Usher Raymond IV, who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American recording artist and actor. He rose to fame in the 1990s, releasing the multi-platinum album My Way (1997) and 8701 (2001). His success continued with Confessions (2004), which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA. To date, he has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has won five Grammy Awards.
In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine. He ranked higher than any other artist of his generation. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Usher has sold over 21.5 million albums in the United States. Billboard Magazine ranked Usher the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. He was also ranked as the 2nd greatest artist of the decade behind only American rapper Eminem. His 2004 album Confessions was ranked as the best solo album and second best overall album of the last decade. All ranked by Billboard Magazine.
Aside from recording, Usher ventured in to 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 and In the Mix. Usher founded 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 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. Usher served as songwriter-producer in the project.
Usher’s new release, Raymond v. Raymond, was supposed to be released in December 2009, however, it has been pushed back due to the record company wanting the proper "setup" for it. It’s currently scheduled to be released on March 29, 2010 in the UK and on March 30, 2010 in the US.. The new album is expected to follow in Usher’s Confessions album’s footsteps, as the album will be released only months after Usher’s divorce to Tameka Foster. The album’s buzz single, "Papers" was released in October 2009.
The song appears to be loosely based on his failed relationship with soon to be ex wife Tameka. The song only peaked at number 31 on the Billboard Hot 100. It saw greater success on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it reached number 1, becoming his tenth number-one song on that chart. The album’s official first single, "Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)", was released in December 2009.
- Birth name : Usher Raymond IV
- Born : October 14, 1978
- Birth place : Dallas, Texas, United States
- Origin : Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States; Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- Genres : R&B, soul, pop
- Occupations : Singer-songwriter, music executive, actor, record producer
- Years active : 1990–present
- Labels : LaFace, Arista
- Associated acts : NuBeginnings
- Website : www.usherworld.com
- Usher (1994)
- My Way (1997)
- 8701 (2001)
- Confessions (2004)
- Here I Stand (2008)
- Raymond v. Raymond (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 (1999)
- Texas Rangers (2001)
- In the Mix (2005)
- Five Killers (2010)