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Who is Usher Raymond IV


Who is Usher Raymond IV? The world knows him as Usher, Usher, is an American R&B-pop singer-songwriter and actor.
Usher is an American recording artist and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice and Slow". His followup album 8701 (2001) produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". Both albums sold over 8 million copies worldwide, establishing Usher as one of the biggest selling R&B artists of the 1990s.[1]
Usher's success continued with his 2004 album Confessions, which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA. Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R&B artist in history,[2] and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. It spawned a record breaking four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo". Usher's 2008 album Here I Stand sold over 5 million copies worldwide,[3] and its lead single "Love In This Club" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100.


On March 30, 2010, Usher released his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond, which became his third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.[4] It has been certified platinum by the RIAA[5] and spawned another Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "OMG". The song became his ninth number one in the United States, making him the first 2010s artist to collect number one singles in three consecutive decades, and only the fourth artist of all-time to achieve the feat. He later released an extended play and deluxe edition of "Raymond v. Raymond", entitled Versus, which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart. Its lead single "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love", achieved international success and has reached number-five on the Billboard Hot 100.


To date,Usher has certified sales of over 45 million albums worldwide and they sold 62 million records worldwide.[6] He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Awards,[7] four World Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and nineteen Billboard Music Awards.[8] In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine.[9] The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States alone.[10] Billboard Magazine ranked Usher the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade.[11] They also named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade,[12] and his 2004 album Confessions was ranked as the top solo album and second most successful overall album of the last decade.[13] Usher has attained nine hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and has attained sixteen hot 100 top-ten hits.[14][15] Aside from his musical career, he is regarded as a sex symbol. In 1998 People Magazine named him the sexiest R&B artist alive.[16] In 2010, Glamour Magazine named him one of the 50 sexiest men alive.[17]



  He had established his own record label, US Records, and is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. He has also been appearing in films, debuting in the 1998 The Faculty. Usher is married to Tameka Foster and has two sons and three stepsons.

Usher was born on October 14, 1978 in Dallas, Texas,[4][5] the son of Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Terry Raymond III;[4]. Usher spent the majority of his young life in Chattanooga: Jonetta Patton left her husband when Usher was one year old, and they relocated to Chattanooga, where Usher lived with his mother, then-step father, and half-brother, James Patton, born in 1984.[4] As a child, Usher joined in their local church youth choir in Chattanooga when he was nine years old, as directed by his mother, in which event her mother discovered his ability to sing, although it was until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally.[6] In 1990, he won in a local talent show while attending middle school. In the belief that a city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent, Usher's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for burgeoning singers.[7] While in Atlanta, Usher attended North Springs High School.[8] Usher's father died in January 2008.[9]

In 2001, Usher began dating former TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas. Usher lived with Thomas, who had previously been married to producer Dallas Austin, and her son.[6] Their relationship lasted for three years: they broke-up in January 2004, followed by a media frenzy surrounding the personal nature of Usher's fourth album, Confessions. His fans inferred the reason he and Thomas split is due to infidelity on his part, giving allusions to the lyrics of the songs.[6] In an interview on The Bert Show on Atlanta's Q100 in February 2004, Thomas claimed that Usher cheated on her: "Usher did the ultimate no-no to me ... I will never be with him again, and that is that."[10] Usher defended: "... it just didn't work out. But cheating is not what caused the relationship to collide and crash. That ain't what broke it up."[6] Following their break-up, Usher briefly dated English model-actress Naomi Campbell in September 2004.[4]
In February 2007, Usher announced his engagement to girlfriend stylist Tameka Foster. After the sudden cancellation of a planned July wedding due to medical concerns, the two were wed on August 3, 2007 in a private ceremony.[11] Their son Usher Raymond V was born on 26 November of the same year.[12] On December 10, 2008, Foster gave birth to their second child, Naviyd Ely Raymond.[13] In February 2009, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tameka Raymond suffered a cardiac arrest during cosmetic surgery. The procedure, reportedly liposuction,[14] was never performed, and Raymond was put into a medically induced coma to aid her recovery. She was later transferred to a larger hospital.[15] Usher canceled his performance at the Recording Academy and Clive Davis's pre-Grammy Gala. Davis told party-goers the singer had to bow out due to a "serious injury in the family."[16] After a week of recovery, Raymond's surgeon issued a statement saying that she "is doing very well."[17][18]

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". Its flagship project, camp New Look, run from July 11 to July 23, 2005 in Clark Atlanta University.[19] In 2006, the charity started an initiative called Our Block, for which it helped rebuild and revitalize city blocks in New Orleans. The project went on one street at a time, and the funding was helped through part of the proceeds of Usher's team-up with Armani Exchange in creating "Love 4 Life" dog tags, which were made available at the company's stores and Web site.[20]
In 1999, Usher participated in "Challenge for the Children", a benefit basketball game hosted by American boy band 'N Sync. The event, which was held on the campus of Georgia State University, had raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities.[21] In 2005, Usher is one among the artists who signed on for a Hurricane Katrina relief concert.[22]


At age 11, Usher joined an R&B local quintet called the NuBeginnings, which was organized by local music svengali Darryl Wheeler. Usher recorded 10 songs with the group in 1991, and the ensuing album, Nubeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV, was only made available regionally and by mail order.[23] However, Patton took him out because, according to her, it was a "bad experience".[6] The album was re-released nationally in April 2002 by Hip-O Records.[23][24]
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.[5][25] Usher's mother left her job as a medical technician to manage his career, but later broke-up their relationship as manager-client in May 2007.[4] Usher was introduced on "Call Me a Mack",

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a song he recorded for the soundtrack album to the 1993 drama-romance film Poetic Justice.[23]
On August 30, 1994, LaFace released Usher's self-titled debut album. Sean "P Diddy" Combs
produced several of the tracks and co-executive produced the album.[5] Usher peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was accompanied by three singles: "Can U Get Wit It",

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"Think Of You",

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and "The Many Ways".[26]

The album has sold over 500,000 copies, to date.[27]
After graduating from high school, Usher continued to hone his skills as a stage performer and laid the groundwork for his second album. He also appeared on their version of "Let's Straighten It Out", a 1995 duet with fellow Atlanta teen recording artist Monica;[28]
and on "Dreamin'", from LaFace's 1996 Olympic Games benefit album Rhythm of the Games. He was also featured on "I Swear I'm In Love" off the 1996 Kazaam soundtrack.[29]


Usher developed a friendship with American record producer Jermaine Dupri, with whom he co-wrote and produced several tracks for his second album, My Way, released on September 16, 1997. The album's lead single, "You Make Me Wanna",

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reached number one in the United Kingdom, becoming Usher's first to achieve top single; the feat led to his popularity reaching in the country.[30][31] It also became Usher's first gold- and platinum-certified single in the United States.[32] The album's second single, "Nice & Slow",

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peaked in January 1998 at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Usher his first US number-one single.[33] Later in February of the same year, the single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America; My Way has been certified six-time platinum in the United States.[32]
Usher received his first Grammy Award nomination as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "You Make Me Wanna",[7] which also won him for Best Male R&B/Soul Single at the Soul Train Music Award.[34] In the closing months of 1997, Usher embarked on a series of tour engagements including a spot on Puffy's No Way Out tour, dates with Mary J. Blige,
and the opening spot on Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope tour. Usher's first concert album, Live, was released in 1999, which featured appearances by Lil' Kim,
Jagged Edge,
Trey Lorenz,
Shanice, Twista
and Manuel Seal; the album has been certified gold in the United States.[32]
Usher made his acting debut on the UPN television series Moesha,

which resulted in a recurring role on the series and subsequently his first film role in 1998's The Faculty.[7][27] Usher's extracurricular activities outside of the recording industry gathered momentum over the following year as he was cast in the daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.[7][27] He completed two more films, She's All That,

and his first starring role in Light It Up.[7][27]

He also appeared in the Disney TV movie "Geppetto".[35]


Usher's third studio album, originally titled All About U, was slated to be released in early 2001.[36] The first single, "Pop Ya Collar",

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was released in late 2000 and became a number two hit in the UK but underperformed in the United States.[37] The album was subsequently pushed back and retooled after select tracks were later leaked to the radio and Internet. After having revised and renamed to 8701, the album was released in July 2001.[7] The first two singles "U Remind Me"

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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.[32]
Usher appeared in the 2001 film Texas Rangers.


[38] In February 2002, Usher won a Grammy for 'Best Male R&B Vocal Performance' for "U Remind Me".[39] The next year, he won the same award for "U Don't Have to Call",[7]

making Usher the only artist aside from Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder to win this award consecutively. In summer 2002, Usher contributed vocals to P. Diddy's "I Need a Girl, Part I".

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The year closed out with a trio of TV series appearances, all in November, on The Twilight Zone, 7th Heaven, Moesha , and American Dreams, the latter in which Usher portrayed Marvin Gaye.[40][41]




Usher arriving in Miami, Florida to attend the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards
Usher's fourth studio album, Confessions, was released on March 23, 2004—just as its first single, "Yeah!", was in its sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifth week on top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart.[42] The album's nearly 1.1 million unit debut sales was the highest first-week numbers ever scanned by a male R&B artist and the seventh best of the Nielsen SoundScan history.[43][44] To date, the album has accumulated sales of nearly 20 million copies worldwide,[39] over 10 million of which were sold in the United States, earning the album a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.[45][46]
The album's second and third singles, "Burn"

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and "Confessions Part II",

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also topped the Billboard Hot 100, the former for eight weeks. Usher became the first artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay with three consecutive number-one singles,[47] and later four consecutive with "My Boo". In September 2004, "My Boo", a duet with American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, also peaked at number one at the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album's fourth number-one single.[48] In December, the album's final single "Caught Up"

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peaked at number eight on the Hot 100.[37]
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.[49][50][51][52] At the 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2005, Usher won three awards, including: R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for "My Boo",

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which he shared with Keys; Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Yeah!"; and Contemporary R&B Album for Confessions. At the 2004 Billboard Music Awards, Usher was recognized Artist of the Year, in addition to receiving 10 other accolades.[53]

In spring of 2005, Usher scored a number three Hot 100 hit as a featured vocalist on Lil' Jon's "Yea"

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"Lovers & Friends".[54] In 2007, Usher also collaborated with R. Kelly on the track "Same Girl,"

R. Kelly - R. Kelly Duet with Usher "Same Girl" (Official Music Video) - The funniest bloopers are right here
for Kelly's album, Double Up.[55] He was also featured in a remix version of Omarion's "Ice Box".[56]

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Usher also appeared on the track "Shake Down" on American singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige's 2007 album Growing Pains.[57]
In November 2005, Usher starred as a disc jockey named Darrell in the Lions Gate film, In the Mix.[58] On August 22, 2006, Usher took over the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway musical Chicago.[59]


To promote the Usher's fifth studio album, the single "Love In This Club" was sent to radio in February 2008 and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100—and went on to spend three consecutive weeks at the top—becoming Usher's eighth number-one single and the fastest-rising song of his career.[60][61] Here I Stand

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was released on May 26 in the United Kingdom and May 27, 2008 in the United States. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one for accumulated first-week sales of 433,000 copies.[61] The follow-up single "Love in This Club, Part II",

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which features American singer Beyoncé Knowles and Lil Wayne, has peaked at the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Moving Mountains"

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and "Trading Places"

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have both peaked at the Top 20 of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[33] In September 2008, Usher announce he would embarked on the 15-date tour One Night Stand, in which the audience is only females.[62]

In addition, a new single leaked in November 2008 titled, "Off Your Chest",

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produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. There is also "Hush"

as a single, and "Traffic"

as another leaked song. Due to the (overall) disappointing commercial performance of Here I Stand, Usher is planning to release a new album in early 2009.[63] On January 18, 2009 Usher performed with Stevie Wonder and Shakira


at the We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.



In 2001, Usher began dating former TLC member Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, who had a child with producer Dallas Austin. Their relationship lasted for two years: they broke up in December 2003, followed by a media frenzy surrounding the personal nature of Usher's fourth album, Confessions. His fans inferred the reason he and Thomas split is due to infidelity on his part, giving allusions to the lyrics of the songs.[20] In an interview on The Bert Show on Atlanta's Q100 in February 2004, Thomas claimed that Usher cheated on her: "Usher did the ultimate no-no to me ... I will never be with him again, and that is that".[94] Usher defended: "... it just didn't work out. But cheating is not what caused the relationship to collide and crash. That ain't what broke it up".[20] Following their break-up, Usher briefly dated English model-actress Naomi Campbell in September 2004.[95]
In January 2007, he proposed to his then stylist girlfriend Tameka Foster. She has a son from when she was a teenager, as well as two sons with Atlanta clothier Ryan Glover. In February 2007, Usher announced their engagement. After the sudden cancellation of a planned July wedding due to medical concerns, the two were wed on August 3, 2007 in a private ceremony.[96] Their son Usher Raymond V was born on November 26 of the same year.[97] On December 10, 2008, Tameka gave birth to their second child, Naviyd Ely Raymond.[98] In February 2009, in São Paulo, Brazil, Tameka Raymond suffered a cardiac arrest prior to having cosmetic surgery. The procedure, reportedly liposuction[99] was never performed, and Raymond was put into a medically induced coma to aid her recovery. She was later transferred to a larger hospital.[100] Usher canceled his performance at the Recording Academy and Clive Davis's pre-Grammy Gala. Davis told party-goers the singer had to bow out due to a "serious injury in the family ".[101] After a week of recovery, Raymond's surgeon issued a statement saying that she "is doing very well".[102][103] In June 2009, Usher filed for divorce from Foster after claiming they lived separately for nearly a year.[104][105]



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,

R&B vocal group One Chance,

and singer Rayan.

Usher served as songwriter-producer in the project.[64][65]
Usher, whose group bought with a reported total purchase price of $375 million, is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. He became the second pop artist to own a large stake in an NBA team.[66] Usher has opened restaurants.[67]


The Game ft. Chris Brown Usher P Diddy - Better On The Other Side [Official MJ Tribute Song] got to gether to do a tribute to Michale Jackson.



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