LaFace Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment (SME), are celebrating the 25th anniversary of global superstar Usher’s iconic album, ‘My Way’ – the R&B masterpiece that rocketed him into the star-studded spotlight – with an expanded edition of the original album, newly reimagined versions of three tracks from the album, a mini-documentary and more on September 16, 2022.
‘My Way (25th Anniversary Edition)’ features the original album in its entirety, bundled with three freshly reimagined tracks, plus instrumentals of said tracks, all produced by producer/drummer extraordinaire, Ryan James Carr.
The new tracks are:
- “My Way” (Ryan James Carr Remake)
- “Nice & Slow” (Ryan James Carr Remake)
- “You Make Me Wanna…” (Ryan James Carr Remake)
The collaboration between Carr and Usher on the reimagined tracks influenced his Tiny Desk performance which now has over 11M views in two months and birthed a meme that continues to live across all media.
Released on September 16th, 1997 by LaFace Records, Usher’s My Way has been certified 7 times Platinum by the RIAA, with singles “You Make Me Wanna..” and “Nice & Slow” achieving triple platinum status.
In 1997, the album solidified its mark in music history by charting number eleven on US Billboard’s Top 200 Albums of the Year.
‘My Way (25th Anniversary Edition)’ is available now for digital pre-order/pre-save on all major DSPs!!!
The 25th anniversary deluxe edition of ‘My Way’ pressed on 2LP 180g Silver Cloudy Vinyl will be available via Vinyl Me Please early 2023.
The package features new album art that pays homage to the original cover from 1997, plus three reimagined tracks and a lyric and photo booklet to flip through as you listen.
In celebration of 25 years of ‘My Way’ and the release of the reimagined tracks, Sony Music Entertainment sat down with Usher to discuss the legacy of his sultry & sensational sophomore album.
“Usher: 25 Years My Way” reflects on the past, honors the present, and envisions the future of Usher’s Grammy-nominated ‘My Way’ – delving into discography origin stories, the album’s greater cultural impact, and the creative processes that inspired new renditions of “You Make Me Wanna…”, “Nice & Slow”, and “My Way”.
The Mini-Documentary includes a compilation of intimate interviews with Usher, Jermaine Dupri, and Ryan James Carr, along with footage of the “making of” the new renditions, and never-before seen archival footage of Usher from the album’s era.
Directed by award-winning Dolapo Sangokoya, Senior Creative, Content, SME/Legacy and executive produced by Ash Peters, Senior Producer, Content, SME/Legacy, the Mini-Documentary will premiere exclusively on Usher’s YouTube channel on September 16, 2022.