Re-Rooted In R&B


(from Billboard Magazine, April 6, 2013) Chris Brown’s new album is coming. “Fine China,” as the formal preamble, released on April 1 with RCA. It’s a seamless and engaging mesh of classic and contemporary R&B. His sixth album, X, will be released later August or early September. One of five tracks included in his new album is influenced by Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. With their sound and Brown’s enthusiastic commentary, X marks a return to his R&B roots comparing the pop vibes of his last album, FortuneFortune debuted at No.1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B Albums. However, comparing to his 2011 predecessor F.A.M.E. with the number of sales, the latter has sold 915,000, while Fortune has sold 439,000.

X is his most personal album to date. He says “I have been going through my own trials and tribulations, persevering through things. And my release is the studio, that and painting. Hopefully when people hear X, they will be blown away.” The title of new album comes from the fact that he turns 24 on May 5, and X is the 24th letter in the alphabet. Brown says that he wanted “to put it all on the table: my emotions, my past experiences, life in general as a 23- and 24-year-old man. I just wanted to go back to what people love me for: my music.”

In addition to “Fine China,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Lady in Glass Dress,” and “Add Me In” are the tracks in his new album. Brown co-wrote all tracks in album with his CBE artist Sevyn, Dewain Whitmore Jr., Sam Hook, and Eric Bellinger. Additional collaborators include BAM, Drumma Boy, Camper, C.P Dubb, Mel&Mus, and Verse Simmonds. In the video of “Fine China,” he played a gentleman who takes care of the girl carefully. It shows another side of him. The track “Home,” which was released a few weeks ago, will be a bonus track on iTunes.