My Way (Usher album)

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My Way
Studio album by Usher
Released September 16, 1997
Genre R&B
Length 40:21
Label
Producer
Usher chronology
Usher
(1994)
My Way
(1997)
Live
(1999)
Singles from My Way
  1. "You Make Me Wanna..."
    Released: August 5, 1997
  2. "Nice & Slow"
    Released: February 3, 1998
  3. "My Way"
    Released: June 30, 1998

My Way is the second studio album by American R&B recording artist Usher, released by LaFace Records on September 16, 1997 in North America. It featured guest appearances by Monica, Jermaine Dupri, and Lil' Kim and spawned three singles: the platinum-selling singles "Nice & Slow", "My Way" and "You Make Me Wanna...".

With most of the album production by Babyface and Jermaine Dupri, the album debuted at number 15 on Billboard 200 selling 66,000 units and at number 4 on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album eventually topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for 3 weeks, while peaking at number 4 on Billboard 200 and becoming a commercial success. It earned the record a six-platinum certifications in the United States. My Way earned Usher Grammy-nominations and became his breakthrough album. My Way has sold over 6 million in the United States alone, and over 7 million worldwide.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

My Way sold 66,000 copies in its first week in the US, to debut at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 chart dated October 4, 1997.[2][3] It entered the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at number four the same week.[4] The album rose to number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums on January 10, 1998; it topped the chart for three consecutive weeks,[5] and remained on the chart for a total of seventy-five weeks.[6] My Way peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, and lasted seventy-nine weeks on that chart.[7] My Way has sold 6,000,000 copies in the US,[8] and has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, The Source magazine said that, with the album, "Usher proves that he's aiming to become more than just R&B music's best kept secret".[10] Asondra R. Hunter of Vibe said that Usher is sensual through his mild tone gentle tone and tasteful, refined lyrics.[11] Robert Christgau, writing in The Village Voice, cited "Just Like Me" and "You Make We Wanna..." as highlights and quippedly called Usher "the sweetest nonvirgin a mama could ask".[12] He gave My Way a one-star honorable mention,[13] indicating "a worthy effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well like."[14] In a negative review for Rolling Stone, David Fricke felt that the album has too many downtempo songs, and criticised the writing and production quality.[15]

In a retrospective review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave My Way four out of five stars and praised Usher's vocal restraint, but noted inconsistency in quality.[16] In a 2002 review, Q magazine also gave it four stars and wrote that it established Usher's reputation as a young and skillful performer of R&B slow jams.[17] Keith Harris, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), gave it three-and-a-half stars and said that, although Dupri's combination of hi-hat hits, acoustic-guitar arpeggios, and occasional guest raps from him and Lil Kim can inhibit the album, My Way was the work of a significant, enterprising artist.[18] Yahoo! Music's Billy Johnson Jr. credited the album for Usher's breakthrough into the music industry, and lauded the production of the three singles.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "You Make Me Wanna..."   Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Usher Dupri 3:39
2. "Just Like Me" (featuring Lil' Kim) Dupri, Seal, Kimberly Jones Dupri, Seal* 3:26
3. "Nice & Slow"   Dupri, Seal, Usher, Brian Casey Dupri, Seal* 3:48
4. "Slow Jam" (featuring Monica) Babyface, Boaz Watson, Belinda Lipscomb, Sidney Johnson Babyface 4:40
5. "My Way"   Dupri, Seal, Usher Dupri, Seal* 3:38
6. "Come Back"   Dupri, Seal, Usher, Joe Cocker, Chris Stainton Dupri, Seal* 3:12
7. "I Will"   Teddy Riley, Chauncey Hannibal, Sherri Blair, Eric Williams Sprague "Doogie" Williams 3:55
8. "Bedtime"   Babyface Babyface 4:45
9. "One Day You'll Be Mine"   Dupri, Seal, Usher, Ronald Isley, Marvin Isley, Ernie Isley, Rudolph Isley, O'Kelly Isley, Chris Jasper Dupri, Seal* 3:23
10. "You Make Me Wanna..." (Extended Version) Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Usher Raymond Dupri 5:19

(*) denotes co-producer[20]

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from Allmusic.[21]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[32] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[33] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hopwood, Christian (2002). "Usher 8701 Review". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Basham, David (December 13, 2001). "Got Charts? Usher's Platinum Mine; A Tolkien Spell; An Ill-Fated Concept". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. October 4, 1997. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. October 4, 1997. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ My Way spent three weeks at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
  6. ^ a b "Usher Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for Usher. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Usher Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Usher. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Horn, Geoffrey M. (July 2005). Today's Superstars Entertainment – Usher. Gareth Stevens Publishing. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-8368-4235-7. 
  9. ^ a b "American album certifications – Usher – My Way". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ "Review: My Way". The Source (New York): 174. November 1997. 
  11. ^ Hunter, Asondra R. (October 1997). "Revolutions". Vibe (New York): 170. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 27, 1998). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: Usher: My Way". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Key to Icons". Robert Christgau. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  15. ^ Fricke, David (December 25, 1997). "Usher: My Way". Rolling Stone (New York). Archived from the original on June 23, 2013. Retrieved June 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ My Way – Usher. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on June 24, 2013.
  17. ^ "Review: My Way". Q (London): 148. August 2002. 
  18. ^ Harris et al. 2004, p. 839.
  19. ^ Johnson Jr., Billy. "My Way". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  20. ^ My Way (CD liner). Usher. LaFace Records. 1997. 
  21. ^ My Way – Usher: Credits. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on June 24, 2013.
  22. ^ "Usher – My Way". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  23. ^ "Usher – My Way: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporations. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Usher – My Way". Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
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  26. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline". Musicline.de. Media Control. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  27. ^ "Usher – My Way". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  28. ^ "Usher – My Way". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  29. ^ "Usher – My Way". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  30. ^ "Usher | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  31. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). "1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Usher – My Way". Music Canada. 
  33. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Usher – My Way" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Usher – My Way". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter My Way in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

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