Indigo (Chris Brown album)

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Indigo
Chris Brown - Indigo.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 28, 2019[1]
Recorded2017–2019
Studio
  • Calabasas Sound
  • CBE
  • Lyons Estates
Genre
Length123:08
LabelRCA
Producer
Chris Brown chronology
Heartbreak on a Full Moon
(2017)
Indigo
(2019)
Singles from Indigo
  1. "Undecided"
    Released: January 4, 2019
  2. "Back to Love"
    Released: April 11, 2019
  3. "Wobble Up"
    Released: April 18, 2019
  4. "No Guidance"
    Released: June 8, 2019
  5. "Heat"
    Released: June 20, 2019
  6. "Don't Check on Me"
    Released: June 25, 2019

Indigo is the ninth studio album by American singer Chris Brown, released on June 28, 2019, by RCA Records.[1] The album marks his second double album and serves as the follow-up to Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017).

Six official singles have been released from Indigo thus far: "Undecided", "Back to Love", "Wobble Up", featuring Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy, "No Guidance", featuring Drake, "Heat", featuring Gunna and "Don't Check on Me", featuring Justin Bieber and Ink. The album became Brown's third US number-one album and first in seven years, since Fortune (2012).

Background[edit]

In December 2017, soon after releasing Heartbreak on a Full Moon, Brown showed that he was already working on new songs teasing a "Michael Jackson-inspired" song on his Instagram profile, filming a video from his studio and playing the song supposedly called "Vampire Vibe".[3][4] In 2018 he posted various snippets of new unreleased songs, showing that he was working on a collaboration mixtape with Jacquees, on another collaboration mixtape with Joyner Lucas, and on his album, rumored to be called Indigo, which he later said would be a 30-track album in reference to his 30th birthday.[5][6]

Release and promotion[edit]

In January 2019, Brown announced a new deal with his label RCA Records, becoming one of the youngest artists to own his masters at age 29.[7] Indigo was announced as the first album on this deal, with the release of the first single "Undecided" on January 4, 2019.[8] Brown stated in an Instagram post that his new album would not be as lengthy as Heartbreak on a Full Moon and would focus on "energy, love, light, and happiness", saying that it reminds him of his previous albums Chris Brown, Graffiti and F.A.M.E..[9]

He later previewed and released the second official single from the album, "Back to Love", on April 11, 2019, getting a positive response from fans and critics.[10][11][12] The following week he released the third single from the album, "Wobble Up", featuring Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy,[13] announcing that the album is expected to be released in June, also confirming a summer tour with Nicki Minaj.[14] In an announcement made on May 2, 2019, Brown announced the list of artists he had been working with for the album, including Nicki Minaj, Tory Lanez, Tyga, Justin Bieber, Juicy J, Juvenile, H.E.R, Tank, Lil Jon, Lil Wayne, Joyner Lucas, Gunna and Drake. Some of these collaborations were surprising to the media, especially Drake, due to their public feud that lasted for several years.[15][16][17][18]

He later revealed the artwork of the album and its track list between May and June 2019.[19][20] On June 8, Brown released "No Guidance" featuring Drake as a single.[21] It debuted at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Chris Brown's 15th top-ten song, and becoming his highest charting song as a lead artist since 2013's "Loyal" as well.[22]

Artwork[edit]

The cover art for the album was revealed on May 14, 2019, along with the back cover. The front cover artwork was designed by graffiti artist Saturno and features a purple-haired Chris Brown in space, surrounded by fictional monsters and flying saucers, while the back cover, designed by visual artist Jeff Cole, continues the supernatural theme with a levitating body over a pyramid.[23]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AOTY46/100[24]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX2.9/5[25]
Slant Magazine1.5/5 stars[26]

The album received mixed reviews from critics. Trent Clark of HipHopDX praised the album for its nostalgic sound and the numerous collaborations, especially with H.E.R. and Drake, but criticized its perceived disorganization as well as for the long duration.[25] In a positive review, Urban Islandz wrote that "The "No Guidance" singer already proven himself to have the Midas touch when it comes to making hit records and that’s why artists from all over the music industry clamor to get a Chris Brown feature."[25]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic stated that "Not quite as extravagant as the preceding Heartbreak on a Full Moon, Chris Brown's tenth album is merely two hours in length. That still allows more than enough space for the singer to sufficiently cover each one of his modes. Pleasure-seeking club tracks, entitled slow jams, tormented ballads, and yearning pop-R&B love songs -- the last of which still match up best with his voice, virtually unchanged during the last decade -- are all plentiful."[2] Alexa Camp of Slant Magazine stated that "Indigo is lean compared to 2017's interminable 45-track Heartbreak on a Full Moon, but the album's lumbering pace and homogeneity overshadow even its few gems."[26]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Indigo debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 108,000 album-equivalent units, which included 28,000 pure album sales in its first week, making it his third number-one album in the country.[27] The album also accumulated 97.95 million on-demand audio streams in the United States for its track list of 32 songs.[27] In its second week, the album remained in the top ten and fell to number three, earning just under 50,000 album-equivalent units.[28]

In Australia, the album opened at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart, becoming Brown's sixth top-ten album in the country.[29] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart, Brown's seventh top-ten album on the chart.[30]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[31][32]

Disc 1[33]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Indigo"
3:12
2."Back to Love"
  • Brown
  • Cameron Wallace
  • Nathan Perez
  • Atia Boggs
  • Keith Thomas
  • Mark Pitts
Cam Wallace3:41
3."Come Together" (featuring H.E.R.)3:54
4."Temporary Lover" (featuring Lil Jon)Dem Jointz3:17
5."Emerald / Burgandy" (featuring Juvenile and Juicy J)
  • Part 1 produced by Storch
  • The Rascals
  • Soundz[b]
    Part 2 produced by OG Parker
  • Hitmaka
  • Romano
6:39
6."Red"
  • Brown
  • Xeryus Gittens
  • Oliver Goldstein
  • Nima Jahanbin
  • Paimon Jahanbin
  • Luis Martinez, Jr.
  • Pigliapoco
  • Anthony D'Annunzio
3:38
7."All I Want" (featuring Tyga)
3:33
8."Wobble Up" (featuring Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy)J.R. Rotem3:41
9."Need a Stack" (featuring Lil Wayne and Joyner Lucas)
5:28
10."Heat" (featuring Gunna)
Buddah Bless3:52
11."No Guidance" (featuring Drake)
4:22
12."Girl of My Dreams"
Snipe Young3:22
13."Natural Disaster / Aura"
  • Brown
  • Pigliapoco
  • Donameche Jackson
  • Parker
  • Derrick Beck
  • Samuel Jimenez
  • Williams
  • Coby
  • Part 1 produced by OG Parker
  • Smash David
  • Romano
  • Soundz
    Part 2 produced by Don City
  • Soundz[b]
5:03
14."Don't Check on Me" (featuring Justin Bieber and Ink)
  • Brown
  • Boggs
  • Sheldon Ferguson
  • Pigliapoco
  • Ink
  • Sheldon Ferguson
3:24
15."Sorry Enough"
4:25
Total length:61:28
Disc 2[33]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
16."Juice"
3:25
17."You Like That"
  • Brown
  • Bentley
  • Coby
  • Stephens III
  • E. Joseph
  • Turner, Jr.
  • Jordan George
  • Anderson
  • A1
  • Chizzy
  • Soundz
3:04
18."Troubled Waters"
3:13
19."Take a Risk"
  • Brown
  • Antwan Thompson
  • Michael DiMuro
  • Pigliapoco
  • Amadeus
  • DiMuro
3:32
20."Lurkin" (featuring Tory Lanez)
Rich Skillz2:49
21."Trust Issues / Act In"
  • Part 1 produced by Ayo
  • Keyz
  • Marco Mavy
  • Ford
    Part 2 produced by Cossom
  • July the Producer
4:58
22."Cheetah"
  • Brown
  • Floyd Bentley
  • Charles Stephens III
  • Ellaina Joseph
  • Bobby Turner, Jr.
  • Jordan George
  • Lyrica Anderson
  • A1
  • Chizzy
2:35
23."Undecided"
  • Storch
  • Avedon[a]
3:05
24."BP / No Judgement"
  • Brown
  • Dwan Avery
  • Orlando Williamson
  • Damon Thomas
  • Filip Gezin
  • Marcus Boyd
  • Taylor Wenck
  • Donye'a Goodin
  • Akinlolu
  • Tristan Rice
  • Shawn Atkins
  • Robert Norman
  • Jacob Paul Turner
  • Rick Cunningham
  • Garrett Thomas Corbran
  • Jamal Gaines
  • Part 1 produced by DY
  • Gezin
  • Onlyxne
    Part 2 produced by Williamson
  • Thomas
6:20
25."Side Nigga"
  • Brown
  • Angelo Arce
  • Michael Washington
  • N. Jahanbin
  • P. Jahanbin
  • Jimenez
  • Nicholas Baker
  • Troy Ambroff
  • Pigliapoco
  • D'Annunzio
  • Ervin Garcia
  • Wallis Lane
  • Smash David
  • Nick Fouryn[a]
  • Ambroff[a]
3:55
26."Throw It Back"J.R. Rotem3:06
27."All on Me"
  • Brown
  • Young
  • Coby
  • Pigliapoco
  • Nowee
  • Snipe Young
  • Soundz
3:51
28."Sexy" (featuring Trey Songz)
D. A. Doman4:18
29."Early 2K" (featuring Tank)
  • Storch
  • Avedon[a]
3:46
Total length:51:57
Bonus tracks[33]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
30."Dear God"
  • Brown
  • Pigliapoco
  • Jimenez
Smash David4:02
31."Part of the Plan"
  • Brown
  • Bentley
  • Stephens III
  • Ishmad Montague
  • Jack Jones
  • E. Joseph
  • Turner, Jr.
  • George
  • Anderson
  • A1
  • Chizzy
  • ISM
  • Jones
3:03
32."Play Catch Up"
  • Brown
  • Jimenez
  • Pigliapoco
  • Coby
  • Jacob Austin
  • Stith
  • Smash David
  • Soundz[a]
  • Dave Sava6e[c]
3:00
Total length:62:02

Notes

  • The physical edition adds “Let's smoke” as the track 29
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[c] signifies an uncredited co-producer
  • ^[d] signifies an uncredited additional producer
  • "Indigo" and "Heat" features uncredited vocals by Tank
  • "Trust Issues" features uncredited vocals by Sage the Gemini
  • "Juice" features background vocals by Tone Stith
  • "Undecided" features background vocals by Felicia Ferraro

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[31][32]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[35] 3
Australian Urban Albums (ARIA)[36] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[37] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[38] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[39] 101
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[40] 2
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[41] 8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[42] 11
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[43] 47
French Albums (SNEP)[44] 29
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[45] 31
Irish Albums (IRMA)[46] 23
Italian Albums (FIMI)[47] 60
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[48] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[49] 13
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[50] 11
Scottish Albums (OCC)[51] 37
South Korean Albums (Gaon)[52] 76
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[53] 23
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[54] 9
UK Albums (OCC)[55] 7
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[56] 1
US Billboard 200[57] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[58] 1
US Rolling Stone Top 200[59] 1

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