Usher Terry Raymond IV, colloquially known as Usher, began singing at the age of six, first as a choir, and eventually as a member of a singing group. It is during this time the child prodigy caught the eye of Bryant Reid, brother of LA Reid.
Impressed by Usher’s audition, LA Reid reportedly offered Usher a contract on the spot. So far, Usher has sold more than 75 million records and is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time.
How Much Is Usher Net Worth?
Active in the music industry for almost three decades, the eight times Grammy Awarded singer Usher Raymond’s net worth is estimated to be $180 million.
With the velvety singing voice, Usher vocal range of 3 octaves and 2 notes is considered as “one of the most soothing in R&B.” Usher’s eponymous debut studio album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States.
While his first album did not accomplish the desired popularity, the second studio album, My Way, rose him to stardom. My Way topped the Billboard chart for three consecutive weeks and has sold seven million copies worldwide.
Usher became the first 2010s artist to collect number-one singles in three consecutive decades: the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, after the success of his sixth studio album song, OMG. To date, he has released eight studio albums, ten compilation albums, eight extended plays, and 74 singles.
Besides the ever-growing musical career, the U Remind Me hitmaker’s hefty $180 million can also be credited to his business ventures and endorsements deals.
Usher $ 180 million Net Worth: Earning From Albums, Tours, And Endorsements
Raised by a single mother in the small town of Tennessee, Usher’s mother left her full-time office job to work as his manager, which she continues to do till now.
His fourth studio album sold approximately 20 million copies, making $26 million in the year 2004. The same year, Usher’s second world tour grossed $29 million. He has released eight studio albums with a new album set to release in 2020. Check-out his albums sales and earnings:
|Usher (1994)||500 thousand copies||$650,000|
|My Way(1997)||8 million copies||$10.4 million|
|8701 (2001)||8 million copies||$10.4 million|
|Confessions (2004)||20 million copies||$26 million|
|Here I Stand (2008)||5 million copies||$6.5 million|
|Raymond v. Raymond (2010)||2 million copies||$2.6 million|
|Looking 4 Myself (2012)||604 thousand copies||$785,200,000|
|Hard II Love (2016)||28 thousand copies||$36,400|
In 2004, he worked with MasterCard and launched the Usher Debit MasterCard, promoting it in his successful nationwide The Truth Tour.
He partnered with top-selling dance games, Microsoft Dance Central 3, in 2012. For the video game, he himself provided voiceover instruction for the participant. The following year, the 41 years old singer appeared in Samsung’s 2:28 minute-long commercial that generated 22 million views and became the second-highest viewed Samsung commercial.
Like celebrities Serena Williams and Usain Bolt, Usher has also collaborated with Pepsi, inviting his fans to take part in The New Pepsi Challenge intended for the social media generation.
Salary As The Coach Of The Voice
The 41 years old actor joined NBC’s singing competition television series The Voice in season 4 along with Shakira. He had come as the replacement of former judge, CeeLo Green, while Shakira had joined as a replacement of Christina Aguilera.
According to Vulture, Usher received $7 million per season, slightly less than Pharrell Williams and Alicia Keys. Crush singer appeared in two seasons, earning $14 million altogether as judge of The Voice.
Business Ventures, Investments, And Acting Career
The 41 years old singer founded US Records in 2002 as a vanity label of J Records. The label has introduced notable artists as One Chance, Rico Love, Ryon Lovett, and Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber. Usher, along with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, founded Raymond Braun Media Group, with which Bieber is signed.
Besides managing a record label and music career, Usher is also involved in other business enterprises. He created Usher He and Usher She fragrances along with Elizabeth Arden, which earned 16 million, becoming the top 5 best-selling celebrity fragrances. After releasing third and fourth fragrance, UR for Men and UR for Women, he launched fifth fragrance, VIP, in 2009.
Usher is also the co-owner of the music streaming service Tidal with various other music artists. The 41 years old singer has invested his incomings in basketball team as Cleveland Cavaliers & media and content company, Mass Appeal Magazine.
Along with Jay-Z and other celebrities, Raymond invested $8 million in a catering startup called Hungry. Recently, he also joined the list of celebrities like Kevin Hart, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Kendall Jenner, and collectively invested $5 Million in California based health-science and nutrition wellness company, Liquid I.V.
Big Ush made his television acting debut with sitcom Moesha in 1997. Since then, he has worked in numerous shows and movies as The Faculty, She’s All That, Light It Up, Gepetto, Texas Rangers, American Dreams, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, In The Mix.
Usher bought a 10,823 square feet mansion located in Alpharetta, Georgia, for $1.2 million from Reid’s pop singer ex-wife Perri Reid. He sold the mansion in 2018 for $1.5 million, with the initial selling price being $2.488 million.
He owned a 1920s Mediterranean villa located in the swish hills behind the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. The 41 years old singer had bought the house in 2015 for $3.368 million and had wanted to sell it for $4.2 million. However, he eventually settled down to $3.75 million and sold the 4,261 square foot house in 2018.
Previously, he had paid $3.04 million for a 13,000 square foot palatial estate in Roswell, Georgia, and sold it for $2.2 million in 2013.
The King of R&B has frequently made generous donations to various non-profit organizations. In 2016, he donated $25,000 to the UNCF during the 33rd annual Atlanta’s Mayor’s Ball. Just two years prior to this, Usher had partnered with UNCF creating the Usher Raymond Scholarship Program through which he gave a student $100,000 to attend the Tuskegee University.
In addition to signing a Hurricane Katrina relief concert following the devastating Hurricane Katrina, Usher launched Project Restart and aided more than 700 families with housing and lighting.
He founded a non-profit charity organization called New Look with help from his mother. The organization has initiated various programs with students receiving 100% graduation rates, and the participants entering higher education or job placement in later years.
The 41 years old singer had also taken part in a benefit basketball game ‘Challenge for the Children’, which raised an estimated $50,000 for several local charities.
Usher’s Family & Previous Relationship
Usher is the son of Jonetta Patton and Usher Raymond III. When he was one year old, his father left the family. He has a half-brother, James Lackey.
My Boo singer has been married twice. He first tied the knot with his personal stylist Tameka Foster on August 3, 2007, after dating for two years. Their wedding was held at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort outside Atlanta, following a civil ceremony in Atlanta. Foster and Raymond have two sons together: Usher Raymond V, born in November 2007, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, born in December 2008. They divorced on November 4, 2009.
While vacationing in Cuba in September 2015, Usher quietly married his long-time girlfriend and manager Grace Miguel. He confirmed the marriage in his appearance in The Ellen DeGeneres Show. After four years of togetherness, the couple separated in September 2018.
Looking back at his past relationship, the Billboard Awarded singer had been in a two-year relationship with TLC member Chilli Thomas. Usher also briefly dated British supermodel Naomi Campbell.