Usher is a singer, songwriter, dancer, producer, actor, businessman and philanthropist. His net worth is $180 million.
Usher Terry Raymond IV was born in Dallas Texas on 14 October 1978. He grew up with his mom in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Usher began singing at a very early age, his mom noticed his vocal ability and decided to expose him to an environment that would offer more opportunities for a budding musician, so she moved the family to Atlanta Georgia.
Usher became a member of a local quintet, NuBeginnings but later left to compete in TV show Star Search where he was spotted by an A&R from LaFace Records. After an auditioning Usher won a recording contract with the label.
Usher released his self-titled debut studio album in 1994 at the age of 16. Some songs from the album were executive-produced by Sean Combs aka Diddy. His big break came with the release of his second album “My Way” (1997), the album produced Hot 100 number-one single “Nice & Slow”. Another single from the album “You Make Me Wanna” won Usher his first ever Grammy Award. The album was certified platinum six times by the RIAA. The third album “8701” produced chart-topping singles like “You Remind Me”, “U got it bad” and “U don’t have to call” which won him his second Grammy.
Several of Usher’s albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. He has 5 platinum-certified albums. “Confessions” (2004) album produced hit singles like Yeah, Burn and My Boo, it sold 20 million copies worldwide, making Usher one of the best-selling artists of the 2000’s decade.
“Here I Stand” (2008), “Raymond v. Raymond” (2010), and “Looking 4 Myself” (2012) all debuted at top spot of Billboard 200 and produced hit singles. His albums altogether have sold almost 80 million copies worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists in America. For his works in music Usher has won a total of 20 Billboard Awards, 8 Grammys, 8 American Music Awards, and more. Usher’s 8th studio album “Flawed” is due to be released in April 2016.
Thanks to his music, Usher has been able to rake in millions from album sales and tours. In 2012, Forbes ranked him at #12 in the list of highest-paid musicians with $46 million in earnings. Usher reportedly made $70 million from his OMG tour in 2011.
Usher has appeared in a number of TV series, he made his debut in 1997 on American sitcom Moesha, others include, “The Faculty”, “In the Mix”, and “She’s All That. Usher has been a judge on TV show “The Voice”. He has appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and served as a contestant mentor on the 9th season of American Idol.
Usher owns the record label US Records which have launched artists like Justin Bieber. His non-music business ventures includes a chain of restaurants, stakes in NBA side Cleveland Cavaliers. Usher owns 3% equity stake in music streaming service Tidal whose parent company is owned by rapper Jay Z. Other musicians with stakes in the company include Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Beyonce, and Kanye West. Usher is in partnership with Yoobi, a budding school supplies company. As a way of giving back to the society, Usher owns a non-profit philanthropic organization New Look which is aimed at providing better lives for the young people.
Usher owns a mansion in Roswell worth over $3 million. Some of his automobiles include a Ferrarri 458 Spider, Brawler GTC bike, a Ducati 848 Evo Superbike, and a Ducati Monster 1100 EVO Motorbike.