Chris Brown (album)

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Chris Brown
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Studio album by Chris Brown
Released November 29, 2005
Recorded January–May 2005
Genre
Length 55:44
Label
Producer
Chris Brown chronology
Chris Brown
(2005)
Exclusive
(2007)
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 (Remix)"
    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. It was released on November 29, 2005, by Jive Records. The album was a certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for the sales of two million in the United States[3] and three million copies in worldwide.[4] 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.

Background[edit]

Chris Brown was born on May 5, 1989, in Tappahannock, Virginia, where he started it out as a rapper, until Brown took pride in his singing. In 2002, at the age of 13, he was discovered at his father's gas station by the production team (who was looking for a new local talent). In August 2004, Brown adapted the stage name as "C-Syzle", along with T.J. attracted some attention towards Tina Davis (who was the Def Jam Recordings's senior A&R executive), while they were auditioning in front of the Island Def Jam's own CEO Antonio "L. A." Reid.[5][6] Reid later offered to sign both of them, however, Brown claimed Allen has became "greedy" during this negotiations that has been prolonged for over two months.[5][6] Davis advised Brown not to sign the deal.[5] Davis later lost her job, due to restructuring, after the merger of Island Def Jam and Roc-A-Fella Records.[7] On the same day, Brown hired her as his manager and moved in into her New Jersey's home.[5] After weeks of label searching, Brown signed a deal with Jive Records (noted: this is label that is known for spanning these great careers of these pop and R&B artists, such as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and R. Kelly, during on the Christmas Eve on 2005).[6][8] At the time, he dropped out of tenth grade at his Essex High School in Virginia, in favor of tutoring. Brown began recording his new debut album at Miami, Florida, with Mark Pitts (who is the Jive's A&R), who he helped Brown signed to the label. During at the time, he has finished recording over an amount of 50 songs, before signaling that these final 14 tracks have been chosen to be included on his first album. The production on the album was processing for over eight weeks.[9] The album was initially titled Young Love, however, with that idea for the album title has been discarded as being "too kiddie".[10]

Music[edit]

"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.'"[11] "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.'"[11]

Singles[edit]

His official debut single from the album, "Run It!" was released on June 30, 2005. The song features guest vocals from an American rapper Juelz Santana, with the production that was handled by a high-profile hip hop producer Scott Storch. Its been receiving within a continuous airplays (also topping on the airplays for the Billboard Hot 100), while it was reaching at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for over five weeks. The single was preceded by Kanye West's "Gold Digger", and succeeded by Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us". The song also topped it on the Billboard's Pop 100.

The album's second single, "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" was released on December 13, 2005. The song's production was handled by the duo Dre & Vidal. The song became Brown's yet another top 10 hit in his career.

The remix to "Gimme That", which features guest vocals from a fellow American rapper Lil Wayne, was released as the album's third single on May 7, 2006.

The album's fourth single, "Say Goodbye" was released on August 8, 2006. The song's production was handled by Bryan-Michael Cox. The song peaking at number 10 in the United States.

The album's fifth and final single, "Poppin'" was released on November 21, 2006. The production on this track was handled by Dre & Vidal. The song has been charted top 40 outside the United States.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 154,000 copies.[12] The album was a certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[13] As of April 2011, the album has sold 2.1 million copies in the United States alone[3] from an overall 3 million copies worldwide.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"  
Eddie Hustle 0:56
2. "Run It!" (featuring Juelz Santana)
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
3:49
3. "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"   Dre & Vidal 3:49
4. "Young Love"   3:38
5. "Gimme That"  
  • Storch
  • Garrett
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
3:06
6. "Ya Man Ain't Me"  
  • The Underdogs
  • Dixon*
3:34
7. "Winner"  
4:04
8. "Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me)"  
  • Warren "Oak" Felder
  • Zhang Fuquan
  • Garrett
  • Garrett
  • Oak*
3:23
9. "What's My Name?" (featuring Noah) Cool & Dre 3:52
10. "Is This Love?"  
  • Dawkins
  • Dixon
  • Mason, Jr.
  • Russell
  • Thomas
The Underdogs 3:17
11. "Poppin'"  
  • Austin
  • Harris
  • Davis
Dre & Vidal 4:25
12. "Just Fine"  
  • Brown
  • Daniel Glass
  • Lance Bennett
  • Mike Winans
  • Peter Zora
  • Shannon "Slam" Lawrence
  • Bennett
  • Winans
  • Lawrence
3:52
13. "Say Goodbye"  
  • Cox
  • Dean
  • Shropshire
Cox 4:49
14. "Run It! (Remix)" (featuring Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri)
  • Dupri^
  • Storch
  • LRoc*^
  • Garrett*
4:04
15. "Thank You"  
  • Brown
  • Tina Davis
  • Lamont "LA" Fleming
  • Shea Taylor
Taylor 4:27
16. "Gimme That (Remix)" (featuring Lil Wayne)
Storch 3:56
Total length:
55:44
  • (*) Denotes co-producer.
  • (^) Denotes additional producer.
Samples credits

Promotion[edit]

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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Album Charts[14] 57
Austrian Albums Chart[15] 66
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[15] 47
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 47
European Top 100 Albums[16] 42
French SNEP Albums Chart[15] 51
German Albums Chart[15] 31
Irish Albums Chart[15] 71
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[15] 8
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 18
UK Albums Chart[15] 29
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[17] 4
US Billboard 200[18] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 1
US R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[19] 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[20] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Chris Brown – Chris Brown". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Chris Brown – Chris Brown". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Chris Brown in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
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