It was 10 years ago on March 23, 2004 that Usher released what many consider his greatest album ever, Confessions. Spawning two Number One hits and selling over a million units in its first week, it ended up being the best-selling R&B album of all time.
Ever since, Confessions has gone beyond the numbers to reverberate through the entire music industry. Usher, with the help of Jermaine Dupri, updated his whole style, and everyone in the music biz took note. Here, we pay homage not only to Usher’s success but also his influence. He changed R&B and made every artist step his or her game up. —Max Weinstein