Please Explain To Me ... Usher's New Name

So our inboxes are being flooded with press releases about all kinds of Inauguration-related activities, particularly Sunday's big concert at the Lincoln Memorial. And there's one thing that's driving me crazy about each one of these e-mails, and no, it's not that Sheryl Crow is prominently involved. It's that when listing all the performers we get this one:

Usher Raymond IV

Raymond IV? When did this happen? When did it stop being just Usher? Is he no longer an R&B star but instead a 17th century British land owner? This couldn't possibly be more inconsequential, but it's those inconsequential things that drive us the most crazy, right?

By David Malitz |  January 14, 2009; 2:07 PM ET Please Explain
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I think it happened when his son Usher Raymond V was born.

Posted by: shutupp | January 15, 2009 9:38 AM

...You guys are idiots. He has been billed as Usher Raymond IV for a long time.. It is simply his name.

Posted by: newamerykahn | January 15, 2009 10:41 AM

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