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.
The EP debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 46,000 copies in its first week. It became Usher's sixth top-ten album in the United States, and has produced two singles that achieved chart success, including the US top-thirty hit "Hot Tottie" and international hit "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love". Despite some criticism towards its pop-oriented material, Versus received generally positive reviews from most music critics.
"Papers" is a song by American recording artist Usher. The song was a buzz single for his sixth studio album Raymond v. Raymond. It was written by Usher, Alonzo "Gorilla Zoe" Mathis, Sean Garrett and Zaytoven, and was produced by the latter two. Although it was never identified as a track from the album, or as the lead single, it was released to U.S. urban and rhythmic radio stations on October 12, 2009, and subsequently available for digital download on October 16, 2009.
The song received positive reviews from critics who compared the track to his previous work, and embraced the lyrical content of the song. The song peaked at number thirty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, giving Usher his tenth number one song on the chart.