Usher

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Usher (born Usher Raymond IV, 14.10.1978)
Usher is an American R&B singer who has won five Grammy Awards and runs his own label, US Records.

Usher: Net worth
Usher has a net worth of approximately $140 million (Access2Knowledge, 2013).

Usher: Childhood
Usher is the son of Jonetta Patton and Usher Terry Raymond III. He was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he sang in the church choir. In high school, he entered local talent contests and his parents relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, believing that it would provide their son with greater opportunities to promote his talent.

Usher: Musical Career
Usher appeared on the US talent show Star Search when he was 13 years old. His performance on the show eventually earned him a contract with LaFace Records. His first song for them was 'Call Me A Mack' which was released on the Poetic Justice soundtrack.
In 1994, Usher's debut album Usher was released. The album was partly produced by P Diddy (real name Sean Combs). The album reached number 25 on the R&B / Hip-Hop albums chart in the US.
In 1995, Usher recorded a duet with Monica, a teen artist from Atlanta who was also known for her work with the R&B singer Brandy. He then went on to co-write a number of tracks for his new album with Jermaine Dupri. The second album, My Way, was released in 1997 The lead single, 'You Make Me Wanna' was a number one hit and has been certified platinum. The second single. 'Nice and Slow' reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Towards the end of 1997, Usher supported the likes of Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson.
Usher's first Grammy nomination was 'Best Male R&B Vocal Performance' for 'You Make Me Wanna'
In 1999, Usher's first live album, entitled Live was released, with appearances from Lil' Kim, and Trey Lorenz. This was followed by Usher's third studio album, 8701. The release was delayed by lack of sales in the US when the single 'Pop Ya Collar' was released, despite the track being a number two hit in the UK. The first two singles to be released from the newly re-jigged album were 'U Remind Me' and 'U Got It Bad', both of which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album sold over seven million copies across the globe and was certified quadruple platinum.
In 2002, Usher repeated his 'Best Male R&B Vocal Performance' Grammy win; this time for 'U Don't Have To Call'. Usher was only the third artist to have achieved this double win, alongside Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder. Later that year, Usher provided vocals for P. Diddy's 'I Need A Girl, Part I'.
Usher's next studio album, Confessions, was released in 2004, and its lead single, 'Yeah!' was another number one hit. Confessions shifted over 1.1 million units in its first week, the highest ever by a male R&B artist. The next two singles to be released from the album, 'Burn' and 'Confessions Part II' were also number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In September 2004, Usher released a duet with the singer Alicia Keys. 'My Boo' also reached number one and stayed in the chart for 28 weeks. The album gained a diamond certification and was the highest selling album of the year, racking up worldwide sales of over 19 million copies. At the 2005 Grammy Awards, Usher won three awards, 'R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals' (for his collaboration with Alicia Keys), 'Contemporary R&B Album' and 'Rap / Sung Collaboration' (for 'Yeah!').
In 2005, he appeared on Lil' Jon's 'Lovers & Friends'. Two years later, he teamed with R. Kelly on the track 'Same Girl' and Mary J Blige on 'Shake Down'.
Usher released the album 'Here I Stand' in 2008 which quickly reached number one. The album was critically well received and featured the single 'Love In This Club'. The next single, 'Love in This Club Part II', featured Beyoncé and Lil Wayne.
In 2009, as well as performing at the 'Obama Inaugural Celebration', he played a tribute song at the Michael Jackson memorial.
Usher released his third consecutive number one album 'Raymond v. Raymond' in 2010, with divorce song 'Papers' becoming the first single. The third single, 'OMG', featured will.i.am and charted worldwide. He followed the album up with an EP called 'Versus' which he described as a 'last chapter' and follows his life as a new divorcee. The releases were followed by his OMG Tour which included a surprise show at Super Bowl XLV.
In 2012, he released his seventh album 'Looking 4 Myself' which he felt was a step away from his usual style of music. The album featured singles 'Climax', 'Scream' and 'Lemme See' featuring Rick Ross.
In 2013, he joined the judging panel on talent show 'The Voice''s fourth series.
He released lead single 'Good Kisser' from his eighth album in 2014.
Usher: Acting Career
Usher's first acting role was in the US series Moesha, in which he had a recurring role. His debut film role was in the 1998 film The Faculty. Other film and TV work includes a role in the daytime series The Bold and the Beautiful, and major roles in She's All That, Light It Up and In The Mix.
In 2006, Usher took the role of Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical Chicago. He received a varied critical response for the performance.

Usher: Personal Life
Usher had a relationship with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas in 2001, but their union only lasted 2 years due to Usher's alleged infidelity.
In August 2007, Usher married Tameka Foster. Their sons are named Raymond Usher V and Naviyd Ely Raymond. The pair divorved in 2009 resulting in a highly publicized custody battle which Usher won.
Usher suffered personal trauma in 2012 when he found out that his young former stepson Kile Glover was killed in a boating accident. Things were made even more difficult when Foster insisted on gaining custody of Usher V after he got stuck in a drain in his father's pool and was taken to hospital. The case was later dismissed.
Usher is a vegan.
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Chris Brown feat. Usher - New Flame

30th October 2014 -

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With the 16th September 2014 release of 'X', Chris Brown's sixth studio album, the R&B artist released 'New Flame' featuring Usher and Rick Ross as a single on 30th June, in the same year. The...

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Kid Ink has released the music video for his 9th September 2014 single 'Body Language', featuring Usher and Tinashe.

Usher Reveals Strategy To Deal With Justin Bieber: "I'll Punch Him In The Chest When I Need To"

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It seems the way Usher handles dealing with Justin Bieber's bad boy antics is by showing him some tough love. The R&B star fully understands his protégé's behaviour hasn't been the best in the past...

Usher Is Working On A New Album And Tour, But Justin Bieber Is Still A Big Issue

26th October 2014 -

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Usher is working hard and he wants us to know as much. The R&B star hasn’t put out a new album since 2012, but he is currently gearing up for a tour and prepping a...

Kid Ink feat. Usher & Tinashe - Body Language

9th September 2014 -

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With the success of his second studio album, 'My Own Lane' in January, 2014, Kid Ink has released the first single for his next upcoming album, which is yet untitled. The single, named 'Body Language',...

Usher Greets Fans During 'Today' Show Live Performance (No Sound)

8th September 2014 -

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Usher gets into an energetic live performance during a set on NBC's 'Today' show as part of the Toyota Summer Concert Series. He is seen dancing with some lucky fans and slapping their hands as...

Usher - Believe Me

7th September 2014 -

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With his eight studio album, 'UR', currently in the works, Usher has released the new single 'Believe Me'. The single has been produced by Mike WiLL Made It, and will be featured on the upcoming...

Usher Announces Upcoming 'The UR Experience' North American Tour Dates

3rd September 2014 -

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Earlier last week, Usher treated fans with the location and dates of eight shows that will be part of his upcoming The Ur Experience tour, and now the R&B star has revealed the complete list...

Usher - She Came To Give It To You ft. Nicki Minaj

2nd September 2014 -

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In the run-up to his eighth studio album, Usher has released the music video for his July 2014 single, 'She Came to Give it to You'. The single features Nicky Minaj, and the video follows...

Usher feat. Nicki Minaj - She Came to Give It to You (Teaser)

25th August 2014 -

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This teaser for Usher's newest track 'She Came To Give It To You' gives a 30 second sneak peak at the song, which debuted at the 2014 MTV VMAs featuring Nicki Minaj.

The MTV Video Music Awards Line-Up Has Been Announced

21st August 2014 -

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The line-up for MTV's VMAs has been announced, and now it's time to take bets as to whether this year will serve as any less controversial than last year, following the infamous 'Miley-gate' incident. The...

Chris Brown feat. Usher & Rick Ross - New Flame

14th August 2014 -

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Chris Brown is hanging by the pool in the video for his latest single 'New Flame' featuring Usher. The track will feature on his upcoming new album 'X' out September 16th 2014, as he gears...

Usher - Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)(Audio)

4th July 2014 -

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Disclosure have released an audio of their remix to Usher's top ten hit 'Good Kisser'. The track was the first single from his forthcoming eighth studio album and was followed up by recent song 'I...

Despite Stabbing At Meek Mill's BET Pre-Party, Award Show Proceeds As Normal

30th June 2014 -

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BET Awards weekend started with a tragedy this year, when a guest at Meek Mill’s pre-awards party ended up in hospital with stab wounds. The incident took place on Saturday night, June 28, at...

Lionel Richie Crowns The BET Awards 2014 Performers List

29th June 2014 -

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It’s almost time for the BET awards and tonight’s show promises some memorable moments. Lionel Richie has been tapped to perform during the annual award show, as well as being this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree....

Justin Bieber Baptised In A New York Bathroom

9th June 2014 -

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There’s no better way of proving your penitence than going all out and getting yourself baptised. That’s Justin Bieber’s latest move in the whole racism saga anyway, because what better way to show how sorry...

Usher Adamantly States Justin Bieber Is "Unequivocally Not A Racist"

9th June 2014 -

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Usher has definitely got Justin Bieber's back.The 35 year-old singer has kept fairly quiet about the pop star's recent racism scandal, but he has finally spoke out by defending Bieber.Usher, who signed the 20 year-old...

Can Usher Rescue Justin Bieber After His Latest Blunder?

8th June 2014 -

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It will take more than an apology – even a really good one – to mend the gaping holes in Justin Bieber’s reputation after the video of him using racist slurs and offensive humor was...

Usher: Justin Bieber "Is Not A Racist", Simply "Naive"

8th June 2014 -

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Usher, Justin Bieber's mentor and the man who discovered him, has spoken in support of his somewhat feckless protégé.Usher has spoken out about Justin Bieber's racist videos.Bieber has recently been caught up in a scandal...

'The Voice US': Two Finalists Receive Record Deals

21st May 2014 -

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Josh Kaufman has become The Voice’s sixth winner, beating Jake Worthington and Christina Grimmie to the top spot. Worthington came second and Grimmie third.Adam Levine has promised Christina Grimmie a record deal.The 38-year-old was overwhelmed...

"The Voice" Recap: Home Towns And Cow Dung

13th May 2014 -

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It was The Voice semi-final last night, and you can bet contestants and judges alike pulled out all the stops. But while the contestants we’re putting on their best professional faces, the judges took the...

Usher - Good Kisser

6th May 2014 -

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Usher releases his funky latest single 'Good Kisser'; the first to be taken from his upcoming studio album which is expected to drop later in the year. Very few details of the record have been...

Pharrell Williams Replacing Cee Lo Green As Coach On 'The Voice'

1st April 2014 -

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Pharrell Williams is to replace The Voice's outgoing coach, Cee Lo Green, who recently announced that he's be stepping away from NBC's talent contest to focus on his own musical career. Williams, who served as...

Celine Dion Muppets role scripted with her in mind

31st March 2014 -

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Celine Dion's role in the 'Muppets Most Wanted' was scripted with her in mind.The film which stars children's favourites Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and Fozzy Bear among others, has a number of A-List...

'The Voice' Battles: Competition Heats Up As Adams Steals From Shakira

19th March 2014 -

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Hard-headed tactics, nail-biting decisions and some truly A-grade talent; so began The Voice season six battle rounds where audience favourites were sent home, judges fought over the best candidates and the remaining contestants sang their...

Rick Ross Clears Up Trayvon Lyric After Controversy: "We're All Trayvon Martin"

27th February 2014 -

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Rick Ross has felt compelled to clarify a line from one of his songs that addresses the fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin that occurred last year. On the 11th track of his latest...

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27th January 2014 -

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Over the past week, Justin Bieber has quickly turned into the most hated teenager in America – at least that’s the impression one could get from a simple Twitter search. So naturally, during the PR...

Usher Promises 'Believe' Will Show You The Truth About Justin Bieber

20th December 2013 -

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Justin Bieber has appeared to be on somewhat of a downward spiral in the last few years, but maybe it's just his way of growing up? Bieber's friend Usher told MTV he beliebs…rather, he believes…...

Michael Jordan And Yvette Prieto's Baby Announcement Caught Everyone Off Guard

30th November 2013 -

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While Michael Jordan’s sports career is behind him, he is entering a whole new stage of life, as the baller and his wife Yvette Prieto have announced that they are expecting their first child. This...

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19th November 2013 -

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When Justin Bieber was discovered by Scooter Braun and Usher Raymond after performing his songs on YouTube, he had no idea that he would soon become an international superstar. The media was initially enthused by...

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Usher has a decent voice but his dancing sucks. He's no Michael Jackson. He has the goofiest moves, especially in that stupid commercial with the bee. He's too talk and lanky to be a dancer. Stick to singing.

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Lisa Fay Larson

Usher, I greatly appreciate all you are doing artistically - you are amazing - and what you are doing for Josh on The Voice. Yesterday I took a "me" day and drove alone in a beautiful countryside. I brought along a CD I have played many, many times but have not heard in quite a while. Billy Joel's "River of Dreams". When "All About Soul" played I found myself totally engaged and I was moved to tears. I thought about what a terrific song this would be for Josh - not just to shine as brilliantly as he does - but to enrapture the audience. Please, please consider this. -Lisa Larson Capitola, California

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cena justen

Dire usher Hi I am cena and I have music’s and I need to work but I don’t have a power to do it Usher I have music 1. For brazil world cup Tittle is I know same ting 2. Love music like jb And help me I don’t need any money I need to sing only first you work and you love it Do it I now usher you help me . see me and I think you happy . Cena adunga My . mob +251-9-20-05-54-91Emile cenaadunga@yahoo

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marleenia boo

Hi usher this is me marleenia I'm your number 1 fan of all times I love you sexy body. and you new movie I'm going to get it as soon as it comes out on dvd. Love your #1 fan you will always be my favor R&B singer. I love you USHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 years 9 months ago
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hi i am a massive fan of usher and wanted to know when he is doing his next uk tour

8 years 8 months ago
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cotton candy

Hey usher papa bear i am so sorry that u are under the weather,i know u are tired and ill,so try to get better fast because u know u have a birthday coming up in a couple of days and u need to have fun so we can party in newyork,haha, get well ans have a happy birthday.

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Hi Usher,I like all your movements if you know what i mean"""""I always have good news about you,be back with more,i love you.................

8 years 10 months ago
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my grand-daughter will turn 15 on March 21st and she loves usher. how can i get a message to him to send her a special birthday message?

3 years 10 months ago
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oh my good USher!!i loove U just toooo much..i know that everybody says this, but i`m ofcourse ofcourse your #1 fan..:DCause i loove you so so so much that i just think about you all the time!!Everything i do you`re on my mind all the time..Even if i`m happy i`ll think about U and even if I`m sadI cry for every dam day!!i cry so much that U have make me a crygirl..:)i mean you`re songs really gets me..i feel excacly the way you feel and the way you think..the CD that effects me the must is ofcource 8701..because the songs really make me cry..and ofcourse they`re good.too...Hope U`re allright and never give up..yeah!That`s all!!Bye you sexxi thing!!!!!!lol

8 years 11 months ago
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