Usher X Charity Basketball Games

Did Usher forget yesterday was the 20th anniversary of his debut album (also referred to as the mixtape era to some fans) or what? Yeah, he wants everyone to forget that career misstep but it would have been nice to see him commemorate it. I mean, if it wasn’t for that album flopping, he won’t have had the incentive to get back to the drawing board, work harder on his craft and put his now-classic sophomore effort, My Way. I guess he doesn’t care as much as we do. 

Today, August 30th, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Usher’s self-titled debut album. 

Executively produced by L.A Reid and Puff Daddy (now Diddy), with contributions from DeVante Swing of JoDeCi, Al B and Donnel Jones, the album served as a then-14 year old Usher’s introduction to the R&B music world. Though overlooked because it did not meet the commercial expectations set by LaFace records, it set the blueprint for subsequent releases in his discography. Three singles were released; “Can U Get wit It”, “Think of You” and “The Many Ways” with the second being the most successful as it peaked at #8 on the Billboard U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks Chart which gave him his first Urban hit. The album has sold 500,000 copies to date. 

Michael Jackson - A true legend.

His refusal to age is astonishing. 

His refusal to age is astonishing. 

Usher & Snoop Dogg attend the 2014 VMAs