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 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.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
The annual environmental awareness event is taking place in the American capital this Saturday (April 18th).
The free concert is held this coming Saturday (April 18th) in the American capital on the National Mall. Hosted by Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am and Soledad O’Brien, it is also due to feature speeches from the United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.
Usher is one of the star names who will be performing at the Earth Day Rally in Washington this weekend
Continue reading: Performers Unveiled For 2015 Earth Day Rally In Washington D.C.
The R&B superstar is back to his best
It could be said that veteran R&B star, Usher, has been fading from the musical limelight after an underperforming seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself, released in 2011, a postponed eighth offering and a plethora of fresh, new talent rising through the ranks.
Usher wowed London crowds at O2 Arena with his big hits
So, at the ripe old age of 36 after revealing he has been in the moonwalking and body-popping game for a grand total of 23 years - could this once fierce juggernaut of American tunes regain his fire during the final outing of his URX (Usher Raymond Experience) Tour at 02 Arena last night?
Continue reading: Usher Impresses At London's O2 Arena
Usher posted a picture of his extremely red eye on Instagram on Friday (2nd January) and joked "You should see the other guy". Usher's picture coincides with reports that the singer was involved in a fight on New Year's Eve at a Miami nightclub.
Usher may have been involved in a fight whilst attending a party on New Year's Eve. Reports suggest Usher may have been defending his girlfriend and he sustained an injury to his eye in doing so.
A source claimed Usher was involved in fight on New Year's Eve.
It seems the R&B star knows exactly how to deal with the Canadian singer's bad boy antics.
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 couple of years, and he definitely won't stay silent about it.
Usher has been Bieber's mentor since he was first discovered, aged 13
"I'm not happy with all the choices my friend has made," Usher said to Billboard when talking about Bieber.
Once again, Usher has stepped in to defend his protege.
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 new record – release date delayed and as-of-yet unknown.
Usher isn't really a best-seller anymore, but he's still at the top of his game.
While his sales have been dropping for the past two albums - 2012's Looking 4 Myself, has sold 504,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan — 800,000 fewer than the one before it, 2010's Raymond vs. Raymond – and his brand of R&B isn’t exactly on trend at the moment, Usher has plenty of other income streams to put food on the table. And gold rims on his Segway, of course. He’s set to play Sugar Ray Leonard opposite Robert De Niro in the forthcoming Hands of Stone and has coached two seasons on NBC's The Voice, winning the second time around. He has a profitable perfume line and owns a small piece of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. And that’s only the latest in a long list of achievements in his two-decade career.