Usher Net Worth, Money and More

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Net Worth: $140 million

Career/Profession: Singer, Dancer, Songwriter

Age: 36

“Strivers achieve what dreamers believe”.

Usher.

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True that. This 36 year old entertainer, Usher Raymond IV, proved that strivers can achieve anything they want. He is a singer-songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, businessman and actor. He rose to fame back in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which has been certified six times platinum by the RIAA. The RIAA has ranked Usher as one of the best selling artists in the history of American music. He has sold over 23 million copies in the USA alone. He is one of the very few artists to have won eight Grammy awards and was ranked number one Hot 100 artist of the last decade. Usher has nine Hot 100 number one hits and eighteen Hot 100 top ten hits to his kitty.

“When I was a child”

usher childhood

Usher was born in Dallas, Texas, to Jonetta Patton and Usher Raymond III, who left the family when Usher was just a year old. Directed by his mother, Usher joined the local church youth choir in Chattanooga, the place where he grew up, when he was nine. After he joined a singing group no one knew that he had the ability to sing professionally. Usher’s family then moved to Atlanta with the belief that a bigger city would open up more opportunities for his singing career. In Atlanta, Usher joined the North Springs High School.

“…And here begins a new life”

At the age of 11, Usher joined an R&B local quintet, where he recorded 10 songs and went on to become a local album. Ta the age of 13, he was a contestant on Star Search, where he was spotted by a representative from LaFace Records and he arranged an audition for Usher with the co founder of the company. Usher signed a contract with the company. There, Usher recorded a song for the soundtrack of the 1993 film Poetic Justice.

In 1994, LaFace released Usher’s self debut album, where Sean Combs produced several tracks and was also the co executive producer of the album. Usher was ranked t number 25 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The album has sold over 5, 00,000 copies worldwide till date. After graduating, Usher continued to develop and strengthen his skills as a stage performer and was getting ready for his second album.

With American record producer Jermaine Dupri, Usher co wrote and produced several tracks of his second album, My Way. The album’s lead single, “You Make Me Wanna…” reached number one in the UK and also became his first gold and platinum certified single in the USA. The album’s second single, Nice and Slow was at number one in the Billboard Hot 100.

my way

Usher made his acting debut on the UPN television series Moesha, which landed him the role in the film Faculty. In the following year he was cast in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. He completed two more films and also appeared in the Disney TV movie Geppetto.

His third album was slated to be released in early 2001. The first single, Pop Ya Collar was released in late 2000 and performed well in the UK but did not receive much appreciation in the US. So the album was pushed back and revised and retooled and was renamed to 8701. The first two singles of the album each topped the Billboard Top 100 for many weeks.

Usher also appeared in the 2001 film Texas Rangers and won a Grammy in 2002 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “You Remind Me”. Usher’s fourth studio album Confessions was a huge hit and sold nearly 1.1 million copies in the debut sales and has sold over 20 million copies worldwide till date. The album’s second and third singles “Burn” and “Confessions Part II” also topped the Billboard Top 100 and Usher became the first to top the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay with four consecutive number one singles. Confessions earned Usher a number of awards, including four American Music Awards, two MTV Europe Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards and three World Music Awards. His next album, Here I Stand debuted at no.1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart with first week sales of over 4, 33, 000 copies.

Raymond v. Raymond was released on March 26, 2010 and dominated the International Charts. Because of the huge international success of Usher’s single “OMG”, Raymond v. Raymond also did well. The album reached number 2 in Australia and debuted at number four in Canada and at number 2 in England. His next album, Looking 4 Myself also did extremely well.

raymond v. raymons

“I am a successful businessman”

Usher founded the vanity record label, US Records in 2002, which is distributed by Sony BMG. Apart from the record label, Usher owns many restaurants. He is a part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team. He also became the third pop artist to own a large stake in an NBA team. He also served as the mentor for the ninth season of the popular reality show, American Idol. Recently, he joined the fourth season of the reality show, The Voice as a coach.

“I am a good person at heart”

Usher founded a nonprofit charity organization called New Look which aims to provide young people a new look to life through education and real life experiences. In 2006, the charity started a new project called Our Block which helped in rebuilding many city blocks in New Orleans. In 1999, Usher participated in a benefit basketball game which raised approximately $50, 000 for several local charities. he is also one of the several artists who signed on for the Hurricane Katrina relief concert.

“My possessions”

It does not need to be said that this globally famous singer has accumulated some drool worthy assets over the years. Why don’t we have a look at that?

1. Roswell home

roswell home

Usher bought this home in 2007 in Georgia, USA for $3.3 million. The European style mansion stands over an area of 12,544 sq. ft. and includes six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a large kitchen and a living room. It also houses a separate workout room, an enormous parking space, a pool and a spa.

2. Ferrari 458 Spider

ferrari 458 spider

Usher loves luxury and this is clearly evident from his possession of a black Ferrari 458 spider, which he adores driving along the streets. One of the finest sports cars in the world, the Ferrari 458 spider might be Usher’s favorite on account of its lightening top speed or may be the bold exterior styling, but one thing is for sure that the singer appreciates the Italian car manufacturer. The sports car comes equipped with a commanding V8 engine developing 562hp and an influential braking system for providing immediate halt when required.

3. Brawler GTC

brawler gtc

Usher got the chance to usher in an awesomely new bike, custom built for him for his birthday. Called the Brawler GTC, the bike was built by Darwin Motorcycles. With an impressive engine display and a powerfully muscular exhaust pipe, the bike is meant for single riding. It has been painted in black and fluorescent orange and it has wide handlebars with robust crash-guards. The broad tires assure a good balance at top speeds while the headlamp with the stylish meters and displays ups the punch-quotient of the bike.

4. Ducati 848 Evo Superbike

ducati 848 evo superbike

The Ducati superbike starts from $14,000 and singer Usher has absolutely no qualms about coughing up that amount to ride this beast of a bike. With its black carbon body and frame, the bike stands like a piece of machinery from a sci-fi movie. The powerful 140 engine which sits hidden beneath is able to accelerate the bike to a top speed of nearly 260 km/h. The bike weighs about 180 kg and transmits via a 6-speed transmission with a wet clutch. Wearing a black jacket with a black visor-helmet, the singer looks simply awesome as he rides the bike.

5. Ducati Monster 1100 Evo bike

ducati monster evo bike

On the first week of March 2013, Raymond Usher opted for a enjoy ride on his matte black Ducati Monster 1100 EVO motorbike on the streets of the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. The singer was almost unrecognizable since he covered his head in a crash helmet most of the time during his motorcycle ride. The exterior appearance of the Ducati Monster 1100 EVO is further enhanced due to its external accessories like LED taillights and lightweight ten spoke wheels. The look and feel of the EVO strongly resembles that of a military motorcycle. Usher surely has got a thing for bikes!

And here we end the list! This multi talented entertainer is a complete package of good voice, good heart, good business skills and last, but not the least, a drool worthy kitty.

 

 

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