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30 Mar, 2015

Launch Tidal

Product Release

Jay-Z launches his streaming music service TIDAL at an industry event, #TIDALforall at Skylight in Moynihan Station in New York City. He announces his partnership with 16 other artists, including Beyonce, Madonna, Usher, Rihanna, Butler and Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Jason Aldean, J. Cole, Jack Wright, Chris Martin, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Nikki Minaj, Coldplay and Calvin Harris, who formally sign a declaration of partnership. Tidal is the first service to offer ad-free music, video and editorial content owned by the stars who actually create it. The high quality sound service is available across iOS and Android devices, as well as in Web browsers and desktop players, in the U.S. and 30 other countries. Tidal Premium is $9.99, and Tidal Hifi is $19.99. Alicia Keys:

We come to you with one voice in unity. The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!

2 Sep, 2014

Tour anouncement


Seacrest interviews Usher during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his latest tour.

I’ve been busy. Just making my way back to the stage has been kind of the greatest anticipation of this year and now I’m ready. I’ll be touring on North America in 27 cities and I’m really excited about it. This will be] like no other [tour] before. Twenty years of doing this, musically, I’ve graced every stage there is, but never quite like this. This is going to be a new experience that does not arrive based off of one album, or either the launch of this most-recent album, which I’m not finished yet. I’m still working on it. I just really want to get back on the stage. You see me playing the bass, you see me playing the guitar, you see me playing the drums. It’s just a different experience.

26 Aug, 2014

She Came To Give It To You video

Usher releases the music video for his song She Came To Give It To You featuring Minaj. Directed by Philip Andelman the video features Usher and Minaj performing in a packed night club. Usher:

For me, it (the video) felt like, ‘Let’s go against the grain of what you think this song’s gonna be about. But also, too, give you what you feel you were getting ready to get.

7 Jun, 2014

Usher: Bieber not a racist

Makes Statement

Usher releases a public statement about Bieber via his Instagram account..

At my core, I am a person that supports growth and understands without judgement, that growth often comes as a result of pain and continues effort. As I have watched Justin Bieber navigate difficult waters as a young man, I can tell you that he hasn’t always chosen the path of his greatest potential, but he is unequivocally not a racist. What he was 5 years ago was a naive child who did not understand the negative power and degradation that comes from playing with racial slurs. What he is now is a young man faced with an opportunity to become his best self, an example to the millions of kids that follow him to not make the same mistakes.

10 Feb, 2013

Wins Grammy


imagesUsher wins Grammy for Best R&B Performance for Climax. This is his ninth Grammy.

As someone who completely lost their voice at one point for a year that people have recognized my music and there is an award there for it I appreciate it. This was a journey about finding a way to show my talent, and the nature of the sound and creating unique sounds and this was the opening of the shell.

13 Feb, 2011

Wins Grammy


indexUsher wins Grammys for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for There Goes My Baby and Best Contemporary R&B Album for Raymond V Raymond.

27 Nov, 2009

Tameka Foster interview


Williams interviews celebrity stylist Tameka Foster on The Wendy Williams experiment on her career and what she thinks of Usher’s relationship with his mother.

You know a lot of rumors are started by music and record label people. It’s bad because Usher and his mother have a very unique relationship. He loves his mother very much. He takes his mother to every award show. Like that’s his date most times. He loves his mother, he respects his mother but they have its almost like a split personality relationship. She’s his manager so when their talking about management, business, numbers, times, dates. It’s like that but that’s mommy. He kisses on her, that’s mommy.

6 Nov, 2009

Divorce finalized

Usher and Foster’s divorce is finalized. Usher claims the marriage is irretrievably broken with no reasonable hope of reconciliation. Foster:

I had every reason to believe the marriage was intact.

13 Jun, 2009

Usher, Foster divorce

Usher files for divorce from Foster, after almost 2 years. His mother didn’t approve of the relationship and it caused a big strain on the couple’s relationship.

My wife is not 40 years old. I love her to death and I’m a black, strong man in America standing up for my people — as a man to my wife, to my son, to my family. I’m making a stand that a lot of us should make. I coulda been like any other man who has a child and live with that woman and continue to just play the game. I’m trying to do it the right way. This is the way you’re supposed to do it! Pay attention, fellas.

1 Oct, 2008

Signs to Island/Def Jam Records

After an audition with Usher, Bieber signs a recording contract with Island/Def Jam Records chairman L.A. Reid.

Usher called and said I have something really special for you. I have a gift for you. He brought Justin in. Justin had a guitar, he payed piano, he sang for me. I thought he was amazing. It was a no-brainer.

Reid later says that if he had known that Bieber had been rejected by other record companies first, he wouldn’t have signed him.

10 Sep, 2008

Expecting second child

Usher and his wife are expecting their second child together.

I’m so proud to be a father by the time I’m 30. I’d hate to be 80 years old and not be able to run with my kids. I need to still be able to do flips when they’re in high school!

23 Feb, 2003

Wins Grammy


Usher wins the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for U Don’t Have To Call.

27 Feb, 2002

Wins Grammy


Usher wins the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for U Remind Me.

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