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Stops in Orlando, Miami and Tampa

Usher has been in the music industry for over 20 years, and in that time, he has risen to become one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has released seven studio albums, and his Usher_copy2eighth, titled UR, is ready for release any day now. In the run-up to that release, Usher is going on a North American tour, called the UR Experience, and he’s bringing his music, charm and good looks to fans all over the continent. He makes three stops on his tour right here in Florida.

You can see Usher at the Amway Center in Orlando on Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m., at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m., and at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sunday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. D.J. Cassidy and August Alsina will open for Usher in Miami and Tampa.

Usher Raymond first gained recognition at the age of 13 when he competed on the television show Star Search and won. L.A. Reid, the co-founder of LaFace Records, signed him to a contract. His first album, Usher, was released in 1994 and peaked at #25 on the R&B/Hip Hop Album charts. It was the release of his second album, My Way, in 1997, that catapulted Usher to international stardom. He earned his first #1 pop hit from this album with the single “Nice & Slow.” His single “You Make Me Wanna…” also became a hit.

Usher_copyAround this time, Usher started a foray into acting, making his debut on the television series Moesha in 1997. His most-remembered television role is that of Raymond, the boy from the wrong side of the tracks who romanced Adrienne Frantz’s character Amber Moore on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. He has appeared in over a dozen films, such as The Faculty (1998), She’s All That (1999) and Texas Rangers (2001).

Usher’s next two albums, 8701 (2001) and Confessions (2004), burned up the charts and these two albums alone sold nearly 30 million copies worldwide. Usher added six more #1 songs to his repertoire from these albums: “U Remind Me”, “U Got It Bad”, “Yeah!”, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II”, and “My Boo.” All of these hits earned him the honor of being the top-selling Hot 100 male artist for the decade of the 2000s.

In all, Usher has sold over 65 million albums worldwide. He has earned eight Grammy Awards, and Billboard Magazine named his 2004 album Confessions the top-selling album of the entire decade. Nine of his hits have reached #1 on the pop charts, with an extra nine charting in the Top Ten.

The UR Experience is Usher’s fifth tour, and his first in four years. For this tour, Usher will give you his greatest hits that you know and love, and also some selections from his upcoming album UR, such as “Good Kisser” and “She Came to Give It to You.”

Tickets

General admission tickets to Usher’s UR Experience Tour can be purchased online via ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 653-8000. If available, concert tickets can also be purchased at the various venues’ box offices up to two hours before the concert begins. Ticket prices start at $35 for all three Florida performances (before tax).

How You Can Be a VIP

VIPNation.com is offering two special VIP packages for people wanting to see Usher down here in the Sunshine State.

The first package is called the Good Kisser Package ($250 per person) and gives you the following: a reserved ticket in rows 11-20 in the front floor area, a specially-designed Usher gift item, a commemorative VIP concert ticket and an on-site concierge pick-up and special VIP entrance.

The second package is more advanced and is called the UR Experience Soundcheck Party Package ($495 per person). This gives you a reserved ticket in rows 2-10 in either designated orchestra seating or floor seating, access to Usher’s private soundcheck, an opportunity to participate in a Q&A with Usher following the soundcheck, access to a pre-show lounge, including buffet dinner and bar (beer and wine), one reserved parking pass per order, a specially-designed Usher gift item, an official VIP laminate, a commemorative VIP concert ticket, crowd-free merchandise shopping, and an on-site VIP host.

For more information on Usher and the UR Experience Tour, visit usherworld.com.

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Mike Halterman
Mike Halterman has been the editor of Hotspots Central since its launch in July 2016. He joined the Hotspots Media Group family as editor of Hotspots' South Florida magazine in June 2013. A former "40 Under 40" honoree in The Advocate magazine, Mike lives in the Tampa Bay area.