From The Vault: Usher – ‘U Remind Me’

Published: Sunday 8th Aug 2021 by Joe

Join us as we celebrate a major musical anniversary. Today’s From The Vault pick is the first single from an album that turned 20 years old this weekend.

It’s Usher‘s ‘U Remind Me’ from the iconic ’8701.’

Issued as the lead offering from the entertainer’s third studio effort, ‘Remind Me’ finds Ush unable to shake off how much a new girl is reminiscent of an ex-girlfriend, hence his inability to date her.

The track was penned by Anita McCloud and Edmund Clement; it was produced by the latter alongside Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

A US smash, the song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also fared well worldwide, reaching the Top 5 in the UK, France, Australia, and Canada. Furthermore, it earned Usher his very first GRAMMY in 2002.

The ever-enduring force that is Dave Meyers directed the song’s visual which presented Usher serenading several girls around before ending up at a club with his girlfriend-at-the-time, Chilli from TLC.

Who could forget that iconic solo dance sequence that proved once and for all that Mr. Raymond doesn’t need to rely on a troop of dancers to bring the house down.

20 years on, this single (and its parent album) still bang and remain radio, club, and bedroom fixtures.

Speaking on ‘8701’ just this week, ‘Usher said: “this album defined me.” And we agree in earnest.

Truly, the era at large set him apart from the other male R&B artists thanks to its powerful storytelling, memorable melodies, slick production, exciting music videos, and a killer accompanying tour.

Two decades later, it’s fantastic seeing him perform these very songs with the same gusto and precision as when he presented them to the world for the first time.

Salute to Usher for 20+ years of embodying excellence.

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  1. Shayla Queen™ 👑 August 8, 2021

    Flop. One of his WORST. Just ugh!

    • Tino August 9, 2021

      Lol is flop the only word in your vocabulary???? How TF is a classic number one Grammy award winning song a flop???? You need mental help or a hug or something

      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 August 9, 2021


  2. eric August 8, 2021

    Unpopular opinion here, but I think this was his best era, 8701.

    • True Tea August 8, 2021

      I have this argument from several people. I think the 8701 era was a lot more diverse music wise but his Confessions album was more Mature.

      • True Tea August 8, 2021

        I have heard*

  3. KeyLoLo August 9, 2021

    Just makes me wanna cry..those was the good ole days. I was in the 6th grade..I remember back then they use to play music videos in the cafeteria while we are lunch and I specifically remember when this video came on EVERYONE would sing along and eat…memories

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