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Usher Raymond IV, 14 October 1978, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Originally drawn from LaFace Records seemingly inexhaustible wellspring of young R&B acts in the mid-90s, Usher is one of the few who can boast of real star quality and staying power. Indeed, after the release of his self-titled debut in 1994, there seemed to be a danger that he would become better known as a face rather than a musical talent. He appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and also performed at the American Music Awards as part of the all-star recording collaboration Black Men United. However, sales of his Sean Puffy Combs -produced debut were a little disappointing at just over a quarter of a million, though it did spawn the minor hit singles Can U Get Wit It, Think Of You, and The Many Ways. As a consequence, Usher took creative control over the production of the US Top 10 follow-up My Way (1997), although he did enlist Jermaine Dupri,...