Usher vs. Chris Brown: Is There Any Comparison?

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( Usher vs. Chris Brown. Is there any comparison? Some people feel that there is none with Usher winning hands down. Others believe that Chris Brown knocks Usher out the box.

Usher was born, Usher Terry Raymond IV born on October 14, 1978.  Usher Raymond is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Since his debut album in 1994 self-entitled Usher, Usher Raymond has made a number of award winning recordings.

Usher Raymond has reached the US Billboard Hot 100, European, Australian, World, US and World R&B charts, World Adult, Norwegian, Swiss, and the UK charts in 2004 and he also reached number 2 in Canada. Usher won a Grammy Award for “Best Male R&B Vocal” in the Grammy Awards of 2001 for U  Remind Me off his 8701 album.

Chris Brown who was born on May 5th, 1989 as Christopher Maurice Brown is also a singer, songwriter, dancer and actor. Chris Brown’s recording debut was in 2005 with his self-titled album Chris Brown at the age of 16. The album’s hit single Run It! topped the Billboard Hot 100. The album sold over two million copies in the United States and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

As you can see there are a number of similarities that can be made between Chris Brown and Usher. Both hit stardom at a very young age before even graduating from high school. Usher and Chris Brown have been very successful in all the endeavors they have pursued. Even with such close parallelisms some feel that the two can’t be compared or even filed in the same ranking.

Again both are excellent singers, dancers and overall performers. But personally I believe that their styles are different. Chris Brown is energetic and Usher seems to be more laid back as he has matured. As one person stated both are amazing and there is not much that Usher or Chris Brown can’t do because of their vast dancing skills. However, it is evident to me that their choreographers have different styles.

Usher is smooth in a grown and sexy kind of way. He tends to attract more mature listeners. It seems that his demographics are the thirty five and over crowd. Usher’s signature style and songs tend to have a more old school flavor. His dance moves seem to be more laid back and fluid that that of Chris Brown’s. While on the other hand Chris Brown seems to pick up a younger audience, with his moves appearing to be a bit more youthful.

However, after having this topic of conversation with my niece she totally disagreed of course, saying that Usher was cute for an old gut, but that Chris was fine and way better than Usher any day.

Now I will admit that Chris Brown is cute in his own way, but Usher has that sex appeal and smooth like butter flava that a woman in her 40s can truly appreciate.  Even Usher’s music is more appealing to my ears.

Since Chris Brown is in his early twenties, there’s no surprise his audience would be different than Ushers. There is over a ten year difference. So I can see why Chris Brown would have the teeny boppers running in behind him and the older, refined women taking in Usher’s melodic tones. When I see Usher I see a young man with tons of sex appeal. When I look at Chris Brown I see my son or nephew. That’s just my take on it.

I wonder 30 and 40 years from now which one will be ranked amongst the greats such as  Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind and Fire. Some will say there is no comparison because they are both great performers. Others will argue that one is none greater than the other.

Both are international performers and very talented young men. I cannot give credit to one and fail to give to the other. Making a comparison may be a difficult. Even though I prefer Usher, in the end the choice of who is best will depend on the individual.

Staff Writer; Eleanie Campbell

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