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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's Son -- The Frantic 911 Call

Usher's Son
The Frantic 911 Call

TMZ has obtained the 911 call placed by Usher's aunt moments after the singer's 5-year-old son nearly drowned in a pool ... in which she begs the operator to send help ASAP.Usher's aunt Rena Oden… READ MORE >

Usher's Son Hospitalized in ICU After Pool Accident

Usher's Son
Hospitalized in ICU After Pool Accident

Usher's son Usher Raymond V is in the ICU at an Atlanta hospital after a serious accident in a residential pool Monday, TMZ has learned.Sources tell TMZ, the accident occurred yesterday just after… READ MORE >

- 480 days ago
Usher's Ex-Nanny Sues -- I Busted My Ass For You, You Owe Me

Usher's Ex-Nanny Sues
I Busted My Ass For You You Owe Me

10:00 PM PST -- A source connected with Usher tells TMZ ... this is a frivolous lawsuit and all the allegations made by the former nanny are completely false.Usher has secretly been stiffing the… READ MORE >

- 565 days ago
Usher -- Suspect Arrested in Stepson's Fatal Jet Ski Accident

Usher
Suspect Arrested in Stepson's Jet Ski Death

The jet ski operator who allegedly ran over Usher's stepson in a Georgia lake last summer -- killing the 11-year-old boy -- was arrested this morning ... TMZ has learned.Jeffrey Simon Hubbard was… READ MORE >

- 638 days ago
Usher -- Oops, My Pants Ripped ... In the Crotch!

Usher
Oops, My Pants Ripped ... In the Crotch!

While performing at the Inaugural Ball, Usher almost exposed one of his.The R&B singer had his very own Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction and tore his pants in the crotch while on stage at… READ MORE >

- 673 days ago
Allen Iverson to Judge -- Don't Screw Me Like You Screwed Usher's Wife

Allen Iverson to Judge
Don't Screw Me Like You Screwed Usher's Wife

NBA legend Allen Iverson wants a new judge in his divorce case -- claiming the current judge unethically does legal favors for campaign contributors, and he's afraid she will screw him just… READ MORE >

- 693 days ago
Usher to Ex-Wife Tameka Raymond -- Time's Up! I'm Selling the Mansion for $3.2 Million

Usher to Ex-Wife
Time's Up! I'm Selling the Mansion

Usher is finally making good on his threats to evict ex-wife Tameka Raymond from the house she still calls home ... officially listing his Georgia mansion for a cool $3.2 million. Usher bought the… READ MORE >

- 747 days ago
Tameka Raymond Sued -- Landlord Says She's In the Hole $50k

Tameka Raymond Sued
Landlord Says She's In the Hole $50k

More bad news for Tameka Raymond ... first Usher made it clear he's gonna evict her from his mansion ... now TMZ has learned her OTHER landlord -- from a small business she owns -- is… READ MORE >

- 763 days ago
Usher to Ex-Wife Tameka Raymond -- Get Outta My House!

Usher to Ex-Wife
Get Outta My House!

Usher wants to make it clear to his ex-wife ... the days of freeloading are OVER -- because TMZ has learned, he plans to sell the mansion she currently calls home. Sources close to the couple… READ MORE >

- 790 days ago
Usher's Ex-Wife -- Shut Down By Custody Judge -- Again

Usher's Ex-Wife
Shut Down By Custody Judge ... Again

Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond just lost ANOTHER round in her custody battle with the singer ... the judge shot down her request for a retrial ... but Tameka's not giving up.As TMZ first reported,… READ MORE >

- 805 days ago

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