Chris Brown (album)

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Chris Brown
Studio album by Chris Brown
Released November 29, 2005
Recorded February – May 2005
Genre R&B, hip hop, pop
Length 55:44
Label Jive, CBE, Zomba
Sony BMG (International distribution)
Producer Chris Brown, Tina Davis, Mark Pitts (co-exec.)
Scott Storch, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick Dean, The Underdogs, Dre & Vidal, Shea Taylor, Tyler Matthews, Cool & Dre, Sean Garrett, Nick Pope, Hunter Atkins, Dabling Harward, Shannon "Slam" Lawrence, Moe Faisal, Oak, Eddie Hustle, Carlos Paucar, LRoc
Chris Brown chronology
Chris Brown
Alternative cover
International cover
Singles from Chris Brown
  1. "Run It!"
    Released: June 30, 2005
  2. "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
    Released: December 13, 2005
  3. "Gimme That"
    Released: May 7, 2006
  4. "Say Goodbye"
    Released: August 8, 2006
  5. "Poppin'"
    Released: November 21, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Chris Brown is the eponymous debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Chris Brown, released on November 29, 2005 in the United States on Jive Records. It was a commercial success, certified 2x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for scanning two million in the United States,[3] and sold three million copies worldwide. The album also earned Brown his first two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 49th Grammy Awards.


Chris Brown, born in Tappahannock, Virginia, started as a rapper. Chris took pride in his singing. At age 13 in 2002, Brown was discovered in his father's gas station by a production team who were looking for local talent. By August 2004, Brown, who had adapted the stage name "C Sizzle," and T.J. attracted the attention of Tina Davis, Def Jam Recordings' senior A&R executive, and auditioned them in front of Island Def Jam Music Group CEO Antonio "L. A." Reid.[4][5] Afterwards, Reid offered to sign both of them on the spot but Brown claimed Allen had become "greedy" during the prolonged negotiations that spanned two months.[4][5] Davis advised Brown not to sign the deal.[4] Davis later lost her job due to restructuring after Island Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records merged.[6] That same day, Brown hired her as his manager and moved in into her New Jersey home.[4] After weeks of label searching, Brown had a deal with Jive Records, known for their pop and R&B artists such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and R. Kelly, by Christmas Eve 2004.[7][5] He also dropped out of the 10th grade at Essex High School in Virginia in favor of tutoring. Brown recorded the album in Miami with Mark Pitts, the Jive A&R who signed Brown to the label. They recorded up to 50 songs. The album was initially titled Young Love, but the idea was discarded as "too kiddie".[8]


"Run It!" takes place in a party setting, with Brown explaining, "It's really a guy checking for a girl, or a girl checking for a guy...asking to see if they can run it. If they can be eligible to be your girlfriend, boyfriend, whatever. 'Let me see if you can run it; show me what you got.'"[9] "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" discusses the first conversation someone has with a girl: "Fellas, first thing they say when they see a girl is 'Yo! Yo!'. I'm saying it like that, but technically not like that. She takes my breath away, all I can say is 'Yo, let me just talk to you for a minute. Chill with me for a minute.'"[9]


The album's lead single was "Run It!", which features rapper Juelz Santana and was produced by Scott Storch and Moe Faisal. It received continuous airplay(topping the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay), and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for five weeks. It replaced "Gold Digger" by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, and was replaced by Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us". It also topped Billboard Pop 100. Other singles released from the album include "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)", another U.S. top ten hit for Brown, as well as "Gimme That", released as a remix featuring rapper Lil Wayne, and the fourth single, "Say Goodbye", which peaked at number ten in the U.S. The fifth and final single from the album, "Poppin'", charted outside the U.S. top forty.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 154,000 copies.[10] It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[11] As of April 2011, the album has sold 2.1 million copies in the United States alone.[3] Worldwide, it has sold more than three million copies.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Christopher Brown, Edmund Clement Eddie Hustle 0:56
2. "Run It!" (featuring Juelz Santana) Scott Storch, Moe Faisal, Sean Garrett, LaRon James Scott Storch, Moe Faisal, Sean Garrett* 3:49
3. "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"   Johntá Austin, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis Dre & Vidal 3:49
4. "Young Love"   Vinny Barrett, Antonio Dixon, Bobby Eli, Keri Hilson, Harvey Mason, Jr., Patrick "J. Que" Smith, Damon Thomas The Underdogs, Antonio Dixon 3:38
5. "Gimme That"   S. Storch, S. Garrett Scott Storch, Sean Garrett* 3:06
6. "Ya Man Ain't Me"   Erik Dawkins, A. Dixon, D. Thomas, H. Mason, Jr., Steve Russell, Durrell "Tank" Babbs The Underdogs, Antonio Dixon* 3:34
7. "Winner"   C. Brown, Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick Dean, Adonis Shropshire Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick "WyldCard" Dean* 4:04
8. "Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me)"   Warren Felder, Zhang Fuquan, S. Garrett Sean Garrett, Oak* 3:23
9. "What's My Name?" (featuring Noah) C. Brown, Andre Lyon, Stephens Noah, Marcello Valenzano Cool & Dre 3:52
10. "Is This Love?"   E. Dawkins, A. Dixon, H. Mason, Jr., S. Russell, D. Thomas The Underdogs 3:17
11. "Poppin'"   J. Austin, A. Harris, V. Davis Dre & Vidal 4:25
12. "Just Fine"   C. Brown, Daniel Glass, Moe Faisal, Lance Bennett, Michael Winans, Peter Zora, Shannon Lawrence Lance Bennett, Mike Winans, Shannon "Slam" Lawrence 3:52
13. "Say Goodbye"   B. Cox, K. Dean, A. Shropshire Bryan-Michael Cox 4:49
14. "Run It! (Remix)" (featuring Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri) Jermaine Dupri, Moe Faisal, S. Garrett, Shad Moss, S. Storch Jermaine Dupri^, Scott Storch, LRoc*^, Sean Garrett* 4:04
15. "Thank You"   C. Brown, Tina Davis, Lamont "LA" Fleming, Shea Taylor Shea Taylor 4:27
16. "Gimme That (Remix)" (featuring Lil Wayne) S. Storch, S. Garrett, Dwayne Carter Scott Storch 3:56
Total length:
  • (*) Denotes co-producer.
  • (^) Denotes additional producer.
Samples credits


Through the winter, Brown joined the Scream V Encore Tour, featuring Ciara, Bow Wow, Omarion and Marques Houston, as a supporting act. Later, he headlined the Xbox 360 Presents: Chris Brown Tour, supported by T-Pain.


Chart (2005) Peak
Australian ARIA Album Charts[12] 57
Austrian Albums Chart[13] 66
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[13] 47
Dutch Albums Chart[13] 47
European Top 100 Albums[14] 42
French SNEP Albums Chart[13] 51
German Albums Chart[13] 31
Irish Albums Chart[13] 71
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[13] 8
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 18
UK Albums Chart[13] 29
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 2
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[15] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[16] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone



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