(Sex) King of R&B, Usher Raymond was born on the night of October 14, 1978 in Dallas, TX. Ever since then, he has taken the world by storm. From being involved with quintets, Star Searches, Soundtracks, and P.Diddy he faced many setbacks and failures. However, King eventually came out with the 1997, late 90's R&B defining album, "My Way" and sold over 6 million copies. The album proved to also be a success with singles, spawning 3 Top 2 hits in U.S., and some Worldwide charting. The fame did not stop there, however. 2000's welcomed even huger success to King of R&B, as he came with the album "8701" which followed similarly to his previous success, then the Earth-shattering album, "Confessions". "Confessions" spawned 4 U.S. #1's, 10 million in sales U.S., 20 million WW, Grammy's, Acclaim, Records, and Diamond certifications. It broke many records, including the All-Time Audience Impression record (at the time), Most Weeks #1 in a Year, Highest Opening Week by an R&B Artist and came close to breaking many -- which include 2nd Most #1's for an Artist in a Year, 2nd Most #1's on an Album, and holds a legacy til this day. It is the 2nd best-selling album of the 2000's, also attaining the 12 week #1, "Yeah!" which became the 2nd biggest-song of the 2000's, and the Best-Selling Male R&B Album (all-time!). While nobody has come close to snatching effortlessly that era, including Usher, he has still managed to get countless more #1's and records while branching onto a career outside of being an artist. He's done popular roles in television / movies, started his own recording label, and is currently a judge on the popular television series "The Voice". The 2010's welcome similar success with hits that welcomed him to mainstream success through a new genre, such as "OMG", "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love", and "Scream" while producing more R&B classics such as "There Goes My Baby", "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)", and "Climax". Usher's music career has solidified him as a Legend, and the accompanying feats from outside of it.
Usher is the debut studio album from American R&B artist Usher, released August 30, 1994 on LaFace Records. The album peaked at #167 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and reached #25 on the R&B Albums chart. Much paid dust to, by everyone, including Usher fans this album is still what started Usher. The flop of his career, still iconic -- and certified Gold.
My Way is the second studio album, released by LaFace Records on September 16, 1997. Spawning three singles: the platinum-selling singles "Nice & Slow", "My Way" and "You Make Me Wanna...". It earned the record a six-platinum certifications in the United States. My Way earned Usher Grammy-nominations and became his breakthrough album.
8701 is the third studio album, released on July 1, 2001. 8701 produced two Billboard Hot 100 number one singles – "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad" stayed on top for four and fives weeks, respectively. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 210,000 copies sold in its first week. It has sold over 4.7 million copies in the United States.
Confessions is the fourth studio album, released March 23, 2004. The album was an instant commercial success in the United States, selling 1.1 million copies in its first week. Its continued success was bolstered by its four chart-topping singles. Confessions received mostly positive reviews and earned Usher several awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Here I Stand
Here I Stand is the fifth studio album, released on May 13, 2008. Six singles were released from Here I Stand: "Love in This Club", "Love in This Club Part II", "Moving Mountains", "What's Your Name", "Here I Stand" and "Trading Places". "Love in This Club", which features rapper Young Jeezy, topped the Billboard Hot 100 and New Zealand Singles Chart.
Versus is the first extended play by Usher. It was released on July 20, 2010 on in conjunction with the deluxe edition of his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond. Versus is marked as "the last chapter of Raymond v. Raymond", and follows the theme of [Usher] exploring around the subjects of being newly single and a father.
Raymond v. Raymond
Raymond v. Raymond is the sixth studio album, released on March 26, 2010. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 329,000 copies in its first week. It sold over one million copies in the United States and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Looking 4 Myself
Looking 4 Myself is the seventh studio album, released on June 8, 2012. Defined as "revolutionary pop" by the singer, critics noted that Looking 4 Myself incorporates the genres R&B, pop, hip hop, electronic, europop and dubstep. Worldwide, it attained top-ten positions in over eight other countries including Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom.