This song is about cheating on your girlfriend. A guy goes to a club and is seduced by a girl while his girlfriend is out of town.
Lynne - Sydney, Australia
This was produced by Lil Jon, who also added vocals. Most of his productions, including this one, feature a Crunk sound with lots of heavy beats.
Ludacris did the rap. It's one of many successful collaborations for the Atlanta rapper.
Usher's next single, "Burn," replaced this at #1 in the US. It was the first time a song with a 4 letter title replaced another at #1.
This was used in the movie Hitch when Will Smith tries to teach Kevin James how to dance.
Sean Garrett, who is a songwriter and producer who has had a hand in many hit songs, including Chris Brown's "Run It," Destiny's Child's "Soldier" and Ciara's "Goodies," helped write the lyrics and turning the song into a story. Garrett works for L.A. Reid's publishing company, which is how he ended up on this. Says Garrett: "I knew that Usher was almost finished with his album. L.A. Reid called me and said, 'We need a first single.' We spoke a little bit about it, and I went to the studio. Since all the other songs on the album were very hot and R&B-ish, I wanted to give him something out-of-the-box that was more creative and dynamic. So we went in and cut a demo and took it to L.A., and we sat and talked about it for quite a while. He thought it was very interesting, but he asked me a lot of questions in reference to how it worked for Usher and said he wanted a change or two. So I went in, and the rest is history - and the beginning of this beautiful run."
This hit #1 in the US before the album was even released. Confessions
sold over a million copies the first week it was released, and at one point 3 singles from the album were in the top 10. Usher became only the third artist, after The Beatles and Bee Gees, to do this.
Bertrand - Paris, France
This song almost didn't make the Confessions album. Usher explained to MTV News that once he and Lil Jon "finished the record, we did a little research on the record only to find out that 'Freek-A-Leek' by Petey Pablo had the same beat. At times I wonder if it would have made a difference if the beat was never changed. Nobody knew it was going to be that huge of a record."
Director X transformed an empty Los Angeles art gallery into a nightclub for the music video, which features cameos from rappers Lil Jon and Ludacris, dancer Destiny Lightsy, and Canadian model Melyssa Ford. Hundreds of rotating blue and green lasers accompany Usher on the dance floor, an idea X had from the first moment he heard the song: "I just felt real strongly about the laser beams when I heard it," he told MTV.
The budget didn't provide much in the way of food for the dancers. So how did they sustain themselves into the wee hours of the morning? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a side of CRUNK!!!, an energy drink created by Lil Jon.