Roommate, Usher has been in the game long enough to have several classic and iconic albums … and one of them is officially 20 years old! On that day, August 7, 2001, Usher released his third studio album “8701” – which put him in constant conversation with one of the greatest artists of all time.
The album contained not only a collection of number one hit singles and Grammy wins, but also Usher’s choreography-heavy videos and legendary vocals. The album’s first hit single, “U Remind Me,” shot to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards.
However, “U Remind Me” wasn’t the only hit on “8701”, because the second single “U Got It Bad” also reached number one, while the party anthem third single “U Don’t Have to Call” reached number three.
As soon as it was released, Usher’s “8701” debuted easily at number one on the Billboard R&B / Hip Hop chart and number four on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured a collection of legendary producers / songwriters such as Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Babyface, The Neptunes, Bryan-Michael Cox, Mike City and Soulshock & Karlin.
Usher was also involved in the songwriting of the album, as well as a little at the end of production, as co-writer and co-producer of “Intro-Lude 8701” and “Without U (Interlude)” with the help of Jam & Lewis.
We definitely still play this album as much as we did when it was released. Happy 20th anniversary!
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