Under his mononym Usher, the mega successful R&B and pop icon skyrocketed to fame at the tender age of 14 and hasn’t stopped since. Serving as a prototype for the modern male R&B artist, the singer, songwriter, dancer, actor and businessman has collaborated with the likes of Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Diddy, Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Lil Jon, R. Kelly and many more. With number 1 songs spanning back to the 90s, Usher is considered one of the most successful male recording artists of all time. He revealed in May 2013 that he is working on his 8th studio album although no release date has been announced. Speaking on the upcoming project, Usher said that listeners can expect “space and sky, that's what it'll be. You look up, and it's everything you can imagine." As a recent judge on the popular singing contest and program “The Voice”, Usher is scheduled to return for the sixth season of the show in 2014.
- Usher was a member of a boy band called the NuBeginnings when he was 11.
- Usher competed on Star Search at the age of 13, which led to him being discovered by LaFace Records and L.A. Reid.
- His mother quit her job as a medical technician to be his manager.
- Usher was first featured on the motion picture soundtrack for “Poetic Justice” starring Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson, for the song “Call Me a Mack”.
- He made his acting debut in 1997 co-starring alongside Brandy on her sitcom “Moesha”.
- He dated TLC singer Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas, but broke up with her in 2004.
- He made his Broadway debut in 2006 in the role of Billy Flynn for the musical “Chicago”.
- In 2006, the singer was originally cast as C.C. White in the film Dreamgirls, but was unable to meet the filming schedule’s demands and pulled out of the project.
- As a businessman, aside from owning several restaurants, Usher is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA team. He is part of a group that purchased the franchise for $375 million.