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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.
Usher has reportedly hired the manager who first introduced him to Justin Bieber.
Scooter Braun has signed on to take charge of the R&B star's career, adding the Yeah! hitmaker to a stable of artists that also includes Bieber, Kanye West, Tori Kelly, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
Sources tell Billboard Braun has also signed rising Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa to his management company.
The news comes just four months after Braun and former client Ariana Grande parted ways in February (16).
Continue reading: Usher Recruits Bieber Boss As His New Manager - Report
Rapper Wale is reportedly expecting his first child with longtime girlfriend Chloe Jourdan.
The Pretty Girls hitmaker has been dating Jourdan on and off since she featured in his music video for his 2010 song Diary, and now it appears the couple is set to welcome a baby.
Jourdan's sister has been sharing photos of the model's growing baby bump on her social media pages, but the parents-to-be have yet to officially comment on the news.
Wale is known for keeping his personal life private, but last year (15), he opened up about an ex-girlfriend who suffered a miscarriage during their relationship, which caused him to fall into a depression.
Continue reading: Rapper Wale To Be A Father - Report
An overzealous Usher fan has been arrested outside an Atlanta, Georgia recording studio after allegedly breaking the terms of a restraining order.
Darshelle Jones was slapped with her latest stay-away order last year (15), when she was banned from contacting the Yeah! hitmaker and told to stay at least 200 yards (183 metres) away from the superstar.
She reportedly ignored the warning earlier this month (May16), when she was spotted across the street from a recording studio where Usher was working.
A police source tells TMZ.com Jones was trying to film the singer on her iPad, just 100 feet (30.5 metres) away from the building.
Continue reading: Usher's Alleged Stalker Arrested
Christina Aguilera and Usher are lending their voices to a new TV series about the animal kingdom.
The singers, who are both regulars on U.S. reality programme The Voice, will be featured in a show called Hello World!, a six-part series about the wonders of the natural world.
The show, made in association with the World Wildlife Fund, will use musicians' narration and music to tell little known stories about animals in the wild in an effort to inspire conservationism for all generations.
Aguilera's episode will feature her song Light Up the Sky, and she will showcase the strategies of maternal caregivers in the animal world.
Continue reading: Christina Aguilera And Usher Featured In Nature Docu-series
The Weeknd has apologised to Usher after accidentally overlooking the R&B star's record-setting Billboard Music Awards haul over a decade ago.
The Canadian singer went into Sunday's (22May15) ceremony with 19 nominations, and won winning an impressive eight trophies.
Following the Las Vegas event, he took to Twitter to show his gratitude for the clutch of awards, writing, "we took home 8! more than any male artist in history Thank you @billboard".
But Usher's meticulous fans hounded The Hills singer overnight and throughout Monday (23May16), correcting him on social media and noting that their idol was presented with 14 awards in 2004, thanks to his chart-topping album Confessions and the singles Yeah! and Burn.
Continue reading: The Weeknd Apologises To Usher For Billboard Music Awards Mix-up
The awkward moment when your emoji isn't big enough.
Here's one unsolicited nude pic you might be grateful for; Usher decided to bare all for his fans on Snapchat yesterday (April 28th 2016) with a full-frontal shot of himself with his member on show. He tried to cover it up with an emoji but ermm... said emoji wasn't big enough.
Usher goes nude for Snapchat
We're not sure whether this was a deliberate mistake or not (he might be all like, 'Hey, even an emoji can't hide it!') but we're going to go with not. It seemed he wanted to do a bit of a Kim Kardashian by revealing his naked form to his fans with strategically placed cover-ups, but he probably could've done with another emoji because the majority of his manhood was still visibly on show - including, not to sound crass but, the tip.
Continue reading: 'OMG' Indeed! Usher Bares Manhood In 'Steamy' Snapchat Selfie
R&B superstar Usher was left exposed on Thursday (28Apr16) after sharing a steaming nude 'selfie' online.
The Yeah! hitmaker was enjoying a naked steam treatment and decided to take a photo to post on social media app Snapchat.
In the black-and-white image, which the singer took from an unflattering angle, he is shown seated, with his manhood on full display.
"blowin off steam", he captioned the picture, carefully placing the words across the shot and using an emoji to preserve his modesty.
Continue reading: Usher Exposes Himself In Naked Selfie
Celebrities including Kal Penn, Usher and Dave Matthews have hit Cuba as part of an arts and humanities committee.
Borders between America and the communist country opened up for tourism in 2014 after a decades-long ban between the nations, and the new delegation, which is comprised of 20 artists, arrived in Havana on Monday (18Apr16) to help bolster relationships in arts and culture between the two regions.
Usher's new group of cultural ambassadors is representing U.S. President Barack Obama during a four-day trip.
"Cuba showing so much love!," Usher wrote on Instagram.com. "The energy was insane yesterday!!! People climbing in trees, on the rooftops, & flooding the streets running. The arts and culture here is so refreshing and authentic. Love u guys so much."
Continue reading: Usher And Kal Penn In Cuba For Cultural Trip
Usher thrilled Justin Bieber fans in Georgia on Wednesday night (13Apr16) when he showed up for the pop star's Atlanta gig.
The Baby singer's mentor joined Bieber onstage for an acoustic rendition of his 2001 hit U Got It Bad, and then the pair teamed up on a medley of Usher songs, including I Don't Mind and U Don't Have To Call.
After the show, Bieber took to Twitter to thank the Yeah! hitmaker and Akon, who also briefly hit the stage with the headliner.
He wrote, "That was one of the best yet. Thank you to big bros @Usher and @Akon for coming out. Made Ush play all the hits."
Hip-hop icons such as Busta Rhymes, Queen Latifah and Usher will be included on an upcoming mixtape featuring tracks from blockbuster musical Hamilton.
After the original Broadway cast album was released in September (15), the hip-hop musical's creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed he hoped to recruit some of music's biggest stars for his new record The Hamilton Mixtape, featuring "Remixes & Covers & Inspired bys".
Songs from Hamilton, which tells the story of America's founding father Alexander Hamilton, were inspired by Miranda's hip-hop heroes, and he included numerous references to their songs within the tracks, including hits by Busta Rhymes.
Continue reading: Usher And Busta Rhymes Among Stars On Hamilton Mixtape
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What's it really all about....Terror promotes fear. Hate is fear. 🤔
Love is the only answer. #prayfororlando
To an amazing soul and voice...may your legacy live on forever. Rest in peace beautiful, Christina
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