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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.

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Versus is the first extended play by American R&B singer Usher, released August 24, 2010, on LaFace Records. Production for the album took place during 2008 to 2010 and was handled by several producers, including Polow da Don, Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Drumma Boy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Tha Cornaboyz and Max Martin.

The EP debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 46,000 copies in its first week. It became Usher's sixth top-ten album in the United States, and has produced two singles that achieved chart success, including the US top-thirty hit "Hot Tottie" and international hit "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love". Despite some criticism towards its pop-oriented material, Versus received generally positive reviews from most music critics.

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"Yeah!" is a hip hop song by American singer Usher, written by American songwriters and producers Lil Jon, Sean Garrett, Patrick J. Que Smith, Ludacris, Robert McDowell and James Elbert "LRoc" Phillips. It was released as the lead single from Usher's hit fourth studio album, Confessions (2004). The track was produced by Lil Jon, who combined crunk and R&B in the song's beat. The song features vocals from Lil Jon and a rap verse from rapper Ludacris. It is one of his most famous songs.

The song was remixed with Tego Calderón. It features a three-note melody that continues throughout the track. The song reached number 1 on twenty different charts in fifteen countries, and gained several platinum certifications, including by the RIAA and RIANZ. The single topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for a record twelve weeks, the longest-running of 2004, and its huge success added to Usher's hit success that year. Usher was the longest-running number 1 artist in 2004 with four number 1 singles, and the most successful artist of 2004. With over two million worldwide sales in one year, it is one of the fastest selling hip hop songs ever. The song ranks 2nd on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[1] Usher performed "Yeah!" at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2008 as runway soundtrack. The song won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards.

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