American songwriter, dancer, singer, Usher initially gained recognition when he released his first self-titled album and since then he has produced a large number of albums and songs. He is known as one of the best R&B singers in the 21st century.
|Profession||Singer, Television Actor, Dancer|
|Real name||Usher Terry Raymond IV|
|Date of Birth||October 14, 1978 (40 Years )|
|Place of Birth||Dallas, Texas|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
|Father||Usher Raymond III (Died in 2008)|
|Spouse||Tameka Foster (2007-2009)
Grace Miguel (2015-2018 )
|Children||Usher Raymond V (Son)
David Ely Raymond (son)
Usher Net Worth
The estimated net worth of him comes around $180M. Usher is one of the most successful singers and songwriter who has worked with some of the best artists throughout his career including Justin Bieber, Ludacris, and Lil John
Usher and Justin Bieber
When we talk about Justin Bieber, Usher always pops up because he’s the reason we have Bieber. The R&B star helped Justin Bieber into a hit maker by mentoring him along with manager Scooter Braun.
In an intimate conversation with Ryan Seacrest, he revealed that it was Justin’s natural charisma and bright personality that make him agreed to mentor him.
The Raymond Braun Media Group, which Justin Bieber is signed up to is a joint venture between him and Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.
Usher Personal Life
He began dating stylist Tameka Foster in 2005. She worked as his personal stylist for years and they started dating eventually. The couple announced their engagement in 2007 and got married in a civil ceremony in Atlanta on August 3, 2007.
He became stepfather to Foster’s three sons and together they have two sons. In 2009, two months after the birth of their second son, Foster suffered a cardiac arrest and was induced into a coma to aid her recovery.
After a week of her recovery, the surgeon issues a statement that she was doing very well.
He filed for the divorce from Foster in June 2009 followed by a highly publicized child custody dispute. After three years he won the primary custody of his two sons. In 2012, Foster’s 11-year-old son and his former stepson, Kile Glover announced brain dead, he died on 21 July, separated from the life support system.
After being struck by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier, they announced the news of him being brain dead. Just a year after, Usher V was hospitalized in the ICU due to stuck in a drain while swimming in a pool. Foster fight again for the custody but he retained primary custody of their two sons.
Usher and Grace Miguel quietly got married in Cuba in 2015. Grace was his manager. On March 6, 2018, The couple announced their split after almost a decade. When the sexuality of Usher was being questioned, Grace remained strong for her husband. She didn’t believe that STD claims and lawsuits were true as a true wife.
On July 19, 2017, some documents were leaked online which alleged that he has been a carrier of the herpes virus since 2009. According to some reports, he paid that woman’s doctor bills and settled at $1.1M. Another lawsuit was filed against him which claimed that the singer gave herpes to a woman named Georgia.
Later Laura Helm filed a $20M lawsuit against the singer claiming that he had unprotected sex with her, and is afraid so that he may transmit the disease. She told someone on the phone 2 days before she files the case, that she did have protected sex with him.
Helm’s lawyer withdrew from the case and she got a new attorney who immediately filed legal documents to dismiss the case.
In 2017, attorney Lisa Bloom announced that she is representing two other women and one man who claims that he exposed them to HSV2 as well. On January 16, 2018, Jermaine Dupri confirmed that Usher was free of the herpes virus.
The newsworthy claims hit like a storm in the paparazzi when a man accused the singer of exposing him to HSV2. This definitely raised questions about the singer sexuality.
Fans are wondering if he could be bisexual or gay. In addition to this, his ex-wife Tameka Foster hinted at the singer’s sexuality on Twitter. Sean “Diddy” Combs revealed in an interview that he and Usher “used to wake up together”.
He never addressed these speculations but did admit that bisexuals are the “best to be friends with”.
Usher Business Ventures
He founded vanity record label US Records in 2002. The label is a subsidiary of Clive Davis’ J Records spread by Sony BMG. The first album released by US Records was the soundtrack to In the Mix which was used to introduce the label’s acts, such as rapper Rico Love, Justin Bieber, One Chance, and Rayan.
Usher served as a songwriter-producer in the project.
He is a part of other business ventures including several restaurants. Usher is also a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, professional basketball team. He became the third pop artist to own a large stake in an NBA team.
Usher served as a contestant mentor for Top 10 Week of Season 9 of the show American Idol. He joined as a new coach of American reality tv show The Voice alongside Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Shakira.
He has worked with MasterCard and together they launched the Usher Debit MasterCard in 2004. In 2009, he partnered with Belvedere Vodka, launching the campaign Product which donated half of all the profits earned from the new special edition bottle to HIV/AIDS in Africa. In 2015, he teamed up with Pepsi for the New Pepsi Challenge.
At the age of 10, he joined NuBeginnings, a local R&B quintet and Usher recorded almost 10 songs with the band. At the age of 13, Usher met A.J. Alexander at a local talent show in Atlanta.
A.J. Alexander invited A&R representatives from LaFace Records to hear him perform on Star Search and soon he arranged an audition for him with L.A. Reid. L.A. Reid signed the album “Usher” released in 1994.
The album was not a commercial success and Usher geared up for his follow up album, “My Way” issued in 1997. This album brought him the commercial success and went onto become a certified six times platinum by RIAA. My Way earned him a nomination for Grammy.
His third studio album “8701” further cemented his reputation as a smooth, seductive and bankable artist. This album’s two songs “U Remind Me”, “U Got It Bad” got him his first two Grammy Awards. On his third album, Confessions, Usher extended his range beyond ballads, collaborating with Ludacris and Lil Jon.
This album gained him three Grammy Awards for Best R&B Duet, Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
He has appeared on various Television shows which included a period drama American Dreams in the role of Marvin Gaye. In 2005, he appeared as a DJ in a movie In the Mix and later as Billy Flynn in a long-running Broadway musical Chicago.
After a hiatus of 4 years, he returned to recording with Here I stand and follow-up album Raymond v. Raymond which was a dark reflection of Here I Stand and traced the disintegration of his marriage. His seventh studio album “Looking 4 Myself” debuted at the top at US Billboard 200 chart, releases on 8 June 2012.
Oh My God
DJ Got Us Falling In Love
This song was originally made for Rihanna but she turned it down and thus this song went to Usher. Rapper Pitbull is featured on the record. This song went onto become Usher’s 16th top 10 pop hits.
|In The Mix||2005|
|Muppets Most Wanted||2014|
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance (2002-2003) (2011)
Best Contemporary R&B Album (2005) (2011)
|MTV Music Awards||
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or a Group with Vocals (2005)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (2005)
Favorite Male (2005)
Best Male Act, and Album (2004)
Best Dance Video: “Yeah” (2005)
|American Music Awards||
Favorite Soul/ R&B Male Artist (2005) (2011)
Favorite Pop/Rock Album (2004)
Favorite Pop/ Rock Album (2010)
Usher and Politics
He has launched his campaign “Change in the South” in 2007 in support of then-presidential hopeful Barak Obama. Once he receives a request to serve as National Co-Chair for his voter registration campaign. Usher and Kerry Washington lead the rally on the campus of South Carolina State University.
He also encourages the Service Nation campaign, he publishes a track “Hush”, that was inspired by social and voting.
In 2015, he joins a major celebrity fundraiser at the Brentwood home Scooter Braun, held for the presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
He gets chosen among 33 member delegate for Presidential Committee for Arts and Humanities of the USA to Cuba seeking to strengthen cultural ties between the countries.
Usher Social Media
He has 12.4M followers on twitter (@Usher) and has almost 7.8M followers on Instagram (@usher).