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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. His contestant, Josh Kaufman, would go on to win season six of the competition in May 2014. Meanwhile, Usher released singles throughout the year, 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. These tracks were supposed to be included on his then-titled album, UR. Despite an international tour and a new single "Chains" (which featured Nas and Bibi Bourelly), the album's release was continually delayed.

In 2016, Usher starred as Sugar Ray Leonard in the movie Hands of Stone. New track "Champions" (with Ruben Blades) was included on the film's soundtrack. It would be one of four singles -- along with "Missin' U," "Crash," and "No Limit" featuring Young Thug -- released in preparation for his eighth album, now-titled Hard II Love, which was released in September 2016. ~ 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: 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

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

9. Without U (Interlude)

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: 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: Good Kisser (Single) (Explicit)

1. Good Kisser

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Track List: Hard II Love

1. Need U

2. Missin U

3. No Limit (Feat. Young Thug)

4. Bump

5. Let Me

6. Downtime

7. Crash

8. Make U A Believer

9. Mind Of A Man

10. FWM

11. Rivals (Feat. Future)

12. Tell Me

13. Hard II Love

14. Stronger

15. Champions (From The Motion Picture "Hands Of Stone") (Feat. Usher & Rubén Blades)

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Track List: Hard II Love (Explicit)

1. Need U

2. Missin U

3. No Limit (Feat. Young Thug)

4. Bump

5. Let Me

6. Downtime

7. Crash

8. Make U A Believer

9. Mind Of A Man

10. FWM

11. Rivals (Feat. Future)

12. Tell Me

13. Hard II Love

14. Stronger

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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

16. Love In This Club, Pt. II

17. Here I Stand

18. Will Work For Love

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Track List: Hot Tottie (Radio Single)

1. Hot Tottie

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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: Missin U (Single)

1. Missin U

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Track List: More

1. More (RedOne Jimmy Joker Remix)

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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: Rivals (Single) (Explicit)

1. Rivals (Feat. Future)

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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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Track List: Wait For It (From The Hamilton Mixtape) (Single)

1. Wait For It

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thx for the great music
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He's. Sexy...... Has been all his life. Great artist ....,wish I could meet him....in my wildest dreams.
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1 kiss left hand
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YOUR VOICE IS REALLY SOMETHING ELSE. WHICH IS A GOOD THANG AS FAR AS I AM CONCERN
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Kiss your hand 5 times tgen post this on 5 differeny songs and a pink or blue I phone will be under your pillow
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Kiss your hand say your crushes name say your name say a weekday post on 5 songs and your crush will ask you out
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Dont read this you will be kissed on the nearest friday by your crush stop reading and u will have bad luck post on 15 other songs in 43 minutes then press the space bar
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These boys make my friends question if I'm really a virgin
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My dream is special guys writting songs for me lol u can singing see you or...but like your dancing a good things usher i love you my proud of you can do it performs
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life now that you have started reading this don't stop or you'll have bad luck put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes when your done press the spacebar and your crushes name will appear on the screen its so creepy it actually works.
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Kiss your hand. Say your crushes name. Say your name. Say a weekday. Post this on 5 different songs and your crush will ask you out.
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Great song u don't hear real music no more
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I love ur songs ����������
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You are my husband
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You are so cute
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you cool
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Papers an let it burn are my ex's ring tones..I love all your songs!
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Say your name
Say a weekday
Post this on 5 diff songs and your crush will ask you out that day
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Sow cool!!!
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No limit❤️
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Black iPhone
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I'm listening to You Make Me Wanna
By Usher ❤❤❤❤❤✊
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Hi
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Kiss your hand five times then post this on five different songs and a pink or blue iPhone will be under your pillow
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Very. Talented!!!
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Yes usher you will all ways be my boo gay or not gay
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no BOI y0U iS gAy pAst0r4297
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So hot!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love you
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That I don't believe because what happens if you already asked them out and they say no or they already have a girlfriend ,an what if you ask out your other crush and they say your hot,cute,sex y but there in 8th grade and they don't date 6th graders
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love 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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I love this song u life there is no limit
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Iol love ushers song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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I am a huge fan of you Usher I am Bryan Morales my dad is Francisco Morales my mom is Marcela Sinche
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Yeah was the number one hit in the world the day I was born ��
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Yay a original
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Don't read this u will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life now that u started reading this u can't quite or you'll have bad luck, put this on 15 different songs in 143 minutes when u r done press the space bar and ur crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is sooo freaky cause it actually works
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Don't read this you will be kissed on a Friday by the love of your life if you ignore you will get bad luck send this to 15 other songs in 144 minutes press the space bar when your done and your crushes name will appear it actually works
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U are a legend
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Read this .the nearest friday your crush will kiss u send this to 15 peopl in 143 or u will be in bad luck
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i love this song
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