PLAYLIST: 10 Years Of Chris Brown

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Chris Brown’s sixth studio album Royalty comes out Friday, a decade after his self-titled debut. The once a small-town kid with big dreams is performing his music across the world and has become an international icon in popular music in a matter of a decade. The 26-year-old singer is one of the leading forces of new school R&B, adding elements of pop, hip-hop and soul to create his signature sound. He’s arguably one of the top male R&B artists.

It seems like it was only yesterday when Brown was doing small shows for local radio stations. One of the earliest memories was a string of Back to School concerts for a radio morning show. He was just a teen then but his captivating performance wowed his teen and young adult audience with much less fan-fare than he has now.

Brown’s rise to fame was almost instant. His debut single “Run It,” released in 2005, blew up on the Billboard charts, peaking at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 38 weeks.

The bubbly teen pop-star would skyrocket from there, eventually performing several major tours and selling out major arenas like Madison Square Garden in New York and Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Brown has successfully conquered the urban and pop music landscape with countless hits and unforgettable gems. To become an icon one has to grow as an artist. Brown has proven his staying power with a diverse discography of songs that show his evolution.

Rated R&B breaks down Brown’s ten year career and how the songs make him a music icon:

Freshman Hits

Chris Brown’s self-titled debut album made him a global superstar. His first single “Run It” catapulted him ahead of some of his competition at the time. His follow-up singles from his debut album were also huge hits. With “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” Brown cleverly campaigns for his potential lovers heart and he commands the dance floor king title on “Gimme That.”

Pop Smashes

Brown began exploring a different sound on his 2007 album, Exclusive. His crossover hit “With You,” which was a blend of pop and urban sounds, was arguably one of the top pop ballads of that year. That was just the beginning. From there, Brown released a bunch of dance tracks that flew straight to the top of Billboard and transformed him into a singing and dancing icon. His new songs “Zero” and “Fine By Me” are already taking over pop airwaves.

Club Bangers

Brown eventually graduated from teen singer to king of the club records as time went on. “Deuces” shot to number one on the R&B charts and was one of his first big collaborations with his rapper friend Tyga. It definitely took him into a new phase of his career and laid the groundwork for other major club tracks like “Loyal” and “Look At Me Now.”

Smooth R&B Tracks

Chris Brown’s staying power has always been the fact he nails the smooth R&B jams along with the club records. He is able to bridge the gap between throwback R&B cuts and new school beats on records like “She Ain’t You,” “Take You Down” and his fresh track “Back To Sleep.”

Chris Brown has become an icon in popular music after a decade of ruling the music scene. Listen to our playlist of Chris Brown’s top hits:

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Trevor Jackson Shares New Song ‘NightTime’

The freaks come out at night. Actor/singer Trevor Jackson is back with his new single “NightTime.” Over a smooth production, Jackson sings about a woman who brings out his inner animal late at night.

“Said she wanna see me in the night time yeah / She know I’m a beast in the night time yeah / Call me anytime like a lifeline yeah / Say less, the whip now I’m in it, I be on my way in a minute,” Jackson sings.

“NightTime” is expected to appear on the 21-year-old’s debut album, Mrs. Jackson, which is scheduled to release in the first quarter of 2018.

Listen to “NightTime” below.

Chris Brown Releases Deluxe Edition of ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’

Seriously, how much music does Chris Brown have on his hard drive? After dropping his 45-track album Heartbreak on a Full Moon on Halloween, the Virginia native returns with a deluxe edition.

The updated version includes 12 new songs (a total of 57 tracks) with guest appearances from Ella Mai, Agnez Mo, Trippie Redd and Solo Lucci.

Brown teased fans on Tuesday night with a cryptic message on Twitter.

Stream the deluxe edition of Heartbreak on a Full Moon below.

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