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Usher Biography

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: 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!').

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

In August 2007, Usher married Tameka Foster, who gave birth to their first child on 26.11.2007. Their son was named Raymond Usher V.

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The Latest Usher News

Gwen Stefani Joins The Voice Usa

19th April 2014

Gwen Stefani has reportedly joined 'The Voice' USA. The 44-year-old singer will replace Christina Aguilera - who is expecting her...

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

1st April 2014

Pharrell Williams is to replace The Voice's outgoing coach, Cee Lo Green, who recently announced that he's be stepping away...

Pharrell Williams Joins 'the Voice' Usa

31st March 2014

Pharrell Williams plans to have ''fun'' being a judge on 'The Voice' USA.The 'Happy' hitmaker shared his excitement on Twitter...

Celine Dion Muppets Role Scripted With Her In Mind

31st March 2014

Celine Dion's role in the 'Muppets Most Wanted' was scripted with her in mind.The film which stars children's favourites Kermit...

Usher Values Sons Above Everything

19th March 2014

Usher's sons are his ''most prized possession''.The 'Scream' hitmaker is father to Usher, six, and five-year-old Naviyd - who he...

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Usher Reviews

Celine Dion Muppets role scripted with her in mind

31st March 2014

Celine Dion's role in the 'Muppets Most Wanted' was scripted with her in mind.The film...

Usher - Foolin' Around Single Review

8th July 2010

Its' not a single yet, but it bloody should be. This is Usher at his...

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Clearly designed with his 12-year-old female fanbase in mind, this backstage myth-making doc wants to...

Fade To Black 2004, Review by Pete Croatto

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The Latest Usher Press Releases

Usher Announces 4th And Final 2011 02 London Show Date

12th October 2010

Having sold 100,000 tickets in a day for his first OMG UK tour dates, the multi-Platinum...

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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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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Usher, I am so happy for you and your lady.

7 years 1 month 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 2 weeks 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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OH EM GEE. FIRST OFF ..THESE LIL FAKE FANS...NEEDS STFU ASAP. lmbo. i love usher ode__HES DA BESTTT. i swear..i love him wit all muh heart. and nevah will dat change. hes songs are haert tpuching and meanful..espeacially his new one "moving mountains".. i love it...got all his cd's dvd's MAD POSTERSS ! ugh. if anybody got something to say bout this commment. hit me up hatters!! http://www.myspace.com/1_diva_andy USHERS WIFEY ! IM OUTTIE

6 years 1 month ago
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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 2 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 2 months ago
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I love Ushers B...

Hey sexy how are you doing my name is Dezaree and i think you have a sexy body in all of your movies

7 years 12 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

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