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Chris Brown Channels Michael Jackson on New Single from “F.A.M.E.”

Chris Brown "She Ain't You" Jive Records/JLG

Chris Brown "She Ain't You" Jive Records/JLG

No matter how much trouble or controversy that may surround him in his personal life, it appears that in his music career Chris Brown can do no wrong. His latest album, F.A.M.E. (Fans Are My Everything/Forgive All My Enemies) debuted at the top of multiple Billboard charts. The album also features  5 top 10 single from a variety of charts, two of which reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart. (“Deuces” and “Look At Me Now”)

Now Chris is borrowing from two R&B classics to add another hit to his resume. F.A.M.E.‘s latest single is the mid-tempo, “She Ain’t You.” Out of all the tracks on the album, this one will be able to grab the ear of fans of all ages. This is because the Free School produced track samples two songs traced back to the king of Pop, Michael Jackson. The song samples a 1993 R&B smash hit, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix) by SWV. Of course just as the title of that song indicates, SWV’s Teddy Riley produced track samples Michael Jackson’s 1983 single, “Human Nature” from his blockbuster album, Thriller.

SWV included Jackson on their remix because it was included on the soundtrack for the 1993 film Free Willy, a compilation that was released by Michael’s MJJ Music and Epic Records. Michael sang new background vocals that signified his Thriller hit. On Chris’ “She Ain’t You” that same background vocal is imitated, but this time it is performed by his Jive Records label mate, Seven of the group, RichGirl. The song also further samples SWV’s mix more because Chris signify’s the chant that was performed by a young Pharrell Williams at the time. Just as Pharrell would say “S, S, double, double, U, U, V, V,” Chris says,” She, Ain’t, She Ain’t You, No She Ain’t She Ain’t You”

It is hard to tell if Chris Brown’s single would even compare to the massive success found by both SWV and Michael Jackson with the “Human Nature” sound, but history proves that it is one of MJ’s most popular, even when just sampled in new songs. “Human Nature” was the 5th single released from Thriller in 1983,. With that said, It still was able to reach number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary  chart, and number 27 on the R&B singles chart.

SWV’s remix of “Right Here” with the “Human Nature” sample recieved massive exposure being included in the credits to Free Willy. The song followed the soundtrack’s lead single, “Will You Be There”, also performed by Michael Jackson.  It topped the Rhythmic Top 40 Charrt, became one of the longest running R&B number one hits of 1993, and also reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100!

So far Chris Brown’s “She Ain’t You” has peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Chart. All also reports that it is beginning to break at Rhythm radio and is already getting early adds at Pop radio across the country. It is a refreshing sound away from the Dance sound of Pop radio of today,. One thing is  for sure about the motivation behind Chis’ sample of “Human Nature” for “She Ain’t You”, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, it is a good song!

Chris Brown

“She Ain’t You”

(Additional vocals by Seven of RichGirl)

From F.A.M.E.

Jive Records/JLG


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(Additional Vocals By Michael Jackson & Pharrell Williams)

“Right Here (Human Nature Remix)”

From Free Willy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

 1993 MJJ/Epic/RCA Records

Michael Jackson

“Human Nature”

From Thriller

1983 Epic Records/CBS

Michael Jackson & The Cleveland Orchestra

“Will You Be There”

From Free Willy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

1993 MJJ/Epic Records