Usher Vs. Justin: Who’s Biting Who?

Strange similarities between the two provide fodder for debates.

You can never accuse Usher of biting Justin Timberlake’s style — Ush has been in the game for 10 years doing his own thing. And when J.T. stepped out from ‘NSYNC, he too proved that he’s in a class all by himself. Still, due to a handful of strange similarities, some people compare the two to each other anyway. In that spirit, here’s more fodder for the debates …  

Usher: Hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, eventually moved further down South to Atlanta and started his recording career.

Justin: Hails from Memphis, Tennessee, eventually moved waaayyy down South to Orlando and started his recording career.

Usher: The sole heir to the King of R&B throne, previously occupied by the legally embattled R. Kelly.

Justin: The sole heir to the King of Pop throne, previously occupied by the legally embattled Michael Jackson.

Usher: Released his latest album, Confessions, in the wake of his breakup with pop princess Chilli, of TLC.

Justin: Released his latest album, Justified, in the wake of his breakup with pop princess Britney Spears.

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Usher: 1.1 million first-week sales of Confessions landed him the highest chart debut ever for a male R&B artist and the biggest first-week sales since ‘NSYNC’s Celebrity.

Justin: Justin, as a member of ‘NSYNC, has the two highest-debuting albums in history, 2000′s No Strings Attached and 2001′s Celebrity, selling 2.4 million and 1.8 million copies, respectively.

Usher: Latest album spent five straight weeks at #1 until being bumped off by the Eminem-led D12′s D12 World.

Justin: Latest album never went #1 on the albums chart. It was edged out of the top spot in its first week in stores by the Eminem-spearheaded “8 Mile” soundtrack.

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Usher: “Yeah!,” the first single from Confessions, won in the clubs and on the charts by incorporating collaborations with a superproducer (Lil Jon) and consistent rap hitman (Ludacris), both from the same Southern hot spot, Atlanta.

Justin: “Like I Love You,” the first single from Justified, won in the clubs and on the charts by incorporating collaborations with a team of superproducers (the Neptunes) and two street-credible MCs (the Clipse), all from the same Southern hot spot, Virginia Beach.

Usher: The ballad “Burn,” the second single from Confessions, uses one of the four elements in the title and as a symbol of the state of his broken relationship.

Justin: The ballad “Cry Me a River,” the second single from Justified, uses one of the four elements in the title and as a symbol of the state of his broken relationship.

Usher: Janet Jackson practiced part of her Super Bowl XXXVIII performance at his multimillion-dollar house.

Justin: Shocked millions of households with his now infamous “wardrobe malfunction” while performing at Super Bowl XXXVIII with Janet Jackson.

For a feature on Usher, check out “Usher: Souled Out.”