Usher Terry Raymond IV ( /ˈʌʃər/; born October 14, 1978), who performs under the mononym Usher, is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, entrepreneur, and actor. He is considered around the world to be the reigning King of R Usher rose to fame in the late 1990s with the release of his second album My Way, which spawned his first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, "Nice & Slow". His follow-up album, 8701, produced the Billboard Hot 100 number one hits "U Remind Me" and "U Got It Bad". Both albums sold over 8 million copies worldwide, establishing Usher as one of the best-selling R artists of the 1990s. Usher's success continued with his 2004 album Confessions, which sold over 10 million copies in the United States, and been certified diamond by the RIAA. Confessions has the highest first week sales for an R artist in history, and sold over 20 million copies worldwide. It spawned a record breaking four consecutive Billboard number-one hits—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo". Usher's 2008 album Here I Stand sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and its lead single "Love In This Club" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100.