Chris Brown (album)

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Chris Brown
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 29, 2005
RecordedFebruary–May 2005
Chris Brown chronology
Chris Brown
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Singles from Chris Brown
  1. "Run It!"
    Released: June 30, 2005
  2. "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
    Released: December 13, 2005
  3. "Gimme That (Remix)"
    Released: May 7, 2006
  4. "Say Goodbye"
    Released: August 8, 2006
  5. "Poppin'"
    Released: November 21, 2006

Chris Brown is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer Chris Brown. It was released on November 29, 2005 through Jive Records. The production on the album was handled by multiple producers including Scott Storch, Cool & Dre, Oak Felder, Bryan-Michael Cox and The Underdogs among others. The album also features guest appearances by Juelz Santana, Lil Wayne, Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri.

The working of the album took place between February and May 2005. Chris Brown is an R&B and hip hop soul album, that focuses on teenage lovelife. The album received positive reviews from critics, who celebrated Brown's performances and the record's sound, citing it as a great exemplification of 2000s R&B music sound.[2]

Chris Brown was supported by five singles: "Run It!", "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)", "Gimme That (Remix)", "Say Goodbye" and "Poppin'". The album was a commercial success. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 154,000 copies in its first week. It has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3] At the 49th Grammy Awards, the album earned Brown his first two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary R&B Album.

Background and recording[edit]

At age 13, Brown was discovered by Hitmission Records, a local production team that visited his father's gas station while searching for new talent.[4] Hitmission's Lamont Fleming provided voice coaching for Brown, and the team helped to arrange a demo package and approached contacts in New York to seek a record deal.[4] Tina Davis, senior A&R executive, promoted the singer to labels such as Jive Records, J-Records and Warner Bros. Records. After Mark Pitts heard of him he immediately offered him a contract that Brown signed with Jive Records on Christmas Eve of 2004. At the time, he dropped out of tenth grade at his Essex High School in Virginia, in favor of tutoring.[5]

Brown developed the concept for the album along with Mark Pitts and Tina Davis, and began recording it in Miami, Florida. Brown's original intention on the album was to both rap and sing on the records, but Pitts convinced him to stick to just singing, he said that "I was trying to keep it at, ‘You’re a singer’ I was caught up in the idea of ‘Stay in your lane’".[6] Brown worked on 50 songs before coming to a final 14 tracks to be included on his first album. Brown wrote half of the tracks.[5] Brown said: "I write about the things that 16 year olds go through every day, keepin it real with what it is. Like you just got in trouble for sneaking your girl into the house, or you can't drive, so you steal a car or something".[7] The album was initially titled Young Love, however, with that idea for the album title has been discarded as being "too kiddie".[8]


Chris Brown is an R&B and hip hop soul album, that was described by Pitchfork's critic Jules Verano as "the perfect epitome of 2000's R&B music sound" along with Ne-Yo's debut album In My Own Words.[2] The album is essentially about teenage lovelife, mixing themes of first approaches to love involvement, infatuation, physical attractiveness and coolness. The album also has few episodes where the singer mentions sex with older women, explains his growing up, portrays his "young street credibility", and talks about his relationship with his mother.[1]


Brown performing at KISS 106.1 Seattle Jingle Bell Bash 8, December 4, 2005

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.

On June 13, 2006, Brown released a DVD entitled Chris Brown's Journey, which shows footage of him traveling in England and Japan, getting ready for his first visit to the Grammy Awards, behind the scenes of his music videos and bloopers. On August 17, 2006, to further promote the album, Brown began his major co-headlining tour, The Up Close and Personal Tour.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Billboard4.5/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[10]
The Guardian5/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone2.5/5[12]
The Chicago Tribune4.5/5 stars[13]

Chris Brown received positive reviews from critics. Andy Kellman of AllMusic said that the album "almost always involves an even push-and-pull between what appeals to kids who don't consider street credibility and those who do" praising Brown's introduction in R&B music as "a refreshing presence, a high-schooler who's neither as family friendly as Will Smith nor as comically vulgar as Pretty Ricky.[1] Katie Bain from The Guardian defined it as "a smooth delightful slice of commercial R&B".[14] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly complimented its lyrical content stating that "it really showcases what a street teenager thinks and is up to", comparing Brown's performances to the early ones of Michael Jackson.[10]

Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot expressed a positive response stating "if you want to listen to a record from a really talented youngster that is not sugar coding it, this is the one".[13] Pitchfork's critic Jules Verano praised the album for being "an impeccable blend between Scott Storch street-rap beats and a gifted fifteen year old's melodious melisma".[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

Chris Brown debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 154,000 copies in its first week.[15] This became Brown's first US top-ten debut.[15] The album also debuted at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, becoming his first number one on that chart.[16] On December 18, 2006, the album was a certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over two million copies.[17] As of April 2011, the album has sold 2.1 million copies in the United States alone[3] and over three million copies worldwide.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from BMI and ASCAP.[19][20]

Standard edition
1."Intro"Christopher BrownEddie Hustle0:56
2."Run It!" (featuring Juelz Santana)
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
3."Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"Johntá AustinDre & Vidal3:49
4."Young Love"3:38
5."Gimme That"Brown
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
6."Ya Man Ain't Me"
  • The Underdogs
  • Dixon*
8."Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me)"
  • Garrett
  • Zhang Fuquan
9."What's My Name" (featuring Noah)BrownCool & Dre3:52
10."Is This Love?"
  • Brown
  • Mason Jr.
The Underdogs3:17
  • Austin
  • Tina Davis
Dre & Vidal4:25
12."Just Fine"Brown
13."Say Goodbye"4:49
14."Run It!" (remix) (featuring Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri)
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
  • Dupri^
  • LRoc*^
15."Thank You"
  • Brown
  • Davis
Shea Taylor4:26
16."Gimme That" (remix) (featuring Lil Wayne)
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
Total length:59:00
Special and streaming Edition
15."So Glad"
  • Ivan Barias
  • Carvin Haggins
16."Seen the Light" (featuring Rico Love)Bigg D4:10
17."Thank You"
  • Brown
  • Davis
Shea Taylor4:26
18."Gimme That" (remix) (featuring Lil Wayne)
  • Brown
  • Dwayne Carter, Jr.
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
Total length:65:08


  • (*) Denotes co-producer.
  • (^) Denotes additional producer.

Samples credits

  • "Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me)" contains a portion of the composition from "Song of the Dragon & Phoenix" written by Zhang Fuquan.
  • "So Glad" contains a portion of the composition from "It's Great to Be Here" performed by Jackson 5.




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[43] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[44] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[45] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[47] 3× Platinum 3,000,000double-dagger

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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