X (Chris Brown song)

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"X"
X Like Me.jpg
Song by Chris Brown
from the album X
ReleasedAugust 25, 2014
Genre
Length4:20
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"X" is a song by American recording artist Chris Brown, taken from his sixth homonym studio album X (2014), and was released as an instant-gratification track alongside the album pre-order on iTunes on August 25, 2014.[1] It was written by Brown, Diplo, Djemba Djemba, RoccStar, Dewain Whitmore, Jr. and Sevyn Streeter. Musically, "X" is a song that unites R&B and soul vocals with a dance beat. The song contains lyrics about Brown forgetting a failed relationship with a woman. "X" received critical praise from music critics, which praised the maturity of the lyrics and his production. Following the release of X, as a result of the strong digital downloads, the song charted on multiple charts worldwide; it peaked at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 26 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, number 63 on the French Singles Chart, number 12 on the UK Singles R&B Chart, number 81 on the UK Singles Chart and number 75 on the Australian Singles Chart.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"X" is a song that unites R&B and soul vocals with an EDM beat, with an instrumentation provided by a roland TR-808 and synthesizers.[2] In the song Brown sings over a soft beat before transitioning into a more up-tempo sound.[3] In the song, Brown says that he's forgetting a failed relationship with a woman, as he sings, "I swear to god i'm moving on!", admitting his past errors singing "I deal with my pain like a lonely child".[4] Music critics speculated that the lyrics were about Brown's former relationships with aspiring American model and fashion designer Karrueche Tran and Barbadian recording artist Rihanna.[5]

Reception[edit]

"X" received critical praise from music critics. Miranda J. of XXL gave a positive review saying that in the song Brown "speaks of maturing and accepts his role in recent events, over the soft beat before transitioning into a more up-tempo sound".[6] Brad Wete of Billboard called the song "Brown's most honest song", saying also that "it's safe to say that this is a man who knows he's got to get his life together and has to prove to himself and others".[7] Slant Magazine's Alexa Camp felt that "X" was "an admirable attempt to take responsibility for his anger-management issues" from Brown, speculating that the lyrics were about Brown's relationship with Barbadian recording artist Rihanna.[8] Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX wrote that "Brown emphatically stating that “[he] swears to god he’s moving on!” is either an amazing kiss-off to well documented on again/off again flame Rihanna, or an angry note to on again/off again mate Karrueche Tran".[9]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 75
France (SNEP)[11] 63
Lebanon (Lebanese Top 20)[12] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 81
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[14] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 98
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brown, Chris. "Download X on @iTunesMusic today!". Twitter.
  2. ^ http://hiphopdx.com/reviews/id.2343/title.chris-brown-x
  3. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/reviews/2014/09/chris-brown-x-album-review/
  4. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/chris-brown-x
  5. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/chris-brown-x
  6. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/rap-music/reviews/2014/09/chris-brown-x-album-review/
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/6251517/chris-brown-x-track-by-track-review
  8. ^ http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/chris-brown-x
  9. ^ http://hiphopdx.com/reviews/id.2343/title.chris-brown-x
  10. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20140905-1108/ARIAIssue1279.pdf
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Brown,Chris – X" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "The Official Lebanese Top 20 - Chris Brown". The Official Lebanese Top 20. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.

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