Usher

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July 5, 2022

Usher Terrence Raymond IV (English: Usher Terrence Raymond IV; Dallas, October 14, 1978), better known only as Usher, is an American singer, dancer, songwriter and actor. He was born in Dallas but grew up in Chattanooga until moving to Atlanta. When he was 12, his mother signed him up for a local singing competition, before he caught the attention of artists from the LaFace records label. He released his debut album, Usher, in 1994, but rose to fame in the late nineties, after the release of his second album, My Way (1997). It also featured the single "Nice & Slow", which became his first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 list, while the songs "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way" also stood out from the album. He released his third studio album, entitled 8701, in 2001; two singles from the album reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 - "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad", while the single "U Don't Have to Call" reached number three. The album sold over eight million copies worldwide and won two Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Artist in 2002 and 2003. The album Confessions, released in 2004, established him as one of the best-selling music acts of the 2000s; the album has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. It was supported by four consecutive number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II" and "My Boo"; has been certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with over ten million copies sold in the United States. His subsequent albums Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010) debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, while the singles "Love in This Club" and "OMG" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In July 2010, he released his first EP, called Versus; the EP's lead single, "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, while the single "More" peaked at number 15. In 2012, he released an album called Looking 4 Myself, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, while the single from the album, titled "Scream", debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2011, he won two Grammys, for the single There Goes My Baby, for the best R&B single and for the album Raymond v. Raymond for Best Contemporary R&B Album; while in 2013 he won a Grammy for the song Climax from the Looking 4 My album