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Chris Brown Ready For “X” Album And Is Open About Past

Chris Brown On NBC's "Today" Show

Chris Brown On NBC's "Today" Show

[New York, NY – April 1, 2013] – Multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter CHRIS BROWN has released “Fine China,” the lead single and video from his highly anticipated new album, X, due out later this year on RCA Records. The song, which will be available on all digital service providers tomorrow, can be heard here: and fans can watch the video. Fans in New York City can also watch the “Fine China” video on the Times Square Jumbotron throughout day beginning at 9:00am ET.

Rolling Stone hailed “Fine China” as “vintage King-of-Pop falsetto over elastic bass and swinging Eighties funk grooves, it’s a hype combination of futuristic and throwback, blended with decidedly old-school romance.” MTV called “Fine China” “an instantly infectious heartbreak song,” adding, “the hard-hitting bass line carries Brown’s aching voice through a mesmerizing melody.” Yahoo! lauded “Fine China” as “a soulful, 1970’s-inspired track” and said that it’s “Brown’s most musical sound to date.” Ebony praised the song for being “a lush and infectious tune reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall.”

Brown, who co-wrote “Fine China” with Sevyn Streeter, Eric Bellinger and Roccstar, told Billboard , “I wanted to touch musically on Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke and incorporate those influences with the new.”

Brown and director Sylvain White recently shot the “Fine China” video, which USA Today called “a lavish cinematic treatment with a dazzling mashup of martial arts choreography and dance moves.”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Brown discussed the new album, saying, “For this album you get a chance to take a journey with me and listen to every dynamic of who I am, whether it be the subject matter or the substance in the records.”

X sees Brown re-teaming with Diplo (Usher, Britney Spears), who worked on 2011’s F.A.M.E, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and earned Brown a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. The production team includes Grammy-winning producer Timbaland (David Guetta, Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas) and Danja (Mary J. Blige, P!nk), both of whom worked on 2012’s chart-topping album Fortune, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and earned Brown a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

Fortune was an international blockbuster, earning Brown his first-ever No. 1 on both the U.K. and Netherlands Top Albums charts, as well as career-best chart debuts in Ireland and France (both No. 4), Japan (No. 5), Canada (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 10) and Germany (No. 13). Fortune also dominated as the No. 1 album on iTunes’ U.S. Albums chart, with first-time chart-topping finishes in the U.K., Australia, Japan and New Zealand. It was also iTunes No. 1 R&B/Soul Album in 22 countries.

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