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Usher Raymond celebrated the 25th anniversary of his album My Way by recreating the cover art for the album's singles.

Usher was only 12 when he caught the attention of L.A. Reid, founder of now defunct Atlanta-based LaFace Records.

The R&B crooner released his self-titled debut album Usher in 1994 and his second album My Way in 1997.

My Way spawned three hit singles, "Nice & Slow", and Billboard top 2 singles "You Make Me Wanna" and "My Way."

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He was 19 when his single "Nice & Slow" became his first number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1998. He is pictured with his first Grammy Award.

On Tuesday, the 43-year-old father-of-four unveiled the new cover art for his singles "You Make Me Wanna" and "Nice & Slow."

Usher's My Way, 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will include a silver vinyl reissue, plus a lyric and photo booklet.

The My Way anniversary edition is set for release in early 2023.

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16-year-old Usher is pictured with his then-girlfriend, Karon Vereen (Ben Vereen's daughter), and R&B singer Monica, who was 15.

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Usher Raymond (right) crowned himself the King of R&B after his former mentor Sean "Puffy" Combs (left) declared R&B "dead."

"I do deserve that," Usher told Bevy Smith on SiriusXM and Radio Andy's "Bevelations."

"King, whatever you wanna call it. Yeah, I've been working to the point where I do own that, and I do deserve that."

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The eight-time Grammy Award winner added, "And I ain't gonna ask for it no more. You're gonna give it. Because I did work for it."

Combs made the controversial statement during an Instagram Live, telling music producer Timbaland that "R&B is muthaf–kin' dead as of right now."

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After Usher signed to LaFace Records as a teenager, Combs took the boy singer under his wing.

Usher is one of the R&B crooners insulted by his former mentor's statement.

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"When I do hear people, even like Puff saying, 'You know R&B is dead.' He sounds nuts to me. It sounds, it sounds, it sounds crazy," said Usher.

"You know, especially knowing he was a pioneer in understanding and beneficiary of it. You know, the source that is R&B created the breath of life that was breathed into hip-hop. It wouldn't be. There would be no hip-hop if there were not R&B, so it's blasphemous to hear me say, to hear people say anything, especially hip-hop cats, to say anything about R&B."

Usher added: "That's what R&B is. R&B is timeless, it ain't gonna go away."

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Usher Raymond and his eldest son Usher "Cinco" Raymond V, 14, attended the Netflix World Premiere of Hustle at Regency Village Theatre on Wednesday, June 01, in Los Angeles, California.

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LeBron and Savannah James attended the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'Hustle' held at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles. LeBron joined the billionaire's club becoming the first active NBA player to have a net worth of $1 billion according to Forbes.

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Actors Queen Latifah and Adam Sandler attended the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'Hustle' held at the Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Hustle is about a washed-up basketball scout (Sandler) who discovers a phenomenal street ball player while in Spain and sees him as his ticket back into the NBA.

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Karrueche Tran attended the Netflix World Premiere Of Hustle at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Comedienne Luenell attended the Los Angeles Premiere Of Netflix's 'Hustle' held at the Regency Village Theatre.

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Actor LaKeith Stanfield attended the Netflix World Premiere Of Hustle at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Actor Bill Bellamy attended the Netflix World Premiere Of Hustle at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Janet Jackson's celebrity pals surprised her with a birthday celebration at On The Record at Park MGM In Las Vegas on Saturday, May 14.

Janet was feted by her ex-boyfriend, Jermaine Dupri, rapper Nelly, music producers Jimmy Jam and Bryan-Michael Cox, and singers Usher and Anderson.Paak, who DJ'd the party.

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Usher, 2nd from right, grabbed the mic and sang Happy Birthday to Janet, who turns 56 on Monday, May 16. He is pictured with (L-R): Anderson.Paak, Jermaine Dupri and Nelly.

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The celebrity pals posed for a star-studded selfie for the 'Gram.

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Janet performed at the Kentucky Derby Night at Lynn Family Stadium on May 07, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Here Janet poses with singer Ronnie DeVoe, left, his wife Shamari Fears, 2nd from right, and singer Johnny Gill, right, at the Kentucky Derby on May 06, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Usher opened up about his "first celebrity kiss" with R&B singer Monica. He also said he regrets not dating Aaliyah.

During an appearance on E!'s Daily Pop on Tuesday, March 1, the R&B crooner said he regrets not dating the late R&B princess, Aaliyah.

"Somebody that I was really good friends with that I wish I would have taken more serious because she was a really close friend of mine for a small amount of time and we just kind of disconnected was Aaliyah. I think I would've dated Aaliyah and we just didn't get around to it. We just kind of talked but didn't do it."

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Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. She was 22.

The host asked Usher who he shared his first celebrity kiss with. He replied that his first celebrity kiss was with R&B singer Monica. According to Usher, she's a pretty good kisser.

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Usher dated Ben Vereen's daughter Karon Vereen when he was 15. She was a few years older than the boyish singer. Ironically, Ben was Usher's godfather.

Usher and Karon split after he turned 16 and dropped his self-titled debut album Usher (1994).

He went on to date a slew of starlets including Monica, Brandy Norwood, Karrine Steffans, Eisha Brightwell, Rozonda "Chili" Thomas, Melinda Santiago, Joy Bryant, Naomi Campbell, and more.

Usher shares two sons with his first wife, Tameka Raymond, and two children with life partner Jenn Goicoechea. He was also married to music executive Grace Miguel from 2015 until 2018.

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It all started with a case of mistaken identity at a Las Vegas hotel. Singer Jason Derulo swung at two fans who mistook him for another R&B singer -- Usher.

Police sources tell TMZ cops were called to the ARIA hotel early Tuesday morning after Derulo threw punches at the men.

Eyewitnesses say Jason and one of the men were passing each other on an escalator when the guy shouted, "Hey, Usher! F*** you, bitch!!!"

Jason apparently took offense to the disrespect and lunged at the guy. He punched the guy in the face, sending him sprawling to the floor.

Jason allegedly slapped the second man just for breathing. Security stepped in to break up the fracas. Video shows Jason pushed his burly bodyguard aside to get at the guys.

Apparently, Jason had gotten into it earlier with the same two guys for calling him "Usher."

At press time, the 2 victims declined to press charges, but there's always the possibility of a lawsuit, says TMZ. Jason was not arrested, but he did get a trespassing notice from ARIA Hotel, and was promptly thrown off the property.
 

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R&B crooner Usher and his girlfriend, Jenn Goicoechea are the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy.

The "Yeah!" singer shared a sweet black-and-white close-up of newborn son Sire Raymond's face on his Instagram account on Tuesday, OCt. 12.

He captioned the post:

"Hi my name is Sire Castrello Raymond … I am the newest addition to the Raymond crew. I was born Sept 29 2021 at 6:42pm weighting 7lbs 13oz. Hear me roar ... A.K.A Ra Ra."

 

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Sandrarose.com broke the news in May that the couple was expecting a second child. Weeks later Jenn showed off her baby bump at the iHeartRadioMusic Awards, which Usher hosted.

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The newborn joins Usher and Jenn's 13-month-old daughter, Sovereign, and sons Usher V, 13, and Naviyd, 12 - his sons from his marriage to stylist Tameka Foster.

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Jenn, who is VP of A&R at Epic Records, is pictured at right with Kei Henderson, manager of rapper 21 Savage, at the British rapper's birthday party in Atlanta in 2018.

Usher and Jenn began dating that same year.

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Tameka Foster Raymond is set to publish her new memoir titled Here I Stand . . . in a Beautiful State.

The memoir covers Tameka's career, her marriage to pop singer Usher Raymond, her divorce, her son Kile Ishmael Glover's death in 2012, and dealing with Instagram stalkers.

According to Eurweb.com, Tameka decided to document her life story after speaking with three women on a beach in Bali.

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Tameka was surprised when they insisted there was no way she could be Usher's ex-wife because his wife had died.

The title of the book is inspired by Usher's fifth studio album, Here I Stand (2008).

The album was followed up by Usher's 6th studio release, Raymond v. Raymond, which was recorded in 2009 amid their contentious divorce.

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Usher married Tameka, his former stylist, in 2007 after dating for two years. They share two sons, Usher "Cinco" Raymond V, 13, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 12.

Usher filed for divorce in June 2009 in Atlanta.

Tameka said her book will clear up many misconceptions about her life after divorce.

She said the book's title is "a double-entendre. Here I stand after going through all the media crap, the divorce, the loss, the grief."

Here I Stand ... in a Beautiful State is available for pre-order beginning July 25, 2021, online at https://www.tamekaraymond.com. Hardback copies retail for $26.00 and paperback copies retail for $21.00.
 

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Usher shared the most adorable photo of his infant daughter, Sovereign Bo, in a new Instagram post on Thursday, June 17.

In the post, Usher rests his chin on his baby girl's tiny hand.

Usher and his girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea welcomed Sovereign Bo in September 2020.

Jenn and Sovereign Bo are a constant presence backstage during Usher's residency concerts in The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace.

Sovereign Bo wears a $14.99 Snap and Go Easy-wear bib from the Green Sprouts line of celebrity-loved water-resistant bibs. The colorful bibs limits mess and spill emergencies.

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Following are the details on Green Sprouts' Snap and Go Easy-wear Bib:

  • Waterproof protection to keep baby clean and comfortable
  • Baby bib neatly rolls up and snaps while on-the-go
  • Flip pocket from back to front that catches spills
  • Contoured design moves with baby
  • Soft, easy-clean, machine washable, stain and odor resistant
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    You read it here first: Usher and his girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea are expecting their 2nd child together. The "Yeah!" singer confirmed the baby news during an interview with TV show Extra on Thursday.

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    Usher and music executive Jenn revealed they are expecting another bundle of joy as he hosted the iHeart Radio Music Awards on Thursday night, May 27 - where Jenn showed off her growing bump.

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    However, Jenn's baby bump was on full display last week when BACKGRID.com published photos of the couple shopping in Beverly Hills.

    Usher, 42, and Jenn, 37, are already parents to eight-month-old daughter Sovereign Bo, and he shares two sons, Naviyd, 12, and 13-year-old Usher V, with ex-wife Tameka Foster.

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    Usher explained to Extra TV that his new Las Vegas concert residency will be a family affair -- with Jenn and Sovereign Bo hanging out backstage every night.

    He explained the meaning behind Sovereign's name:

    "So, Sovereign, man, is such a beautiful word and name to me, you know, a supreme ruler is obviously the defined name. She's definitely ruling the household, but Sovereign Bo — Bo is at the end of it, so (she's) my little 'reign-bo.' "

    The singer was also previously married to music executive Grace Miguel from 2015 to 2018.

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    Sources tell Sandrarose.com that Usher Raymond and his girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea are expecting their second child together.

    Usher, 42, and Jenn, 37, are already parents to baby girl Sovereign Bo, who was born in September 2020. The happy couple is pictured shopping in Beverly Hills with their daughter and Usher's son, Usher Raymond V.

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    Jenn is VP of A&R at Epic Records. The couple began seeing each other in 2018 when Usher and then-wife, Grace Miguel, announced their separation after 3 years of marriage.

    Usher and Jenn took their romance public in 2019 when they were seen together at the Hollywood Bowl.

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    User has two sons, Usher V, 13, and Naviyd Eli, 12, by his ex-wife Tameka Foster, a celebrity stylist who previously worked as hair stylist for R&B singer Lauryn Hill.

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    Usher's 2004 album Confessions is the fastest-selling R&B album in history. He is credited with helping Justin Bieber's rise to fame with their collaboration song "Somebody To Love."

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    Yesterday, I told you about a Los Angeles stylist who accused Usher Raymond of shoplifting. Now more stories about Usher's sticky fingers have surfaced online.

    On Monday, April 12, Brian Jimenez tweeted: "When I used to work retail, usher walked in and tried on a $2,000 jacket. He chopped it up for a bit while still having it on. Then this dude dabs me up and walks out with the jacket."

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    Now another Twitter user claims Usher was banned from the New York boutique where she worked for walking out without paying for merchandise.

    Usher apparently perfected his boosting game. He would try on merchandise and then simply "forget" he had it on.

    A Twitter user wrote: "Usher was banned from my store for this same sh*t."

    She added:

    "I feel like I need to clarify this isn’t a current employer, this was 10 years ago in Soho when I worked at Atrium. He was banned and so was his ex-wife. He would just steal, she would just try to return sh*t he clearly wore covered in make up."

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    Apparently, boosting is common among celebrities. Boutiques normally eat the loss -- especially if the celebrity spends thousands of dollars in the store in previous or future visits.

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    A Los Angeles stylist caused a buzz on Twitter.com when he accused R&B crooner Usher Raymond of stealing a $2,000 jacket from a boutique.

    On Monday, April 12, Brian Jimenez tweeted: "When I used to work retail, usher walked in and tried on a $2,000 jacket. He chopped it up for a bit while still having it on. Then this dude dabs me up and walks out with the jacket."

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    Jiminez took offense when one of his followers accused him of looking the other way because Usher was a celebrity.

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    The allegation comes after a stripper accused Usher of passing fake "Usher Bucks" at the Las Vegas strip club where she works.

    The stripper, @beel0ove, took to Twitter to post a photo of the bills.

    "Ladies what would you do if you danced all night for usher and he threw this??" she asked. The dancer asked her followers to "blast" the father-of-three for passing fake bucks.

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    However, a source tells Page Six it was a big misunderstanding.

    "He and his crew converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on the stage," and "left a generous tip for the staff!"

    Sources close to Usher tell TMZ that somebody in his crew left some Usher Bucks behind on the stage as a joke. But the ladies weren't laughing. They work hard for the money.

    Usher's Las Vegas residency at Caesar's Palace is set to begin in July 2021.

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    Usher Raymond was criticized online for allegedly paying exotic dancers with fake money at a Las Vegas strip club.

    The R&B crooner was trending for allegedly passing fake money with his own face on the bills called "Usher bucks."

    One stripper, @beel0ove took to Twitter to post a photo of the bills.

    "Ladies what would you do if you danced all night for usher and he threw this??" she asked. The dancer asked her followers to "blast" the father-of-three for passing fake bucks.

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    However, a source tells Page Six it was a big misunderstanding.

    "He and his crew converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on the stage," and "left a generous tip for the staff!"

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    A rep for the Sapphire strip club tells TMZ Usher actually tossed authentic Washingtons.

    He ended up spending thousands on the dancers and also enjoyed bottle service. Sapphire tells TMZ they'd love to host him again, any time.

    Sources close to Usher tell TMZ that somebody in his crew left some Usher Bucks behind on the stage as a joke. But the ladies weren't laughing. They work hard for the money.

    Usher's Las Vegas residency at Caesar's Palace is set to begin in July 2021.

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    Usher and girlfriend Jennifer Goicoechea took their newborn baby girl, Sovereign Bo Raymond for a stroll at Griffith Park in Los Feliz, California on Wednesday.

    Sovereign is Usher's 3rd child & first with girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea.

    Lil Nas X appeared to confirm longstanding rumors about the R&B crooner. The one-hit wonder revealed his celebrity crush during the "Burning Questions" segment of the virtual Ellen DeGeneres Show this week.

    The 21-year-old dressed up as a futuristic Santa Clause to promote his recently released Christmas-themed single, "Holiday."

    He named BTS as his favorite boyband; "Miami" by Nicki Minaj as his favorite song, and Doja Cat as his "dream collaboration."

    But when asked who he crushed on as a young boy struggling with his sexuality, Nas X held back before coughing up Usher's name.