CAIRO – 14 October 2017: October 14 of this year marks the 39th birthday of popular American musician Usher, who has been at the top of the music scene for well over 15 years, with his albums selling off millions of copies.
Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas in 1978, and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After moving to Atlanta, he quickly became a musical hit at barely 15 years old, releasing his first album in 1994. Already proving himself as a talented young R&B musician at such a young age, Usher only continued to grow in fame as his skills grew.
Usher really hit it big with the release of the album "My Way" in 1997, and sold well over 7 million copies. His sexual ballads and romantic style, coupled with his ability to sing across a wide variety of musical genres sealed his place as a rising star. As the nineties gave way to the new millennium, Usher released the album "8701" in 2001, which sold 4 million copies and earned him two Grammy Awards.
His next release in 2004, "Confessions," proved to be a huge hit internationally, with global sales combining to over 20 million copies sold. Usher had made quite a name, boasting 13 Top 20 Hits and was named 2004’s "Artist of the Year" by Billboard Magazine. He received further awards in 2005, earning two Grammys and two People’s Choice Awards.
Usher’s magic is not just restricted to music either. He first starred as an actor in 1998’s sci-fi horror film "The Faculty;" then as a disk Jockey in 2005’s "In the Mix," and a year later became a lead star in Broadway’s "Chicago."
Usher has even got his own charity, the "New Look Foundation," which was founded in 1999 to look after foster children, provide guidance for teens at-risk, and provide aid to poorer communities. His latest album release, "Hard II Love," came out last year after much anticipation. Usher knows how to live it cool, a man of the people, and a man of pure skill.