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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Willie Taylor Releases New Song ‘Naked’ featuring Jeremih

Valentine’s Day may be over but love is still in the air. Willie Taylor of Day26 teams with his cousin Jeremih for a sexy new track titled “Naked.” The title of the track is pretty self-explanatory. The two sing about an intimate night with a love interest.

“Enough with the drunk talk, we already faded / And right now these clothes are overrated, can I take them off?” Taylor sings.

Jeremih comes towards the end of the track and sings about recording his session. “Camera’s on don’t you act funny on me / Booty so stupid, go dummy on it / Throw it back, I’ma throw money on that,” he sings.

Listen to “Naked” below.

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6LACK Shares New Song ‘Cutting Ties’

Not everyone has a Valentine today. 6LACK shows love to Team Single with his new song “Cutting Ties.” On the dark track, 6LACK breaks up with his girlfriend, further stating he just needs to be alone.

“I been tryna balance all this on my plate / I ain’t tryna be lying to your face / You can do better than that / Something I need to share before you rest here / I know that you gave your best here / But I can’t figure out what’s next here,” he sings on the OZ-produced cut. He continues, “When it comes to cutting ties, girl, I’m like a pro.”

6LACK went on Instagram to confirm the song is for those who are not in a relationship. “If you have a valentine good for you, if you don’t this for you,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Cutting Ties” is the first song 6LACK has released in 2018. The song follows his collaborative track with Timbaland, “Grab The Wheel,” which was released last December.

Listen to “Cutting Ties” below.

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