Usher a 14 year kid who appeared in a talent show Star Search and achieved success in his teenage. It took no time for his career to take off. At the age of sixteen he released his first self-titled album. Usher Raymond IV an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor was born on October 14, 1978 in Dallas, Texas to Jonetta Patton and Usher Raymond III and spent majority of his young life in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
His parents separated when Usher was one year old. After that her mother raised him. When Usher was nine year old he joined local church youth choir in Chattanooga, where his grandmother discovered his ability to sing then Usher joined a singing group.
Usher’s family moved to Atlanta, Georgia, a bigger city to seek more opportunity to showcase his talent. When Usher was 13 year old he set the record for the longest note ever held by a child on American television show Star Search with 12 seconds. At the age of 16 in 1994, Usher released his debut album ‘Usher’. In 1997, after releasing his sophomore album ‘My Way’, he became famous. ‘My Way’ created his first Billboard Hot 100 number one single ‘Nice & Slow’.
Usher received numerous awards and accolades which includes 8 Grammy Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Music Awards and 8 American Music Award. In 2004, Usher set a record to win most Billboard Music Awards by a male in single night. Fuse ranked Usher as the 10th most award winning musician of all time.
His have one diamond certified album Confession, two multi-platinum albums My Way and 8701, two Platinum albums Here I Stand and Raymond v. Raymond and one Gold Album Looking 4 Myself. In 2004, Confessions the fourth studio album established him as one of the best-selling music artists of 2000s decade by selling 20 million copies worldwide.
Usher has sold 43 million albums and 75 million records worldwide, which made him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2009, Billboard declared Usher the second most successful artist of 2000s decade. Billboard declared Usher the Hot 100 Artist of the 2000’s decade. Usher is known as King of R&B (Rhythm and Blue) and Mr Entertainment.
Usher acting debut was UPN television series Moesha and got first film role in 1998 film The Faculty. Usher was also a part of soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful and served as a contestant mentor for reality shows. On August 3, 2007 Usher got married with his personal stylist Tameka Foster after dating 2 years and he became step father of Foster’s three sons.
The couple have two sons together named Cinco Raymond V and Naviyd Ely Raymond. In 2009, they got divorce and Usher got the primary custody of his two sons. In September 2015, Usher got married to his long-time girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel.
Education: Usher attended Haynes Bridge Middle School and North Spring Charter School of Arts and Science, Atlanta, Georgia.
Usher Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $200 Million US Dollars
The estimated net worth of Usher is $200 million US dollars as of 2017. Usher endorse many famous brand such as Mercedes-Benz, MasterCard, Belvedere Vodka, Microsoft Dance Central 3, Samsung’s smart TV, Pepsi, etc.
Usher lives in beautiful and stunning house Roswell Villa, which has amenities such as swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, home cinema, home office and gaming room. The pop star love expensive and luxury cars and have many cars and bike. Usher owned a beautiful Ducati bike, a black Cadillac Escalade, Ferrari 458 spider, Rolls Royce and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe. Usher share a cozy relation with Mercedes-Benz, he went to Mercedes AMG’s headquarter in Germany to see the assembly of the engine for his SLS AMG. Usher gifted a Mercedes-Benz to his mom.
Usher Business Model
Usher has invested in several business endeavours. Usher founded vanity record label US Records and has chain of restaurants. In 2007, Usher and Elizabeth Arden launched fragrance brands ‘Usher He’ and ‘Usher She’. In 2010 these two brands were on number 5 of Top Ten Best-Selling Celebrity Fragrance and earned $16 million. Usher is a co-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team, Tidal, a subscription based music streaming service and Yoobi the fastest growing school supplies company.
Tidal is known to pay highest royalties to music artists and song writers. In 2008, Usher and talent manager Scooter Braun started a media and record company Raymon-Braun Media Group (RBMG) specialising in music production and promotion. Scooter Braun discovered the Canadian singer Justin Bieber through his You Tube videos and signed him for RBMG. Justin Bieber released his debut Extended Play ‘My World’ in 2009.
In March 2017, Usher, Universal Music Group, Steve Stoute, Evolution Media, Jon Jashni, Charles King and others invested $ 6 million in Mass Appeal Magazine, a New York based media and content company.
Usher a talented artist and a successful businessman who started his career at the age of just 16 and became famous in no time. The R&B heartthrob is a successful artist as well as a good human being who run a non-profit charity organisation New Look, whose aim is to provide young people with a new look on life through education and real-world experience.