This year is proving to be a big year for Usher not only in Music but also in Film and his philanthropic endeavors. Musically, Usher is continuing his world tour and recording his much anticipated 8th studio album which is set for release this year.
Recently Usher completed the filming of his role as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film "Hands of Stone," a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez and costars Robert De Niro which is due in theaters later this year. Usher is also currently performing on the European leg of his world tour entitled “The UR Experience”. In addition, Usher recently completed his second season as a coach on NBC's Emmy award winning hit TV show "The Voice" where he proved his top-notch coaching capability by mentoring Josh Kaufman who became the champion of season 6.
Challenging himself creatively and testing musical boundaries are characteristics that have defined Usher's career since he was first discovered twenty years ago on Star Search. Usher has been ranked by the Recording Industry Assn. of America as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including 8 Grammy Awards and was named the #1 Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. Billboard named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, with his career-propelling 2004 album Confessions being ranked as the top solo album of the 2000s decade. Usher has attained nine Hot 100 #1 hits (all as a lead artist) and 18 Hot 100 top-10 singles.
Realizing that with success comes responsibility. Usher has also proven to be a major philanthropic force. Founded in 1999, his New Look Foundation empowers youth from impoverished communities to become leaders. In recognition of his accomplishments, Usher has been honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Trumpet Foundation, Do Something, the NAACP, and as the 2010 Ford Freedom Award Scholar. Usher's business ventures include a best-selling line of fragrances, and a business venture with RBMG (Raymond Braun Media Group).