Every artist has that album that just catapults their career to another level. That album that I like to call the ‘peak.’ Once that peak is reached it’s hard to for the artist to top it, BUT the album becomes a part of musical history.
On March 23, 2004, Usher released his mega album, Confessions. The album sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and became Usher’s first #1 album as it set at the top of the Billboard 200. In 2004 alone the album sold 8 million copies. Billboard also named it the 2nd best-selling album of the 2000s deceased in the U.S. He went on to release a deluxe edition on October 14, 204 (his birthday) and it included 4 new tracks with the MEGA hit ‘My Boo’ featuring Alicia Keys and the success didn’t stop there.
At the AMAs he won 4 wards, 11 at the Billboard Music Awards including Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. He was nominated for 8 Grammys (2005) and took home 3: Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal ‘My Boo,’ and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ‘Yeah.’
There’s very few albums that I can listen to in their entirety and this album happens to be one of those few. Listening to the album 10 years later goes to show how iconic it is. The music is relatable and it still seems fresh This album also goes to show that people feed off heart ache. With confessions Usher had all ballads minus ‘Yeah’ (with Ludacris & Lil Jon). With his relationship with Chili (TLC) in the spotlight this album put their breakup in the limelight and although some might have took the break up personal and BLAMED Usher, all that did was get him countless record sales and radio play.
Compared to the music Usher is releasing now this album is R&B. In recent years he’s geared more towards the techno/EDM sound. I understand keeping with the times is popular and R&B is a dying breed I just wish and hope that in future music Usher will stick to the R&B. My favorite Usher compilation post-Confessions would have to be, Raymond v. Raymond being that he found the balance between more of a pop sound, but still staying true to his R&B roots. Confessions is still by far is my favorite work of his to date.
So it’s hard to choose my TOP 5 from this album, but here it is: