Usher (album)

Usher is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer Usher. It was released on August 30, 1994, by LaFace Records. As executive producer, Sean "Puffy" Combs mostly did the production work on this album, as well as the additional production that were provided by Chucky Thompson, DeVante Swing and Al B. Sure!, among others. The album debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200. The release of the album was accompanied by the support of three singles: "Can U Get wit It", "Think of You" and "The Many Ways".

Usher
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 30, 1994
Recorded1993–94
Genre
Length63:13
LabelLaFace
Producer
Usher chronology
Usher
(1994)
My Way
(1997)
Singles from Usher
  1. "Can U Get wit It"
    Released: July 1, 1994
  2. "Think of You"
    Released: November 10, 1994
  3. "The Many Ways"
    Released: January 26, 1995

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AOTY60/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[3]
Yahoo! Music(favorable)[4]

Billy Johnson Jr. of Yahoo! Music called the debut album "an enjoyable ride."[4] Anderson Jones of Entertainment Weekly in a less-than-enthusiastic review of the album called the songs "sophomoric" and "remarkably dull."[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

Usher debuted at number 167 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[5] The album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States to date.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicProducer(s)Length
1."I'll Make It Right"
  • Faith Evans
  • Darren Benbow
  • Kiyamma Griffin
  • Isaiah Lee
  • Laquentis Saxon
Alexander Richbourg4:50
2."Interlude 1"
  • Usher Raymond
  • Evans
Chucky ThompsonThompson0:40
3."Can U Get wit It"DeVante SwingSwingSwing4:56
4."Think of You"
Thompson
  • Thompson
  • Combs
3:48
5."Crazy"Brian Alexander MorganMorgan
  • Morgan
  • Herb Middleton
  • Combs[A]
5:14
6."Slow Love"
  • Sure
  • Lee
4:57
7."The Many Ways"Hall
5:43
8."I'll Show You Love"
  • Charles Bobbit
  • James Brown
  • Evans
  • Joe Howell
  • Richbourg
  • Mark South
  • Fred Wesley
Richbourg
  • Richbourg
  • Combs
4:43
9."Interlude 2 (Can't Stop)"
  • Evans
  • Raymond
Thompson
  • Thompson
  • Combs
2:42
10."Love Was Here"
  • Sure
  • Griffin
  • Sure
  • Griffin
  • Sure
  • Griffin
5:37
11."Whispers"
  • Pearson
  • Swing
  • Pearson
  • Swing
5:15
12."You Took My Heart"
FerrellEddie F5:10
13."Smile Again"
Herb Middleton
  • Middleton
  • Combs
4:38
14."Final Goodbye"
HallHall5:00

Notes

  • ^[A] denotes co-producer

Sample credits

  • "I'll Make It Right" contains a sample from "Top Billin'" (1987) by Audio Two.
  • "Slow Love" contains a sample from "The Show" (1985) by Doug E. Fresh.
  • "I'll Show You Love" contains a sample from "Blind Man Can See It" (1973) by James Brown.
  • "Final Goodbye" contains a sample from "Nobody Beats the Biz" (1988) by Biz Markie.

PersonnelEdit

Information taken from Allmusic.[6]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1994) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[7] 167
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[8] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 25

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Usher - Usher". Album of The Year.
  2. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Overview )))". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  3. ^ a b Jones, Anderson (1994-09-30). "Usher – Music – EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  4. ^ a b Johnson Jr., Billy (1994-08-30). "Usher Reviews on Yahoo! Music". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 2006-08-27. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  5. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Usher > Credits )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  7. ^ "Usher Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "Usher Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "Usher Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2020.

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