Usher Celebrates 25-Year ‘My Way’ Anniversary

The singer celebrated the 25-year anniversary of his second studio album which was released in 1997

This article was originally published on BLAC Detroit.

To celebrate the two and a half decades of his second seminal album “My Way,” Usher released a mini-documentary on YouTube reflecting on his illustrious career. The video is accompanied by the reissue of the album filled with all the tracks from the original 1997 album plus six bonus tracks and the reimagined versions of “My Way,” “Nice & Slow” and “You Make Me Wanna.”

The documentary features clips from the performer’s prepubescent years as a performer, archival clips of his concerts, and sit-down interviews with Usher himself and his producer, long-time collaborator, and friend Jermaine Dupri. “I lost my voice in between the making of my first album and my second album,” Usher said in the documentary. “I was going through puberty and had to figure out other ways to captivate or at least get people to recognize me if I were to be an artist.” That time became a pivotal moment where he discovered who he was as an artist. Coming from his first album where he said he did not have much creative involvement, he revealed that hitting that moment where his voice changed made him look into performers and dancers which defined the high-energy performances he knows until today.

“After I met Usher, I started paying attention to his artistry and his showmanship,” Dupri describes the performer in the “25 Years ‘My Way’” documentary. “He has showmanship over everybody.” The original album debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200 charts and over 66,000 copies were sold in its first week in the U.S. alone, as reported by MTV. The album rose to No. 1 of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for three weeks and it remained in the chart for 75 consecutive weeks.

The reissued “My Way: 25th Anniversary” album is now available on streaming platforms and will be pressed on 2LP 180g silver cloudy vinyl — which will feature a new cover that pays respect to the iconic 1997 artwork along with the same track listing as the digital version — will be available through Vinyl Me Please in early 2023.


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