Usher is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, producer, and actor. He is best known for his songs such as Love in This Club, My Way, You Make Me Wanna, he is one of the best Rhythm and Blues singers in the world. Usher is the co-founder of Justin Bieber’s record company and Raymond Braun Media Group. His songs are very much popular, he has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
Usher’s net worth is $200 million.
Usher’s real name is Usher Raymond IV. He was born on 14 October 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Usher Raymond III and Jonetta Patton. He grew up with his mother and his stepfather, his father left the house when Usher was one year old. He was born in Texas but raised in Tennessee, later Usher and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia for showcasing his talent and finding greater opportunities.
He attended North Spring high School. After graduation, he participated in different talent shows and developed his skills as a stage performer.
Usher’s grandmother discovered his talent when he was nine years old, he was singing parish church chorale. He joined Nubeginnings (an R&B local quintet band) this band was managed by Darryl Wheeler. At the age of twelve, he participated in a local singing competition in his city.
At the age of thirteen, Usher met A.J Alexander, Bobby Brown’s bodyguard. Alexander introduced usher to an Artist and repertoire representative from “LaFace Records’ ‘ Bryant Reid. After he auditioned on Boyz II Men record End Of The Road,lLaFace signed usher on the spot. At the age of 16, his first self-titled album was released, the album peaked at twenty-fifth on the Billboard Top R&B/hip-Hop Albums; over 500,000 copies were sold of Usher(album). He partici[pated in more talent shows this helps him in building a larger fan base. After his first successful album, he appeared in other LaFaces albums such as Let Straighten It Out, Rhythm of the Game and I Swear I’m In Love.
In 1997, his second album My Way was released, The lead single You Make Me Wanna was no. 1 in the UK. This became the first gold and Platinum-certified single in the United States. The second single from My Way, Nice and Slow peaked at no.1 position in Billboard 100, in 1998.
In 2001, his third album was released All About U, later it was renamed 8701. The first two singles U Remind Me & U Got It Bad both topped the Billboard hot 100. This album was certified six-time platinum in the United States.
In 2004, released his fourth album Confessions. This album earned usher many awards, the first single Yeah was no.1 on billboard hot 100 for six months. More than 20 million copies of the album were sold worldwide; this album received a Diamond certificate from the Recording Industry Association Of America.
He released five more albums after his three successful albums: Here I stand in 2008, Raymond v. Raymond in 2010, Look for Myself in 2012, Hard II Love(2016), and Confessions II in 2020.
Since his debut, he has been featured in several movies like Killer, The Fault, Burden, Geppetto, Hands Of A Stone, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Welcome To My Life.
Besides his own songs, he also appeared in several songs such as First Dance, How Much, Same Girl.
In 2002, Usher founded the label US Records(a subsidiary of J Records). He is co-founder of Raymond Braun Media Group, the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA team), and Tidal (a Norwegian subscription-based service that offers audio and music videos).
Usher is the founder of the non-profit organization Usher’s New Look, it aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and teenagers.
In 2001, Usher Dated TCL member Rozonda Thomas also known as Chilli Thomas, their relation lasted for two years they broke up in December 2003.
In 2004, Usher dated British model Naomi Campbell for a few months. In November 2005, Usher began dating his personal stylist Tameka Foster; they married on September 1, 2007. They have two children Cinco Raymond V and Navid Ely Raymond. Usher and Foster separated in 2009. In 2015 He married his manager and girlfriend Grace Miguel.
In 2019, Usher started dating Jenn Goicoechea, they have one child together.
Awards and Achievements
To date, Usher has won 306 awards from 586 nominations. He has won 9 Soul Train Music Awards, 2 MTV Music Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, 8 Granny Awards, 4 World Music Awards.
He has been on the top of the US Billboard Chart 19 times.
According to Forbes Usher is on 32 spots on the top 100 celebrities in the world. In 2011 he was one of the highest-paid musicians in the world. Usher is the greatest musician of all time, he has sold more than 43 million albums and 75 million records worldwide. He has made his fortune from brand endorsements, concerts, tours, singing, music production company and he is co-owner of a basketball team.
Usher’s net worth is $200 million.
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