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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

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 (Special Edition)

1. Intro

2. Yeah!

4. Confessions

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: Confessions

1. Intro

2. Yeah!

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: 8701 (Dual Disc Edition)

1. Intro-lude 8701

2. U Remind Me

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: Usher Live

1. My Way (Live)

2. Think Of You (Live)

3. Come Back (Live)

4. Just Like Me (Live)

5. Don't Be Cruel (Intro) (Live)

6. Every Little Step (Live)

7. Rock Wit'cha (Live)

8. Roni (Live)

9. Pianolude (Live)

10. I Need Love (Live)

11. Tender Love (Live)

12. Bedtime (Live)

13. Nice & Slow (Live)

14. You Make Me Wanna... (Live)

15. My Way (JD's Remix)

16. Nice & Slow (B-Rock's Basement Mix)

17. You Make Me Wanna... (Tuff & Jam Dance Mix)

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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: 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)

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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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Dont try this it actually works
1.kiss your left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say a school day
5.say your name
6.post this on 5 other songs and your crusg will ask you out on that day. You have 2 hours to complete
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1.kiss ur left hand 2. Say U r Crushes Name 3. Close ur hand 4.say a school day 5. Say ur name 6. Post this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day you have 2 hours to complete
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works!
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Don't try this it actually works
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say a school day
5.say your name
6.past this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day you have 2 hours to complete
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Dont read this you will be kissed on the nearest posible Friday by the love of your life . Tomorrow will be the best day of u life now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky
1. Say your name 10 times
2. Say your moms name 5 times
3. Say your crushes name 3 times
4. Send this to 15 ppl

Send this to 15 ppl in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will
Apear
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Love
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works!
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Usher u are so amazing love u
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works
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DJ Got Us Falling In Love
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My aunt love this sing by the it's good
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Your Justin beiber naver say naver song nanber love him cute
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pickla42
I've always loved this song....Time l e s s ! ! ! Usher's voice is awesome & forever�����
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This is true
1 kiss your hand
2say your crushes name
3 pick a school day
Post this on 5 songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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Yes
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I love the song don't tell. So cool��
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I love you Usher
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Love this song yeah baby ��
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You are so awesome!!!!! !
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Love In This Club
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Confession
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Love it
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Burn
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kereyes74
Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Pick a school day
Post this on 5other songs and your crush will as you out on that day
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love it
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Omg
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Yeah!
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Hi b**ches
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dorisracine
1 Kiss your left hand
2 Say your crushes name
3 Pick a school day
Post this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day
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Confession yep, the best song
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usher
love you my friend and love you and love your songs and video and audio pafer match just you and dance and sing I love sweet paons and sweet heart and sweet friend and my boyfriend and pafer match
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F**k he is so sexy and cute I like his voice
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Don't try this it actually works
1. Kiss ur left hand
2. Say ur crushes name
3. Close ur hand
4. Pick a school day
5. Say ur name
6. Post this on 5 other songs and ur crush will ask u out on that day
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DJ Got US Fallin' In Love
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Sexy dude, lol. F****** awesome raps.
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Omg I f**king. His. Songz. Tho
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Yup :-P
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There was a girl she got bullied and the bullies push her down a sewer and she broke her neck and her spirit came up and she got revenge and if you don't post this on 15 others people she will kill you
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There was a girl she got bullied and the bullies push her down a sewer and she broke her neck and her spirit came up and she got revenge and if you don't post this on 15 others people she will kill you
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There was a girl she got bullied and the bullies push her down a sewer and she broke her neck and her spirit came up and she got revenge and if you don't post this on 15 others people she will kill you
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There was a girl she got bullied and the bullies push her down a sewer and she broke her neck and her spirit came up and she got revenge and if you don't post this on 15 others people she will kill you
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Bomb azz colabo
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I know this is creepy but it works.
You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Repost this on 15 different songs in 143 minutes. If you don't you will have bad luck. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters.

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Superstar***
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Gnnny love you baby l'off
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Most of his songs are amazing... I haven't heard then all though
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