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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

Raymond v. Raymond is the sixth studio album by American R&B singer Usher, released March 26, 2010. Production for the album took place during 2008 to 2010 and was handled by several producers, including Jermaine Dupri, The Runners, Ester Dean, Polow da Don, RedOne, Jim Jonsin, Danja, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Bangladesh, and Tricky Stewart.

The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 329,000 copies in its first week. It became Usher's third consecutive number-one album in the United States and has produced four singles that achieved chart success, including Billboard hits "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)", "Lil Freak", "There Goes My Baby" and the international hit "OMG". Upon its release, Raymond v. Raymond received generally mixed reviews from most music critics. It has sold over one million copies in the United States and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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"Confessions Part II" is a song by R&B singer Usher, and co-produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox for Usher's fourth album Confessions. Written by Usher, Dupri and Cox, the song is a confession of a man to his woman about his impregnated mistress, a continuation of "Confessions Part I" which relates a man's infidelity. Its personal content evoked rumors and early responses from the public even before its release, believing that Usher was asserting the truth; however, Dupri divulged that the story behind the album is his and Usher explained that he only took inspiration from his friends' similar experiences. The song received mixed reviews from critics.

"Confessions Part II" was released as the third single from the album, following the success of "Burn". The single reached number one on Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, becoming the album's third consecutive number-one single. Internationally, the single had lesser success than the album's previous releases.

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Usher performing on the OMG Tour in Houston

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