Exclusive is the second studio album by American recording artist Chris Brown. It was released on November 6, 2007, by his record label CBE, along with Jive Records, distributed by Zomba Group. The album was served as the follow-up to his multi-platinum selling debut album Chris Brown (2005).
The album was both critically and commercially successful, when the album debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 295,000 copies within the first week. The album was supported by five singles, including three Billboard Hot 100, which was successful in music markets, entering the top 20 amongst other charts worldwide. The album has earned double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States; in worldwide sales it stands at three million copies. The album ranked number 34 on Rolling Stone 's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.
On June 3, 2008, Exclusive was re-released, when it has expanded into a double-disc deluxe edition; including a counterparts from the DVD, which was also released, featuring behind the scenes footage and music videos from his tour.
"Wall to Wall" was released as the album first single on May 28, 2007. It reached only number 79 in the Billboard Hot 100, due to no digital release. "Kiss Kiss" which features rap from T-Pain was released as the album second single on September 11, 2007, following the non-success of the first single. The single had a big success in the U.S., reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 6 on the Canadian Hot 100, also reaching the top ten in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Following "Wall to Wall" and "Kiss Kiss", "With You" was released on December 4, 2007 in the United States as the album's third single, and the second single in most international music markets. It has since become one of the highest-charting singles of Brown's solo career, entering foreign music markets where previous efforts failed to chart on. It has reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. The first single from the re-release, "Forever" debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 due of its high digital sales, but dropped quickly due to the lack of sales in the following weeks, but it then re-entered the top ten again after airplay increase and has peaked at number 2. On June 22, 2008, Fearne & Reggie revealed on the UK chart show on BBC Radio 1 that 3 tracks from the "Exclusive" album appeared in the top 40, 2 of which on the top ten. "With You" at number 35, "No Air" with Jordin Sparks at number 2, and "Forever" at number 5.
Exclusive received generally favorable reviews from critics, scoring 69 out of 100 based on 11 reviews on Metacritic. Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone said that “It's been a long stretch between Usher albums — long enough for Chris Brown to build a whole career, growing from a temporary substitute to an undeniably major pop star. He seals the deal with Exclusive, an all-grown-up album on a level with Justin Timberlake's Justified, Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad or even Bobby Brown's King of Stage, and gave the album three and a half out of five stars.
Neil Drumming from Entertainment Weekly rated the album as B- said that, "Like his onscreen (This Christmas) character, Brown is most charming when he's playing up his youth: singing of MySpace romance, meeting his girl's 'pops,' and such". But he also said, "sadly, Brown's adolescent voice and playful scatting — while cute — are steamrolled by pushy collaborators, whether it's those Stargate guys (Ne-Yo, Rihanna) falling back on that ol' guitar noodling, or T-Pain milking his vocoder. Ease back, people, and let the boy sing". However, Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine criticized the unoriginality of the album, writing, "...there's still nothing very 'exclusive' about Exclusive at all." Michael Arceneaux of PopMatters wrote, "Exclusive seems aimless, an album where Brown is doing what he’s told versus being the anchor of his own ship."
The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 294,000 copies in the United States. As of March 2011, the album has sold 1,973,000 copies in the United States, and became a certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2008, the album was ranked as the number 13 biggest-selling album by Billboard.
At the 2008's Grammy Awards, Exclusive was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" for "Kiss Kiss", a collaboration with T-Pain. However, the award was given to the 2007 rival single, "Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z. The album also nominated for a NAACP Image Awards in a category for "Best Album", while Chris himself won for "Best Male Artist". At the 2008's BET Awards, Chris received 4 nominations in four categories, including "Best Male R&B Artist", "Best Collaboration" for "Kiss Kiss", and "Viewer’s Choice" for "Kiss Kiss" and "No Air", his duet with Jordin Sparks.
Chris Brown On Tour (Documentary)
Completing the Forever Edition package is a bonus DVD with a special montage of performances from his recent Up-Close & Personal sold-out tour and never before seen behind the scenes footage. Being a guest of the Keyshia Cole Just like You sold-out tour.
There are two versions of the Forever Edition, one with the DVD and one without. These are sold separately. In UK, only the CD edition is available. However, in many countries (e.g. Germany, Australia) both editions are available.