Usher's Confessions (2004) established him as best-selling musical artists of the 2000s decade, which has sold over ten million copies in the United States and certified diamond by the RIAA. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide and spawned a record breaking four consecutive Billboard Hot 100 number-one hits—"Yeah!", "Burn", "Confessions Part II", and "My Boo" and a top-ten with "Caught Up". Usher's 2008 album Here I Stand (2008) sold over 5 million copies worldwide, and its lead single "Love In This Club" peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. Raymond v. Raymond (2010), debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA and spawned another Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit "OMG" and R&B number-one hit "There Goes My Baby". The former become his ninth number one in the United States, making him the first 2010s artist to collect number one singles in three consecutive decades, and only the fourth artist of all-time to achieve the feat. Looking 4 Myself (2012) became his fourth consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, and spawned top-ten hit "Scream" and R&B number-one hit "Climax".
To date, Usher has certified sales of over 65 million albums worldwide. He has won numerous awards including eight Grammy Awards, four World Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, and eighteen Billboard Music Awards. Usher is ranked as the 14th most successful Hot 100 Singles Artist of all-time by Billboard magazine. The RIAA ranks Usher as one of the best-selling artists in American music history, having sold over 23 million copies in the United States. Billboard Magazine ranked Usher the number one Hot 100 artist of the 2000s decade. They also named him the second most successful artist of the 2000s decade, and his 2004 album Confessions was ranked as the top solo album and second most successful overall album of the last decade. Usher has attained nine hot 100 number-one hits (all as a lead artist) and has attained eighteen hot 100 top-ten hits. Aside from his musical career, he is regarded as a sex symbol. In 1998 People Magazine named him the sexiest R&B artist alive. In 2010, Glamour Magazine named him one of the 50 sexiest men alive.
Confessions is the fourth studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Usher, released March 23, 2004, on Arista-imprint label LaFace Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2003 to 2004 with production by Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Lil Jon. Primarily an R&B album, Confessions showcases Usher as a crooner and incorporates musical elements of hip hop and crunk. The album's themes generated controversy about Usher's personal relationship; however, the album's primary producer Jermaine Dupri claimed the record reflects his personal story.
The album was an instant commercial success in the United States, selling 1.1 million copies in its first week. Its continued success was bolstered by its four chart-topping singles. As a strategy to boost its sales amid threats of bootlegging, a special edition was issued with the hit single "My Boo". Despite some mixed criticism towards its lyrical substance, Confessions received mostly positive reviews and earned Usher several awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The album has sold over 10 million copies in the US and has been certified diamond in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). According to Billboard, it is the second best-selling album of the 2000s decade in the US and has been regarded by music writers as Usher's greatest work.
"Moving Mountains" is a song recorded by AmericanR&B singer Usher. It was released on May 23, 2008 as the second single from his fifth studio album, Here I Stand. It was written by Usher with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Kuk Harrell and The-Dream, and was produced by Stewart and The-Dream. Released as the second single from the album, "Moving Mountains" is a slow tempo ballad, with lyrics of a love struggle. The song received mostly positive attention from critics, with comparisons made to 2004's "Burn".