Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978), is a singer famous Americans of R & B, hip hop and pop, who is also an actor, famous from the mid-'90s of the century XX. So far, he has sold 30 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy Awards.  Usher is one of the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. In addition, he also owns a record label called U.S. Records own.
Parent of the Usher Usher Raymond III (each was arrested on charges of theft and assault) and Jonetta (O'Neal) Patton. The couple broke up in 1980. Then, Jonetta Patton is married to Terry, but then divorce forced to make sacrifices for the cause of Usher. Brother James Lackey is with his mother but different fathers. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent most of the period of his youth in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a child, he joined the choir in church, where his singing talent was discovered. To primary school, Usher successfully participate in a talent contest with the detection performance style like his idol, Michael Jackson. Usher is a member of a band while still in his teens, although later his mother (who has direct management of his singing career during a long time) has isolated him from user group to focus on his professional singing path of their own. Usher family later moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in the belief that this city is home to many opportunities for Usher's talent to shine. In Atlanta, Usher attended high school in grade 2 Haynes Bridge, level 3 at schools performing arts Magnet North Springs, and participated in the choir.
By age 13, Raymond Star Search contest, held by a representative part of the search for young talent LaFace Records, who arranged an audition for the young talent with LA Reid. After the competition, Usher was rapidly contracting company. Usher released the music for "Call Me A Mack," a song he recorded for the John Singleton film music album, Poetic Justice.
August 30, 1994, LaFace released Usher's debut solo album. Sean "P Diddy" Combs has composed a few songs on the album and also co-produced this disc. Album Usher was ranked 25th in the rankings for the album R & B and is known for three songs: "Can U Get Wit It," "Think Of You," and "The Many Ways." Although this album Usher gave some attention of urban music audience, it is still not a selling albums and has almost neglected by the pop music fan; disk sold about 50,000 copies in the U.S. ( and 100,000 abroad). Colors older music being made in the Usher album debated by music critics based on a very young age of the singer. Usher then confirmed that he did not feel comfortable with the direction of his debut album.
After graduating from grade 3, Usher continued to hone his performance skills on stage and prepare for the 2nd album. He also appeared in "Let's Straighten It Out," a duet with fellow teen Monica in 1995, and in 1996 appeared in "Dreamin '", first track is taken from Rhythm of the Games, an album Olympic fans released by LaFace.
Usher developed good friendship with Jermaine Dupri, Usher has it that the song co-written and co-produced her second album, My Way, released on September 16, 1997. The first song is taken from the album, "You Make Me Wanna" song has become the summer and hit No.1 in the 2nd week only be aired on radio-week album was released. "You Make Me Wanna" in the top of the charts songs R & B / Hip-Hop for 11 weeks (into song stand still in the charts for over 3 years) and ranked # 2 in the pop charts for 7 weeks (only ranked No. 2 after the Elton John song "Candle In the Wind"). The song in the charts 71 weeks a surprisingly and became the first single from his platinum. 2nd song of the album, "Nice & Slow," was released in November, and in January 1998, it was in position # 1 in Hot 100 Singles chart for 2 weeks, while winning The # 1 position in the singles chart R & B / Hip-Hop for 8 weeks. The following summer, the single of the same name in the album, My Way is ranked # 2 in the pop charts, and # 4 R & B charts
In late 1997, Usher began participating in a variety of tours including tour of Puffy-No Way Out, along with Mary J. Blige, and the opening of The Velvet Rope Tour of Janet Jackson. My Way was certified 6x platinum in the U.S.. Usher nominated first Grammy for his category "Artist of male R & B the Best" with "You Make Me Wanna," and the single also gave his award-nominated music Soul Train for the category 'Single of the R & B male artist best.'
Usher shows his acting debut in the UPN TV series Moesha, and he has been repeated many times in this series. Usher's first starring role was in 1998 in the movie The Faculty. These activities left outside the studio then Usher has reached chronic cosmetic results when he landed a role in the play afternoon broadcast The Bold and the Beautiful and appeared in the family series Promised Land. He also completed starring in two films, She's All That, and the first lead role in Light It Up. He also appeared in the movie "Geppetto" with Drew Carey on the Disney Channel. Usher is involved in many social activities: he was chosen as the national spokesperson for the campaign "Get Big On Safety" of the U.S. Transportation Department (roughly translated as the "Traffic Safety"), program and appeared in NBC's NBA Inside Stuff. He also participated in the program "Stay In School" of the National Basketball Association NBA and performed at several festivals in the program. The first album of Usher concert, Live was released in 1999-with the participation of performers Lil 'Kim, Jagged Edge, Trey Lorenz, Shanice, Twista and Manuel Seal, and has been assessing the quality RIAA "Gold" .
Usher's third album, originally called All About U, was slated for release in early 2001. The first single, "Pop Ya Collar" (co-written and produced by Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs), released in late 2000 and became a # 2 hit in England, but not proved successful as you in America. After that, the album's release schedule is open and must be delayed because some of the songs from the album has reached out of the studio and were leaked on radio and the Internet, but only received lukewarm response from the audience.
Once edited, the album was renamed 8701 (based on two points of time in his career [1987-2001], and the album's release date: August 7, 2001, or 8 / 7/01). The first two singles from the album "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad" respectively in the top U.S. Hot 100 singles chart for four and six weeks of summer. In early 2002, "U Do not Have to Call," went top five pop. Last single from the album, "U-Turn" was released outside of the U.S., the top 20 in Australia and England. 8701 was certified 4x platinum, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide.
February 2002, Usher won a Grammy for Male R & B artist best performance with the song "U Remind Me." The following year, he won a Grammy similar to "U Do not Have to Call," Usher makes become the only foreign artist Luther Vandross, more than a decade ago, and Stevie Wonder (in 70s of XX century) won a Grammy in the category row. Summer 2002, Usher sing with P. Diddy's in "I Need a Girl, Part I." His activities in the year ended with a trio of TV series in November, The Twilight Zone, 7th Heaven, Moesha, and American Dreams (as Marvin Gaye).
Confessions, Usher's fourth album, was released on March 23, 2004-as soon as the first track taken from the album, "Yeah!" Are ranked as the 6th week on the Billboard Hot 100 and week 5 singles on the Billboard Hot R & B / Hip-Hop Singles. The number of discs sold about 1.1 million copies in its first week of the Confessions is not only the number of disks of a male R & B consumption in the first week most of the 13 year history of Soundscan (breaking the record of R. Kellyvoi 540,000 copies for TP-2.com 2000)-but also the disk of a male artist sold most in the first week after the Marshall Mathers LP album by Eminem (2000 with 1.7 million copies).
The next two singles were taken from the album: "Burn" and "Confessions Part II" has entered Billboard's Hot 100 singles, and in the top eight weeks. Usher became the 3rd artist in pop music industry (who is the first solo artist) has 3 top 10 songs of the Beatles Hot 100 in 1964, and the Bee Gees in 1978. September 2004, "My Boo," his duet song with Alicia Keys (added Special Edition: Special Edition, released half a year after the album), has also climbed to number one and helped him to become a singer 28 weeks in the top of American music charts that year. December, the album's last single "Caught Up" was ranked # 8 on the Hot 100. Confessions became the most successful album of the year; be evaluated quality "diamond" in the U.S., topped the world music charts for several weeks and so far has sold over 15 thousand copies in the global response .  After "Caught Up", Raymond launched the single "Redlight" also in the Special Edition album. []
Usher is the owner of a number of awards giants, including two MTV Awards for "Male Artist R & B," three music awards world-World Music Awards ("Male Artist Best," " Male Artist Pop Best "and" Male Artist R & B Best ") inh2 award of the journal Source-Hip-Hop Music Awards (" Male R & B of the Year "and" The collaborative R & B / rap years, "a Nordic Music Award prize, third prize Radio Music Awards, four American Music Awards-American Music Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards and the second prize music award of MTV Europe, MTV Europe Music Awards. At the Grammy Awards Annual No. 47 in 2005, Usher won three Grammys, including: "R & B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals" (roughly translated as "performance R & B best by a duet or group ") (the song" My Boo "duet with Alicia Keys)," Rap / Sung Collaboration "(roughly translated as" Cooperation Best Rap song ") (for the song" Yeah! ") and" Contemporary R & B Album "(Album contemporary R & B) (for Confessions).
In the spring of 2005, the song "Lovers and Friends" with the contribution of voice Lil'John Usher and rapper Ludacris, climbed to # 3 in the Billboard Hot 100. November 2005, Usher plays a musical tune named Darrell in the Lions Gate film production, entitled In the Mix.
August 22, 2006, Usher plays Billy Flynn in a Broadway musical in Chicago name, and get some comments critical of both praise and processing professionals about his acting ability.
Usher is recording their 5th album. The album is due for release in November, was confirmed by the Usher in a recent interview. June 2007, an album were leaked on the Internet, and is said to be Usher's new album, however it's only a pirated album was edited from the old song of his ever published. In 2007, working with R. Usher Kelly in the song was made into video "Same Girl," in the R.Kelly album, Double Up. 
Usher called the Godson of Soul, by James Brown (who is known as the Godfather of Soul).
June 2007, Usher announced that he and fiancee Tameka Foster gave birth to a child in the fall of 2007. This will be Usher's first child, and is the 4th son of Tameka, a fashion designer husband divorced. They planned their wedding on July 28, 2007, in the Hamptons, but the wedding was abruptly canceled. Finally, on August 3, 2007, Usher and Foster has held secret wedding ceremony in his lawyer's office in Atlanta .