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Usher

Usher Terrence "Terry" Raymond IV (born October 14, 1978) who performs under the mononym Usher, known as The King of R&B, is an American recording artist, dancer, and actor.He rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice and Slow". His followup album 8701 (2001) produced the Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". Both albums sold over 8 million copies worldwide, establishing Usher as one of the biggest selling R&B artists of the 1990s.  Usher was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Jonetta Patton (née O'Neal) and Usher Raymond III. Usher spent the majority of his young life in Chattanooga: 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 in 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 Atlanta, Georgia, where there was a more conducive environment for beginning singers. While in Atlanta, Usher attended North Springs High School. Usher's father died of a heart attack on January 21, 2008.

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Usher, Stevie Wonder -- Sing at Baller Pre-Wedding Bash

Usher, Stevie Wonder
Sing at Baller Pre-Wedding Bash

Usher and Stevie Wonder performed Friday night at one of the most baller wedding parties of all time ... and the couple getting hitched wasn't even famous.It went down last night at the St. Regis… READ MORE >

Usher Wants LeBron James On Cleveland Caveliers -- Part-Owner Ready To Recruit

Usher
I'll Recruit LeBron If I Have To ... Says Cavs Part-Owner

Forget "U Don't Have to Call" ... Cleveland Cavaliers part-owner Usher says he's absolutely down to get on the phone with LeBron James if it will help the team sign the NBA… READ MORE >

- 71 days ago
Usher -- Justin Bieber Made Bad Choices ... But He's No Racist

Usher
Justin Bieber Made Bad Choices ... But He's No Racist

Usher is finally speaking out about the videos that surfaced this month showing his protege Justin Bieber using the n-word ... and even though he wasn't happy, Usher says J.B. is no bigot.Usher… READ MORE >

- 102 days ago
Usher -- Pleads the 5th On Justin Bieber's Racist Joke

Usher
Pleads the 5th On Bieber's Racist Joke

Usher had the opportunity to join the growing list of BFOJBs who have leaped to Justin Bieber's defense ... but instead he bolted.Our photog spotted Ush yesterday in L.A. ... and of course asked… READ MORE >

- 107 days ago
Usher: Cop Chase Ends with Photo Op ... But NO TICKET  [VIDEO]

Usher
Cop Chase Ends with Photo Op But NO TICKET [VIDEO]

Usher's celebrity burns bright on the Sunset Strip -- so bright he can turn a chasing cop into a photo-seeking fan and walk off Scot-free.The video is nuts -- you can see Usher driving on Sunset… READ MORE >

- 135 days ago
Usher In No Mood To Celebrate Conviction of His Stepson's Killer

Usher
No Mood To Celebrate Conviction of Stepson's Killer

Usher was in no mood to celebrate the conviction of the man who killed his stepson when he arrived Thursday at LAX.Jeffrey Hubbard was just convicted of homicide for recklessly jet skiing. … READ MORE >

- 209 days ago
Usher -- Jet Skier Found GUILTY In Stepson's Death

Usher
Jet Skier Found GUILTY In Stepson's Death

The verdict is in on the man accused of killing Usher's 11-year old stepson, Kile -- GUILTY.TMZ broke the story ... Jeffrey Hubbard was arrested last March for running over the boy with a jet ski… READ MORE >

- 209 days ago
Usher and Scooter Braun Mum On Justin Bieber

Usher, Scooter
Mum On Biebs

Usher and Scooter Braun had nothing to say as they arrived back on U.S. soil after spending time with Justin Bieber.Several photogs peppered both -- especially Usher -- with questions about what… READ MORE >

- 232 days ago
Justin Bieber -- No Worries in Panama ... No Matter What Usher Says

Justin Bieber
No Worries in Panama ... No Matter What Usher Says

Usher helped make Justin Bieber a superstar, but it's gonna be way harder to get his former protege back on the straight and narrow -- since Justin's yet to suffer any consequences for his… READ MORE >

- 233 days ago
Justin Bieber -- Usher in Panama for Save Justin Summit

Justin Bieber
Usher in Panama for Save Justin Summit

Usher has high-tailed it down to Panama to talk some sense into Justin Bieber ... TMZ has learned. Justin and his mentor posed for pics with a woman who appears to be a Panamanian Belieber (they… READ MORE >

- 234 days ago

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