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Again the La Face had their reservations about signing Usher because the album wasn't as successful as they anticipated. After graduating from high school, Usher continued to develop his skills as a stage performer and laid the groundwork for his second album.
At this time Jonetta Patton, Usher's mother took control of his career and put him in more talent shows the summer of 1995 building Usher a larger fan base and ultimately putting more confidence in L. He also appeared on their version of "Let's Straighten It Out", a 1995 duet with fellow Atlanta teen recording artist Monica; Usher developed a friendship with American record producer, Jermaine Dupri, with whom he co-wrote and produced several tracks for his second album, My Way, released on September 16, 1997.
Bolstered by its four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number one singles; "Yeah!
", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo", it has been certified Diamond by the RIAA. Raymond (2010), debuted atop of the Billboard 200, and produced the number-one singles "Love in This Club" and "OMG".
He owns the record label Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG); a joint venture with talent manager Scooter Braun that includes Canadian singer Justin Bieber.
Usher spent the majority of his young life in Chattanooga: his father left the family when Usher was a year old.
During this time period young Usher first met Chilli, his label mate who he would later date.
Following the performance, he arranged an audition for Usher with L. Reid, the co-founder of La Face; Reid signed Usher on the spot to a contract with the record company after singing Boyz II Men hit record "End of the Road".
Usher has attained 9 US Hot 100 number-one singles.
Considered an icon and sex symbol, he was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame.
It sold 8 million copies worldwide and won his first two Grammy Awards as Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 20.
Confessions (2004) established him as one of the best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade, selling 20 million copies worldwide.
At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, the number-one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked Confessions as the top solo album of the 2000s decade.