The 90’s brought music lovers so much to choose from when it came to love, heartbreak and sex. One of the mainstays during that era was a young Usher Raymond IV representing ATL. Although his debut was a bit quiet, it was his sophomore album, My Way, that brought him mainstream love. The love and award recognition grew with the release of his third studio album 8701 in 2001. By the time he reached his 2004 release of ‘Confessions’, Usher was literally sitting on top of the world as one of the best-selling musical artists of the new decade.
Unfortunately personal struggles took the floor out from under Usher’s feet and fans didn’t necessarily show as much love to the albums that followed. Still an ultimate performer and a beast at collaborative efforts, he is still one of music’s best selling artists with worldwide figures standing at 43 million albums and 75 million records overall. Even though many feel that ‘Confessions’ is the album era that can’t be topped, MiddleChild Promotions wanted to remind (or even enlighten) music fans that Usher didn’t fall off and still has some awesome gems that you may have overlooked. Here are 10 “post-Confessions” cuts you CAN’T ignore!
Moving Mountains ( Here I Stand; 2008)
Usher stripped down to his soul and delivered a vulnerable tune laced with sweet vocals and relatable imagery. Sadly it only spent nine weeks on the charts and served as his lowest-peaking song on the Hot 100.
Lifetime (Here I Stand; 2008)
While most of the ‘Here I Stand’ album centered around the controversy of Usher’s new marriage to then wife, Tameka Foster, this song was one of the happier ones from the offering. Usher’s carefree approach to life because he had found the one makes this record remarkable. Melodic and relative to life, this track should easily be considered a classic.
Here I Stand (Here I Stand; 2008)
Most of the tracks from ‘Here I Stand’ were beat heavy and catchy so once you make it to the piano driven title track laced with a mature vocal from the singer, you have to take notice. Definitely a stand out from the rest of the playlist and easily one of his most grown up records where love (and not sex) is the topic.
There Goes My Baby (Raymond vs. Raymond; 2010)
This track is one of the highlights of Usher’s career among any album post ‘Confessions’. It simply serves as an example of the singer at his best. Although it peaked at #25 on The Billboard Hot 100, it topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and gave Usher his eleventh number-one on the chart. It tied Ray Charles and R. Kelly for the fifth-most number-one’s since the chart’s inception.
Mars vs Venus (Raymond vs. Raymond; 2010)
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis laced Usher with a grown and sensual instrumental that he then crafted into a very seductive story about love making like only a true King of R&B could.
Okay (Raymond vs. Raymond; 2010)
Usher teamed up with his baby brother for a track that simply dared to make a random hook up sound like love. When a song sounds as dope as this, even the things you dare deem as unsafe sound fun.
Climax (Looking for Myself; 2012)
Who says Usher didn’t deliver anymore hits after ‘Confessions’? This track charted for 20 weeks, gave Usher another top 20 on The Billboard Hot 100 and served as Usher’s 12th number-one single on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The best part of this release was that you almost forgot Usher entered the game as a young man. He was now officially an adult with his style and his sound. The singer even won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.
Lemme See (Looking for Myself; 2012)
One of Usher’s best tracks from the 2012 ‘Looking For Myself’ release. Rick Ross added a nice touch to the mood of the song. Definitely another hit from Usher that should not be ignored seeing that it reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Let Me (Hard II Love; 2016)
Ugly album cover aside, Usher had a few hidden gems on his latest release ‘Hard To Love’. One notable stand out track is ‘Let Me’ which can be viewed as the meeting of several eras that is sure to please music lovers. It has the old school flow rooted in the ‘Love You Down’ sample (Ready For The World) mixed with a swagged out adult inspired style from the singer.
Tell Me (Hard II Love; 2016)
It took over 8 minutes for Usher to lay out this erotic love letter. This may be the masterpiece of the entire set because it speaks to emotions and love that isn’t present as much in this new age of music. Everything about it is near perfect and definitely lets us know we should not count Usher out! He still has more to offer!
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