Usher Biography

Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), known mononymously as Usher, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the RIAA. His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". The album has been certified 4-times platinum by the RIAA.

Usher's 2004 album, Confessions, sold over 10 million copies in the United States and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R&B artist in history. It spawned four consecutive Billboard number one hits -- "Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo". Usher's 2008 album, Here I Stand, sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and its lead single "Love in This Club" spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

On March 30, 2010, Usher released his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond, which became his third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA, and spawned another Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "OMG". The song became his ninth number one in the United States, making him the first 2010s artist to collect number one singles in three consecutive decades. He later released an extended play and deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond, entitled Versus, which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Its lead single "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States alone. To date, he has sold over 65 million records worldwide, making him one of the best selling music artists of all time. Usher has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards. At the end of 2009, Usher was named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed Usher at number six on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and has attained eighteen Hot 100 top-ten hits.

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Usher News

Usher breaks down singing ‘Gone Too Soon’ at Jackson memorial

And Smokey Robinson pays tribute to King Of Pop

  • Jul 7, 2009

Usher's wife 'believed marriage was intact'

Tameka Foster says she was surprised at divorce filing

  • Jul 1, 2009

Usher to divorce Tameka Foster

Marriage is over after just two years

  • Jun 11, 2009

Usher's wife suffered heart attack before liposuction operation

Tameka Foster was revived at Brazilian hospital

  • Feb 13, 2009

Usher's wife will not be part of new 'Real Housewives' series

Tameka Raymond declines invitation to appear on Atlanta-based show

  • Jan 26, 2009

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More

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Yeah!

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Usher Reviews

Usher : U-Turn

Usher : U-Turn

The latest tune designed to exhibit how cack-footed and gullible the partaker is...

  • Apr 5, 2002

Usher : London Wembley Arena

Usher has real soul prowess...

  • Mar 26, 2002

Usher : 8701

Usher's personal vision shines through this excellent opus, featuring the smash 'Pop Ya Collar'...

  • Jul 5, 2001

Usher : U Remind Me

Usher releases follow-up to the massive 'Pop Ya Colla'...

  • Jun 22, 2001

Usher : U Remind Me

...he has no idea about the ladies...

  • Jun 19, 2001

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