Zero (Chris Brown song)

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Single by Chris Brown
from the album Royalty
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2015
FormatDigital download
Chris Brown singles chronology
"Play No Games"
Music video
"Zero" on YouTube

"Zero" is a song by American recording artist Chris Brown from his seventh studio album Royalty. It was released as a single on September 18, 2015, by RCA Records.[1]

The song received positive reviews from music critics who noted it as one of the album's highlights, and celebrated its production, praising his ’80s sound including the use of talk box. The song peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Composition and lyrics[edit]

"Zero" is a disco-funk song.[2][3][4][5] The song was compared by some critics to the work of American band Chic and French electronic music duo Daft Punk.[4][5][6] The funk elements are heard in the bass line and in the rhythm of the electric guitar in the chorus.[7] A factor that is reminiscent of Daft Punk songs is the presence of a robotic voice edited with the vocoder in some parts of the song. Lyrically, in the song Brown sings about how he does not care about his break up with his ex-girlfriend, as he sings, "Ask how many nights I've been thinking of you, zero".[8][9][10] Some critics speculated that the lyrics were dedicated to Brown's ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran.[11]

Cover artwork[edit]

The cover artwork is similar to artwork used in the 1985 manga City Hunter. The layout is practically identical with only minor variations such as skin tone.[8][12] RCA does not give attribution for the song's artwork.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

"Zero" received positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic editor Andy Kellman called the song a "disco-funk throwback replete with talkbox", noting some irony in writing, recording, and releasing a song bragging about not thinking of an ex.[2] Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX said that the song and "No Filter", another song from Royalty, "pack in all of the aforementioned Rodgers’ chugging grooves from Chic’s “Good Times,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” into one production".[14] Mike Pizzo of Las Vegas Weekly praised his sound, but was not thrilled towards its lyrical content saying "it’s hard not to nod your head to the cheesy ’80s grooves of “Fine by Me” or “Zero,” even if the message is endlessly eye rolling."[15] Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine praised the song saying that "“Zero” similarly has a pretty good neo-disco aesthetic, with warm synth washes and some genial Vocoder noodling, things that remind works from Daft Punk's Random Access Memories".[4]

Music video[edit]

On August 7, 2015 a few images from the music video shoot were released online.[16] On August 27, 2015, Brown uploaded a teaser for "Liquor/Zero" on his Instagram.[17] The music video premiered on September 22, 2015, along with "Liquor" as one video.[18]


The music video for "Liquor/Zero" was directed by Brown.[19] In the “Zero” part of the video, Brown returns home after a long night and finds a girl he’s been seeing throwing his clothes off a balcony because she did not know where he was. Rather than get into an argument, Brown decides to gather his boys and go out, and after he dance starting in an alley and moves his way into a laundromat with his crew before taking the stage at downtown theater. At the end of the video there is a cameo by Dan Bilzerian.[20][21]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Zero" (Explicit) — 3:33
  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Zero" (Clean) — 3:30


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2015–16) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[22] 25
Belgium Urban (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[24] 33
France (SNEP)[25] 181
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 68
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 80
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[28] 33
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[29] 1
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[30] 8


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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  12. ^ "Chris Brown's 'Zero' Artwork Sure Looks Familiar". Kotaku. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
  13. ^ "Chris Brown - Official RCA Website". RCA Records. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
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  16. ^ "Chris Brown Shoots 'Liquor' Video". Rap-Up. August 7, 2015. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "Watch a Sneak Peek of Chris Brown's 'Liquor' Video". Rap-Up. August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
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  20. ^ "Dan Bilzerian & Chris Brown in the same video for Brown's "Liquor/Zero"". September 22, 2015.
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  22. ^ " – Chris Brown – Zero" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  23. ^ " – Chris Brown – Zero" (in Dutch). Ultratop Urban. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  24. ^ " – Chris Brown – Zero" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 17, 2015.
  25. ^ " – Chris Brown – Zero" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  26. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  27. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  28. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  29. ^ "Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - November 28, 2015". Billboard. 2015-11-28. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  30. ^ "Chris Brown Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  31. ^ "American single certifications – Zero". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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