This Day in Black History: Feb. 14, 1998

Usher's single "Nice and Slow" becomes his first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song.

Posted: 02/14/2014 12:00 AM EST

Usher was already becoming a household name in the late 1990s, but it wasn’t until he dropped his hit single “Nice and Slow” in 1998 that his name would top the charts. “Nice and Slow,” the second single from his sophomore album My Way, became Usher's first No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts on Feb. 14, 1998. 

The soothing sounds of the sexually charged “Nice and Slow” infused with elements of hip hop showcased Usher’s versatility and appeal to the ladies while highlighting his uncanny singing abilities. The lyrics, written by Usher, Brian and Brandon Casey of the R&B group Jagged Edge, Manuel Seal Jr. and Jermaine Dupri, showed a mature Usher who was ready to explore his manhood.

The song broke records, and the music video, shot by Hype Williams and featuring Kimora Lee Simmons as Usher's love interest, was also well received.

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