Usher Overview

Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978; ), who performs under the mononym mononymous person

Usher was born in Dallas, Texas,
1992–96: Musical beginnings and Usher

At age 11, Usher joined an R&B local quintet called the NuBeginnings, which was organized by local music svengali, Darryl Wheeler. 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. To date, the album has accumulated sales of over 20 million copies worldwide,

Usher's second single, "Burn" succeeded "Yeah!" at the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "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. "Burn" yielded the top spot for one week to Fantasia Fantasia Barrino 's single "I Believe I Believe (Fantasia song) ", and then rose to #1 for an eighth week before Usher's third single "Confessions Part II" hit #1 for two consecutive weeks. 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. In April 2010 it re-entered the Billboard 200 chart at #195 then jumped to #114 the following week. Bringing Confessions to a total of 95 weeks spent on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album's second and third singles, "Burn Burn (Usher song) " and "Confessions Part II", also topped the Billboard Hot 100, the former for eight weeks. Usher became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay with four consecutive number-one singles, 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. In December, the album's final single "Caught Up Caught Up (Usher song) " peaked at number eight on the Hot 100. 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. At the 2004 Billboard Music Awards Billboard Music Awards , Usher was recognized Artist of the Year, in addition to receiving 10 other accolades.

In spring of 2005, Usher scored a number three Hot 100 hit as a featured vocalist on Lil' Jon's Lil Jon "Lovers & Friends". In 2007, Usher also collaborated with R. Kelly on the track "Same Girl", for Kelly's album, Double Up Double Up (R. Kelly album) . He was also featured in a remix version of Omarion's "Ice Box Ice Box (song) ". Usher also appeared on the track "Shake Down" on American singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige's 2007 album Growing Pains.

In November 2005, Usher starred as a disc jockey named Darrell in the Lions Gate Lions Gate Entertainment film, In the Mix In the Mix (film) . On August 22, 2006, Usher took over the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway Broadway theatre musical Chicago Chicago (musical) .

2008–09: Here I Stand

Here I Stand Here I Stand (Usher album) was released on May 26 in the United Kingdom and May 27, 2008 in the United States. The album debuted at #1`on the Billboard 200 Billboard 200 Chart with first-week sales of over 433,000 copies. been certified platinum by the RIAA Recording Industry Association of America ,1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The single was another huge international success for Usher. It reached #1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart Recording Industry Association of New Zealand , #3 on the Irish Singles Chart, #3 on the Eurochart Hot 100, #4 on the UK Singles Chart, #5 on the Japan Hot 100, #5 on the German Singles Chart, #5 on the Belgian Singles Chart Ultratop 50 (Flanders), #6 on the Canadian Hot 100, #8 on the Swedish Singles Chart Sverigetopplistan , #8 on the Australian Singles Chart ARIA Charts , #9 on the French Singles Chart, #9 on the Swiss Singles Chart, #10 on the Norwegian Singles Chart, #12 on the Austrian Singles Chart Ö3 Austria Top 40 , #13 on the Belgian Singles Chart Ultratop 40 (Wallonia), and #18 on the Finnish Singles Chart YLE . The follow-up single "Love in This Club, Part II", which features American singer Beyoncé Knowles and rapper, Lil Wayne, peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Its third single "Moving Mountains Moving Mountains (song) " peaked at #18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and reached #6 on the New Zealand Singles Chart. The albums fourth single Trading Places Trading Places (song) " peaked at #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

On January 18, 2009, Usher performed with Stevie Wonder and Shakira at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. He also sang "Gone Too Soon" at the memorial Michael Jackson memorial service of Michael Jackson on July 7, 2009.

2010–present: Raymond v. Raymond and Versus

Raymond v. Raymond, was released on March 26, 2010 in Germany, on March 30, 2010 in the US, and was released April 26, 2010 in the UK. The album was expected to follow in Usher's Confessions Confessions (Usher album) album's footsteps. Raymond v. Raymond was released only months after Usher's divorce from Tameka Foster. "Papers Papers (song) " was released as the first promotional single for the album in October 2009 on iTunes. Despite being only a promotional release, it topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for two consecutive weeks, becoming his tenth number one single on that chart. It also peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 Hot 100 in the United States. The song itself appears to be loosely based on his failed relationship with his ex wife Tameka. Critics praised the song for its emotion. *"Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)", was released as the first official US single on December 8, 2009. The single peaked at number 24/charts/hot-100?begin=21&order=position on the Billboard Hot 100 Hot 100 chart and number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was released as the second international single in July, 2010. *"Lil Freak", which was firstly released only as a promo single prior to the album's release, had been later announced as the album's official second single in the United States. Usher and Nicki Minaj shot the music video for the song on March 9, 2010 in Los Angeles with director TAJ. It reached number 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart/charts/r-b-hip-hop-songs?tag=chdrawer and number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became Usher's fourth Top 40 hit single from Raymond v. Raymond, when including the buzz single "Papers".

"OMG OMG (song) ", which features, is the third official US single and the first international single. The song received mixed reviews, complimenting the song's dance and club vibe but criticizing the Auto-Tune effect. It reached number-one in Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. 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, and only the fourth artist of all-time to achieve the feat. Usher also became the third artist to have at least one number one song from five consecutive studio albums. The song's choreography and dance-heavy accompanying music video has been compared to that of "Yeah! Yeah! (Usher song) ". *"There Goes My Baby There Goes My Baby (Usher song) ", which was released as the second promotional single prior to the album's release, was released to airplay as the album's fourth single in the United States on June 15, 2010. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Hot 100 , and number-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming Usher's eleventh number-one hit on that chart. All of the albums singles received incredible air play. On April 7, 2010 Raymond v. Raymond debuted at number #1 on the on the US Billboard 200 chart, becoming his third consecutive #1 album and selling an impressive 329,107 copies in its first week of release, On June 17, 2010 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

Raymond v. Raymond also dominated the International Charts. Debuting inside the top 10 in Canada, the United Kingdom, Holland, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Due to the huge international success of Ushers newest single "OMG OMG (Usher song) " and the good first week sales for Raymond v. Raymond Usher is considered to have repaired his mainstream image and to have made a good comeback.
Usher announced on July 8, 2010, a follow-up extended play to his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond called Versus Versus (Usher EP) , and a deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond, both to be released on August 24, 2010. Usher described Versus as "the last chapter of Raymond v. Raymond", and that it would explore the subjects of being newly single and a father. The song became the fourth highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Hot 100 of his career, behind 1997's "Nice & Slow" at number nine, 1998's "My Way" at eight, and 2010's "OMG OMG (song) " at number fourteen. Since its release, it has gained international success, peaking in the top 5 in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It reached the top 10 in Canada, and Europe. It reached number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in its third week of release, and became the first time Usher has had two top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time since his album Confessions Confessions (Usher album) ./charts/hot-100?tag=chscr1 It also became Ushers sixteenth Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hit of his career. The second single, Hot Tottie has reached number thirteen on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.

Usher is scheduled to appear at the 2010 MTV VMAs on Sept. 12, 2010.Aside from recording, Usher ventured into other business. He had established his own record label, US Records, and is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. Usher was also instrumental in starting and continuing the career of teen singer Justin Bieber. He has also been appearing in films, debuting in the 1998 film The Faculty. While also starring in Light It Up Light It Up (film) and In the Mix In the Mix (film) . Usher founded his record label US Records, a vanity label, in 2002. The label is a subsidiary of Clive Davis's J Records, which is distributed by Sony BMG. The first album released by US was the soundtrack to In the Mix In the Mix (film) 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 Rayan (singer) . Usher served as songwriter-producer in the project.

Usher, whose group bought with a reported total purchase price of $375 million, is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. He became the third pop artist to own a large stake in an NBA team. In addition to this, Usher has opened several restaurants.

Usher server as the contestant mentor for the Top 10 Week of Season 9 of American Idol. He has recently appeared on the ITV1 show Britain's Got Talent on 5 June 2010.In 2001, Usher began dating former TLC TLC (band) member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas Rozonda Thomas , who had a child with producer Dallas Austin. 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 Confessions (Usher album) . His fans inferred the reason he and Thomas split is due to infidelity on his part, giving allusions to the lyrics of the songs. In February 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil, Tameka Raymond suffered a cardiac arrest prior to having cosmetic surgery. The procedure, reportedly liposuction was never performed, and Raymond was put into a medically induced coma induced coma to aid her recovery. She was later transferred to a larger hospital. Usher canceled his performance at the Recording Academy and Clive Davis's pre-Grammy Gala. Davis told party-goers the singer had to bow out due to a "serious injury in the family ".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. In 2006, the charity started an initiative called Our Block, for which it helped rebuild and revitalize city blocks in New Orleans. 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 Armani Exchange#Armani Exchange in creating "Love 4 Life" dog tags, which were made available at the company's stores and Web site.

In 1999, Usher participated in "Challenge for the Children", a benefit basketball game hosted by American boy band 'N Sync. The event, which was held on the campus of Georgia State University, had raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities. In 2005, Usher is one among the artists who signed on for a Hurricane Katrina relief concert. He has also performed a public service announcement to promote Do Something's campaign for civic engagement.* Usher Usher (album) (1994)
* My Way My Way (Usher album) (1997)
* 8701 8701 (album) (2001)
* Confessions Confessions (Usher album) (2004)
* Here I Stand Here I Stand (Usher album) (2008)
* Raymond v. Raymond (2010)
* Versus Versus (Usher EP) (2010)* Moesha as Jeremy (1997–1998)
* The Bold And The Beautiful as Raymond (1998)
* The Faculty (1998)
* She's All That (1999)
* Light It Up Light It Up (film) (1999)
* Texas Rangers Texas Rangers (film) (2001)
* In the Mix In the Mix (film) (2005)....Darrell
* Killers Killers (2010 film) (2010)....Kevin


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