Usher Raymond IV grew from middling R&B novelty—the young, preternaturally talented 14-year-old he was on his first, self-titled album, released in 1994—to veritable pop star, pyrotechnic-ed out stadium tours and all. Usher, much like a young Chris Brown before he was derailed by an inability to keep his hands to himself or otherwise stay out of trouble, was birthed by the music industry a perfect leading man: cutely dimpled with a voice like honey and moves like a technically trained dancer. It was the ’90s and as R&B and hip hop made the transition from niche genres to entertainment staples, Usher was an appropriately friendly proposition.
Today, 20 years after his debut and at a still-baby-faced 35, he is practically an anomaly, one of the only artists from that era still standing, reputation untarnished. The arrival of “Good Kisser,” the excellent new single and video heralding his forthcoming eighth album, is a reminder of just why: The song, on which he sings euphemistically and in multiple registers about “lipstick on his leg,” is plain good. - from 'Why U Still Love Usher Baby" from DailyBeast.com