Usher Raymond IV, born October 14, 1978, who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American recording artist and actor. Usher rose to fame in the late 1990s. Usher was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Jonetta Patton and Usher Raymond III. Usher’s grandmother discovered his ability to sing. 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.
On August 30, 1994, LaFace released Usher’s self-titled debut album “Usher”. The album has sold over 500,000 copies, to date. “My Way” is the second studio album from American singer Usher, released by LaFace Records on September 16, 1997 in North America. It featured guest appearances by Monica, Jermaine Dupri, and Lil’ Kim. Usher’s third studio album, originally titled “All About U”, was slated to be released in early 2001. After having revised and renamed to 8701, the album was released August 7, 2001. The first two singles “U Remind Me” and “U Got It Bad” each topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four and six weeks, respectively. 8701 has been certified four-time platinum in the United States. Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions, was released on March 23, 2004. 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.
In spring of 2005, Usher scored a number three Hot 100 hit as a featured vocalist on Lil’ Jon’s “Lovers & Friends”. On August 22, 2006, Usher took over the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway musical Chicago. In 2007, Usher also collaborated with R. Kelly on the track “Same Girl”, for Kelly’s album, Double Up.
Usher’s “Here I Stand” album debuted at No: 1’on the Billboard 200 Chart with first-week sales of over 433,000 copies. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA. To date Here I Stand has now sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States, been certified platinum by the RIAA, and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The album was a good commercial success and received positive reviews from most music critics. Raymond v. Raymond, six studio album by Usher, was released on April 26, 2010 in the UK. Usher announced on July 8, 2010, a follow-up extended play to his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond called Versus, and a deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond also dominated the International Charts. Debuting inside the top 10 in Canada, the United Kingdom, Holland, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
Aside from recording, Usher ventured into other business. Usher had established his own record label, US Records, and is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. 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”. Usher server as the contestant mentor for the Top 10 Week of Season 9 of American Idol. Usher has recently appeared on the ITV1 show Britain’s Got Talent on 5 June 2010.
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