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    Default Chris Brown - X

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #2

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    3.5 of 5.0 from allmusic

    about half the tracks with a featured artist
    guess Chris couldn't do it on his own
    with the deluxe edition you get 4 more tracks
    more r&b than anything else
    not my thing but it may be yours

    artist website -

    Bio - from allmusic

    In November 2005, Chris Brown's Scott Storch-produced "Run It!" -- a rewrite of Usher's "Yeah!" -- topped the Billboard Hot 100, making the 16-
    year-old singer the first male artist in over a decade to top the chart with a debut single. While there was nowhere to go but down, at least in
    terms of chart positions, the pop-oriented R&B vocalist was only getting started. By the end of the decade, he was one of the biggest active pop
    stars, with a clutch of Top Ten singles and platinum albums to his credit, along with constant comparisons to Michael Jackson and several acting
    roles on the side. His momentum slowed little when, in 2009, he pleaded guilty to assaulting girlfriend Rihanna -- one of the year's biggest
    celebrity news stories. His commercial clout remained, as his successive albums through the early 2000s regularly topped the Billboard all-genre
    and R&B charts.

    Brown came from a small Virginia town called Tappahannock. Like a lot of kids born during the mid- to late '80s, he was initially into his
    parents' favorite music but eventually fell under the spell of hip-hop. Around the time he reached puberty, he discovered his singing ability
    and switched his focus away from MC'ing. A move to New York led to being discovered by Tina Davis, a Def Jam A&R executive who became the
    singer's manager shortly after losing her position to the Sony-BMG merger. The Jive label, due in part to its track record with younger artists
    who had established longevity (like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake), won the bidding war for Brown and lined up several production and
    songwriting heavyweights, including Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Dre & Vidal, Sean Garrett, and Storch, for his self-titled first album.
    An immediate Top Ten hit when it was released in 2005, Chris Brown not only featured the number one "Run It!" but two other Top Ten singles in
    "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and "Say Goodbye." Exclusive, released in 2007 and a bit of a departure from the squeaky-clean image displayed throughout
    the debut, was even more successful, featuring the number one single "Kiss Kiss" and two other Top Five hits. Yet another Top Five hit came with
    "No Air," a duet with Jordin Sparks that appeared on Sparks' own self-titled album.

    In March 2009, Brown was charged with felonious assault of Rihanna -- an altercation that had prevented his then-girlfriend from taking the
    stage at the Grammy Awards. Brown was scheduled to perform as well, but he did not appear and maintained a low profile for several months. A
    fairly substantial backlash resulted in Brown's songs being pulled from rotation on several radio stations. Ultimately, however, it had little
    bearing on the progress of his music and acting careers; the week prior to the December release of his third album, Graffiti, the single "I Can
    Transform Ya" was well on its way to reaching the Top 20 of the Hot 100, and his acting roles -- which had already included spots in Stomp the
    Yard and a recurring role on The O.C. -- hadn't shown any sign of drying up. Graffiti fell considerably short of gold-selling status, but it was
    nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary R&B Album, and the Tank collaboration "Take My Time" was nominated for Best
    R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

    Weeks after the 2011 Grammy Awards ceremony, Brown released his fourth album, F.A.M.E., which already had four singles on the charts. That album
    topped the Billboard 200 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts, and it also took the 2012 Grammy for Best R&B Album. During the ceremony, he performed
    a medley of "Beautiful People" (off F.A.M.E.) and "Turn Up the Music," the latter of which previewed Fortune, his fifth album, released in May
    2012 and an immediate chart-topper in the U.S. Brown toured Asia, Europe, and Africa during the rest of the year, and prepped his sixth album. A
    sequence of several singles that began with "Fine China" preceded X, released in September 2014, two weeks after he pleaded guilty to simple
    assault (for an altercation with a man, which occurred the previous October). Less inspired by European dance-pop and more R&B-oriented than his
    previous release, the album included contributions from Lil Wayne, R. Kelly, Usher, Rick Ross, and Brandy, among many others.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Over two years in the making, a period that involved a multitude of revisions and delays, anger management therapy, drug rehabilitation, and a
    jail stay for parole violation, X surfaced as Chris Brown's sixth full-length studio release in September 2014. In a way, the album is a
    corrective. The influence of European dance-pop, which resulted in some of Brown's most forgettable material on Fortune, is all but eliminated
    in favor of contemporary R&B and pop productions that tend to suit the singer better. Brown does maintain his bad boy image. It's on typically
    full display in the chintzy "Loyal" -- its hook a misogynist pleonasm -- and the part-clever/part-nonsensical string of R. Kelly quotes that is
    the Trey Songz duet "Songs on 12 Play" ("And I'm feelin' on yo booty, drivin' me crazy, half on a baby"). On "Drown on It," the pied piper of
    R&B himself joins in, and he and Brown dole out an unsurprisingly cartoonish variety of metaphorical and/or explicit come-ons that include "Just
    like a male mermaid, baby." Brown combines memorable hooks with some stellar production work on the rubbery disco-funk of "Add Me In" (courtesy
    of Danja) and the blithe, swaying "Time for Love" (a collaboration with Jean Baptiste and Free School). In these and a few other songs, romantic
    affection, expressed with seemingly genuine sweetness, takes precedence over sexual aggression and petulance. More importantly, Brown's voice,
    still boyish, sounds most natural and full of life in these settings. Additional guest appearances come from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Usher, Tyga,
    Akon, and Kendrick Lamar, but Brown's lone spot reserved for a woman is his best collaboration here. On the darker but no less striking "Do
    Better," he and Brandy continue a fruitful association that previously resulted in the Top Five R&B hit "Put It Down" and the phenomenal Two
    Eleven album cut "Slower." It's one of the more compelling R&B duets of its time, with their vulnerable confessions as sharp as their

    closest to a like I could find:

    Track Listing

    1. X
    2. Add Me in
    3. Loyal
    4. New Flame
    5. Songs on 12 Play
    6. 101 (Interlude)
    7. Drown in it
    8. Came to Do
    9. Stereotype
    10. Time for Love
    11. Lady in a Glass Dress (Interlude)
    12. Autumn Leaves
    13. Do Better
    14. See You Around
    15. Don't Be Gone Too Long
    16. Body Shots
    17. Drunk Texting
    18. Lost In Ya Love
    19. Love More
    20. Don't Think They Know
    21. Fine China
    A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
    Will Rogers

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    woo-hoo....the girlfriend-bashing piece of crap is back!!!!
    like Beiber, this guy's is a waste of space IMO.

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