tameka Foster were expecting a baby boy in the fall of 2007.
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.After the sudden cancellation of a planned July wedding due to medical concerns, the two were wed on August 3, 2007 in a private ceremony.^ June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2007 June 2006 May 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 .

^ July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 April 2006 March 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 June 2005 May 2005 April 2005 March 2005 Recent Entries .

^ The coupled planned to be wed on July 28, 2007, at record executive LA Reid's home in the Hamptons, but the wedding was abruptly cancelled.
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[15] .Their son Usher Raymond V was born on November 26 of the same year.^ Tameka gave birth to a son, Usher Raymond V, on November 26, 2007.
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^ They are parents to son Usher Raymond V, who was born November later that year.
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[16] .On December 10, 2008, Tameka gave birth to their second child, Naviyd Ely Raymond.^ (His brother, Naveid Ely Raymond, was born last December.
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^ His wife, Tameka Foster, gave birth to their son, Usher Raymond V, in Atlanta on Monday night, a publicist for the 29-year-old singer said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
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^ Rumors that Usher's wife, Tameka Foster, who gave birth to their second child in December, had died following plastic surgery were said to be false according to a source close the singer.

[17] .In February 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil, Tameka Raymond suffered a cardiac arrest prior to having cosmetic surgery.^ She had suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest as she was being anesthetized for the cosmetic surgery, it said.

^ The shocking news comes just four months after Foster suffered cardiac arrest during cosmetic surgery in Brazil.

^ (AP Photo/John Smock, file) Share Print Comments NEW YORK — A representative for Usher says the singer's wife, Tameka Raymond, is recovering from surgery in Brazil.
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.The procedure, reportedly liposuction[18] was never performed, and Raymond was put into a medically induced coma to aid her recovery.^ Foster had reportedly been put into an induced coma for 24 hours and was now recovering.

She was later transferred to a larger hospital.[19] .Usher canceled his performance at the Recording Academy and Clive Davis's pre-Grammy Gala.^ Usher was supposed to be one of the performers at music mogul Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party Saturday night, but he had to back out for what Davis called a serious family illness.
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^ Wikipedia Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American recording artist and actor.
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^ Live recording of Usher performing 'Nice and Slow' the 1997 single from Usher's second album 'My Way.'
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.Davis told party-goers the singer had to bow out due to a "serious injury in the family ".[20] After a week of recovery, Raymond's surgeon issued a statement saying that she "is doing very well".[21][22] In June 2009, Usher filed for divorce from Foster after claiming to live separately for nearly a year.^ Usher files for divorce .
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^ Court records show singer Usher has filed for divorce from Tameka Foster Raymond after less than two years of marriage.
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^ His wife, Tameka Foster, gave birth to their son, Usher Raymond V, in Atlanta on Monday night, a publicist for the 29-year-old singer said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
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[23][24] .However Tameka's family and friends claim the two were never separated and he was living in their Atlanta home until March 2009.[25] The two were seen together holding hands in January 2009 during President Obama's Inauguration in Washington, DC.[26] Insiders speculated that when images of him alongside Def Jam Music employee Grace Miguel began to surface in Los Angeles, the singer promptly filed for divorce.^ But President Obama wasn't home.

^ Inaugural Celebration - January 18, 2009 .

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Philanthropy

.Usher had founded New Look, a non-profit charity organization which aims to "provide young people with a new look on life through education and real-world experience". Its flagship project, camp New Look, ran from July 11 to July 23, 2005 in Clark Atlanta University.^ He looks short in Hollywood, a world of short people.
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^ Stay Tune Usher will be spotted some were with Chili news at 11!!
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^ They look happy and Usher looks really good….Bless!!
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[28] .In 2006, the charity started an initiative called Our Block, for which it helped rebuild and revitalize city blocks in New Orleans.^ In 2006 Usher launched the “Our Block” program targeting issues associated with the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, utilizing a block by block approach.
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.The project went on one street at a time, and the funding was helped through part of the proceeds of Usher's team-up with Armani Exchange in creating "Love 4 Life" dog tags, which were made available at the company's stores and Web site.^ The Web site says it first heard of the death from the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee and that the singer's people have confirmed the death.
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^ With his career continuing to blossom, Usher feels "an added responsibility," as he agrees that his choices in life are made with his wife Tameka Foster and their children in mind.
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^ Quickly heralded by critics as Usher's most definitive work to date, the project not only earned him his first Grammy win but it also helped to cement his role as one of the world's most multi-faceted ambassadors of groove.

[29]
.In 1999, Usher participated in "Challenge for the Children", a benefit basketball game hosted by American boy band 'N Sync.^ As a pre-teen Usher was a member of a boy band , but withdrew to concentrate on his solo work.
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The event, which was held on the campus of Georgia State University, had raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities.[30] .In 2005, Usher is one among the artists who signed on for a Hurricane Katrina relief concert.^ Wikipedia Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American recording artist and actor.
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^ Usher to perform a live concert in March, 2005 .

^ Usher's guest lineup in Puerto Rico may be a well-kept secret, but he is willing to share the name of the one great artist of the past he'd love to have sharing the stage.

[31] He has also performed a public service announcement to promote Do Something's campaign for civic engagement.[32]

Career

1992–1996: Early works and debut

.At age 11, Usher joined an R&B local quintet called the NuBeginnings, which was organized by local music svengali, Darryl Wheeler.^ As a young child Usher joined his local church choir, where he discovered his ability to sing.
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^ After he caught a music executive's ear in an Atlanta "Star Search" competition at the age of 13, Usher's debut single for LaFace Records, "Call Me a Mack," hit the R&B charts in late 1993, when Usher was a month shy of his 15th birthday.

^ The Usher "party" really began after he and mother and manager Jonnetta Patton moved to Atlanta in 1993 when, at the age of 13, Usher was performing at a local "Star Search" competition.

.Usher recorded 10 songs with the group in 1991, and the ensuing album, Nubeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV, was only made available regionally and by mail order.^ Usher Terry Raymond IV began ...
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^ Born Usher Raymond IV, October 14, 1979, in Dallas, TX; son of Jonnetta Patton (a choir director and later his manager).
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^ Usher -- Usher Raymond IV was born on October 14, 1978, in Dallas , Texas and raised in Chattanooga , Tennessee .
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[33] .However, Patton took him out because, according to her, it was a "bad experience".[10] The album was re-released nationally in April 2002 by Hip-O Records.^ Usher has been spotted recording in Las Vegas and in his Atlanta hometown with producer Jermaine Dupri on the album, which is set for release this fall on Jive Records.

[33][34]
.At age 13, Usher competed on Star Search, where he was spotted by an A&R representative from LaFace Records, who arranged an audition for Usher to L.A. Reid, the co-founder of LaFace; Reid signed Usher a contract with the record company.^ The 14-year-old auditioned for La Face co-founder L.A. Reid, who signed the gospel choir boy to a recording contract.
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^ Usher was spotted by a rep from LaFace records , given a audition by L. A. Reid and ended up with a contract.
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^ Born The Few Raymond, 14 October 1978, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Drawn from LaFace Records' seemingly inexhaustible wellspring of young R&B acts, The Few is one of the few who can boast of real star quality and staying power.
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[9][35] .Usher's mother left her job as a medical technician to manage his career, but later broke-up their relationship as manager-client in May 2007.[8] Usher was introduced on "Call Me a Mack", a song he recorded for the soundtrack album to the 1993 drama-romance film Poetic Justice.^ At the age of fifteen he recordrd his first song "Call Me A Mack" for the movie Poetic Justice .
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^ Usher She is a new fragrance and it was introduced in 2007.
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^ Although left without a father, Usher never lacked the positive influence of a nurturing, supportive extended family of cousins, uncles, and his mother Jonnetta, who would later assume the role of Usher's manager.

[33]
.On August 30, 1994, LaFace released Usher's self-titled debut album.^ Selected discography Usher LaFace, 1994.

^ Usher released his first album at the age of 16 titled "Usher".
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^ If Usher's 1994 self-titled debut album wasn't embraced universally by critics, the enormous commercial success of Usher made the recording an auspicious beginning, and the fact that the singer was a mere 16 years old at the time of its release only redoubles its impressiveness.

.Sean "P Diddy" Combs produced several of the tracks and co-executive produced the album.^ In an attempt to display his maturity and songwriting abilities, Usher co-wrote six of the nine songs and enlisted the help of producers Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, and, again, Combs.
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^ Usher was produced by Sean 'Puffy' Coombs and strong singles, including the gold-selling "Think of You", took the album to the Top 30 in the R&B charts.
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^ Raymond was introduced to the world simply as "Usher," and released his debut album of the same name in 1994, which featured co-executive producer Sean "Puffy" Combs.
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[9] .Usher peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was accompanied by three singles: "Can U Get Wit It", "Think Of You", and "The Many Ways".[36] The album has sold over 500,000 copies, to date.^ The album yielded three Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, and was successful in music markets, entering the top twenty of many charts worldwide.

^ It had three hit singles and reached the top 25 on the charts.
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^ Top Billboard 200 Albums recap.

[37]
.After graduating from high school, Usher continued to develop his skills as a stage performer and laid the groundwork for his second album.^ After graduating from high school, Usher released his sophomore album, My Way, in 1997.
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^ Before high school Usher and his family moved to Atlanta Georgia , where he attended the Performing Arts Magnet North Springs High School , and was in the school show choir.
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^ Live recording of Usher performing 'Nice and Slow' the 1997 single from Usher's second album 'My Way.'
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.He also appeared on their version of "Let's Straighten It Out", a 1995 duet with fellow Atlanta teen recording artist Monica;[38] and on "Dreamin'", from LaFace's 1996 Olympic Games benefit album Rhythm of the Games.^ He also teamed with teen singing sensation Monica for a duet remake of Latimore's "Let's Straighten It Out."
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^ Benefiting from the talents of several of the recording industry's most lucrative producers, including L.A. Reid and Babyface, Usher's second album was a more diverse affair than his debut outing.

^ An A&R rep approached him from the Atlanta-based LaFace Records and after an audition with then-LaFace Records label chief Antonio "L.A." Reid, Usher landed his first record deal with the label.

He was also featured on "I Swear I'm In Love" off the 1996 Kazaam soundtrack.[39]

1997–2003: Rising popularity

.Usher developed a friendship with American record producer, Jermaine Dupri, with whom he co-wrote and produced several tracks for his second album, My Way, released on September 16, 1997. The album's lead single, "You Make Me Wanna", reached number one in the United Kingdom, becoming Usher's first record to be top single; the record led to his popularity reaching in the country.^ It became his first number one on the Billboard...
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^ My Way LaFace, 1997.

^ Other hits followed, including "You Make Me Wanna" from his 1997 sophomore release, "My Way."

[40][41] .It also became Usher's first gold- and platinum-certified single in the United States.^ The single topped the United States Billboard...
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^ In 1997 he released his second album "My Way".The hit single "You Make Me Wanna " went to the top, as this album became a 6x platinum with Usher also getting a Grammy.
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^ The album has earned platinum certification in the United States from the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

[42] .The album's second single, "Nice & Slow", peaked in January 1998 at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Usher his first US number-one single.^ It became his first number one on the Billboard...
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^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

^ Live recording of Usher performing 'Nice and Slow' the 1997 single from Usher's second album 'My Way.'
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[43] .Later in February of the same year, the single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; My Way has been certified six-time platinum in the United States.^ The single topped the United States Billboard...
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^ His previous best was 1997's "My Way," which is six times platinum.

^ Billboard pop singles chart since their introduction in 1940; becoming the third artist – alongside The Beatles and the Bee Gees – to have three Top 10 singles at the same time on the Billboard Hot 100; and being the very first artist in history to officially, per the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), certify gold for digital sales of "Burn" and "Yeah".
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[42]
.Usher received his first Grammy Award nomination as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "You Make Me Wanna",[11] which also won him for Best Male R&B/Soul Single at the Soul Train Music Award.^ Quickly heralded by critics as Usher's most definitive work to date, the project not only earned him his first Grammy win but it also helped to cement his role as one of the world's most multi-faceted ambassadors of groove.

^ Usher f*ck what people have to say about you babe, because you do whats makes you happy.
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^ Usher and Keys already have eight nominations each at the Grammy Awards, which take place on Feb.

[44] .In the closing months of 1997, Usher embarked on a series of tour engagements including a spot on Puffy's No Way Out tour, dates with Mary J. Blige, and the opening spot on Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope tour.^ Such bravado made Usher a perfect candidate to round out the bill on cohort Sean "Puffy" Combs's own fall tour, as well as for later live dates supporting full-fledged stars Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson.

^ Source: Singers Room Date: February 8, 2009 Usher has canceled several appearances at this weekend's Grammy Awards, including a performance at Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy bash due to a serious family crisis.

^ No Usher album would be complete without at least one or two all-out party songs and "Yeah!"

.Usher's first concert album, Live, was released in 1999, which featured appearances by Lil' Kim, Jagged Edge, Trey Lorenz, Shanice, Twista and Manuel Seal; the album has been certified gold in the United States.^ Usher released his first album at the age of 16 titled "Usher".
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^ The album has earned platinum certification in the United States from the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

^ To tide fans over, he issued a concert recording titled simply Live in 1999.
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[42]
.Usher made his acting debut on the UPN television series Moesha, which resulted in a recurring role on the series and subsequently his first film role in 1998's The Faculty.^ Usher has also had a successful acting career, beginning with parts in the TV series Moesha , which lead to a role in the horror film Faculty alongside Elijah Wood.
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^ Usher also began acting, appearing on the teen television shows Moesha and Promised Land.
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^ He's appeared in star roles on network television shows like American Dreams, Twlight Zone, The Bold and the Beautiful, Moesha, and Seventh Heaven.

[11][37] .Usher's extracurricular activities outside of the recording industry gathered momentum over the following year as he was cast in the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful.^ He also appeared on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
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^ R&B singer Usher has added the honor of most-shipped U.S. album of 2004 for "Confessions," according to year-end certifications from the Recording Industry Assn.

[11][37] .He completed two more films, She's All That, and his first starring role in Light It Up.^ With a few more TV and film parts behind him, he had his first starring role in the 1999 film Light It Up , and also starred in 2006's In the Mix .
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^ No Usher album would be complete without at least one or two all-out party songs and "Yeah!"

^ Aside from his music career, Usher has also starred in such films as "She's All That" and "The Faculty."

[11][37] He also appeared in the Disney TV movie "Geppetto".[45]
.Usher's third studio album, originally titled All About U, was slated to be released in early 2001.[46] The first single, "Pop Ya Collar", was released in late 2000 and became a number two hit in the UK but underperformed in the United States.^ Usher returned with his third proper album, All About U, toward the end of 2000.
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^ The album has earned platinum certification in the United States from the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

^ The album's first single, "You Make Me Wanna," re-established Usher as one of R&B's hottest artists, and also made him a crossover sensation; it topped the R&B charts for 11 weeks, hit number two pop, and eventually went double platinum.
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[47] .The album was subsequently pushed back and retooled after select tracks were later leaked to the radio and Internet.^ The album was originally scheduled to be released August 28, 2007, but was pushed back to October 30, 2007, then pushed back even further to its final release date of November 6, 2007.

.After having revised and renamed to 8701, the album was released August 7, 2001 (8.7.01).^ 'U Remind Me' is a 2001 single from Usher's 2001 album 8701.
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^ The album was originally scheduled to be released August 28, 2007, but was pushed back to October 30, 2007, then pushed back even further to its final release date of November 6, 2007.

^ Released debut album, Usher 1994; released My Way, 1997; released Live, 1999; released 8701, 2001; released Confessions, 2004.
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[11] .The first two singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad" each topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four and six weeks, respectively.^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

^ The single topped the United States Billboard...
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^ Hot 100 Singles & Tracks.

.8701 has been certified four-time platinum in the United States.^ George Strait earned this year's second-highest certified album, and top country album, for "50 Number Ones," which was certified five times platinum.

[42]
.Usher appeared in the 2001 film Texas Rangers.^ Film appearances include: The Faculty, 1998; She's All That, 1999; Light It Up, 1999; Texas Rangers, 2001.
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^ He also signed for two more films, Disney's telepic Geppetto and Texas Rangers.
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^ In 1999, Usher appeared in the teen comedy film She's All That and the action movie Light It Up, which starred Vanessa L. Williams and Forest Whitaker.
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[48] .In February 2002, Usher won a Grammy for 'Best Male R&B Vocal Performance' for "U Remind Me".[49] The next year, he won the same award for "U Don't Have to Call",[11] making Usher the only artist aside from Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder to win this award consecutively.^ Usher wins four awards at the AMA .

^ The Trumpster has promised to reimburse the Grammy Award-winning artist for the loss.

^ Source: Singers Room Date: February 8, 2009 Usher has canceled several appearances at this weekend's Grammy Awards, including a performance at Clive Davis' Annual Pre-Grammy bash due to a serious family crisis.

.In summer 2002, Usher contributed vocals to P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl, Part I". The year closed out with a trio of TV series appearances, all in November, on The Twilight Zone, 7th Heaven, Moesha, and American Dreams, the latter in which Usher portrayed Marvin Gaye.^ Television appearances include: Moesha 1997-99; The Bold and the Beautiful, 1998; Promised Land, 1999; The Famous Jett Jackson, 2000; Geppetto (movie), 2000; Sabrina the Teenage Witch, 2002; The Twilight Zone, 2002; American Dreams, 2002; 7th Heaven, 2002; Soul Food, 2003.
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^ Usher has also had a successful acting career, beginning with parts in the TV series Moesha , which lead to a role in the horror film Faculty alongside Elijah Wood.
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^ With Eminem, 50 Cent and Usher coming out on top the last three years, it’s the longest reign of No.

[50][51]

2004–07: Confessions era

Usher arriving in Miami, Florida to attend the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards
Usher's fourth studio album, Confessions, was released on March 23, 2004—just as its first single, "Yeah!", was in its sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifth week on top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart.[52] .The album's nearly 1.1 million unit debut sales was the highest first-week numbers ever scanned by a male R&B artist and the seventh best of the Nielsen SoundScan history.^ The album has earned platinum certification in the United States from the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

^ The album's first single, "You Make Me Wanna," re-established Usher as one of R&B's hottest artists, and also made him a crossover sensation; it topped the R&B charts for 11 weeks, hit number two pop, and eventually went double platinum.
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^ CONFESSIONS debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts, setting an astonishing seven Soundscan sales records and selling 1.1 Million albums the first week.

[53][54] .To date, the album has accumulated sales of over 25 million copies worldwide,[49] over 10 million of which were sold in the United States, earning the album a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.^ Confessions became a certified diamond album with over fifteen million sales.
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^ Sales are 10% behind this year -- 16 million units.

^ Billboard pop singles chart since their introduction in 1940; becoming the third artist – alongside The Beatles and the Bee Gees – to have three Top 10 singles at the same time on the Billboard Hot 100; and being the very first artist in history to officially, per the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), certify gold for digital sales of "Burn" and "Yeah".
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[55][56]
.Usher's second single, "Burn" succeeded "Yeah!"^ The concert will feature hits from Usher's "Confessions," which was the top-selling album of its year and includes the single "Yeah!"

^ Nice And Slow,” “U Remind Me,” “U Got It Bad,” “Yeah,” “Burn” and “My Boo,” Usher’s accomplishments are, frankly, staggering.
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^ B000APEPJ2&work=B0002VGT0C Usher: Burn/Yeah September 7, 2004 Live by Usher .
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at the #1 position on the .Billboard Hot 100 chart.^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

^ Hot 100 chart, has the No.

^ The album yielded three Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, and was successful in music markets, entering the top twenty of many charts worldwide.

"Yeah!" had logged twelve weeks at the top, followed by seven consecutive weeks for ."Burn" giving Usher nineteen consecutive weeks with a song in the top position.^ It gave Usher a 20-week lock on the top spot, the longest consecutive run at No.

^ The singles "Yeah," "Burn," and "Confessions, Part 2" were especially popular, riding at the number-one spot in succession, making Usher the artist with the most weeks at No.
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."Burn" yielded the top spot for one week to Fantasia's single "I Believe", and then rose to #1 for an eighth week before Usher's third single "Confessions Part II" hit #1 for two consecutive weeks.^ Usher claims his spot as R&B king with Confessions.

^ Usher's Confessions, featuring hits Yeah!

^ Titled "Cruisin", Usher returns to his 8701 era which yielded hit singles "U Remind Me", "I Don't Know" and the chart-topper and couples favorite "U Got It Bad".

Usher's 19 consecutive week-run set a record broken by the Black Eyed Peas in 2009. Usher tied Glenn Miller who also spent 22 of 23 weeks in the #1 position in 2004-05.
.The album's second and third singles, "Burn" and "Confessions Part II", also topped the Billboard Hot 100, the former for eight weeks.^ Top Billboard 200 Albums recap.

^ Hot 100 Singles & Tracks.

^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

.Usher became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay with four consecutive number-one singles,[57] In September 2004, "My Boo", a duet with American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, also peaked at number one at the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album's fourth number-one single.^ It became his first number one on the Billboard...
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^ R&B singer Usher is expecting his first child .
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^ "My Boo," a duet with Alicia Keys that also ascended to the top.

[58] In December, the album's final single "Caught Up" peaked at number eight on the Hot 100.[47]
.Confessions earned Usher numerous awards, including four American Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, and three World Music Awards.^ Usher wins four awards at the AMA .

^ The YOU MAKE ME WANNA singer is dating EISHIA BRIGHTWELL much to the fury of Xzibit who introduced Usher at the MTV Europe Awards in Rome last November (04).
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^ Usher's never-before-seen 20-minute mini-movie will feature four of his hits, including "Seduction," "Caught Up," "Red Light" and "Take Your Hands," and a cameo by AMERICAN IDOL's Ryan Seacrest.

[59][60][61][62] .At the 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2005, Usher won three awards, including: R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for "My Boo", which he shared with Keys; Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Yeah!"; and Contemporary R&B Album for Confessions.^ One wasn't better than the other, but the one award that I would like to receive this year would be the Album of the Year Grammy.

^ No Usher album would be complete without at least one or two all-out party songs and "Yeah!"

^ Included among the 17 performers were show opener Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz, Jessica Simpson, Rod Stewart, and Usher with Alicia Keys, singing their chart-topper "My Boo."

.At the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, Usher was recognized Artist of the Year, in addition to receiving 10 other accolades.^ R&B singer Usher has added the honor of most-shipped U.S. album of 2004 for "Confessions," according to year-end certifications from the Recording Industry Assn.

^ In addition to earning the RIAA Diamond Award for 10 million shipments of last year's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," OutKast joined Usher with three digital awards.

^ The only other artist in the top 10 to repeat from a previous year is P. Diddy, most recently in the top 10 as Puff Daddy in 1997 with the No.

[63]
.In spring of 2005, Usher scored a number three Hot  100 hit as a featured vocalist on Lil' Jon's "Lovers & Friends".[64] In 2007, Usher also collaborated with R. Kelly on the track "Same Girl," for Kelly's album, Double Up.^ Hot 100 Singles & Tracks.

^ Usher's Confessions, featuring hits Yeah!

^ The album yielded three Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, and was successful in music markets, entering the top twenty of many charts worldwide.

[65] .He was also featured in a remix version of Omarion's "Ice Box".[66] Usher also appeared on the track "Shake Down" on American singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige's 2007 album Growing Pains.^ Usher recently re-released his hit album "Confessions" and a new track titled "My Boo" featuring Alicia Keys; the single has already gone to No.

^ "I'm a little disappointed in this photo," Usher says about the shots of Brown, as singer/songwriter Johnta Austin bounces around the room and makes some off-color jokes about boxing.

^ Like Mary J. Blige in 1994 (coincidently the same year Usher debuted) on her My Life album, Usher gives the world his evolution not only as an artist, but as a man: He messed up before and he's sorry.

[67]
.In November 2005, Usher starred as a disc jockey named Darrell in the Lions Gate film, In the Mix.^ Aside from his music career, Usher has also starred in such films as "She's All That" and "The Faculty."

^ Says: November 26th, 2008 at 10:27 pm i can’t wait to see what usher and tameka name baby boy #2!
  • Happy Birthday Usher Raymond V! – Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC www.celebrity-babies.com [Source type: General]

^ R&B star Usher is going to concentrate on his burgeoning acting career in 2005.

[68] .On August 22, 2006, Usher took over the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway musical Chicago.^ Usher will make his Broadway debut in the long-running revival of Chicago .

^ The awards, named after the long-running television show, honor recording artists in R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel music.

^ From August 22 to October 1, the Grammy Award-winning singer will play Billy Flynn, the devious lawyer.

[69]

2008–present: Return to music

Usher performing with Stevie Wonder and Shakira at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial
.To promote Usher's fifth studio album, the single "Love In This Club" was sent to radio in February 2008 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100—and went on to spend three consecutive weeks at the top—becoming Usher's eighth number-one single and the fastest-rising song of his career.^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

^ Hot 100 Singles & Tracks.

^ In 1997 he released his second album "My Way".The hit single "You Make Me Wanna " went to the top, as this album became a 6x platinum with Usher also getting a Grammy.
  • Usher - Celebrities at Weblo.com 18 September 2009 9:40 UTC www.weblo.com [Source type: General]

[70][71] .Here I Stand was released on May 26 in the United Kingdom and May 27, 2008 in the United States.^ Still according to the website, the divorce possibly is an alleged publicity stunt for Usher's highly anticipated LP " Here I Stand " which is expected to marry the street Tuesday, May 27.
  • R'n'B Star Usher Filed for Divorce from Tameka Foster 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC www.aceshowbiz.com [Source type: General]

^ May 27, 2008 07:20:12 GMT Despite his denial of a marriage crisis, the R&B artist is reported to have filed for divorce from Tameka Foster.
  • R'n'B Star Usher Filed for Divorce from Tameka Foster 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC www.aceshowbiz.com [Source type: General]

^ The Official Usher Profile Atlanta, Georgia United States Profile Views: 42720764 Last Login: 7/27/2009 .
  • Usher on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads 18 September 2009 9:40 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one for accumulated first-week sales of 433,000 copies.^ Top Billboard 200 Albums recap.

^ CONFESSIONS debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts, setting an astonishing seven Soundscan sales records and selling 1.1 Million albums the first week.

^ Buoyed by his album’s first three hits ("My Boo" was added to a revised edition of the set), Usher topped the Billboard 200 for nine weeks with "Confessions," his first No.

[71] .The follow-up single "Love in This Club, Part II", which features American singer Beyoncé Knowles and rapper, Lil Wayne, peaked at the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Moving Mountains" and "Trading Places" have both peaked at the Top 20 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

^ Hot 100 Singles & Tracks.

^ Hot 100 chart, has the No.

[43] .In September 2008, Usher announce he would embarked on the 15-date tour One Night Stand, in which the audience is only females.^ USHER: I would change the swearing-in date.

^ Quickly heralded by critics as Usher's most definitive work to date, the project not only earned him his first Grammy win but it also helped to cement his role as one of the world's most multi-faceted ambassadors of groove.

^ No Usher album would be complete without at least one or two all-out party songs and "Yeah!"

[72]
.On January 18, 2009 Usher performed with Stevie Wonder and Shakira at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.^ Source: MTV Date: January 13, 2009 U2, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Will.I.Am, John Mellencamp, Shakira, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow and Josh Groban signed up to perform at the "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial," the first of many official events sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

^ Usher Terry Raymond III (was a member of Greater Friendship Primitive Baptist Church; died on January 18, 2008) .
  • Usher Raymond Picture, Video, Wallpaper, Profile, Gossip, and News at CelebrityWonder.com 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Source: Twice.com Date: January 9, 2009 Click on the photos to enlarge Usher of Sony Music performed a sweet ballad along with two musicians and three backup singers.

He also sang "Gone Too Soon" at the memorial of Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009.[73]
Usher's new release, Raymond v. .Raymond, was supposed to be released in December 2009, however, it has been pushed back due to the record company wanting the proper "setup" for it.^ While a release date has not been set, Usher is rumored to be pushing for a late 2009 release.

^ "Record companies break for Christmas, but by the time we got back to business in January, the record was already at [thousands and thousands of radio plays] with nobody working it.

It's currently scheduled to be released on March 26, 2010 in Germany, on March 30, 2010 in the US, and on April 26, 2010 in the UK.[74]. .The new album is expected to follow in Usher's Confessions album's footsteps, as the album will be released only months after Usher's divorce to Tameka Foster.^ Is Usher's Confessions CD a new face?

^ With his career continuing to blossom, Usher feels "an added responsibility," as he agrees that his choices in life are made with his wife Tameka Foster and their children in mind.
  • Usher Feels ‘Charged’ After Becoming a Father – Celebrity Baby Blog – People.com 18 September 2009 9:40 UTC www.celebrity-babies.com [Source type: General]

^ Terry Thompson/PR Photos Denied the marriage crisis reports addressed to him recently, Usher has just been reported to have filed for divorce from Tameka Foster.
  • R'n'B Star Usher Filed for Divorce from Tameka Foster 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC www.aceshowbiz.com [Source type: General]

.The album's buzz single, "Papers" was released in October 2009. The song appears to be loosely based on his failed relationship with soon to be ex wife Tameka.^ Usher is currently going through a divorce from his wife Tameka Foster, but when it comes to his upcoming album, you can expect something that is "very eclectic, very open," he said.

^ In his new album he has a song entitled, "Filing Papers," which is undoubtedly about his pending divorce.

^ The song wasn't featured on his smash album Confessions, but it was released as a 12-inch club record and on the Internet last year.

[75]. .The song only peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It saw greater success on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it reached number 1, becoming his tenth number-one song on that chart.^ Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

^ Hot 100 chart, has the No.

^ Keys, who performed "Karma" with a pair of violinists, two bucket percussionists and a troupe of break-dancers, won Female Artist of the Year, R&B/ Hip-Hop Single of the Year ("If I Ain't Got You") and Hot 100 Songwriter of the Year.

The album's official first single, "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)", was released in December 2009.

Other ventures

Usher during a product launch in 2007
.Usher founded US Records, a vanity label, in 2002. The label is a subsidiary of Clive Davis's J Records, which is distributed by Sony BMG.^ Leaving many shocked, Davis, president of Usher's J Records label, said the entertainer and his mother phoned earlier to cancel his rehearsal and subsequent performance at the Beverly Hilton.

^ We’re making this a slow build as we look for the right artists for the label which is a joint venture with Clive Davis and J Records.
  • Usher on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads 18 September 2009 9:40 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The first album released by US was the soundtrack to In the Mix in late 2005, which was used to introduce the label's acts, such as rapper Rico Love, Canadian teen R&B artist Justin Bieber, R&B vocal group One Chance, and singer Rayan.^ Another 2004 highlight was Ray Charles' posthumous "Genius Loves Company," which earned the artist his first platinum and multi-platinum honors.

^ The late Ray Charles was nominated for the Outstanding Duo or Group award for "Heaven Help Us All," his duet with Gladys Knight on the posthumously released album Genius Loves Company.

^ Check out this video from Justin Bieber One Time ( view more ) .
  • Usher on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads 18 September 2009 9:40 UTC www.myspace.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Usher served as songwriter-producer in the project.^ Usher will also serve as an executive producer on the film, which begins production on December 10 and will shoot through January.

[76][77]
.Usher, whose group bought with a reported total purchase price of $375 million, is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise.^ He is also part owner of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers .
  • Usher - Celebrities at Weblo.com 18 September 2009 9:40 UTC www.weblo.com [Source type: General]

^ The Grammy-winning R&B artist, who is part-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has unveiled a symbol from his floor seats that he calls the "Double C." .

^ Usher, whose current album, "Confessions," was the biggest seller of 2004 with U.S. sales of almost eight million copies, will compete in five categories.

He became the third pop artist to own a large stake in an NBA team.[78] Usher has opened restaurants.[79]

Discography

Filmography

See also

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  • It can never be bad to have a foundation as a man — a black man.^ "It can never be bad to have a foundation as a man—a black man—in a time when women are dying for men," he says.

    — in a time when women are dying for men. .Women have started to become lovers of each other as a result of not having enough men.^ He has also become a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and will launch his own line of fragrances for men and women.
    • Usher Raymond IV a mentor! 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC www.thaindian.com [Source type: News]

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    • From an interview with VIBE, "Caught Up"[specific citation needed]
  • I wouldn't call myself a coward, no way.^ An insider adds: "There's no way she'd cosy up to Usher.

    ^ Tracy's life seems to have been caught in a spider's web with no way out.
    • Star Movies: Monday [Archive] - Star Forum 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC forum.indya.com [Source type: General]

    But being buried alive is something I could never handle. .The only way you'd see me being buried alive is if I was dead, man.^ If you must, plod your way through an absolutely awful interview conducted by "gonzo journalist" R.A. the Rugged Man where Usher "tries to keep it gangtsa."

    ^ YOU NEVER SEE HER WITH HER KIDS. SOMETING AINT RITE WITH THIS GIRL…..I MEAN HORSE MAN. .
    • » USHER & TAMEKA WEDDING PHOTOS // 'CONCRETELOOP.COM' - QUALITY NOT QUANTITY 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC concreteloop.com [Source type: General]

    • From an interview with VIBE, "Caught Up"[specific citation needed]

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  • I was pressured by my mom and other people around me to present a pre-nup to Tameka the morning of our wedding.^ I don’t truly know the circumstances around this relationship and it seems kindy iffy to me, but I’m just glad seeing two black people loving each other romantically.
    • » USHER & TAMEKA WEDDING PHOTOS // 'CONCRETELOOP.COM' - QUALITY NOT QUANTITY 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC concreteloop.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "This time around I wanted people to know Usher," the singer explained on his homepage, "so Jermaine and I just hung out a lot so he got to see my life."

    ^ "It's been my duty to bless other people as a result of the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.

    She shocked everyone when she refused to sign it and we both allowed all the wedding plans to crash as each was too stubborn to move forward. .But, according to the Rules, this is exactly what you are supposed to do to "prove" to your man that you are not a gold-digger.^ Rather Tameka is ugly or not, with the money that she will be getting from you any man in the world would give her attention, just to help spend YOUR money.
    • R'n'B Star Usher Filed for Divorce from Tameka Foster 20 September 2009 5:30 UTC www.aceshowbiz.com [Source type: General]

    • On his cancelled wedding

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