It’s been five years since Usher released Confessions, so TheUrbanDaily asked the R&B heart-throb what his thoughts are about the benchmark album in hindsight.

Confessions stands today to be one of my greatest pieces of work ever,” says Usher in retrospect. “It was a product of my environment and one of the most conflicted times in my life.”

The top-selling album of 2004 sold slightly less than 8 million CDs in its debut year which also made it the best-selling CD of the previous three years.

That’s pretty major.

To put that into perspective for you further, Confessions tops the 2003 champ, 50 Cent‘s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ which sold 6.5 million copies and 2002’s top-selling The Eminem Show which moved 7.6 million units.

“I think Confessions connected on a massive level because of the music. People of all nationalities were open to hear, and could relate to the stories that I told on that album. At the time, the lines between Urban and Pop music started to really blur and my album made an impact in multiple genres of music. I’m grateful that the Confessions album is apart of the landscape that represents that movement.”

Confessions went on to sell over 10 million copies in the United States, and has been certified diamond in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has  also gone platinum and gold in over twenty other countries, and has sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide.

What is your favorite song from Confessions?

Ours is “Bad Girl.” Peep this classic performance featuring Beyonce cast as the ‘bad girl’–Go figure!

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