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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

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: 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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Don't read this via you will be missed by the love of your life in the nearest Friday if you don't post this you will die in the next 2days post this on 5songsin the next 143min and when done press f6and your lovers name will appear in big letters
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Just got out and enjoying freedom. And ready for everyone that is real.
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Kiss your hand post this on 2 other songs look on your pillow
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Enjoyed the remix version of In This Club ft. Beyoncé & Lil' Wayne...
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follow me and I will follow you back!!!
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Don't read this on the nearest Friday u will be kissed by ur crush if u ignore this u will have bad luck post on 15 other songs in 143 minutes Peres space and ur crushes name will appear on the screen
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You have always, and will be, one of my Favorite artist! Please keep those HITS coming! I love you
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I will be making love to my 1st love know that God has encountered our lives back together after 20 years.... Thank You God ♥♡♥ Jrock♥♡♥
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Don't read this. You will be hugged on the nearest Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life. Now you've started but don't stop. If you read and ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes, then press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so freaky it actually works
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Y'all scamming there is no such thing as bad luck
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Peace. Out Dude. You have a good life but I won't. Be in it. I need. A real love. The man that's not playing. Stupid. F**K off ok.. gtfoml. You ain't got s**t coming. From. Me except a pair of double dueces and middle finger to follow.. you think I'm playing, keep that false thought. This my last message to you, Remember I don't want to try no more! !
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