There’s no shortage of braggadocio in popular music, especially when it comes to sexual prowess. While we figure that some stars reflect their actual sex lives through their songs and personas, we didn’t realize artists like Drake, Fergie, and Eminem were Number One on the charts and in the bed. Or so we hear…
Every summer—when it comes to music at least—it’s all about the music. Which song is going to be the jam that gets us through the warm weather? Which artist are we going to hear at the beach, the club, on TV, at the movies? The battle for the top summer jam is a fierce one. (VH1’s weekly battles are not for the weak.) But what about the top summer jam artists? Which singer has consistently churned out hit after hit each year? Just how many hits does Katy Perry have?
If his music is to be taken as truth, Usher spends an awful amount of time in The Club. And we don’t mean “da club” the way it’s so casually referenced by other R&B artists, but The Club, which seems like the ultimate in nightlife experience. With a career spanning 20 years and 7 albums, Usher Raymond IV is a veteran and expert club goer. And there’re not all that much Usher hasn’t got up to in the familiar club, making the venue a true home away from home for himself.
Today marks 25 years ago since the Michael Jackson was officially crowned “The King of Pop” at the the 1989 Soul Train Awards. Amazingly, it was silver screen legend Elizabeth Taylor who first uttered the immortal title (technically it was “King of Pop, Rock and Soul”) that followed him for the rest of his life -and beyond.
Ten years ago this week everyone’s fantasy boyfriend Usher released his diamond-selling juggernaut Confessions spawning five Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits, four of which reached No. 1, solidifying his reputation as a definitive worldwide R&B badass. We’ve already been celebrating the milestone of the record breaking hit, but our commemoration wouldn’t let be complete without a few words from the man himself. We hounded Usher for fifty-eleven days and um-teen hours until he graciously found time in between his busy schedule of shooting The Voice and recording a new album to answer our questions about the anniversary via email (yaaaaasssss!).
Ten years ago today Usher released Confessions, the album that took him from rising R&B star and arguably launched him into pop royalty territory. If nothing else Mr. Entertainment made history with those 17 tracks (21 songs including “My Boo” if you copped the special edition with the poster!) selling nearly 1.1 million units in its first week – the highest-ever chart debut for an R&B artist, the second-highest debut for a male artist, the biggest selling album since Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller,” and the seventh-highest debut of in SoundScans history at that time. I’m also almost certain U-S-H-E-R is responsible for any child conceived in 2004 and put a strain on every relationship in the audience at any of The Truth tour shows.
When we think of wet t-shirts, we will always think of the godmother of the rained on, white tee — Helen Hunt, bearing not only her tatas but her heart and soul in As Good As It Gets. So while wet t-shirts might be the mythology of spring break style competitions where women are objectified in the most base ways, pop culture has co-opted the iconic symbol in a slightly more refined—but no less sexy!—way.