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Famous as :

R&B/pop singer, actor

Birth Name :

Usher Raymond IV

Birth Date :

October 14, 1978

Birth Place :

Dallas, Texas, USA

Spouse :

Tameka Foster (stylist, 3-Aug-07 - 4-Nov-09)

Claim to fame :

Single "You Make Me Wanna" from album "My Way" (1997)


R&B professional singer Usher Raymond IV was born on October 14, 1978 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was raised there alongside his younger brother James by his single parent mother named Jonnetta Patton, who previously worked as a full-timer in an office. Usher began his singing career at his six-year age by joining the local church choir. Next at his twelfth year age, the guy followed his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he began participating in various local talent shows. Later on in 1992, he met Bryant Reid, brother of the famed R&B producer and co-president of LaFace Records Antonio Reid, in an audition in his school. Got impressed by Usher's singing talent, Bryant attempted his audition for Reid, who at the end offered him a recording contract.

After that began working on his debut album, Usher's hard work came to fruition with the release of his eponymous LP "Usher" on August 30, 1994 under LaFace's wings which sad to say peaked at number 167 on the Billboard 200, making it his lowest-selling album to date selling a little over 50,000 units. In 1996, the will-becoming notable rapper had also made recording jingles for Coca-Cola and that year Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Soon afterwards, together with some other vocalists, Usher formed a vocal group dubbed Black Men United and recorded a song called "U Will Know," featured as the 1994 romantic drama film "Jason's Lyric" soundtrack, which became his most successful to date, reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 late that year and number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Charts. Graduated from North Springs High School in Sandy Springs, Georgia, Usher entered the studio to record his sophomore album "My Way" with 6 out of its 9 tracks were co-written by Usher himself. Released in October 1997, the LP went success as it reached number 4 on the Billboard 200, number 1 on the R&B album charts, number 13 on the Canadian charts and that its two hit singles; "You Make Me Wanna" (1997) and "My Way" (1998) had eventually led the album to be certified multi-platinum.

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New Nina Simone Covers by Lauryn Hill and Usher Released

June 24, 2015 02:42:08 GMT

has covered several Nina Simone classics for a tribute album which will accompany Netflix's upcoming documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?". After treating fans to her take on the legendary singer's "Feeling Good", the former member of returned on Tuesday, June 23 with her version of "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair".

Plagiarism Lawsuit Over Justin Bieber and Usher's 'Somebody to Love' Revived

June 19, 2015 01:57:07 GMT

and must face a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit over their collaboration "Somebody to Love". A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, June 18 that the case which was previously dismissed could now move forward.

'The Voice' Reveals Top 8, Cee-Lo Green, Gwen Stefani and Usher Will Return

April 22, 2015 02:21:51 GMT

"" cut two other contestants when it's back for a live elimination show on Tuesday, April 21. Joshua Davis and Deanna Johnson of Team as well as Rob Taylor of Team were in jeopardy following Monday night's performances. Christina admitted she was shocked that Rob was in the bottom three.

Usher Reunites With Chris Brown for New Song 'All Falls Down'

March 23, 2015 04:31:28 GMT

and fellow R&B superstar are back with a new song. The duo, who last teamed up for "New Flame" off Breezy's newest album "", returned over the weekend with "All Falls Down".

No Doubt and Usher to Headline Global Earth Day

March 06, 2015 19:37:37 GMT

The headliners for the upcoming Global Citizen Earth Day have been revealed. and are among the lineup. They are joined by other performers such as , , , and .

Usher, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran Lined Up for Stevie Wonder Grammy Tribute Concert

January 14, 2015 20:46:05 GMT

Performers taking part at the Grammy tribute next month are revealed. , 's lead singer , and are lined up for the gig along with to honor the legendary singer at a special concert on February 10.

Usher Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Grace Miguel

January 13, 2015 19:16:30 GMT

is apparently ready to give marriage another shot. The 36-year-old R&B singer has reportedly proposed to his longtime girlfriend and business partner Grace Miguel. "She's happy but they're trying to keep it quiet," a source told Us Weekly.

Usher Proves He's 'Still Got It' on New Track Featuring Migos

January 02, 2015 03:52:14 GMT

teamed up with rap trio for his new track, "Still Got It". Debuted just before 2014 ended, the Zaytoven-produced collaboration will land on Digital Trapstars' new mixtape "Screens on Lock: 4th Quarter Press".

Kanye West and Usher to Receive Awards at the 2015 BET Honors

December 11, 2014 06:38:11 GMT

is among those to be honored at the 2015 BET Honors. It was announced on Wednesday, December 10 that the rapper would be presented with the Visionary Award during a ceremony slated to air on BET on February 23, 2015.

Usher Charges Phone in Woman's Vagina at Art Basel Festival

December 05, 2014 09:14:26 GMT

was caught on camera charging his phone in a woman's vagina when visiting the Art Basel Festival in Miami on Wednesday, December 3. In some photos which emerged online, the singer who sported a khaki shirt and black pants was one of some people who gathered around a naked woman providing the phone charging service.

Unheard Usher Song 'Cuz We Can' Surfaces Online

November 28, 2014 03:41:19 GMT

A never-heard-before song by has just landed online. Titled "Cuz We Can", the slow-tempo R&B tune features a sample of 's 2013 collaboration with , "Top of the World".

Video: Usher Joined by Chris Brown, August Alsina and More at L.A. Concert

November 24, 2014 03:55:13 GMT

invited some surprise guests when he recently brought his "UR Experience" tour to Los Angeles. He excited the crowd who packed the Staples Center when he brought out and performed with fellow R&B stars including and .

Usher Joined Onstage by Trey Songz at Chicago Concert

November 19, 2014 08:24:35 GMT

made a special appearance when brought his "UR Experience" tour to Chicago on Monday night, November 17. Taking the stage at the city's United Center, the two R&B superstars excited the crowd with a remix to "I Luv This S**t".

Usher's New Song 'Clueless' Lands Online

November 17, 2014 08:02:57 GMT

A new song has landed online. The track called "Clueless" hit the web less than a week after the singer announced he'd made it available as a download in the specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios boxes sold at Walmart stores across the U.S.

Usher Debuts Official Version of 'I Don't Mind' Ft. Juicy J

October 03, 2014 01:53:37 GMT

has debuted his collaboration with , "I Don't Mind". After an unfinished version leaked back in June, the official CDQ and mastered version of the Dr. Luke-produced song was posted to the R&B superstar's SoundCloud page on Thursday, October 2.

Tracklist of T.I.'s 'Paperwork: The Motion Picture' Features Pharrell, Usher and More

September 22, 2014 02:58:02 GMT

has unveiled the official tracklist of his new album, ": The Motion Picture". The rapper's ninth studio effort, which is due out on October 21, boasts guest appearances from a number of hip-hop's famous faces including , , and Tip's protege .

Usher on Pushing Back New Album 'UR': 'I'm Taking My Time With It'

September 10, 2014 08:18:51 GMT

Fans have to wait longer until 's new album officially arrives. The new set titled "", which was originally planned to be released later this year, has been pushed back indefinitely because the singer wants more time to work on it.

Usher Performs New and Old Singles on 'Today' Show

September 06, 2014 01:52:27 GMT

took over the "" show on Friday morning, September 5. The singer visited the morning show to perform his new singles as well as some of his old hits for thousands who packed the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Usher Reveals Dates of 'The UR Experience' Tour

September 03, 2014 01:35:41 GMT

is hitting the road again this fall. On Tuesday, September 2, the R&B superstar announced he'd embark on his "The UR Experience" tour that's scheduled to open on November 1 in Montreal, Quebec.

Usher Takes Over the Dance Floor in 'She Came to Give It to You' Music Video Ft. Nicki Minaj

August 27, 2014 03:07:37 GMT

Just a day after teasing it with a preview, premieres the music video of his newest single "She Came to Give It to You" in full. In the Philip Andelman-directed clip, the singer is seen hitting up an underground club and stealing the spotlight as he busts out some impressive dance moves on the dance floor.

Usher Previews 'She Came to Give It to You' Video Ft. Nicki Minaj

August 26, 2014 02:59:15 GMT

lets fans take a peek at the upcoming music video for his collaboration with , "She Came to Give It to You". The R&B superstar has shared a preview that mostly sees him hitting the dance floor with some friends.

Usher Debuts New Track 'Believe Me'

August 25, 2014 08:51:03 GMT

has once again previewed his new album, this time with a new track called "Believe Me". In the ballad produced by , the R&B superstar talks about him being heartbroken after hurting the girl he loves.

Usher's New Album Title Revealed in Honey Nut Cheerios Ad

August 21, 2014 08:18:21 GMT

busts out some dance moves with Buzz the Bee in a new Honey Nut Cheerios commercial. However, seeing the duo dancing to the R&B superstar's new track titled "She Came to Give It to You" is not the most interesting part of the ad.

Chris Brown Premieres 'New Flame' Music Video Ft. Usher and Rick Ross

August 15, 2014 02:10:32 GMT

has debuted the official music video for "New Flame", his collaboration with and . Hitting the web on Thursday, August 14, the clip involves plenty of dancing in addition to bikini-clad girls.

Drake Brings Out Usher, Lauryn Hill and More at OVO Festival

August 05, 2014 09:07:58 GMT

and were among the stars who joined at his OVO Festival in Toronto. The Canadian star brought out many guests such as , , , , , and for the show's second part which took place at Molson Ampitheatre on Sunday, August 3.

Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher Enlisted as iHeartRadio Festival Performers

July 24, 2014 04:01:19 GMT

Performers for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival have been announced. A number of A-listers like , , and are all scheduled to make appearances at the fourth annual event that will take place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on September 19 and 20.

Usher to Perform at 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

July 09, 2014 22:11:07 GMT

is added to the upcoming 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The R&B singer is announced to perform his new music at the live event on August 24. He joins and in the lineup.

Usher Premieres New Track 'She Came to Give It to You' Ft. Nicki Minaj

July 09, 2014 02:45:30 GMT

's new song from his upcoming album is here. Titled "She Came to Give It to You", the track was premiered on Tuesday morning, July 8 on Chicago WGCI 107.5's "Morning Riot with Tony Sculfield".

Usher Enlists Nicki Minaj and Pharrell for New Single 'She Came to Give It to You'

July 08, 2014 07:28:58 GMT

A brand new single from 's upcoming album is currently underway. On Monday, July 7, the R&B singer announced that the track called "She Came to Give It to You" would be premiered on Tuesday morning on Chicago's WGCI 107.5.

Chris Brown Shares Snippet of 'New Flame' Ft. Usher and Rick Ross

June 27, 2014 05:43:50 GMT

took to Instagram on Thursday, June 26 to share a snippet of his new track called "New Flame". According to what looks like the cover art, the song will feature guest vocals from R&B star and rapper .

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