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Usher Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. He was born in , but raised in until moving to . At the age of 12, his mother put him in local singing competitions, before catching the attention of a music from . He released his self-titled debut album, (1994) but rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album (1997). It spawned his first U.S. number-one single, "", amongst top-two singles "" and "". (2001) produced the number-one singles "" and "", and top-three single "". It sold 8 million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as in 2002 and 2003.

(2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade, selling 20 million copies worldwide. Bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles; "", "", "" and "", it has been certified by the . (2008) and (2010) debuted atop of the and produced the number-one singles "" and "". The , , produced the top-five single "" before top-fifteen single "". (2012), also debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with top-ten single "". Raymond v. Raymond and Looking 4 Myself received for R&B singles "" and "". "" also reached the top-fifteen in 2014, while (2016) peaked at five on the Billboard 200 chart.

Usher has sold 23.8 million albums and 38.2 million digital songs in the United States. Throughout his career, he has sold 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the . Usher has won numerous including 18 and 8 . At the end of 2009, named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, the number-one artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked Confessions as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Billboard also placed him at number 6 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. Usher has attained 9 US Hot 100 number-one singles. Considered an and , he has made TV and film and seen inductions into the and . He owns the ; a joint venture with talent manager that includes Canadian singer .

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Early life

Usher was born in , , the son of Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal), from , and Usher Raymond III.Usher spent the majority of his young life in : his father left the family when Usher was a year old. Usher grew up with his mother, then-stepfather, and half-brother, James Lackey (born 1984). Directed by his mother, Usher joined the local church youth choir in Chattanooga, when he was nine years old. There, his grandmother discovered his ability to sing, although it was not until Usher joined a singing group that she considered he could sing professionally. In the belief that a bigger city would provide greater opportunities for showcasing his talent, Usher's family moved to , Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for beginning singers. While in Atlanta, Usher attended .

Career

1987–1996: Musical beginnings and Usher

At age 10, Usher joined an R&B local called the NuBeginnings, which was organized by local music svengali, Darryl Wheeler. Usher recorded 10 songs with the group in 1991, and the ensuing album, Nubeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV, was only made available regionally and by . However, Patton took him out because, according to her, it was a "bad experience". The album was re-released nationally in April 2002 by Hip-O Records.

At age 13, Usher met A.J. Alexander at local talent show in Atlanta. Alexander, who at the time was Bobby Browns bodyguard, would take Usher around and have him performing in parking lots and talents shows. Alexander invited Bryant Reid, an representative from to see Usher perform on . Following the performance, he arranged an audition for Usher with , the co-founder of LaFace; Reid signed Usher on the spot to a contract with the record company after singing hit record "".Usher's mother left her job as a medical technician to manage his career, but later broke up their relationship as manager-client in May 2007. Usher was introduced on "", a song he recorded for the soundtrack album to the 1993 - . During this time period young Usher first met , his label mate who he would later date.

Preparing for his debut album, Usher lost his voice. Usher was going through puberty and having a difficult time adjusting his voice. LA Reid became skeptical of Usher and put his recording on hold thinking about dropping him from the label.Usher pleaded with the label to keep him and L.A. Reid did. From this point Reid didn't know what to do with Usher so he sent him to New York in the spring of 1994 to live with to attend what Reid called "Flavor Camp". Usher quickly adapted to the lavish lifestyle of Puff Daddy although in an interview with , he expressed it as the "Hardest days" of his life. "I had to knuckle up, figure shit out in New York" he said. As he lived at Puff's house in , he noticed that "There was always girls around".

On August 30, 1994, LaFace released Usher's behind the co-executive production of .Usher peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard chart and was accompanied by three singles: "", "", and "". The album has sold over 500,000 copies, to date. The album received backlash because Usher was singing about sex which the public had a hard time believing coming out of a 14-year-old's mouth. Again the LaFace had their reservations about signing Usher because the album wasn't as successful as they anticipated. At this time Jonetta Patton, Usher's mother took control of his career and put him in more talent shows the summer of 1995 building Usher a larger fan base and ultimately putting more confidence in L.A. Reid.

After graduating from high school, Usher continued to develop his skills as a stage performer and laid the groundwork for his second album. He also appeared on their version of "Let's Straighten It Out", a 1995 duet with fellow Atlanta teen recording artist ; and on "Dreamin'", from LaFace's benefit album Rhythm of the Games. He was also featured on "I Swear I'm In Love" off the 1996 soundtrack.

1997–2003: My Way and 8701

Usher developed a friendship with American record producer, , with whom he co-wrote and produced several tracks for his second album, , released on September 16, 1997. The album's lead single, "", reached number one in the United Kingdom, becoming Usher's first record to be top single; the record led to his popularity reaching in the country. It also became Usher's first in the United States. The album's second single, "", peaked in January 1998 at number one on the , giving Usher his first US number-one single. In February of the same year, the single was certified platinum by the . My Way has been certified six-time platinum in the United States.

"" won the Best Male R&B/Soul Single at the . In the closing months of 1997, Usher embarked on a series of tour engagements including a spot on Puffy's No Way Out tour, dates with , and the opening spot on 's . Usher's first concert album, , was released in 1999, which featured appearances by , , , , and ; the album has been certified gold in the United States.

Usher made his acting debut on the television series , which resulted in a recurring role on the series and subsequently his first film role in 1998's .Usher's extracurricular activities outside of the recording industry gathered momentum over the following year as he was cast in the soap opera, . He completed two more films, , and his first starring role in . He also appeared in the TV movie Geppetto.

Usher's third studio album, originally titled All About U, was slated to be released in early 2001. The first single, "", was released in late 2000 and became a number two hit in the UK but underperformed in the United States. The album was subsequently pushed back and retooled after select tracks were later leaked to the radio and Internet. After having revised and renamed to 8701, the album was released August 7, 2001 (8.7.01). The first two singles "" and "" each topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four and six weeks, respectively. 8701 has been certified four-time platinum in the United States.

Usher appeared in the 2001 film . In February 2002, Usher won a Grammy for for "U Remind Me". The next year, he won the same award for "", making Usher the only artist aside from and to win this award consecutively. In summer 2002, Usher contributed vocals to P. Diddy's . The year closed out with a trio of TV series appearances, all in November, on , 7th Heaven, Moesha, and American Dreams, the latter in which Usher portrayed .

2004–2009: Confessions and Here I Stand

Usher's fourth studio album, , was released on March 23, 2004—just as its first single, "", was in its sixth week at number one on the and fifth week on top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart. The album's nearly 1.1 million unit debut sales was the highest first-week numbers ever scanned by a male R&B artist and the seventh best of the history. The album has since sold over 20 million copies worldwide, with over 10 million in the United States, earning the album a Diamond certification by the .

The album's second and third singles, "" and "", also topped the Billboard Hot 100, the former for eight weeks. Usher became the first artist to top the Billboard with four consecutive number-one singles, In September 2004, "My Boo", a duet with American singer-songwriter , also peaked at number one at the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album's fourth number-one single. In December, the album's final single "" peaked at number eight on the Hot 100.

Confessions earned Usher numerous awards, including four , two , two , and three World Music Awards. At the 47th annual Grammy Awards ceremony in 2005, Usher won three awards, including: R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals for "My Boo", which he shared with Keys; Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Yeah!"; and Contemporary R&B Album for Confessions. At the 2004 , Usher was recognized Artist of the Year, in addition to receiving 10 other accolades.

Usher supported with "The Truth Tour". The tour set featured a small stage up on top of the main stage, where the band played with Usher and his supporting dancers left with enough room to perform. The smaller stage had a mini platform attached to it which lowered to the main stage and had two big staircases on both sides of it. To the left, a group of circular staircases climbed to the top, and to the right, there was a fire escape replete with steps and an elevator. and was the opening act for the tour.Usher at select dates would bring out special guest, during his Atlanta show taping he brought out his artist at the time to rap a verse on the song "Throwback". During a more intimate part of the showing Ushers dancers selected singer from the crowd to be serenaded by Usher while he sang album favorites "Do it to Me" and "Superstar". Usher also performed remix where Kanye would appear from back of the stage. Then lastly Usher would also bring out artist and where they would finish the show performing the hit "". This concert date was filmed to make the official tour DVD of Truth Tour: Behind the Truth "Live from Atlanta". It has been certified by the selling more than 7 Million copies.

In spring of 2005, Usher scored a number three Hot 100 hit as a featured vocalist on "". In 2007, Usher also collaborated with on the track "", for Kelly's album, . He was also featured in a remix version of 's "".Usher also appeared on the track "Shake Down" on American singer-songwriter 's 2007 album . According to of , Usher was voted number-one on the executive voting based "Pop's Power List" and described as a "sure-fire property". In November 2005, Usher starred as a disc jockey named Darrell in the film, .

On August 22, 2006, Usher took over the role of Billy Flynn in the long-running Broadway revival of the musical .Usher's opening night brought out stars , , , and , and others.Usher played the role of Flynn for two months but a case of strep throat brought an abrupt ending to Usher's run in Chicago, which saw a spike in ticket sales after he joined the cast. The New York Post reports that Usher's absence cost the production an estimated 0,000 in refunds to disappointed ticket buyers. Producer of Chicago, issued a statement sending his "thoughts and best wishes to Usher for a quick and speedy recovery. Usher made a spectacular Broadway debut, bringing a great dedication, work ethic and his amazing talent to the show. We all hope that he might return at some point for the many fans that were unable to see his wonderful performance as Billy Flynn. Usher has found a new home on Broadway and is welcomed back anytime."

was released on May 26 in the United Kingdom and May 27, 2008, in the United States. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Chart with first-week sales of over 433,000 copies. To date Here I Stand has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States, been certified platinum by the , and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide. While not approaching the success of his previous album, it received positive reviews from most music critics, who praised the maturity in the album's lyrics. To promote Usher's fifth studio album, the single "" was sent to radio in February 2008 and peaked at number one on the . It went on to spend three consecutive weeks at the top—becoming Usher's eighth number-one single and the fastest-rising song of his career. It also reached No. 1 on the chart. The single was another huge international success for Usher. It reached No. 1 on the , No. 3 on the , No. 3 on the , No. 4 on the , No. 5 on the , No. 5 on the , No. 5 on the (Flanders), No. 6 on the , No. 8 on the , No. 8 on the , No. 9 on the , No. 9 on the , No. 10 on the , No. 12 on the , No. 13 on the (Wallonia), and No. 18 on the . The follow-up single "", which features American singer and rapper, , peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 7 on the chart. Its third single "" peaked at No. 18 on the chart and reached No. 6 on the . The album's fifth single "" peaked at No. 4 on the chart. In September 2008, Usher announced he would embark on the 15-date tour One Night Stand, in which the audience is only females. On January 18, 2009, Usher performed with and at the . He also sang "" at the of on July 7, 2009.

2010–2011: Raymond v. Raymond and Versus

, was released on March 26, 2010, in Germany, on March 30, 2010, in the US, and on April 26, 2010, in the UK. The album was expected to follow in Usher's album's footsteps. Raymond v. Raymond was released only months after Usher's divorce from Tameka Foster. "", a song about divorce, was released as the first single for the album in October 2009. It topped the chart for two consecutive weeks, becoming his tenth number one single on that chart. It also peaked at number 31 on the in the United States. Critics praised the song for its emotion. "", was released as the second single on December 8, 2009. The single peaked at number 24 on the chart and number 2 on the chart. The song was released as the second international single in July 2010. "" was announced as the album's official second single in the United States. Usher and shot the music video for the song on March 9, 2010, in Los Angeles with director TAJ Stansberry. It reached number 8 on the chart and number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became Usher's fourth Top 40 hit single from Raymond v. Raymond, when including the buzz single "Papers".

"", which features , is the third official US single and the first international single. The song received mixed reviews, complimenting the song's dance and club vibe but criticizing the effect. It reached number-one in Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States. The song became his ninth number one in the United States, making him the first 2010s artist to collect number one singles in three consecutive decades, and only the fourth artist of all-time to achieve the feat. Usher also became the third artist to have at least one number one song from five consecutive studio albums. The song's choreography and dance-heavy accompanying music video has been compared to that of "". "" was released to airplay as the album's fourth single in the United States on June 15, 2010. The song reached number 25 on the , and number-one on the chart, becoming Usher's eleventh number-one hit on that chart. The song ended up tying with "" for fourth longest stay on the chart with 71 weeks. All of the album's singles received very heavy air play. On April 7, 2010, Raymond v. Raymond debuted at number No. 1 on the US chart, becoming his third consecutive No. 1 album and selling an impressive 329,107 copies in its first week of release, making him the first male artist since to have three consecutive albums debut at number one on the chart. After one month of release the album was certified Gold by the . On June 17, 2010, the album was certified Platinum by the .

Raymond v. Raymond also dominated the International Charts, debuting inside the top 10 in Canada, the United Kingdom, Holland, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Due to the huge international success of Ushers single "" and the good first week sales for Raymond v. Raymond, Usher was considered to have repaired his mainstream image and to have made a good comeback. The album reached number-two in Australia and the album has been certified gold by the (ARIA). The album debuted at number four in Canada and has been certified Gold by the (CRIA).Raymond v. Raymond debuted at number-two in the United Kingdom.

Usher announced on July 8, 2010, a follow-up to his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond called , and a deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond, both to be released on August 24, 2010.Usher described Versus as "the last chapter of ", and that it would explore the subjects of being newly single and a father. The album included 9 tracks, including 7 new tracks, Raymond v. Raymond single "", and single "". The tracks would be included on a deluxe edition of Raymond v. Raymond. The album debuted at number four on the chart and is preceded by the singles "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" featuring , for mainstream audiences, and "Hot Tottie" featuring , for urban circuits.

Usher performing in 2010

The first single from the album, "", was released to on July 13, 2010, and sent to radio on July 20, 2010. Due to strong digital sales the song debuted at number nineteen on the . The song became the fourth highest debut on the of his career, behind 1997's "Nice & Slow" at number nine, 1998's "My Way" at eight, and 2010's "" at number fourteen. Since its release, it has gained international success, peaking in the top 5 in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It reached the top 10 in Canada, and Europe. It reached number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 in its third week of release, and became the first time Usher has had two top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time since his album . It also became Ushers sixteenth Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hit of his career. The second single, has reached number nine on the chart and number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100.

Usher appeared at the on September 12, 2010. He then performed at the 2010 American Music Awards on November 21, 2010, and also won the awards for Male Soul/R&B artist and Favorite Soul/R&B album for his album, Raymond v. Raymond. According to Rap-Up.com, Usher started working on his next studio album, again teaming up with long-time collaborator . The began in November 2010 and ended on June 1, 2011, it made million worldwide.

Usher also made an appearance at the to sing his song, "" with ' singer .

2012–2014: Looking 4 Myself and The Voice

In November 2011, Usher revealed that for his next album he was working on a new type of music which he has depicted as "revolutionary pop", which combines different genres to form a new sound. His seventh studio album was released on June 8, 2012, worldwide and received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. American singer-songwriter and record producer was interviewed by magazine, where he spoke about his relationships with artists and experiences. He commented on how Usher wanted to do things differently on the album compared to his previous efforts, saying: "What he wanted to do [on Looking 4 Myself] was explore himself musically. He stepped outside of what was safe and normal. He wanted to make an album that expressed where he was going sonically and not just where he's been for the past 12 to 15 years. He's growing, developing, moving, shaking, and being something that's new, , and that's affecting people sonically. That's kind of forcing the people to grow and elevate". In an interview for , Usher stated that Looking 4 Myself is "the most artistic of an album" he has ever had in history. When questioned by during an interview regarding the latter quote, and how this project was different, Usher explained that he felt he was near a 'rebirth' and that prior to Looking 4 Myself, he felt restricted and conformed to a specific standard. He said to himself "I gotta go with what I feel and hopefully people will follow me".

The lead single from Usher's seventh studio album is titled "". It impacted Urban radio on February 21, 2012, and was made available for purchase as a on February 22, 2012. It impacted US mainstream radio on March 13, 2012. The second single released from the album was "" and the third single "Lemme See" which features Rick Ross. "Scream" was premiered on April 26, 2012, while "Lemme See" was premiered on May 8, 2012. On Billboard , "Climax" enabled Usher to add a second song of his in the six longest stays at number one for (11 weeks) after " with (12 weeks).

In 2013, Usher substituted for as a coach for the of 's . His last act, , lost the winning title to , mentored by . He returned for the and his last act, , won.

On March 19, 2013, Usher announced that his eighth studio album, titled UR, was in the works. Talking to , he described the album as "everything you can imagine", saying that it's "gonna be freaking out of here". Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger told that he, along with , , and , was working on Usher's next album. Bellinger compared the album's music to Usher's (2004), saying that it is "more R&B, more urban" than Usher's . The latter declared that his next album would show that he is "still Usher". "", a dance-heavy throwback R&B track, was released as the first single allowing Usher to achieve his 13th no.1 on the chart, tying for most leaders in the list's history. Produced by Pop & Oak, it was performed at . Since then, two other singles have been released from the album: "" featuring and "" featuring . The latter allowed Usher to lead the charts with the most number ones (13).

On August 25, 2014, Usher announced his in support of his then-titled eighth studio album UR. The UR Experience kicked off in Montreal, Quebec on Nov. 1 and closed in Tampa, FL. on Dec. 14. The 27 city North American leg was supported by opening acts and R&B newcomer . The European leg of the tour visited 23 cities and the support would be . "With The UR Experience, I want to give my fans an ever-changing live show full of surprises and special guests," Usher says, via a press release. "I am really excited to be with my fans and give them an Usher experience like they've never seen or heard before." While on tour, with the collaboration of , he released "Clueless," a new song that could be downloaded free using a code from specially-marked Honey Nut Cheerios boxes bought from Walmart.

2015–present: Hard II Love and Hands of Stone

On October 16, 2015, Usher released an interactive music video exclusively on the music streaming platform called "" that featuring artist and . "Chains" literally forces the viewer to confront the issue of racial profiling and police brutality head-on: By utilizing the webcam on the viewer's computer as well as facial recognition technology, "Chains" paused mid-song whenever the viewer's eyes deviate from the video. Usher performed the song for the first time at the Tidal X:1020 concert on October 20, 2015, at Brooklyn's Barclays Arena. On January 14, 2016, after continual delays of his eighth album, Usher announced via Instagram post that he changed the title of the album from UR to Flawed. It was scheduled to be released in April 2016, but has been pushed back with no release date. On June 9, 2016, Usher released a new single from his expected forthcoming album Flawed on the music streaming platform titled "" featuring , along with a second single titled "" on June 10 for all digital platforms.

On June 12, 2016, it was reported that Raymond signed a management deal with business partner . Braun already represented Justin Bieber and had a joint venture with Raymond and Bieber. This report was confirmed by Usher during a sit down interview with at the 73rd annual on June 21, 2016.Usher furthered his acting career, starring as American former professional boxer in the 2016 American-Panamanian biographical sports film about the career of Panamanian former professional boxer . In it, he starred opposite of , and . On August 26, 2016, Hands of Stone premiered worldwide. "" was also released as a third single by for online streaming and digital download, along with " (from the Motion Picture Hands of Stone)", both on . On August 30, "" featuring was released and debuted exclusively on Tidal with its accompanying video. It was released on Vevo on September 2, 2016. On September 13, 2016, both "Missin U" and "Rivals" were sent to radio as the album's third and fourth singles.

The album was released on September 16, 2016, and received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics. It debuted at number 5 on the US , and sold 28,000 copies in the United States in its first week. It also became his seventh consecutive top ten album in the United States. The lead single, "" featuring rapper initially was serviced to Urban radio on June 9, and eventually peaked at number 32 on the , and number 9 on the .

Artistry

Musical style and influences

Usher's music is generally , but also incorporates amongst other genres. regards him as "the most malleable R&B star" and his artistry for as "the best of pop music in R&B". Contextually his narratives have an autobiographical nature of emphasis on lifestyle, relationships and love, resembling "an R&B ". was oriented, while contained influences of . "introduces touches of '80s and the minimal rhythm of '80s " displaying versatility, according to 's . is viewed as a "top-of-the-line showcase", with established critic of seeing lead single "" as something would have created "if he still had the old magic". was noted as more -heavy by critics, where the 's usage of notably drew comparisons to . was described as a "skillful fusion of R&B/hip-hop/pop" by . further explored progressive R&B, and , with its overall sound coined "hybrid pop" for its dynamic incorporation of , , and . sees 's view it to "stretch the boundaries of R&B".

On many occasions, Usher has named as his biggest influence. Usher once told , "He influenced me in so many ways, more than just music ..... as a humanitarian, as a philanthropist, as an artist, as an individual who transcended culture. I wouldn't be who I am today without Michael Jackson." During the television special '', Usher was able to dance with Michael while performing "". being another main influence, Usher said "every album I’d always do like one song that is very Prince-influenced, because he's a great influence on me musically, especially just kind of being expansive and creating music that represents many different genres." In magazine's "" issue, he explained "I was interested in music and trying to find a model. It was Michael, or it was Prince. He had an attitude, a rawness that Michael didn't have. He was not urban, but he was our version of what cool could be." Other musical influences are , , , , , , and .

The , and its were childhood influences. Usher told , "I can remember as a kid attending a New Edition Concert", and called it "one of the greatest moments in my performance history" years later when he was invited on stage with the group to perform at a concert in . On Bobby Brown, Usher told , "the first record that I ever bought was Bobby Brown's ", and that he admired him "Just for being an edgy artist, being a true representative of R&B and rhythmic music".Usher's album would feature a performance of Brown's original singles - "", "", "", and . Usher was inspired by 's album released in 1969 so much that he decided to name his second album My Way. Prince would inspire "" while giving him his first number-one single on the chart.Usher's third album 8701 would be inspired by love and heartache, containing influences from , Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. His fourth album was inspired by rapper , who he credited for being transparent. Usher said in an interview with ; "the honesty of hip-hop and what Eminem was saying on his records it motivated me [...] there'd been other story tellers but never quite as vivid as his".

Vocal style

Usher possesses a vocal range of 3 octaves and 2 notes, and is considered to be "one of the most soothing in ". At the age of 13, he set the record for the longest note ever held by a child on , with 12 seconds.Usher's since , , cites him as "the single most gifted singer I’ve ever worked with in 26 years". On the dynamic , 's Kathryn McGuire describes his vocals as "velvety" and "impressively adaptable" as it won him his first two Grammys as . With , of generally noted him as "long on control and short on texture". He received another nomination in 2006 through a of 's "" he performed on in 2005. displayed his vocals as "agile" and "balletic", as well as his ability to "easily drift from wavering to fine-tuned " that create emotions of urgency and burning according to Clover Hope of . On his in 2008, Lee Hildebrand of assessed "Usher's chest tones have a ringing, -like quality, and his high head tones suggest 's falsetto, but his frequent use of syllable-splitting curlicues owes much to . Usher is a stronger, more assured singer than he was a decade ago, though the melismas in his lower range sometimes meander off pitch. His falsetto tonality is more on target." exemplified his vocal craft earning him positive acclaim as 's Rick Juzwiak states "his vocal range is even more impressive than his emotional one" with emphasis on his falsetto being "something that sounds as natural as a speaking voice...he's the picture of grace against shrieking synths [...] His emotional range is vast enough to sell tenderness, lechery and wistfulness within minutes of each other". Regarding "", his performance was lauded as "blistering" by , and "hair-raising" by , as he won in 2013. "" and "" are also commended as showcase standouts of his "superior R&B vocal range" by 's Ryan Hadfield, and 's Brande Victorian. For , of commented "a genuinely expressive voice that encompasses an ardent , a melting falsetto and quick, singsong ".

Performance

Usher's stage performances have been complimented by critics for being "packed with high-octane held together by sleek, masterful showmanship", and his presence "engaging enough to pull off a one-man show". magazine notes him as being -esque for his displays of "brash sexuality and arrogance", leading to antics such as being "prone to dropping his pants", and a "tendency to shed his shirt on stage". On his in 2002, Larry Nager of hailed his simultaneous ability, stating "the 23-year-old Atlantan proved you can sing and dance at the same time. Of course, that's how , and Usher's most obvious role model did it, but in today's high-tech, gimmicky concerts, it's a lost art", claiming his show "ended the reign of ', and the rest of the lip-synching, teen-pop acts".Usher told "James Brown introduced me to soul. Because of him I was given a clear view of what a real performance is and should be. I learned showmanship from him", and has seen comparisons to his influences. At the , he performed "" and "" under a rain machine, in which he eventually threw the at a mirror during the former. placed it at number 13 of their "20 Best Opening Performances".

Usher is an old-school showman who has been performing since childhood: a dancer, a singer, five feet and seven inches of raw charm and taut musculature. I’ve seen superstars perform before, but always in large venues, where they are isolated from the plebes by an appropriate distance. Seeing Usher in such a small venue, beaming ear-to-ear the whole evening, I was bowled over by the sheer amount of raw talent and charisma on display.

— Anna Silman of

Chad Batka for said "He has established himself as one of R&B's supreme performers and craftsmen, following through on what he learned from Michael Jackson in particular: songs that alternate between choppy and smooth, vocals punctuated by exultant high whoops, a dance vocabulary." Capable of playing the , he also began to adopt playing on other instruments such as the and , amid singles "" and "" in 2014. The consisted of a nine-piece and three according to , as called him "a masterful all-rounder who surrounds himself with talent on stage". of Rolling Stone labels him the "Award Show King", explaining "His dedication to choreography dates back to the days when made videos that looked like they were shot in one take. He's an entertainer that would have been stunning at any point in the last 60 years of television."

Art and feminism

Usher is a supporter of and a fan of . In 2014 December, he attended and participated in an art installation at 's VECTOR Gallery at Select Fair by performance artist "Body As Commodity" during which she offered collectors 10 minutes of energy for 0. The news of the participation became the #1 reported on event of Art Basel.Usher did not disclose of the reasons behind his participation: media speculations assumed it was related to art and feminism amid the release of single "" featuring which discusses the work of an exotic dancer thus making a reference to the new wave of feminism.

Usher is an art collector. In an interview with he said: "It's significant to where you are in your life," explaining his turn to art collecting. "As you get older and have children, your reflections on what matters begin to change." Raymond says "I started slowing it down," he went on, "enjoying the places I went, going to museums, understanding the nature of what artists were trying to say." Raymond is good friend with graffiti and street-style-inspired artists , who did the cover art for studio album , as well as a contemporary American artist, who directed his music video "" and did the cover art for his singles "" and "".

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015 Usher was honored alongside by the Gordon Park Foundation Dinner and Auction in downtown Manhattan for his contributions to the arts at a charity gala in New York. Receiving the Gordon Parks Foundation Award, named in honor of the late photographer-turned-filmmaker .

Public image

Usher has been regarded as "An international " from a young age, predominantly for his . states "Usher—one of the greatest R&B sex symbols in the past 20 years, paving the way for , and —used sex as a major part of his image", while considers him to be "the sexiest male performer ever to walk a stage". magazine named Usher the "Sexiest R&B Star" in 1998, with singer who said on stage sexiness was manifest in "his movements, his gestures, the way he expresses his lyrics." Actress who played with him in also said "Usher definitely has a way with women. His smile is sweet and sexy at the same time", and added "he's a great kisser." They included him in their 2004 "Sexiest Men Alive" list, and later 2008 "Sexiest Man Alive" list. writer after his break-up with girlfriend of , referred to him as "one of the country's most famous ex-boyfriends".Usher was ranked number-one on 's "All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Men of the Past 25 Years" special in 2005. New York also unveiled a of Usher during a competition to launch The Usher Interactive Experience, and for the opening of a VIP room in 2007. magazine ranks "" amongst its "30 Sexiest Music Videos of All Time".

After his marriage to , his sexual appeal was expected to mature as writer writes "The challenge here is to convince us that he is a married and responsible man—grown and sexy, without sacrificing the louche, frictionless sense of play that made him famous." have listed Usher at number 9 of its 100 Sexiest Artists List. According to , he was one of the "Sexiest Men" of 2010, and 2011. In 2012, reviewed his fashion evolution stating "The singer came onto the scene in the '90s rocking and suits that made us question his celebrity status, but over the years this R&B star has developed his own signature look, rendering him a modern day icon". In 2013, placed him in its "Most Stylish R&B Singers of the 90's" list. magazine was covered by Usher on its 25th anniversary issue, with calling him "the man with the best abs in the entertainment industry". In 2014 and 2015, his suits saw him listed as "Best Dressed Men" by outlets at the and . have rated him both in their "Hottest Celebrity Abs" collection, and "37 of the Most Stylish Dads" list.

Legacy

Usher was named the Artist of the 2000s by stating "Usher's sexy brand of R&B dominated the last decade with the top-selling album and more No. 1s than any other act", while sold 20 million copies worldwide as the top solo album. Considered by Bonsu Thompson of to be "the of our generation", J. Tinsley of ranks it amongst "landmark albums in " because of its theme. Pop music critic, of remarks that "For a while, Confessions was pop music" and says it "may turn out to have been the last true in pop". said in 2008 "We didn’t see pop-R&B artists on , and Usher is one of those people in the 90’s who was the catalyst for that; he was kind of the pioneer [...] He’s the greatest example of pure success". Described as the best dancer in pop since by writers of , and , said in 2012 "He's the biggest male pop singer in the world; sometimes, it seems like he's the only one, in a marketplace still dominated by ". Attaining 9 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles to tie with the , , and , Justin Charity of referred to him as "the greatest male pop singer of the past couple decades" in 2015.

, , performed a duet with Usher in 2005 at the in which he honorably dubbed him the Godson of Soul. Brown reiterated "The new godson; Usher, the new godson" following the performance.Usher was inducted into the 29th Annual in 2007, and the in 2016 with a star located at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard.

Recognised as an ,Billboard placed him number 14 on their "Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Artists" list, and 31 on their "35 Greatest Artists of All Time" list. is placed at number 16 on their "Greatest of All Time 200 Albums" list, and 10 on magazine's "Greatest 50 Albums since '93". "" is placed at number 14 in their "" list, and 15 on 's "Greatest Songs of the 2000s". critic Randall Roberts marks dance singles "", "" and "" to have influenced contemporary , stating the former two also "helped define the [20]00s".'s pop stardom ranking metric, ranked Usher 3rd in history, based on all-time chart performance and contemporary significance.

Usher has been referred to as the "King of R&B", as well as "Mr. Entertainment", by . honored him for his contributions to music with a Musical Arts award in 2015, presented by who said "You remain a game changer, for your discipline, for your perfectionism. You're just a god man". The BET Honors recognised his influence on many contemporary artists such as ,,,,,,,, and . further cited Usher as an influence upon the honor saying "I feel that without Usher, there would be no me, there would be no Chris Brown, there would be no Trey Songz. He paved the way for us". Other artists who have also cited him as an influence are ,,,,,,,, and . member and actor have cited as an influence in their singing careers.

Achievements

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Usher has received numerous awards throughout his career from having one certified album in , two albums in and , two albums in and and more, collectively selling over 23 million albums in the US and 43 million albums worldwide. This includes 8 , 18 , 9 and 8 . In , Usher became the top Billboard honoree by taking 11 awards. At The 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards in 2013, he was honored with the Golden Note Award.'s 2nd most successful artist of the 2000s, he was placed at number 6 on their list of "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years". classed him as the best act of the decade behind on album sales, while ranked him as the 10th most award-winning musician of all time. He has sold over a total of 75 million records.

On the chart, "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "" and "" have all reached number-one among his eighteen top-ten singles, and accumulated 47 weeks at the top, more than any other male artist.Usher spent 28 weeks at number-one in 2004 alone, marking an all-time record for most cumulative weeks spent atop in a calendar year on the Hot 100. He broke the record set by in 1940; their records spent 26 cumulative weeks atop on charts which preceded the Hot 100 era. "OMG" made him the first 2010s artist to collect number-one singles in three consecutive decades ('90s,'00,'10s). He became the fourth artist of all-time to achieve that feat behind ('60s,'70s,'80s), ('70s,'80s,'90s), and ('80,'90s,'00s) and became the third artist in history to have at least one number-one single from five consecutive studio albums. On the chart, Usher has 13 number-one singles tied with and , the most of the 2000s with 8 number-ones, and set a in 2010.Usher also has 14 number-one singles on the chart, 16 number-one singles on the chart, and 16 number-one singles on the chart, with "" (12 weeks) and "" (11 weeks) as two of the longest stays on the latter.Usher has topped several charts including seven in 1998, seventeen in 2004, and one in 2010. The Hot 100 Songs chart was topped by "" while "" held second place, making him the first act since in 1964 to have two singles occupy the top two positions. On the 2000s chart, "Yeah!" finished second, behind 's "". "" and "" are also amongst the worldwide.

Business and ventures

Music

Usher founded record label US Records, in 2002. The label is a subsidiary of 's , which is distributed by . The first album released by US Records was the soundtrack to In the Mix in late 2005, which was used to introduce the label's acts, such as rapper , Canadian teen R&B artist , and R&B vocal quartet composed of Jon A. Gordon, Michael A. Gordon, Courtney Vantrease, and Robert Brent p/k/a , and singer Rayan. Usher served as songwriter-producer in the project. The , which is signed up to, is a joint venture between Usher and Bieber's manager, .Usher served as the contestant mentor for the Top 10 Week of Season 9 of the television show . He appeared on the show on June 5, 2010. Usher joined as a new coach on the American reality talent show , alongside , and in , which premiered on March 25, 2013.Usher reached the finale with contestant on June June 13, 2013.Usher returned with Shakira to in of The Voice, which premiered on February 24, 2014.Usher reached the finale again, and won with contestant on May 20, 2014.

Acting

Usher made his television acting debut on the American in 1997 playing Jeremy Davis, the love interest and classmate Moesha played by . He has acted in feature films, debuting in 1998's . In 1999 Usher appeared as a student disc jockey in the teen romantic comedy film . The same year he starred in his first leading role in the movie with , and . The following year, he played in and . He starred in the episode as a police officer. Usher continued to make appearances in various television shows, including the period drama (2002) in the role of . He also appeared in in playing the role of a love doctor. In 2005, he starred in the - film with and . He has acted on stage, making his debut on in 2006 in as lawyer Billy Flynn and joining the cast of the play in 2012; the former performance was critiqued by theater critic as unfitting for the character played stating "Usher was "cast so hard against type, you would think you would hear him cracking from the collision", despite commending his vocal and choreographic performance in the show. In 2013, he began filming his role as boxer for the 2016 American film , which follows the life of Panamanian boxer . In the film he stars alongside , , and . The film debuted at the in on May 16, 2016, and was released in the United States on August 26, 2016.

Products and services

Usher at launch of fragrances Usher He and Usher She in 2007

Aside from recording music, Usher is involved in other businesses, including several restaurants. In 2007 Usher worked with Richard Herpin and Honoring Blanc for the fragrances and . The promotion for the fragrance, featured Usher and in the , "The Magic of Macy's" commercial. In September 2008 Usher released the fragrances, UR for Men and UR for Women. Usher fifth fragrance, was launched in 2009.

On March 30, 2015, it was announced that Usher is a co-owner, with various other music artists, in the music streaming service . The service specialises in lossless audio and high definition music video with curated editorial. acquired the parent company of Tidal, , in the first quarter of 2015. The slogan "Turn the tide" and the hashtag "#TIDALforAll" was used by various artists on social media during the buildup to the press conference relaunching the service.Usher, along with sixteen artist stakeholders (such as , , , , , , and more) co-own Tidal, with the majority owning a 3% equity stake. The idea of having an all artist owned streaming service was created by those involved to adapt to the increased demand for streaming within the current music industry, and to rival other streaming services such as , which have been criticised for their low payout of royalties."The challenge is to get everyone to respect music again, to recognize its value", stated Jay-Z on the release of Tidal.

On June 28, 2015, Usher became partners with Yoobi the fast-growing school supplies company called based out of . The company donates a portion of its products to schools and has brought in over million in revenue between June 2014 and June 201 Yoobi CEO told The Usher line of supplies with Yoobi features a collaboration with , the artist who does the designing. The slogan is "Mixing street smarts with school smarts". The collection is available online and at nationwide, and for every purchase, school supplies are donated to kids in need in US classrooms. When asked why he partnered with Yoobi, Usher said, "Preparing future leaders through my has always been about having the proper tools to succeed in life. If they don’t have the tools, young men and women from underserved communities can’t even begin to understand the idea of having a new or different perspective. So that's where this collaboration came together giving young people the tools and supplying them with hope."

Investments

Usher is a part owner of the professional basketball team. He is part of a group which bought the team with a reported total purchase price of 5 million in 2005. He became the third pop artist to own a large stake in an team. During his tenure, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won five Central Division Championships, three Eastern Conference Champions and the on June 19, 2016, won as a minority owner.

On March 6, 2017, it was announced that Usher, , , Evolution Media, Jon Jashni, Charles King, and others invested Million in . Mass Appeal, is a New York City based media and content company. In 1996, Mass Appeal was founded as a graffiti print magazine. In 2014, Mass Appeal relaunched I after CEO Peter Bittenbender partnered with rapper , who would serve as the publication's associate publisher.

Endorsements

Usher has worked with since 2004, together they launched the Usher Debit MasterCard. A sleek black card, which features the Usher's face, has that was passed out to concertgoers during his nationwide " In 2009, Raymond partnered with Vodka, launching the campaign Product (Red) that went to donate half of all profits from a new special-edition bottle to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. MasterCard again teamed up with Usher in 2015 to surprise one cardholder. Usher was disguised as a street performer to surprise one of his biggest British fans, who was flown into Los Angeles as part of MasterCard's Priceless Surprises campaign in support of the 2015 BRIT Awards.

Usher, in 2012 partnered with the number-one selling dance game . Exclusively made on Kinect for Xbox 360. His role in the game was to bring his iconic talent and lend out his authentic choreography of his dance routines to his hit songs "Scream" and "".Usher himself provides voiceover instruction for players participating in the Dance Central 3 game. At the launch of the game Usher gave a surprise performance of his song "Scream".

In 2013 Usher partnered with shooting a 2:28 minute short film directed by Rich Lee that included his single "" from his then new album. The video features two Ushers in a face-off, as "down-to-earth" Usher seeks revenge against his "celebrity" alter ego after fame destroys his relationship. According to superstar, Hancock and The Matrix inspired the choreographed fight scenes with himself. The short film featured him using a Samsung's smart TV using the new motion control features that allows users to swipe through the channels. The commercial generated twenty-two million views making it the second highest viewed Samsung commercial behind LeBron's Day with the .

In 2015 Usher teamed up with for The New Pepsi Challenge along celebrities , , and many others. Every month, Pepsi "ambassadors" will use social media to issue a new challenge, many of which blend social responsibility with popular culture that encourages consumers to "do something different."Usher's challenge invited fans to capture a single photo of an image that they feel inspires and amazes others to look at the world in a new way. The winners photo would be selected and used in an upcoming Pepsi film.

Philanthropy

Usher founded , a non-profit charity organization which aims to "provide young people with a new look on life through education and real-world experience". Its flagship project, camp New Look, ran from July 11 to July 23, 2005, in . In 2006, the charity started an initiative called Our Block, for which it helped rebuild and revitalize city blocks in New Orleans. The project went on one street at a time, and the funding was helped through part of the proceeds of Usher's team-up with in creating "Love 4 Life" dog tags, which were made available at the company's stores and Web site. Since then, Usher has launched chapters of New Look in such cities as Baltimore, Detroit, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, New York, and Washington D.C. New Look has for basic pillars; Talent, Education, Service, and Career. New Look program begins in the 8th grade and progresses through a student's high school and post-secondary education. Education is the center focus, Usher and his program ensures this. Students who participate in Usher's New Look achieve 100% graduation rates and all of New Look participants go on to Higher Education or Job Placement.

In 1999, Usher participated in "Challenge for the Children", a benefit basketball game hosted by American boy band . The event, which was held on the campus of , had raised an estimated ,000 for several local charities. In 2005, Usher is one among the artists who signed on for a relief concert. He has also performed a public service announcement to promote 's campaign for civic engagement.

After the devastating events of , Usher launched Project Restart that would go on to help more than 700 families with housing and keeping their lights on. Usher also while in New Orleans would meet with students from Dillard and Xavier to aid them with cleaning up the city. "I'm here to physically do something and hopefully motivate other people to do the same," said Usher in an interview. Usher, because of his efforts and dedication to helping the city of New Orleans rebuild was presented the of New Orleans in 2008 from former Mayor . Also in this presentation, Usher in his honor was proclaimed his own day, Usher Day.

In 2011, Usher was honored with the Freedom Award by the in . The Freedom Awards honor individuals who work for justice, equality, philanthropy, civil and human rights and humanitarian causes. Raymond was awarded this honor for his philanthropic work done by his New Look Foundation. Others honored with this award in the past Usher included , , , , and other great figures.

On February 12, 2015, Usher visited his former hometown making a surprise visit at Dalewood Middle School, the Orange Grove Center and the Center for the Creative Arts. Dalewood is the middle school he attended before moving to Atlanta and the school is not that far away from the road "Usher Raymond Parkway" that was presented to Usher in 2001.Usher spoke to students at the Center for the Creative arts explaining the importance of education. His effort of giving back was to honor the legacy of his grandmother who passed early in the year. Who he called Nanny expressed to singer at a young age "whatever you want to do, I promise you can do it. We're going to look back one day, your teachers and I, and be very proud of you". At CCC, a donation of an undisclosed amount was made by the singer that would pay for new surfaces for the floors of two dance studios, a new digital lighting board and LED lights for the performing arts school's auditorium.Usher's second stop was Orange Grove Center, a nonprofit that serves adults and children with intellectual disabilities. There, he took part in a groundbreaking for planned improvements to the facility's track, said development director Heidi Hoffecker. The track will be named the Nancy Lackey Memorial Track to honor his grandmother.

In 2015, Usher teamed up with , , , and more collectively donating more than 0,000 in scholarships that was given to 20 students attending . This is following the partnership with the in 2014 creating the Usher Raymond Scholarship Program, where last year he gave a student 0,000 to attend the .

In 2016, Usher alongside , , , and donated ,000 each to the UNCF during the 33rd annual Atlanta's Mayors Ball.

On February 18, 2017, during the 29th annual "A Candle in the Dark Gala" honored Usher with the prestigious Candle Award for his philanthropy and contributions to music. The Candle Award honors recipients for excellence in athletics, business, education, entertainment, and other arenas. Past recipients honored at the "Candle in the Dark" include , , , , and .

Politics and activism

Usher in 2007 launched his campaign in "Change in the South" in on the campus of Georgia Tech in support of then presidential hopeful . Obama, asked Usher to serve as National Co-Chair for his voter registration campaign "." Doing more groundwork for Obama the following year Usher and would lead a rally on the campus of in . In 2008, Usher supported the campaign, serving as the Service Nation Youth Chair.Usher stated "As an artist, I am often recognized for the music I make and the performances I give. I'm blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of many incredible moments. But this is the work that inspires me, empowering young people to become active in their communities".Usher also released an exclusive song "Hush" that was influenced by social issues and voting, In the video he features a motivational Barack Obama speech. Usher performed "" alongside and at the at the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on January 18, 2009. He continued to endorse Obama in 2012 and supported on the 2012 reelection campaign.

On September 13, 2014, Usher and held a special campaign event for Georgia candidate . Dunn was honored for her work with the Points of Light Foundation at a charity event in 2010 and has been a semiregular attendee at Clinton Foundation events since 2009. Foundation also awarded Clinton its Service Legacy Award in 2010.

In October 2015 Usher partnered with the organization Sankofa which focuses on issues of social injustice that disproportionately affect the disenfranchised, the oppressed, and the underserved. On October 23, 2015, Usher and the founder of Sankofa, former , led the conversation titled "Breaking the Chains of Social Injustice" at 92nd Street Y in Manhattan speaking about popular culture and activism. At this panel he introduced his music video featuring and . The music video is geared towards facing the issues of social Injustice and features images of , , , Marlon Brown, , , Caesar Cruz and other recent victims of police violence.

In August 2015, he attended a major celebrity fundraiser at the Brentwood home of held for presidential nominee . , , and were also among the crowd of 250 whose ticket prices were of ,700 per person.

Usher was selected among a 33-member delegate for the of the to seeking to strengthen cultural ties between the two countries. Less than a month after the historic visit by President Barack Obama, a U.S. government cultural mission to Cuba that took place from April 18–21, 2016. The President described his trip as extending the hand of friendship to the Cuban people, and this delegation, including some of America's most distinguished writers, artists, musicians, as well as arts and cultural leaders, will continue this historic collaboration with the Cuban people.

Personal life

In 2001, Usher began dating member and their relationship lasted for two years. In 2003, Usher started working on the album which would become Confessions, which contained songs inspired by the personal lives of Usher and his collaborators. The songs about infidelity and pregnant mistresses were inspired not by Usher's private life, but by Jermaine Dupri's own personal challenges at the time. Dupri deliberately intended to create an air of mystery about Usher, and arouse fans' curiosity about how much of the infidelity story was Usher's own confession. The unintended result of this was to arouse Thomas's suspicions about Usher. They broke up in December 2003.

This was followed by a media frenzy surrounding the personal nature of . Many fans believed that the infidelity portrayed in "Confessions" was real, and the real reason for the split. In February 2004, in an interview on The Bert Show on the radio channel , Thomas seemed to claim that Usher cheated on her: "Usher did the ultimate no-no to me....I will never be with him again, and that is that".Usher defended: "...it just didn't work out. But cheating is not what caused the relationship to collide and crash. That ain't what broke it up". This was backed up years later by Thomas, who said "People assumed that album was about us, but it was not.

In 2004 it was reported that Usher briefly dated British supermodel for a few months, together the pair attended the and it was reported that Naomi jumped out of a to surprise him for his birthday. Then the following year he was linked to model, Eishia Brightwell for sometime in 2005. They were seen together at different events including the , the Oscar party and the .

In November 2005, Usher began dating stylist , who had worked as his personal stylist for several years. Their engagement was announced in February 2007. After the sudden cancellation of a planned July wedding in , the two were wed on August 3, 2007, in a civil ceremony in . This was followed by a larger wedding ceremony on September 1, 2007, held at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort outside Atlanta.

Usher's father, Usher Raymond III, died of a heart attack on January 21, 2008. For a short period of time shortly after the death of his father, Usher adopted a diet. After several years, Usher dropped all egg and dairy products, embracing an entirely vegan diet for health reasons.Usher years later told reporters that he stopped his vegan diet saying that maintaining the lifestyle was expensive.

Upon his marriage to Foster, Usher became a stepfather to Foster's three sons from previous relationships, one born when she was a teenager and two from her first marriage, to Atlanta clothier Ryan Glover.Usher and Foster also have two sons together: Usher "Cinco" Raymond V, born in November 2007, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, born in December 2008.

In February 2009, two months after the birth of their second son, Foster suffered a in , Brazil, when she was given prior to scheduled cosmetic surgery (reportedly ), which was ultimately not performed. She was to aid her recovery and was transferred to a larger facility, the .Usher cancelled his performance at 's pre- Gala in order to fly to Brazil to be with Foster. After a week of recovery, Foster's surgeon issued a statement saying that she was "doing very well".

Usher filed for divorce from Foster in June 2009 in Atlanta. The divorce was legally finalized in Fulton County Court on November 4, 2009. This preceded a highly publicized dispute spanning three years, which ultimately culminated on August 24, 2012, with a judge awarding Usher primary custody of his two sons with Foster.

placed Usher at number 32 on its , and reported his earnings after the to stand at million, ranking him at number 12 on "The World's 25 Highest-Paid Musicians" list in 2011.

Foster's 11-year-old son Kile Glover, Usher's former stepson, was declared on July 8, 2012, after being struck by a on the previous day. Glover died on July 21, 2012, after being removed from . Just over a year later, on August 5, 2013, Usher's eldest son, Usher V, was hospitalized in the after he became stuck in a drain while swimming in a pool at Usher's home. The next day, Foster filed a request for an emergency custody hearing in Fulton County Superior Court, seeking temporary primary custody and citing Usher V's "near-death accident" as evidence of a lack of supervision of the children. At the hearing on August 9, 2013, the case was dismissed and Usher retained primary custody of their two sons.

On September 2015, Usher quietly married his long time girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel while vacationing in . There was speculation of the two being married when Miguel's Instagram post showed a picture of a gold wedding band on Usher's finger. He confirmed the marriage during an interview on .

On July 19, 2017, documents leaked online allege that Usher has been a carrier of the virus since 2009 or 2010 and that he infected a partner with it 2012. It alleges that Usher paid the woman's doctor bills and settled what a civil suit for .1 million. Amid the allegations, reported that another woman filed a  million lawsuit against Usher claiming that he exposed her to the herpes virus without her knowledge or consent; a crime in certain states.TMZ followed up this story with another alleging that she increased her lawsuit to  million after testing positive.

Three more claimants sued him on allegations of fraud, sexual battery, infliction of emotional distress and more, alleging that he was positive for the herpes virus and didn't tell them in advance. All three are represented by attorney who said on 8 August 2017, that one of her three clients had contracted genital herpes allegedly from him. One of the accusers, Quantasia Sharpton, said she had unprotected sex with him after a concert she attended. The other two accusers, one male, one female, preferred to remain anonymous plaintiffs. Sharpton admitted she tested negative and Bloom stated she didn't know if the singer had the disease.

On January 16, 2018, producer confirmed on radio show that Usher was free of the herpes virus in a response to .

On March 6, 2018, Usher and wife Grace Miguel informed of their separation in a statement declaring "After much thought and consideration we have mutually decided to separate as a couple [...] We remain deeply connected, loving friends who will continue supporting each other through the next phases of our lives".

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