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Usher Raymond IV (/ˈʌʃər/; born October 14, 1978), who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American recording artist and actor. He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way (1997), which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice and Slow", and top-five hits "You Make Me Wanna..." and "My Way" and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. His follow-up album 8701 (2001) produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits "U Remind Me", "U Got It Bad" and top-five it "U Don't Have To Call". The albums sold over 8 million copies worldwide.

Usher's Confessions (2004) established him as best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade, which has sold over ten million copies in the United States and certified diamond by the RIAA. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide and spawned a record breaking four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo" and a top-ten with "Caught Up". Usher's 2008 album Here I Stand (2008) sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and its lead single "Love In This Club" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA and spawned another Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "OMG" and R&B number-one hit "There Goes My Baby". The former become 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. Looking 4 Myself (2012) became his fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, and spawned top-ten hit "Scream" and R&B number-one hit "Climax".

To date, Usher has certified sales of over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, and eighteen Billboard Music Awards. Usher is ranked as the 14th most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine. The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States. Billboard Magazine ranked Usher the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. They also named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, and his 2004 album Confessions was ranked as the top solo album and second most successful overall album of the last decade. Usher has attained nine hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and has attained eighteen hot 100 top-ten hits. Aside from his musical career, he is regarded as a sex symbol. In 1998 People Magazine named him the sexiest R&B artist alive. In 2010, Glamour Magazine named him one of the 50 sexiest men alive.

Selected album

Here I Stand is the fifth studio album by American R&B singer Usher, released May 23, 2008 on LaFace Records. Production for the album took place during 2007 to 2008 and was handled by several record producers, including Jermaine Dupri, will.i.am, Stargate, The-Dream and Dre & Vidal.

The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 443,000 copies in its first week. It ultimately sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States and produced four singles that achieved chart success. Despite mixed criticism towards its thematic departure from his previous album Confessions (2004), Here I Stand received generally positive reviews from most music critics. To date the album has sold over five million copies worldwide.

Selected song

"Climax" is a song by American recording artist Usher, and was released as the lead single from his seventh studio album Looking 4 Myself. It was written by Usher, Ariel Rechtshaid, Redd Stylez, and Diplo, who also produced the song. Usher and Diplo worked on the song for two months as part of their collaboration for the former's album. The song is a quiet storm slow jam with electronic influences, and lyrics about the turning point of a relationship. According to Usher, the song is primarily about the complications of a relationship, despite the lyrics' sexual overtones.

As a single, "Climax" debuted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100, with 31,000 digital units sold in its first week. It peaked at number 17 and charted for 20 weeks, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, becoming Usher's 12th number-one single on the chart. "Climax" was well received by music critics, who commended its musical direction, Usher's vocals, and Diplo's production. Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly named it one of the best singles of 2012. In 2013, "Climax" won Usher a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.

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Usher at the launch of his perfume line

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