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“Music Inner City Bio” Usher Raymond

“One Man’s Opinion” by Gordon Curvey

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In the entertainment game, it is good to be a triple threat. Singer, dancer and actor. Only a few can do this big time and they are Beyonce, “J-Lo” Jennifer Lopez,  Justin Timberlake and Usher Raymond. There are others but the folks I mentioned are doing it on a big scale.

I remember interviewing a very young Usher Raymond when he was a young teenager out on the road with his mom as his manager. He came to Seattle to perform. You could tell when he was a 14 or 15 that this young fella was going places. He could sing and dance and had he knew what he was doing on the stage at a young age. He was trained well.

Usher is 37 years old and born in Dallas, Texas. His mom and former manager is Jonetta Patton and his father is Usher Raymond III. He has two children.  He was born in Dallas but was brought up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He and family moved to Atlanta and at 12 his mom started to put a young Usher in singing contests.

A young Usher grabbed the attention of a person who worked for LaFace Records. And in the summer of 1994 Usher released his first album called by the way “Usher”. Singles from that album included “Can U Get Wit Me” and “Think Of You”.

Raymond really blew up in the late 1990s with his second album called “My Way” which came out in 1997. The album produced his first U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1 single called “Nice & Slow”. That album has went six times platinum by the Recording Industry Of America. Usher album “My Way” won him his first Grammy nomination in 1998 for the single “You Make Me Wanna”.

That song also went to #1 in the UK singles chart and US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts. In 2001, Usher’s 8701 album produced Billboard Hot 100 #1 single with the song “U Remind Me” and also “U Got It Bad”. That single won him his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2002. The song “U Don’t Have To Call” won him a second Grammy in 2003. That song is my favorite song by Usher.

His 2004 album “Confessions” made him one of the best selling artists of the 2000s decades. “Confessions” sold over a whopping 20 million copies worldwide. And the album had FOUR singles IN A ROW on the Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles with “Burn”, “Yeah”, “Confessions Part II” and “My Boo”. “Confessions” obtained three Grammy Awards in 2005.

“Here I Stand” in 2008 and “Raymond v. Raymond” in 2010 debuted on the top of Billboard 200. Other hits by Usher include “DJ Got Us Fallin In Love” (great song) and “Scream”, also “There Goes My Baby”, also “Climax”.

Check this out. The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best selling artists in American music history!! This is big. He has sold over 23 million albums and 38 million digital songs in the US alone. His worldwide sales are over 43 million albums and 75 million records overall. He also has won many other awards including 18 Billboard Music Awards and 8 Grammy Awards.

In 2009, Billboard named Raymond the #1 Hot 100 artist of the decade. For sure Usher at age 37 has had a great career and he is still young readers. He has so many mountains to climb in his career. Usher has a big movie coming out in which he plays the great boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in a movie about another great boxer  Roberto Duran called “Hands Of Stone”. It is suppose to be great movie.

More big things are in store for Usher. Remember he is only 37. His talent will continue to grow.

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Music Inner City Bio: “J-Lo” Jennifer Lopez

(Complete Lopez bio click here)

jennifer-lopez-nuvo-tvFolks to be a success in the entertainment industry you have to be different than the rest. You have to have a style of your own. If you want to be a “ghetto celebrity” as I call it and just impress hood then you will not be a success.

The lady I am writing about here is a triple threat in the entertainment industry and she has been around for awhile and is keeping her popularity. Her name is “J-Lo” aka Jennifer Lopez. She can sing, she can dance and she act. It is very hard to be a popular as she is because everything she does is all over the net.

Lopez cannot go anywhere with out cameras flashing everywhere. It is crazy folks. But J-Lo is used to it. It is part of being a superstar as she is. All her relationships is on the net. When you go to the store and get up in the check in line and look to the right or left and there is the gossip magazines with Lopez or Kim K or Beyonce or others on the front page.

J-Lo is popular with all ages and all races. Not to many entertainers can say that. And when you go to a concert by J-Lo is about ENTERTAINMENT! Not just a singer standing up there holding a microphone. Oh no readers! And that is what I like about Lopez. Plus she seems to be down to earth too. Of course we can view her on “American Idol” too. A entertainer like “J-Lo” will have longivity in the entertainment business. Like other “triple threats” back in the day like Sammy Davis Jr and more. Another person is these days is Justin Timberlake. He is a true true talent. I will give my views on him soon.

So as I watched the Billboard Awards the other day and they gave a huge award to Lopez and watched her performance I was very happy for her. Among the things she said after she obtained her award was to give advise to all the little girls and boys watching to keep dreaming and stay positive and you can make it like she did. One thing for sure Jennifer Lopez has made it!  Gordon Curvey

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Music Inner City News Magazine Bio: Beyonce

ARTICLE FROM wikipedia.com (Full bio click here)

Readers I want to say something about Beyonce. She is one of the top entertainers of all times. She is a triple threat in the entertainment business.

She can sing, she can dance and she can act. Not only that she writes songs. I think a lot of us take her for granted. But folks Beyonce is just great. Pure and simple.

If you watched her perform at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards the other day you realize how great Beyonce is as a performer. Her performance was off the chain. Just great.

She is just 29 years old readers so she has a long career still ahead of her. I think one year she will when a Oscar for acting. Maybe a Tony Awards for acting on Broadway too. Maybe a Emmy Award too. She is that talented as a performer.

It is kind of sad watching former Destiny Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Because no matter how they try, they cannot land a big song on the charts. Former guest on Seattle’s “Music Inner City TV” LaToya Luckett is not doing that bad but of course they are nowhere near the great Beyonce. No female singer is at this time.

A big shout out to to the great Beyonce. When I first met Destiny’s Child in L.A. in 1992, I never would have never guessed the group would blow up as big as it did and for Beyonce to be a great superstar that she is today.    Gordon Curvey

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