Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.
This week, we’ll make our way to ‘My Way’ – the title track from Usher‘s breakthrough sophomore album. Join us inside:
After watching his 1994 self-titled debut album be widely ignored by music lovers, Usher Raymond (beter known mononymously) – repackaged as a teenage sex symbol just three years later – made major moves when his breakthrough single, ‘You Make Me Wanna,’ soared to #2 on the Hot 100. That hot streak continued with its chart-topping follow-up, ‘Nice & Slow,’ making the Chattanooga-born beau a bonafide star. The rising came as a double-edged sword, however, as its success only put pressure on the pinup to pin another hit to the chart’s upper rankings.
To respond to the challenge, Ush and team selected his sophomore set’s title track – ‘My Way’ – as the third single. On hype alone, the song managed to make an impressive #13 debut on the Hot 100 (where it was found this week in 1998). Becoming Raymond’s third top 20 hit, the promising premiere was the calm before the storm.
Upping the ante with its funhouse-inspired music video, the crooner tapped the song’s producer, Jermaine Dupri, and then-rising singer/model/ Tyrese to star opposite. Delivering his most cinematic offering to that date, the Paul Hunter-directed clip’s colorful set, high octane choreography, and elaborate costuming not only demonstrated Raymond’s artistic growth but also cemented the teenage heartthrob as the one to watch among his male contemporaries.
Helping to push ‘My Way’ to its ultimate Hot 100 peak of #2, the song was eventually certified Platinum and assisted its like-titled parent album to 6x Platinum status in the United States.
Hot 100 This Week in 1998
Hot 100 This Week
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