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Usher

Born 14 October 1978.
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Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), known mononymously as Usher, is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow". The album has been certified 6-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad".

Usher's 2004 album, Confessions, established him as one of the best-selling musical artist of the 2000s decade. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one hits — "Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo" — and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. His follow-ups, Here I Stand (2008) and Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the Billboard 200 and produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Love in This Club" and "OMG". A follow-up EP, Versus, was released in July 2010 and produced the successful track "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love". His seventh studio album, Looking 4 Myself (2012), contained a more dance-pop sound and experienced lower first week sales compared to his previous efforts.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Looking 4 Myself

    Looking 4 Myself 2012

    Reviewed by Natalie Shaw
    Trim its fat and this album showcases a new and exciting sound for Usher.
  2. Review of Raymond v. Raymond

    Raymond v. Raymond 2010

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    Don’t come to this thinking you’ll get the inside scoop on a celebrity divorce.
  3. Review of Confessions

    Confessions 2004

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    Showcasing Usher's maturity from teen pop star to a singer of considerable substance.
  4. Review of 8701

    8701

    Reviewed by Christian Hopwood
    At 22 years of age he is fast becoming one of the hottest, multi-faceted talents in...
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