Turning Point: The Moment Your Favorite Artist Became a Superstar

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  • Snoop Dogg
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Usher
  • Pharrell
  • Sean "Diddy" Combs
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Alicia Keys
  • Adele
  • Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Jay Z
  • Jay Z
  • Kanye West
  • Rihanna
  • Chris Brown
  • Dr. Dre
  • Eminem
  • 50 Cent
  • Lil Wayne
  • Drake
  • Mary J. Blige
  • Beyoncé
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Mariah Carey

Usher

Usher helped to create a new genre, Crunk&B, when he released "Yeah!" as the lead single on his diamond-selling fourth album, Confessions, which became an instant hit, selling 1.1 million in its first week. The single, which also featured vocals from Ludacris and its producer, Lil Jon, had the longest run at the top of the charts than any other song in 2004, and it was only replaced by Usher's next single, "Burn."

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