Buying a birthday gift for some people is close to impossible, either because they have exotic taste or because they already have everything. Usher probably falls into both categories, but just because you can't afford to by the man his own Bengal tiger doesn't mean you can't wish him a happy birthday. The man born Usher Raymond IV turns 31 years old today, and he is certainly doing it on top of the world. The Atlanta native has sold over 40 million albums and won five Grammy Awards since his 1997 debut. His biggest album, 2004's Confessions, yielded the chart-topping hits "Confessions Part II," "Burn" and "Yeah!" In fact, his record of consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 was only recently broken by the dominance of the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling." In addition to his music, he has also acted in a number of films (including "The Faculty" and "In the Mix"), develops new talent (like teenage sensation Justin Bieber) and owns a portion of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.
In December, he's slated to drop his sixth album Raymond vs. Raymond, and the divorce-centric single "Papers" is already making an impact. Raymond vs. Raymond will be the follow-up to 2008's fantastically successful Here I Stand, which featured another Hot 100 chart-topper "Love in This Club," a Polow da Don-produced, hallucinatory ode to having sex in public. The delightfully cinematic video features cameos by Young Jeezy (who raps on the song's third verse), Diddy and Kanye West. The song inspired a number of remixes, including the nearly superior "Love in This Club Part II," which recast the song as a debate between Usher and Beyoncé about whether or not they would actually make love up in this club. But for now, enjoy the original video.