Usher videography

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Usher performing during his OMG Tour in Houston, Texas

American recording artist Usher has appeared in many music videos, motion pictures and television programmes. His videography consists of forty music videos, one guest appearance in other artists' videos, six video albums and six film appearances. Usher released his debut single, "Call Me a Mack" in 1993 from the soundtrack Poetic Justice. Directed by Bille Woodruff, Usher appeared in the video for "You Make Me Wanna...", the lead single from his break-through album My Way (1997).[1] The video shows Usher flanked by four dancers, to which the scene is then replaced by five clones of Usher performing dance routines around chairs.[2][3] The latter song was sung by the singer on the sitcom Moesha, where he made his television debut. Usher appeared in four episodes for the show, portraying his character, Jeremy Davis. Live (1999) was released to keep Usher's fans satisfied during his four-year break between My Way and 8701 (2001).[4] The video album version was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of 50,000 units.[5] During his musical break, he made his film debut in the 1998 science fiction horror film The Faculty, which received mixed reviews, but was a box office success.[6][7] Following this, he starred in three films: She's All That (1999), Light It Up (1999) and Texas Rangers (2000).

In 2001, Usher released his third studio album 8701—four music videos for singles from the album were shot. Dave Meyers directed the video for "U Remind Me", in which Chilli of TLC makes a cameo appearance.[8] Usher made several television appearances in 2002, including Sabrina, the Teenage Witch portraying his role as The Love Doctor. The same year, he released concert video album, Usher Live Evolution 8701, which was certified platinum by the RIAA and gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). In 2004, Usher released Confessions, his fourth studio album which featured the lead single "Yeah!". Directed by Little X with co-direction by Usher, the video features blue lasers, drawing inspiration from Michael Jackson's 1979 "Rock with You" video.[9] The video for "Yeah!" received four MTV Video Music Award nominations, winning the awards for Best Male Video and Best Dance Video. The same year, Usher made a guest appearance in the music for Beyoncé Knowles' "Naughty Girl". In 2005, Usher starred in the crime-comedy film In the Mix, portraying the role of Darrell; the film received negative reviews.[10]

Music videos[edit]

Key
Music videos co-directed by Usher Denotes music videos co-directed by Usher
Canadian director Little X directed some of Usher's music videos, including the video for "Yeah
Brothers Greg and Colin Strause known as the Strause Brothers directed the videos for "Love in This Club" and "Moving Mountains"
Title Other performer(s) Director(s) Album Year Refs
"Call Me a Mack" None Unknown(edit) Poetic Justice 1993 [11]
"Can U Get wit It" None Lionel C. Martin Usher 1994 [12]
"Think of You" Craig Mack Williams, HypeHype Williams Usher 1994 [13]
"You Make Me Wanna..." None Bille Woodruff My Way 1997 [14]
[15]
"Nice & Slow" None Hype Williams My Way 1998 [15]
[16]
"My Way" None Hype Williams My Way 1998 [15]
[17]
"U Remind Me" None Dave Meyers 8701 2001 [18]
[19]
"U Got It Bad" None Little X 8701 2002 [19]
[20]
"I Need a Girl (Part One)" P. Diddy, Loon Benny Boom We Invented the Remix 2002 [21]
[22]
"U Don't Have to Call" None Little X 8701 2002 [19]
[23]
"U-Turn" None Little X 8701 2002 [19]
[24]
"Yeah!" dagger Lil Jon, Ludacris Little X, Usher Confessions 2004 [25]
[26]
"Naughty Girl"[note 1] Beyoncé Jake Nava Dangerously in Love 2004 [27]
[28]
"Burn" None Jake Nava Confessions 2004 [26]
[29]
"Confessions Part II" dagger None Chris Robinson, Usher Confessions 2004 [26]
[30]
"My Boo" Alicia Keys Chris Robinson Confessions 2004 [26]
[31]
"Caught Up" None Little X Confessions 2004 [26]
[32]
"Love in This Club" Young Jeezy Brothers Strause Here I Stand 2008 [33]
[34]
"Moving Moutanins" None Brothers Strause Here I Stand 2008 [34]
[35]
"Trading Places" None Chris Robinson Here I Stand 2008 [34]
[36]
"Spotlight" Gucci Mane Benny Boom The State vs. Radric Davis 2009 [37]
[38]
"Fed Up" DJ Khaled, Drake, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross Gil Green Victory 2009 [39]
[40]
"Better on the Other Side" Game, Chris Brown, Diddy, DJ Khalil, Polow da Don, Mario Winans, Boyz II Men Taydoe N/A 2009 [41]
"Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)" Plies Chris Robinson Raymond v. Raymond 2010 [42]
[43]
"Lil Freak" Nicki Minaj Taj Stansberry Raymond v. Raymond 2010 [43]
[44]
"Somebody to Love (Remix)" Justin Bieber Dave Meyers Versus 2010 [45]
[46]
"OMG" will.i.am Anthony Mandler Raymond v. Raymond 2010 [43]
[47]
"There Goes My Baby" None Anthony Mandler Raymond v. Raymond 2010 [43]
[48]
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" Pitbull Hiro Murai Versus 2010 [45]
[49]
"More" None Unknown Raymond v. Raymond 2011 [43]
"Looking for Love" Diddy – Dirty Money Colin Tilley Last Train to Paris 2011 [50]
[51]
"Dirty Dancer" Enrique Iglesias, Lil Wayne Yasha Malekzad, Jeff Dotson, Ethan Lader Versus 2011 [45]
[52]
"Promise" Romeo Santos Anthony Mandler Versus 2011 [53]
[54]
"Without You" David Guetta Christopher Hewitt Nothing but the Beat 2011 [55]
[56]
"Climax" None Sam Pilling Looking 4 Myself 2012 [57]
[58]
"Scream" None BB Gun Looking 4 Myself 2012 [58]
[59]
"Lemme See" Rick Ross Philip Andelman Looking 4 Myself 2012 [58]
[60]
"Touch'N You" Rick Ross Chris Robinson God Forgives, I Don't 2012 [61]
[62]
"Dive" None Chris Applebaum Looking 4 Myself 2012 [58]
[63]
"Numb" None Chris Applebaum, Grace Harry Looking 4 Myself 2012 [58]
[64]
"Rest of My Life" Ludacris, David Guetta Christopher Sims Ludaversal 2012 [65]
[66]

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details Certifications
Live
  • Concert
  • Released: March 23, 1999
  • Formats: CD
Evolution 8701 Live in Concert
  • Concert
  • Released: August 30, 2002
  • Formats: CD
U Don't Have To Call/U Got It Bad
  • Video single
  • Released: 2003
  • Formats: CD
  • RIAA: Gold[5]
Truth Tour Behind the Truth: Live from Atlanta
  • Concert
  • Released: September 16, 2005
  • Formats: CD
  • RIAA: 7× Platinum[5]
Rhythm City Volume One: Caught Up
  • Short film
  • Released: September 16, 2006
  • Formats: CD
Usher OMG Tour Live From London

Filmography[edit]

Key Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Year Role Director(s) Budget Box office Refs
USD$
The Faculty 1998 Gabe Santora Robert Rodriguez 15,000,000 40,283,321 [71]
[7]
She's All That 1999 D.J. Campus Robert Iscove 10,000,000 63,366,989 [72]
[73]
Light It Up 1999 Lester Dewitt Craig Bolotin 13,000,000 5,985,690 [72]
[74]
Geppetto 2000 Ring Leader Tom Moore Unknown N/A [75]
Texas Rangers 2000 Randolph Douglas Scipio Steve Miner 38,000,000 623,374 [76]
[77]
In the Mix 2005 Darell Ron Underwood Unknown 10,223,896 [78]
[79]
Killers 2010 Kevin The Manager Robert Luketic 75,000,000 98,159,963 [80]
[81]
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 2011 Himself Jon M. Chu 13,000,000 99,036,827 [82]
[83]
Scary Movie 5 2013 Ira (The Janitor) Malcolm D. Lee 20,000,000 78,148,326 [84]
[85]
Justin Bieber's Believe 2013 Himself Jon M. Chu 5,000,000 6,206,566 [86]
[87]
Hands of StoneFilm has yet to be released 2014 Sugar Ray Leonard Jonathan Jakubowicz Unknown To be released [88]
[89]
Muppets Most Wanted 2014 Wedding Usher James Bobin Unknown [88]
[89]

Television[edit]

Title Year Role Producer/Creator Episode(s) Ref
Moesha 1997 Jeremy Davis Erma Elzy-Jones "Keepin' It Real" [90]
Moesha 1997 Jeremy Davis Henry Chan "Double Date" [91]
Moesha 1998 Jeremy Davis Henry Chan "Pajama Jam" [92]
The Bold and the Beautiful 1998 Raymond Unknown Unknown [93]
Moesha 1999 Jeremy Davis Sara Finney, Vida Spears "Independence Day" [94]
Promised Land 1999 Winston Lawrence Jay Lipton "Baby Steps" [95]
The Famous Jett Jackson 2000 Zander "Z-Ride" Hall Unknown "Step Up" [96]
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2002 The Love Doctor Paula Hart, Bruce Ferber "I Think I Love You" [97]
The Twilight Zone 2002 Eric Boggs Unknown "To Protect and Serve" [98]
American Dreams 2002 Marvin Gaye Unknown "Cold Snap" [99]
7th Heaven 2002 Will Brenda Hampton, E. Duke Vincent, Aaron Spelling "A Cry for Help" [100]
Soul Food 2003 Cameron Marks Felicia D. Henderson, Tracey E. Edmonds, George Tillman, Jr., Robert Teitel, Robert Teitel, Babyface "Attracting Opposites" [101]

Commercials[edit]

Product/Brand Year Director Ref
Usher VIP 2009 Pierre Morel [102]
Dance Central 3 2012 Unknown [103]
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2013 Unknown [104]
Samsung 2013 Rich Lee [105]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Usher did not provide vocals for this video

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