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What Was Usher’s First CD?

R&B singer and future Voice coach Usher has been a part of the music biz for almost two decades, having released his first solo record in 1994. The self-titled debut album, Usher, dropped on August 30, 1994 and peaked at No. 167 on the Billboard 200 chart. Usher, now 34, was still in high school at the time.

Despite having been produced by some of the biggest names in music, including LaFace Records' L.A. Reid and P. Diddy, the album failed to secure Usher as a household name. None of the record's three singles — "Can U Get Wit It," "Think of You" and "The Many Ways" — cracked the Top 40 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

It wasn't until Usher's second album, My Way, in 1997 that the Grammy-winning artist had his big break. "You Make Me Wanna" peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart and "Nice and Slow" hit the No. 1 spot.

Prior to his success as a solo artist, Usher was briefly in a local R&B quintet called NuBeginnings, and released an album called Nubeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV.

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11.19.2012 / 11:34 PM EDT by Lindsay Dreyer
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