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Released: March 23, 2004

Rating: 3.760 (average of 17 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Intro
  2. Yeah! (with Lil’ Jon & Ludacris)
  3. Throwback
  4. Confessions (Interlude)
  5. Confessions, Pt. 2
  6. Burn
  7. Caught Up
  8. Superstar (Interlude)
  9. Superstar
  10. Truth Hurts
  11. Simple Things
  12. Bad Girl
  13. That’s What It’s Made For
  14. Can U Handle It?
  15. Do It to Me
  16. Take Your Hand
  17. Follow Me


sales in U.S. only 9 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 900,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 2 million
sales worldwide - estimated 20 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 9
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Yeah (1/3/04) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 RB. Platinum single.
  • Burn (3/13/04) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 RB. Platinum single.
  • Confessions Part II (4/10/04) #1 US, #5 UK, #1 RB. Gold single.
  • Caught Up (8/28/04) #8 US, #9 UK, #13 RB
  • My Boo * (9/4/04) #1 US, #1 RB. Platinum single.
  • That’s What It’s Made For (12/25/04) #59 RB
  • Throwback (2/5/05) #36 RB
  • Seduction * (2/19/05) #68 RB
* Added to the expanded edition of the album.

Notes: “Six months after its initial release, Confessions was re-released with an expanded booklet and four additional tracks” (Kellman) – My Boo, Red Light, Seduction, and an alternate version of Confessions Part II that featured Kanye West, Shyne, and Twista.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, pop/rock. Click to go to awards page. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums The World’s Best Selling Album of the Year. Click to go to awards page. Billboard Magazine’s Album of the Year Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Confessions’ most detracting factor is its length. At an hour in duration, it could be stripped of five songs and be far more powerful, especially since no one would have to do any wading to get to the meaty parts. On the other side of the coin, the smartest move Usher makes here is in allowing the Lil Jon-produced Yeah! to take its rightful place as the only club track; any attempt at doing something stylistically similar would've failed miserably in its presence. ‘Yeah!’s crunk-meets-R&B foundation, featuring an instantly addictive eight-note keyboard vamp and one of Usher's most muscular turns, is so absorbing that Ludacris’ 1500th guest verse floats by with little notice” (Kellman).

“The following Throwback, produced by Just Blaze, sounds like it was made for the sole purpose of trailing Alicia Keys’ ‘You Don't Know My Name.’ Like that hit, ‘Throwback’s sensitively treated soul sample provides a nostalgic tint that complements the wistful, regret-filled tone of the lyrics” (Kellman).

“A small batch of Jam & Lewis productions, including the effortlessly gliding Truth Hurts, continue to help raise Usher's loverman stock. Another pair — the upbeat Caught Up and the aptly titled Burn — also rate as some of the vocalist's best moments yet” (Kellman).

“He's been doing this for ten years now. Numerous chart hits have spun off each of his albums. Needless to say, the time is right for the phrase ‘just another’ to be banned from use when discussing him” (Kellman).

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Last updated December 25, 2008.