Veteran R&B Heartthrob Usher released his diamond-selling album, Confessions, in March 2004. The Grammy award-winning album was so unique and electrifying because it incorporated several musical genres: R&B, hip-hop, soul, and some will say "crunk."
For this masterpiece, Usher knew he needed to work with producers and songwriters that allowed him to express himself freely as an artist. We believe he was yearning for creative freedom because he was evolving into a man, and with the help of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jermaine Dupri, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Alicia Keys, his brother James Lackey, Robin Thicke, Bryan Michael Cox, Dre & Vidal, and Just Blaze, Confessions sold 1.1 million copies in its first week and it was certified DIAMOND. Also, this was the last album to sell 10 million copies in the United States in the 2000s.
Overall, Confessions was an astounding work of art with five chart topping singles: “Yeah,” “Burn,” “Confessions Part II,” “Caught Up,” and “My Boo,” which was released on a special edition of the project that included four new tracks (others were “Red-light,” “Seduction,” and “Confessions” remix with Shyne, Jermaine Dupri, and Twista).
Usher can really pat himself on the back because now-a-days people are not really buying CDs. Also, when he released this album, Usher’s fan base grew exponentially because his music drew attention to every nationality.
Check out six things to know or remember about Usher's Confessions.
Wouldn’t Change Anything
Confessions is considered a masterpiece from the 2000’s because of the music and critical and commercial reception. Also, this album gave Usher the platform to venture off to other projects: movies, co-owning a basketball team, starting his own record label, and participating in philanthropic activities. “If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change anything about Confessions,” stated Usher.
We thought it, but we must iterate that it never happened. Usher did not have a baby with another woman, because that song was not personally about him. Usher last told MTV, "I'm still looking for the woman that I supposedly got pregnant. LOL!!! It's funny because that really caused so much controversy … It was just a song!"
The one misconception surrounding Confessions is that most people thought "Confessions Part II" was loosely based on Usher’s personal life and his public breakup with TLC’s songstress, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas. Yes, Usher admitted that he was unfaithful to Chilli but "Confessions Part II" wasn’t Usher’s story; it was actually Jermaine Dupri sharing his personal relationship with a woman. It was a moment of reflection for the producer but the story telling made it so real. Actually Usher said in many interviews that he was inspired to write certain songs on the album based on his friends and family's personal experiences.
Rozanda Chilli Thomas
The album was bittersweet for Usher because he was going through a public breakup with TLC's songstress, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas. The world was devastated when they announced their separation because this was the "ideal" couple in the music business at that time. There was a 7-year age difference, but everyone knew Usher and Chilli loved each other. But, I guess good things must come to an end. And when Usher released Confessions, fans compared every song on the album to their relationship especially "Confessions Part II."
Yeah Almost Nay
Although Confessions had hit singles after hit singles, one almost didn’t make the project, and that’s the Lil Jon-produced, crunk-infused single "Yeah." The beat had to be changed on the record because Petey Pablo’s "Freek-A-Leek" had the same production. "At times I wonder if it would have made a difference if the beat was never changed. Nobody knew it was going to be that huge of a record," says Usher.
Work of Art
According to Usher, Confessions is one of his greatest pieces of work ever. The project came to life during one of the toughest times in his life, making it an in depth product of his environment. My how bad times can create diamonds…literally!