Usher Performs at the 2008 NFL Kickoff Show

Singer Usher (R) and will.i.am perform during the 2008 NFL Kickoff at Columbus Circle on September 4, 2008 in New York City.

Before the release of Usher;s fifth studio album Here I Stand, the single “Love In This Club” was sent to radio in February and was able to peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Usher’s 8th number-one single. Here I Stand was released about three months later on May 26, 2008, in the UK and May 27 in the USA.

The first week sales of Here I Stand garnered about 433,000 copies, less than his previous album’s first week sales, although it did top the Billboard 200. His second single “Love in This Club, Part II” was released at the end of April and was able to peak in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

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