Usher (R&B singer-songwriter Usher Raymond Ⅳ)

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Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Born in Dallas, Texas but raised and lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee until moving to Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music A&R from LaFace Records. In August 1994 he released his self-titled debut album, Usher with the lead singles "Can U Get wit It" and "Think of You". He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his sophomore album My Way (1997), which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. My Way also earned Usher his first Grammy Award nomination in 1998 for his debut single "You Make Me Wanna..." that reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts, and his second nomination with "My Way" in 1999. 8701 (2001), produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad" as the former won him his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002, before "U Don't Have to Call" winning him his second in 2003.

Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles —"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo"—and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. The album collected 3 Grammy Awards in 2005. Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Love in This Club" and "OMG". The EP, Versus, also produced the Hot 100 top-five single "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love". Looking 4 Myself (2012), debuted atop of the Billboard 200 chart and produced the Hot 100 top-ten single "Scream". Raymond v. Raymond and Looking 4 Myself collectively garnered 3 Grammy Awards, notably for R&B singles "There Goes My Baby" and "Climax" that reached number-one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States alone. To date, his worldwide sales stand over 43 million albums and 75 million records overall, making him one of the best-selling music artists. Usher has won numerous awards including eighteen Billboard Music Awards and eight Grammy Awards. At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the number-one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade and ranking Confessions as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed him at number six on their list of "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years", and has been inducted into the 29th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one singles. In 2008, he started his own record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG) a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun. The most prominent artist Raymond represents is Justin Bieber. Under Raymond's minority ownership, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Usher Usher 1
1997 My Way Usher 4
2001 8701 Usher 4
2004 Confessions Usher 1 6
2004 Sex Appeal Usher 1
2004 You Make Me Wanna Usher 1
2008 Here I Stand Usher 8
2010 Raymond v. Raymond Usher 6
2012 Looking 4 Myself Usher 4 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Essential Mixes Usher 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Live Usher 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 You Make Me Wanna... Usher 2
1998 Nice & Slow Usher 2
1998 My Way Usher 2
2001 U Remind Me Usher 2
2001 U Got It Bad Usher 2
2002 I Need a Girl, Part 1 P. Diddy feat. Usher & Loon 1
2004 Yeah! Usher feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris 4 2
2004 Burn Usher 2
2004 Caught Up Usher 2
2004 My Boo Usher & Alicia Keys 1
2007 Same Girl R. Kelly & Usher 2
2008 Love in This Club Usher feat. Young Jeezy 5
2008 Hush Usher 1
2008 Moving Mountains Usher 1
2009 Better on the Other Side The Game, Chris Brown, DJ Khalil, Diddy, Usher, Boyz II Men, Mario Winans & Polow da Don 1
2010 OMG Usher feat. will.i.am 2
2010 DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love Usher feat. Pitbull 7
2011 Dirty Dancer Enrique Iglesias with Usher feat. Lil Wayne & Nayer 2
2011 More Usher 1
2011 Promise Romeo Santos feat. Usher 1
2011 Without You David Guetta feat. Usher 4
2012 Climax Usher 1
2012 Scream Usher 2
2012 Touch'N You Rick Ross feat. Usher 1
2012 Rest of My Life Ludacris feat. Usher & David Guetta 5 1
2013 One (The Voice Performance) Usher & Michelle Chamuel 1
2014 Good Kisser Usher 1
2014 She Came to Give It to You Usher feat. Nicki Minaj 1
2014 I Don’t Mind Usher feat. Juicy J 1
2015 Don't Look Down Martin Garrix feat. Usher 3 1
2016 Crash Usher 1
2016 No Limit Usher feat. Young Thug 2

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Somebody to Love (remix) Justin Bieber feat. Usher 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2010 Versus Usher 3
2013 Rest of My Life (Remixes) Ludacris feat. Usher & David Usher 1

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 iTunes Festival: London 2012 Usher 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Singles Collection Usher 1

Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Rhythm City, Volume 1: Caught Up Usher 1

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