Heartbreak on a Full Moon

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Heartbreak on a Full Moon
Chris Brown - Heartbreak on a Full Moon.png
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 31, 2017
Recorded2015–2017
Genre
Length158:33
LabelRCA
Producer
Chris Brown chronology
Royalty
(2015)
Heartbreak on a Full Moon
(2017)
Indigo
(2019)
Deluxe edition cover
Cuffing Season: 12 Days of Christmas
Cuffing Season: 12 Days of Christmas
Singles from Heartbreak on a Full Moon
  1. "Grass Ain't Greener"
    Released: May 5, 2016
  2. "Party"
    Released: December 16, 2016
  3. "Privacy"
    Released: March 24, 2017
  4. "Pills & Automobiles"
    Released: August 4, 2017
  5. "Questions"
    Released: August 16, 2017
  6. "Tempo"
    Released: February 6, 2018

Heartbreak on a Full Moon is the eighth studio album by American singer Chris Brown. The album is a double-disc, consisting of 45 tracks, and was released digitally October 31, 2017, and onto CD three days later by RCA Records.[2] Brown for the album worked with several producers, including Boi-1da, D. A. Doman, Scott Storch, A1, Polow da Don, Amadeus and many others. The album also features some guest appearances by urban artists, including R. Kelly, Usher, Gucci Mane and Future.

The album received positive reviews from music critics, that celebrated the record's lyrical and sounding concept, its length, and its introspective lyrical content, considering it as one of the most ambitious albums of its time. The album was defined as one of the best ones in Brown's catalogue.[3]

One week after its release Heartbreak on a Full Moon was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States, and Brown became the first R&B male artist that went gold in a week since Usher's Confessions in 2004.[4] The album has been certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The album was anticipated by numerous snippets, that hyped the project's release since early 2016, by six official singles; including "Grass Ain't Greener", "Party", "Privacy", "Pills & Automobiles", "Questions", and "Tempo", and the promotional singles "High End" and "Hope You Do".

Background and recording

Brown started working and recording tracks for the album a few weeks before the release of Royalty, his seventh studio album, in late 2015. He continued working on the album during 2016 and 2017, also during two tours, the European leg of the One Hell of a Nite Tour and The Party Tour. Brown also built a recording studio inside of his home to record several songs for the album.[5][6][7] The only record of the album that has been made before its actual making is the bonus track "Reddi Wip", which dripped over from his previous album Royalty. The recording of the album eventually ended in August 2017, with "Rock Your Body" being the last one made for the project. Brown said about the album that he wanted to outdo expectations, explaining the concept for the album in August 2017 during an interview for Complex. saying:

I thought Heartbreak on a Full Moon was a depiction of what my soul wanted to say. It's funny because we're doing a double album. I've done so many records, but all of the records, to me, are personal favorites and I feel like it gets what I want to say across. It gives a vibe. You get nostalgia or you get a sense of individuality.[8]

Brown said during an interview for radio Hot 97 that, in contrast to his precedent album Royalty which he described as a "representation of where i was in my life at that point", Heartbreak on a Full Moon would've been his "artistry album", saying that the album would've been his most introspective one as well,[9] explaining its lyrical content, saying:

While making this album i was everything, i was ashamed, embarrassed, selfish, hateful, vindictive, but also sweet, loving, caring, vulnerable. I was sensitive. So on Heartbreak on a Full Moon i wanted to give my heart on my sleeve, depicting with my art every single aspect of what i felt[10]

Artwork

The cover art for the album was announced on October 5, 2017. It consists of a pink moon with a graphic of an actual heart organ on top of it.[11] The pink moon represents the themes of the album, which are predominantly directed to girls, in love, breakup and sex songs, also talking about police brutality and the dark side of fame, while the blood-dripping human heart, with the blood that dripping becomes ink, represents the raw heartbroken feelings of the singer, that are poured into the lyrics of the majority of the album.[12]

Music and lyrics

Heartbreak on a Full Moon is an R&B album, with a sound that has been described as dark and passional, with songs like "Lost & Found", "This Ain't", "Nowhere" or "Paradise" representing it, and "horror-themed" in various songs such as "Pull Up", "Party", "Sensei" or "High End".[13] The album also includes songs with different influences, mainly from hip-hop, but also from dancehall ("This Way", "Confidence", "I Love Her", "Rock Your Body", "Questions"), trap ("Sensei", "Pills & Automobiles", "High End"), soft rock ("Enemy", "No Exit"), and pop ("Bite My Tongue", "If You're Down", "Frustrated").[14] Brown performances on the album often switch from his R&B singing to one final rapped verse in several tracks.

The lyrical content of the album starts with the opening track "Lost & Found", branching out in a plot that poetically and explicitly tells the pain of the heartbreak caused by a woman dependent on the good life, being sung in perspective to the direct interested.[15] Throughout the album the lyrics depict the pain of the singer reflected on his thoughts and feelings, and how he tries to escape it with parties, sex, drugs. On the songs "Everybody Knows" and "Hurt the Same", the singer angrily accuses the woman he loved for being insensitive and ungrateful, while he apologizes for his actions that hurted her on songs like "Enemy", "Tough Love" and "Even". On "This Ain't" the singer tries to have a love relationship with another woman, but realizes that their relationship is just sex with no love involvement. On tracks like "Sip", "Hope You Do", "Pull Up" and "Pills & Automobiles" he finds himself in intimate situations with girls, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. After all the details of what's been on his feelings and what he's done after his breakup, on the last track, "Yellow Tape", he reflects on how he can't handle no more the pain of his heartbreak, and how his excessive lifestyle can't numb his pain, ending up killing himself.[16]

Release and promotion

On January 10, 2016 Brown had previewed 11 unreleased songs on his Periscope and Instagram profiles, showing him dancing and lip-synching these songs.[17][18][19] Later in January, February and March 2016, he released videos on his Instagram profile where he was lip-synching snippets from the unreleased songs "Lost and Found",[20] "Sip", "Notice"[21] and "Dead Wrong".[22][23][24] In March he performed some of the previewed songs live during his concert in Madrid.[25] On April 27 through Twitter, he announced the release of a new single on May 5.[26][27][28] On May 3 he revealed that the single would've been the already previewed "Grass Ain't Greener", showing its cover art and announcing it as the first single from a new album titled Heartbreak on a Full Moon.[29] The single was released on May 5, 2016, the day of Brown's 27th birthday, but it was originally not included on the album's first announced track listing, then it was re-included on the official tracklist as the a bonus track when the album was available for pre-order.[30]

On July 7, 2016, after 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers, Brown released on his SoundCloud page two piano ballads, "My Friend" and "A Lot of Love", saying that the songs are "released for free for anybody dealing with injustice or struggle in their lives."[31][32] On August 31, 2016, less than 24 hours after being released from jail on charges of suspicted assault with a deadly weapon, Brown released on SoundCloud the song "What Would You Do?".[33]

In November and December 2016, he released videos on his Instagram profile where he was lip-synching snippets from other unreleased songs: "Surprise You", "My Way", "To My Bed", "Classic You",[34] "Technology",[35] "Post & Delete",[36][37] "No Exit", "Secret",[38] and "Yellow Tape".[39][40]

On December 16, 2016, he released the second official single from the album, "Party", that features guest vocals from American R&B singer Usher and rapper Gucci Mane. On January 4, 2017 Brown had previewed two snippets on his Instagram profile from the songs "Privacy" and "Tell Me Baby", then in February announced that "Privacy" would have been released as the next single from Heartbreak on a Full Moon.[41] The single was released on March 24, 2017.[42] Later in April he previewed the songs "Flex On You" and "I Love Her", playing them in some club appearances[43]

The initial track listing was announced by Brown on his Instagram account on May 2, 2017, saying that it would have been a double-disc album, and that it would have been released in June 2017.[44] On June 10, in short videos that showed the working of the official photoshoot for the album, snippets of the songs "Daylight Savings" and "Hangover" were shared on social media.[45] In the first days of June 2017 46 songs discarded from Brown's recent past works, and even few rejected tracks from "Heartbreak on a Full Moon", were leaked, most of them were unfinished versions while several were demos supposed to be for other artists.[46][47] On June 7, 2017, during the interviews at the premiere of his own documentary, "Welcome To My Life", Brown announced that the album release date had been posticipated to midsummer. Later that same month he released a video on his Instagram account of himself in the studio playing a snippet from the song "On Me".[48][49] Later that same month he previewed the song "Frustrated" by performing it at some clubs.

In July 2017 he announced the pending release of upcoming singles from his album.[50] Later on August 4, 2017, he released the album's fourth single "Pills & Automobiles", that features guest vocals from American trap artists Yo Gotti, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Kodak Black.[51] Then on August 14, 2017 he announced the release of the fifth official single from the album, "Questions", on August 16, announcing the album release date, saying that it would be released on October 31, 2017.[52]

In the run up to the album's release, on October 5, 2017, Brown unveiled the official artwork on his Instagram profile, sharing a video with an animated cartoon-style visual of a blood-dripping human heart set against a pink full moon, with a snippet of the song "Heartbreak on a Full Moon" in the background.[53]

On October 13, 2017 Brown released the promotional single "High End", that features guest vocals from American trap artists Future and Young Thug, announcing the final tracklist of the album.[54][55] On October 25, 2017 Brown organized with Tidal a free pop-up concert in New York City to perform the singles on the album and promote it for his core fans.[56][57] A couple days before the dropping of the album, Brown partnered with Spotify's Rap Caviar for a special segment where he painted the album's cover, mostly from dancing around the canvas.[58]

The album, after its release, gained lots of attention and headlines from numerous specialized and not-specialized journalistic newspapers and blogs.[59]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[13]
Driftwood4.5/5 stars[60]
HipHopDX3.1/5[61]
Vulture.com4/5 stars[62]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[63]
The Boombox5/5 stars[64]
The Register-Guard4.5/5 stars[65]

The album was widely acclaimed from critics. AllMusic editor Andy Kellman called Heartbreak on a Full Moon "artistically conservative", and praised the "mesmerizing horror-themed sound" of some of the album's songs, like "Pull Up" and "Sensei".[13] Rolling Stone's Vinson Vnyzy found "Rock Your Body", "You Like", "No Exit", "Paradise" and "Tough Love" to be its best moments, writing that "Chris Brown, in my opinion, is at his best when he sings about falling in or out of love. The lyrics are more poetic and powerful than when he sings about clubbing or sex. On this album he does both, but he merges both in a legitimate way."[66] Craig Jenkins of Vulture.com said that the album is "one of the most ambitious albums of his era", implying that "the album's first disc mixes peppy, dirty sex jams with moody revenge anthems that engage some of Brown's most grating tendencies as a performer, while the second reckons more humbly with depression.".[67] The Register-Guard's Melanie Sims praised the amplitude of genres on the album saying that "Brown's sound has always been the sum of varying genres, each one sending him to the top of one chart or another. That said, with Heartbreak on a Full Moon, Brown performs like a one-man streaming service, and he's got hits on every channel", also praising the introspective and deep lyrics of songs like "Lost & Found" and "Yellow Tape"[68] HipHopDX editor Scott Glaysher called the album "incredibly long", praising the productions on songs like "Lost & Found", "This Way" and "Frustrated", but calling "monotonous" the singles "Tempo" and "Questions".[69]

Ariell Reed from Driftwood wrote that the album "exceeds expectation", praising the lyrical production on songs like "Paradise", "Tough Love" and "Everybody Knows", saying that the best song on the album is the last one, "Yellow Tape", stating that the project "outdo expectations and push boundaries".[70] The Boombox editor Prezzy praised the sound of the album, defining it as "a dark passionate mood", as well as its length, saying that "in an age where attention spans are shorter, simply having the gall to entertain creating an album with 40 songs on it takes a certain amount of gall, but Chris Brown defies the odds with Heartbreak on a Full Moon, an album that manages to maintain its high-quality despite the sheer quantity of music", stating that Heartbreak on a Full Moon "will go down among the most ambitious albums of its time".[71]

Commercial performance

After selling 25,000 copies and earning 68,000 album-equivalent units within three days, Heartbreak on a Full Moon debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, becoming Brown's ninth consecutive top 10 album on the chart.[72] The album was Brown's seventh solo album to debut at number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[73] On November 8, 2017, Heartbreak on a Full Moon was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States (in this case, 250,000 double album sets, which are double-counted by the RIAA). Brown became the first R&B male artist that went gold in a week since Usher's Confessions in 2004.[4] In its second chart week, the album remained at number three on Billboard 200, with 73,000 album-equivalent units.[74] In Australia, it entered the ARIA Albums Chart at number five, becoming his first top ten in the nation since X in 2014.[75] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart, Brown's sixth non-consecutive top 10 album on the chart.[76] The album was eventually certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales of over 60,000 copies in the UK.[77] In New Zealand, the album debuted at number three on the RMNZ Albums Chart, giving Brown his seventh top ten album on the chart.[78] Until June 2018, the album has accumulated over 3 billion streams worldwide.[79]

The good commercial performance of the album was based on streaming, as explained by Forbes

With 45 songs on its tracklist, Heartbreak on a Full Moon stands to collect quite a hefty sum in regards to streaming equivalent albums. Instead of 150 people listening to a ten-song record all the way through counting as one, Brown only requires about 33 people to hang on through the entire project. That's asking a lot, but it's not out of the question. Between his biggest fans and those who will put the piece on and let it fade into the background, it's highly possible that many thousands of people will stream the album in full, and those numbers will add up quickly.[80][81]

By the end of 2017, the album has sold over 608,000 album-equivalent units in the US, with over 80,000 being pure sales, it finished as the country's 36th-most overall consumed album of the year.[82]

In 2018, Heartbreak on a Full Moon was ranked as the 28th most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200.[83] With 25,000 copies sold and 618,000 album-equivalent units earned in the US throughout 2018, it finished as the country's 44th most overall consumed album of the year.[84]

Tour

On March 27, 2018, Chris Brown announced an official headlining concert tour to further promote the album titled Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour. The tour began on June 19 in Auburn, at White River Amphitheatre. He was supported by 6lack, H.E.R., Rich the Kid, and Jacquees.[85][86]

Track listing

Production credits were adapted from RCA's official website.[87]

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lost & Found"Christopher Brown
  • J-Bo
  • Xeryus G
4:01
2."Privacy"
  • Brown
  • Jim Stewart
D. A. Doman3:40
3."Juicy Booty" (featuring Jhené Aiko and R. Kelly)4:33
4."Questions"
  • Pip Kembo
  • B Ham
  • A1
2:09
5."Heartbreak on a Full Moon"
  • Brown
4:06
6."Roses"
  • ISM
  • A1
3:24
7."Confidence"2:57
8."Rock Your Body"Brown
2:42
9."Tempo"
  • Brown
  • Sean Momberger
Momberger3:38
10."Handle It" (featuring Dej Loaf and Lil Yachty)
  • Swiff D
  • Pigliapoco[b]
4:41
11."Sip"
  • Brown
  • Nicholas Ramsahoye
  • Bentley III
3:17
12."Everybody Knows"Brown
  • Tariq Beats
  • Cabbin
3:08
13."To My Bed"
  • Brown
  • Austin Owens
4:33
14."Hope You Do"
  • ISM
  • A1
4:41
15."This Ain't"
  • Foreign Teck
  • OZ
  • Tariq Beats
2:58
16."Pull Up"
  • A1
  • Tariq Beats
2:22
17."Party" (featuring Gucci Mane and Usher)
3:40
18."Sensei" (featuring A1)
  • Brown
  • Bentley III
2:36
19."Summer Breeze"
  • Prince Chrishan
  • Txpski
  • A1
4:00
20."No Exit"Brown
  • Don City
  • Beck
3:20
21."Pills & Automobiles" (featuring Yo Gotti, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and Kodak Black)
  • OG Parker
  • Smash David
  • The Martianz
4:52
22."Hurt the Same"BrownD. A. Doman3:29
Total length:78:47
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."I Love Her"Brown
  • Amadeus
  • Trilogy
2:18
2."You Like"
  • Amadeus
  • Chizzy
  • B Ham
2:26
3."Nowhere"BrownMel & Mus3:13
4."Otha Niggas"
  • Brown
  • Benton Harbor
  • Foreign Teck
  • Vontae Thomas
  • Cratos[b]
2:59
5."Tough Love"Brown
4:04
6."Paradise"BrownCam Wallace3:49
7."Covered in You"Brown
  • Ayo
  • Keyz
  • P2J
3:22
8."Even"
  • Brown
  • Julian Ray
  • Yoftahe Zewdu
Laney Stewart3:59
9."High End" (featuring Future and Young Thug)Richie Souf3:22
10."On Me"Brown
  • Amadeus
  • The Breed
2:32
11."Tell Me What to Do"BrownD. A. Doman3:26
12."Frustrated"Brown
  • ADP
  • Daecolm Holland
3:14
13."Enemy"
  • Storch
  • Diego Ave[a]
3:46
14."If You're Down"
  • Brown
  • Daecolm Holland
  • ADP
  • Scribz
3:21
15."Bite My Tongue"
  • Brown
  • Daecolm Holland
  • Daecolm Holland
  • Moon Willis
2:58
16."Run Away"4:10
17."This Way"Brown
  • JMike
  • T-Collar
4:02
18."Yellow Tape"Brown
  • Amadeus
  • Velocity Music
4:41
Total length:61:42
Heartbreak on a Full Moon (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
19."Reddi Wip"
  • Evans
  • Burnett
  • Jandre Amos[a]
4:28
20."Hangover"Brown
  • Amadeus
  • The Breed
2:46
21."Emotions"
Billboard2:22
22."Only 4 Me" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign and Verse Simmonds)
  • Danja
  • Qkauztion
  • Verse Simmonds
5:07
23."Grass Ain't Greener"Nikhil3:21
Total length:79:46
Deluxe edition (Cuffing Season: 12 Days of Christmas) bonus tracks[88]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Don't Slow Me Down"
  • Brown
  • Bentley III
  • Cardiak
  • Hitmaka
2:32
2."On Purpose" (featuring Agnez Mo)
Bell2:47
3."Hands Up"
  • Brown
  • Jawan Shelton
  • Beazy Tymes
  • Charlie Handsome
2:27
4."Same Shit"Brown
4:09
5."Trust Me"Brown
  • Amadeus
  • Velocity Music
  • Dr. O[c]
3:26
6."Let Shit Go"
  • Brown
  • John McGee
  • Gittens
  • OG Parker
  • SK
  • Xeryus G
2:56
7."I Wanna"
  • Brown
  • Bentley III
A12:35
8."Water"
  • Brown
  • Paulo Rodriguez
  • Geoffrey Earley
  • Toni Romiti
  • P-Lo
  • Geoffro Cause
4:07
9."Yoppa" (featuring Trippie Redd)Brown
  • Amadeus
  • Velocity Music
  • Dr. O[c]
3:03
10."Get Off"
  • Brown
  • Stephens III
  • Amadeus
  • Chizzy
  • B Ham
3:16
11."This X-Mas" (featuring Ella Mai)
  • Brown
  • Owens
  • Foye III
  • Charles Hinshaw Jr.
4:09
12."Secret" (featuring Solo Lucci)
  • Brown
  • Michael Dorsey
  • Amadeus
  • Velocity Music
  • Dr. O[c]
3:55
Total length:39:22

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies an uncredited co-producer

Sample credits

Personnel

Credits for Heartbreak on a Full Moon adapted from Allmusic.[91]

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[127] Gold 35,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[128] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[129] Platinum 15,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[130] Gold 100,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[131] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

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

See also

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