American singer, songwriter, dancer Chris Brown has released his new single, “Call Me Every Day”, featuring Nigerian singer and songwriter Wizkid.
Chris Brown, who has been called the “King of R&B” by several of his peers, is, per Billboard’s count, one of the most successful R&B singers of his generation.
Chris Brown’s musical style has been defined as polyhedric, with his R&B being characterized by several influences from other genres, mainly hip hop and pop music.
Chris Brown’s lyrics develop predominantly over themes of sex, romance, fast life, desire, regret, and emotional conflict. Brown has gained a cult following and wide comparisons to Michael Jackson for his stage presence.
In 2004, Chris Brown signed with Jive Records, and released his self-titled debut studio album the following year, which sold 154K copies in the first week, and was later certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
With his debut single “Run It!” peaking atop the Billboard Hot 100, Brown became the first male artist since 1995 to have his debut single top the chart. His second album, Exclusive (2007), reached an even bigger commercial success worldwide, and it spawned his second Billboard Hot 100 number one “Kiss Kiss”.
Chris Brown pled guilty to felony assault of his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna in 2009. In the same, year he released his third album, Graffiti, which was considered to be a commercial failure compared to his previous works.
Following Graffiti, Chris Brown’s fourth album F.A.M.E. (2011), which became his first album to top the Billboard 200. The album contained the commercially successful singles: “Yeah 3x”, “Look at Me Now” and “Beautiful People”, and earned him the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. His fifth album, Fortune, released in 2012, also topped the Billboard 200.
Following the releases of X (2014) and Royalty (2015), his 2017 double-disc album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, consisting of 45 tracks, was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units after one week, and was later certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Chris Brown’s ninth studio album Indigo was released in 2019, also debuted atop on the Billboard 200. It included the Drake featured track “No Guidance” which reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 and broke the record for the longest-running number one on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.
Its chart success was outdone with the single “Go Crazy” released the following year, alongside Young Thug as part of their collaborative mixtape Slime & B (2020).
Chris Brown has cited a number of artists as his inspiration, predominantly Michael Jackson. Brown emphasizes “Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer”.
In “Fine China”, he exemplifies Jackson’s influence both musically and visually as Ebony magazine’s Britini Danielle asserted that the song was “reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall”.
Choreographically, MTV noticed that it “takes distinct visual cues from classic clips like ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Beat It'”, while Billboard complimented his appearance by calling it “a modern way to channel the King of Pop”.
Usher is also another influence who comes across as a more contemporary figure for Brown. He tells Vibe magazine “He was the one who the youngsters looked up to. I know that we, in the dancing and singing world, looked up to him”, and maintains “If it wasn’t for Usher, then Chris Brown couldn’t exist”.
Other influences include Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Ginuwine, Phil Collins, Bobby Brown and R. Kelly. When it comes to his rapping he cited Naughty by Nature, Tupac, Lil’ Wayne and Rakim as the rappers he’s inspired by.
Music critics have commended Brown’s introduction to R&B, recognizing his versatility, and considering him an evolver of the genre. His musical style has often been defined as polyhedric. Lyana Robertson of Vibe says “As traditional R&B flourished around him, the young singer began an evolution of the genre”.
Describing the Grammy Award winning F.A.M.E. as “his most diverse offering to date”, she remarked “There was no level of musical flexibility comparable. There still isn’t.” F.A.M.E. is considered to be the album that defined Brown’s musical style and persona.
Chris Brown is considered to be, by a big part of critics and general public, the biggest R&B artist of the 2010s, with Andy Kellman of AllMusic crediting him as the “spearhead” of the genre during the period.
Brad Wete of Billboard said that his sixth album X showcased “the height of his musical talents”, while cultural critic and media personality Joe Budden defined his 2017 album Heartbreak on a Full Moon as “one of the greatest things ever happened to R&B music”.
Chris Brown possesses a light lyric tenor voice, which spans three and a half octaves, rising from the bass to its peak at the soprano. His vocal ability was first recognized by his mother at a young age, as Brown tells People magazine.
“Take You Down” most notably earned him a Grammy award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2009.
Chris Brown has sold over 197 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists. He is also one of the highest-grossing African American touring artists of all time.
Chris rown has the most Billboard Hot 100 entries of any male singer in history. Brown was also ranked third on Billboard’s top R&B/Hip-Hop artists of the 2010s chart.
Throughout his career, Brown has won several awards, including a Grammy Award, eighteen BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and thirteen Soul Train Music Awards.