Usher is an American recording artist and actor. Usher rose to fame in the 1990s and after releasing his albums My Way (1997) and 8701 (2001). He followed this with Confessions (2004), which has sold over ten million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA. Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R&B artist in history, has sold over 20 million copies worldwide, and was named the best selling R&B album of the 2000s decade. Usher has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
In 2008, Usher was ranked as the 21st most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine, and RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 21.5 million copies in the United States alone. Billboard Magazine ranked Usher the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, and his 2004 album Confessions was ranked as the top solo album and second most successful overall album of the last decade.
On March 30, 2010, Usher released his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond, which became his third consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. He has also won 5 Grammy Awards, and has achieved ten #1 singles worldwide, including nine on the Billboard Hot 100. He has also achieved fifteen Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, thirteen as a lead artist, two as a featured artist.
Usher was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Raymond III. Usher spent the majority of his young life in Chattanooga: his father left the family when Usher was one year old, and they relocated to Chattanooga, where Usher lived with his mother, then-step father, and half-brother, James Lackey, born in 1984. Directed by his mother, Usher joined the local church youth choir in Chattanooga when he was nine years old; there, his grandmother discovered his ability to sing, although it was not until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally. In the belief that a city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent, Usher's family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for beginning singers. While in Atlanta, Usher attended North Springs High School. Usher's father died of a heart attack on January 21, 2008.
Chosen one of "Teen People" magazine's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" (1999).
American R&B/rap singer, who has sold approximately 30 million albums worldwide.
Won 2 Grammy Awards, Best Male R&B Performance 2001 for U Remind Me, and Best Male R&B Performance 2002 for U Don't Have To Call.
Voted #1 on BET's "All Shades of Fine: The 25 Hottest Men of the Past 25 Years" (2005)
Won three Grammy Awards in 2005 for "R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals", "Rap/Sung Collaboration" and "Contemporary R&B Album".
Ranked #47 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
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