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Usher

One of the most successful pop-R&B artists of the late 20th century and the early 21st century, Usher debuted during the mid-'90s as a fresh-faced teenager. As part of the thriving LaFace label roster, he made an instant impact in R&B's post-new jack swing era. He successfully rode mainstream songwriting and production trends across three decades and peaked artistically and commercially during the mid-2000s, when his landmark fourth album, Confessions, outshone all of its competitors. It generated four straight number one pop hits and joined the ranks of Thriller, Whitney Houston, and CrazySexyCool by achieving diamond platinum status -- over ten million copies sold in the U.S. More than anyone else, as a singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, and all-around entertainer, Usher was the successor to Michael Jackson.

Born Usher Terry Raymond IV in Dallas, Texas, Usher spent much of his childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee and eventually moved to Atlanta, Georgia for the sake of his budding music career. After a LaFace A&R representative spotted him on Star Search, his career took off. The 14-year-old auditioned for LaFace co-founder L.A. Reid, who signed the gospel choir boy to a recording contract. In 1994, Usher released his debut album of the same name, which featured co-executive producer Sean "Puffy" Combs. The first single, "Think of You," gained Usher wide recognition and reached gold status. From that initial exposure, Usher was approached to do other projects. In 1995, he recorded a national holiday jingle for Coca-Cola. He also joined several top male R&B vocalists to form Black Men United for the single "You Will Know," featured on the Jason's Lyric soundtrack. He also teamed with teen singing sensation Monica for a remake of Latimore's "Let's Straighten It Out."

After graduating from high school, Usher released his sophomore album, My Way, in 1997. In an attempt to display his maturity and songwriting abilities, he co-wrote six of the nine songs and enlisted the help of producers Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, and, again, Combs. The album's first single, "You Make Me Wanna," reestablished Usher as one of R&B's hottest artists, and also made him a crossover sensation. It topped Billboard's R&B chart for 11 weeks, hit number two on the Hot 100, and eventually went double platinum. Both of the follow-up singles, "Nice & Slow" and "My Way," also went platinum; the former stayed at number one on the R&B chart for eight weeks and became his first number one pop single. In the meantime, Usher launched an acting career, appearing in the 1998 horror spoof The Faculty and the 1999 urban high-school drama Light It Up.

To tide fans over until his next studio release, Usher issued a concert recording titled simply Live in 1999. He returned on the Arista label with his third proper album, 8701, in 2001, and progressed from a teen pop star to a sultry R&B singer. Three years later, Arista released the single "Yeah!" Produced by Lil Jon and guesting Ludacris, the addictive, lightly crunk cut fast became a club favorite, and then it went global -- a number one pop hit in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and several other territories. Confessions, the parent album, was Usher's most mature and diverse work. It won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album, while "Yeah!" took home the award for Best Rapped/Sung Collaboration. He starred in 2005's In the Mix and returned in 2008 with Here I Stand, an album that topped the Billboard 200 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts but inevitably failed to do as well as what preceded it.

Raymond v Raymond, inspired in part by the end of Usher's marriage, was released in 2010 as three of its songs were climbing the charts. Its buzz single, "Papers," had already topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. An EP titled Versus followed later in the year. Led by another Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart-topper, "Climax" (co-produced by Diplo), Looking 4 Myself was issued in 2012, driven by the Top Ten single "Scream," and it became Usher's fourth number one album. A year later, he began a stint as a coach for the NBC talent show The Voice. Usher released singles throughout 2014, including "Good Kisser," "She Came to Give It to You," and "I Don't Mind," the last of which -- featuring Juicy J -- peaked just outside the Top Ten of the Hot 100. ~ Lynda Lane & Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Looking 4 Myself (Deluxe Version)

1. Can't Stop Won't Stop

2. Scream

3. Climax

4. I Care For U

5. Show Me

6. Lemme See

7. Twisted

8. Dive

9. What Happened To U

10. Looking 4 Myself

11. Numb

12. Lessons For The Lover

13. Sins Of My Father

14. Euphoria

15. I.F.U.

16. Say The Words

17. 2nd Round

18. Hot Thing

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Track List: Versus

1. Love Em All

2. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love

3. Hot Tottie

4. Lay You Down

5. Lingerie

6. There Goes My Baby

7. Get In My Car

8. Somebody To Love Remix

9. Stranger

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Track List: Raymond V. Raymond

1. Monstar

2. Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)

3. There Goes My Baby

4. Lil Freak

5. She Don't Know

6. OMG

7. Mars Vs Venus

8. Pro Lover

9. Foolin' Around

10. Papers

11. So Many Girls

12. Guilty

13. Okay

14. Making Love (Into The Night)

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Track List: Here I Stand

1. Intro

2. Love In This Club

3. This Ain't Sex

4. Trading Places

5. Moving Mountains

6. What's Your Name

7. Prayer For You (Interlude)

8. Something Special

9. Love You Gently

10. Best Thing

11. Before I Met You

12. His Mistakes

13. Appetite

14. What's A Man To Do

15. Lifetime

17. Here I Stand

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Track List: Confessions

1. Intro

2. Yeah!

3. Throwback

5. Confessions Part II

6. Burn

7. Caught Up

9. Superstar

10. Truth Hurts

11. Simple Things

12. Bad Girl

13. That's What It's Made For

14. Can U Handle It?

15. Do It To Me

16. Take Your Hand

17. Follow Me

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Track List: Confessions (Special Edition)

1. Intro

2. Yeah!

3. Throwback

4. Confessions

5. Confessions Part II

6. Burn

7. Caught Up

9. Superstar

10. Truth Hurts

11. Simple Things

12. Bad Girl

13. That's What It's Made For

14. Can U Handle It?

15. Do It To Me

16. Take Your Hand

17. Follow Me

19. Red Light

20. Seduction

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Track List: 8701 (Dual Disc Edition)

1. Intro-lude 8701

2. U Remind Me

3. I Don't Know

4. Twork It Out

5. U Got It Bad

6. If I Want To

7. I Can't Let U Go

8. U Don't Have To Call

10. Can U Help Me

11. How Do I Say

12. Hottest Thing

13. Good Ol' Ghetto

14. U-Turn

15. U R The One

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Track List: My Way

1. You Make Me Wanna...

2. Just Like Me

3. Nice & Slow

4. Slow Jam

5. My Way

6. Come Back

7. I Will

8. Bedtime

9. One Day You'll Be Mine

10. You Make Me Wanna...(Extended Version)

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Track List: Usher

1. I'll Make It Right

2. Interlude 1

3. Can U Get Wit It

4. Think Of You

5. Crazy

6. Slow Love

7. The Many Ways

8. I'll Show You Love

9. Interlude 2

10. Love Was Here

11. Whispers

12. You Took My Heart

13. Smile Again

14. Final Goodbye

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Track List: Crash (Single)

1. Crash

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Track List: DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love (Radio Single)

1. DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love

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Track List: Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix) (Single)

1. Good Kisser (Disclosure Remix)

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Track List: Good Kisser (Single)

1. Good Kisser

2. Good Kisser

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Track List: Hush (Radio Single)

1. Hush

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Track List: I Don't Mind (Single) (Explicit)

1. I Don't Mind (Feat. Juicy J)

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Track List: More (Radio Single)

1. More

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Track List: More (RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix) (Radio Single)

1. More (RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix)

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Track List: No Limit (Single) (Explicit)

1. No Limit (Feat. Young Thug)

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Track List: She Came To Give It To You (Single) (Explicit)

1. She Came To Give It To You (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

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Yaws no limit
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My Boo
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if u a tru fan/friend
u down thru it all not just when its up ...
stay real people
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Burn .... :(
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I love usher ❤❤❤ a lot of artist have turned to autotune. But usher keeps it real! He's 100% for real
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A true star Usher is the Bomb. Thia track omg i love it.
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Yes!! That's what's up. ...
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I love your songs ***
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Oooiohweeee shout out 2 all the beautiful and sexy women around the world Memphis tn we hear u hear me
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I've played this song out.. another great showcase of his great talent!!!
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I'm in love wit this song ������������
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Best pop song ever
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Yassssss!!!
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Usher you r soooooo cute if I could Mary you I would treat u right�������
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How old was he when he did this song??
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Say iPhone five times say the color post this on two songs then look under your pillow
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Love this
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Love you usher
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I loved usher s.soo. much
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I kissed my hands 5 tiems
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I love Usher's smooth voice. He also has good dance moves.
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Hey cutei
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Ayee!
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I like all our songs
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Hi usher my name is Aryana
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No limit baby
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I love somebody to love by Justin bieber featuring usher!❤❤����
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This is my song
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Say iphone 5 time say the color post this on two songs then look under your pillow
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This song i rember joe
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Sorry but does this really go to Usher
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This is my song
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No Limit Baby
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Dj got us falling in love
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You make me wanna be the one
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I LOVE YOUR MUSIC SO MUCH
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Don't read this! It's freaky but you will be kissed on the nearest Friday possible! By the love of your life. But if you ignore this you will have bad luck! Put this message on 15 other songs in the next 145 minutes, then press the space button and your crushes name will appear in big words it's weird but it works
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Love ur songs so much
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Say iPhone 5 time say the color post this on two songs then look under your pillow
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Keep hand closed and do this till I say open. Got it. Make 2 wishes and blow hard. Then post this to 5 other songs. Open now.
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Say iPhone 5 times say the color post this on two songs then look under your pillow
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Hi Usher

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Don't read this.you will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday.tommo r o w will ever the best day of your life.now that you are reading this don't stop or you will have bad luck post this on 15 songs in the next 143 minutes press the space bar and your crushes name will appear
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I love this song
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Yeah by usher
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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
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