Usher's 'U Got It Bad' Sets All-Time 1-Week Audience Chart Record With 149.85 Million Listeners, and Returns to #1
8701 Album is Certified Triple-Platinum Today by RIAA, Following R&B Grammy
Award Nomination Announcement Last Week for 'U Remind Me'
16-city, 8-country European tour scheduled for
February 21st through March 13th
NEW YORK, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Arista recording artist Usher, who performs his current #1 pop/#1 R&B smash "U Got It Bad" for the first time ever on national television on tonight's "American Music Awards," set a new standard for success in the ultra-competitive current music scene as his 8701 album was certified triple-platinum today by the RIAA, it was announced by Antonio "L.A." Reid, President and CEO, Arista Records. Topping this is the breaking news that "U Got It Bad" has set a new all-time record on the Billboard Hot 100 Audience chart with 149,858,700 listeners for the week ending January 8th (as published in the Jan. 19th issue). This comes after an awe-inspiring Audience Chart number of 22.8829 million listeners logged yesterday (Tuesday), the final day of the weekly cycle. As it breaks the Hot 100 Audience record previously held by Alicia Keyes, "U Got It Bad" also bullets back to the #1 spot on the Hot 100 this week -- a remarkable chart achievement, even more impressive considering that there was no commercial single released! "U Got It Bad" first hit the #1 pop/#1 R&B landmark in early December, following up the earlier #1 pop/#1 R&B crossover success of the Grammy-nominated "U Remind Me," the first single from 8701. Usher's stellar drive and unstoppable energy makes its way to Europe next month for his second major career tour of the Continent. Opening in Amsterdam on February 21st and concluding in England on March 13th, the 16-city tour will also include shows in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Belgium (complete itinerary to be announced soon). Usher is experiencing a level of artistic recognition reserved for the very few mega-stars of the industry. At last week's Grammy Awards press conference, it was announced that "U Remind Me" has been nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 44th annual awards, scheduled to be broadcast around the globe, live from Los Angeles on February 27th. As a world-class recording artist, songwriter and producer, concert headliner, and television and motion picture leading man, Usher continues to present himself as a formidable and electrifying role model. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT http://www.arista.com MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X80051160
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