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My Way is Usher's second studio album that was released on September 16, 1997 by LaFace Records & Arista Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. You Make Me Wanna... 3:39
  2. Just Like Me 3:27
  3. Nice & Slow 3:47
  4. Slow Jam (featuring Monica) 4:43
  5. My Way 3:34
  6. Come Back 3:47
  7. I Will 3:54
  8. Bedtime 4:45
  9. One Day You'll Be Mine 3:24
  10. You Make Me Wanna..(Extended Version) 5:20

Chart PerformanceEdit

"My Way" debuted at #15 on the Billboard 200 chart dated October 4, 1997, selling 66,000 copies in its first week in the United States. It entered the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at number four on that same week.

The album rose to #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums on January 10, 1998; it topped the chart for three consecutive weeks, remaining on the chart for a total of seventy-five weeks. It also peaked at #4 on the Billboard 200, and spent 79 weeks on that chart.

The album has since been certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over six million copies in the United States. It has sold six million copies in the United States and seven million copies worldwide.

Critical ReceptionEdit

In a contemporary review, The Source magazine said with "My Way", "Usher proves that he's aiming to become more than just R&B music's best kept secret".

Asondra R. Hunter from Vibe said that Usher is sensual through his mild tone gentle tone and tasteful, refined lyrics.

Robert Christgau, writing in The Village Voice, cited "Just Like Me" and "You Make We Wanna..." as highlights and quippedly called Usher "the sweetest nonvirgin a mama could ask." He gave the album a one-star honorable mention, indicating "a worthy effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well like."

In a negative review for Rolling Stone, David Fricke felt that the album has too many downtempo songs, and criticised the writing and production quality.

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave "My Way" four out of five stars and praised Usher's vocal restraint, but noted inconsistency in quality.

In a 2002 review, Q magazine also gave the album four stars and wrote that it established Usher's reputation as a young and skillful performer of R&B slow jams.

Keith Harris, writing in The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004), gave it three-and-a-half stars and said that, although Dupri's combination of hi-hat hits, acoustic-guitar arpeggios, and occasional guest raps from him and Lil Kim can inhibit the album, My Way was the work of a significant, enterprising artist.

Yahoo! Music's Billy Johnson Jr. credited the album for Usher's breakthrough into the music industry, and lauded the production of the three singles.

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