Chris Brown (album)

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Chris Brown
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Studio album by Chris Brown
Released November 29, 2005
Recorded January 2005 – May 2005
Genre R&B
Length 55:44
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] 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 was born on May 5, 1989, in Tappahannock, Virginia, started 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 a production team, who was looking for local talent. In August 2004, Brown, who had adapted the stage name "C-Syzle" 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 in 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] On the same day, Brown hired her as his manager and moved in into her New Jersey's 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 2005.[7][5] He also dropped out of tenth grade at his Essex High School in Virginia, in favor of tutoring. Brown then began recording the album in Miami, Florida with Mark Pitts, the Jive's A&R, who has signed Brown to the label. At that point, they have recorded about 50 songs, going into his first album. 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 "Run It!" featured rapper Juelz Santana and was produced by Scott Storch. 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 was preceded by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx's "Gold Digger", and was succeeded 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), the remixed version of "Gimme That" featuring rapper Lil Wayne, and the fourth single "Say Goodbye" 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]

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. "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"   Dre & Vidal 3:49
4. "Young Love"   3:38
5. "Gimme That"  
  • Brown
  • Storch
  • Garrett
  • Storch
  • Garrett*
6. "Ya Man Ain't Me"  
  • The Underdogs
  • Dixon*
7. "Winner"  
8. "Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me)"  
  • Brown
  • Warren "Oak" Felder
  • Zhang Fuquan
  • Garrett
  • Garrett
  • Oak*
9. "What's My Name?" (featuring Noah) Cool & Dre 3:52
10. "Is This Love?"  
  • Brown
  • Dawkins
  • Dixon
  • Mason, Jr.
  • Russell
  • Thomas
The Underdogs 3:17
11. "Poppin'"  
  • Brown
  • 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
13. "Say Goodbye"  
  • Brown
  • Cox
  • Dean
  • Shropshire
Cox 4:49
14. "Run It! (Remix)" (featuring Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri)
  • Dupri^
  • Storch
  • LRoc*^
  • Garrett*
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:
  • (*) 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
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[15] 4
US Billboard 200[16] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[16] 1
US R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums (Billboard)[17] 4


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[18] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 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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