Usher (musician)

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Usher Raymond IV[1][2]

(1978-10-14) October 14, 1978 (age 44)[3]
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
EducationNorth Springs Charter School
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • actor
  • businessman
Years active1993–present[4]
OrganizationUsher's New Look
TelevisionThe Voice
Tameka Foster
(m. 2007; div. 2009)

Grace Miguel
(m. 2015; div. 2018)
Partner(s)Rozonda Thomas
Jenn Goicoechea (2019–present)
Parent(s)Usher Raymond III
Jonetta Patton
AwardsFull list
Musical career
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
  • drums

Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He became well known in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way (1997). The album's single "Nice & Slow" reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2000, My Way was given a 6x platinum certification by the RIAA for sales of 6 million copies in the United States alone.[6] His next album, 8701, released two number one singles. These include "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". 8701 was given a 4x platinum certification by the RIAA in July 2002.[6]

Confessions (2004) sold over 10 million copies in the United States. It was given a diamond award by the RIAA in 2008.[7] At 1.1 million, Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R&B singer in history.[8] The album had four number one Billboard singles. These include "Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo". Usher's next album, Here I Stand (2008), sold over 5 million copies worldwide.[9] The lead single, "Love in This Club" reached number one on the Hot 100 chart.

Two years later, Usher released his sixth album Raymond v. Raymond (2010). It became his third album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.[10] It was then certified platinum by the RIAA.[11] Its single "OMG" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Usher's ninth number one single in the United States. Because of this, he became the first 2010s artist to have number one singles in three consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s, and 2010s). Versus (2010) was released as an extended play and a deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond. It debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love", a single from the album, reached number four on the Hot 100 chart.

According to RIAA, Usher is one of the best-selling artists in American music history. He has sold over 23 million albums in the United States alone and over 65 million albums worldwide.[12][13] This makes him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Usher has won a lot of awards. These include eight Grammy Awards.[14] According to Billboard in 2009, Usher was named the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s.[15] While they ranked him second for the most successful artist of the 2000s.[16] His 2004 album Confessions was ranked at the top solo album of the 2000s.[16] Billboard also placed Usher at number six on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Past 25 Years.[17] Usher has nine Hot 100 number one songs (as lead artist). He also has eighteen Hot 100 top-ten songs.[18]

Discography[change | change source]

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  1. "Biography", People, archived from the original on September 23, 2016, retrieved October 18, 2016
  2. "Usher - Nice & Slow (Live at iTunes Festival 2012)". YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  3. "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly. No. 1228/1229. October 12–19, 2012. p. 23.
  4. Lynda Lane. "Usher". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  5. Usher
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2011-11-25.
  7. "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  8. By Joe D'Angelo, with additional reporting by Shaheem Reid (March 31, 2004). "Usher Makes Record-Breaking Debut Atop Albums Chart – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  9. "Usher | Q102". Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  10. "Usher Lands At No.1 On Billboard 200 With Raymond Vs. Raymond Album | Sound Off |". September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010.
  11. "Usher: Discography". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  12. "Usher RIAA Certifications: Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2020-09-27.
  13. "Video: Usher honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame". WIO News. October 18, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2020.
  14. "Grammy Award Winners". The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on January 11, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2008.
  15. "Hot 100 Artists-Decade End".[permanent dead link]
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard.
  17. "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. November 18, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
  18. "Adele Reclaims Hot 100 Throne, B.o.B Blasts Into Top 10". Billboard. October 5, 2011.

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