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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Khalid Shares New Song ‘OTW’ Featuring 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign

Khalid teams up with his R&B colleagues 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign for his new single titled “OTW.” On the slow banger — produced by Nineteen85, Idan Kalai and Brian Alexander Morgan — the R&B gents sing about how they will always be there for their love interest.

“Put it in drive, I’ll be outside, I’ll be on the way / I’ll be on the way / You can meet me in five, I’ll be all night, I’ll be all day,” Khalid sings on the chorus.

Dolla $ign adds, “Come with me on this mission (ooh yeah, ooh yeah) / Riding down the coast (ooh yeah).”

6LACK comes in on the third verse. “You tryna make a move / Tonight I got the time, tell me what you wanna do,” he sings.

“OTW” follows Khalid’s duet with Normani, “Love Lies,” which has over 171 million streams on Spotify. It is also his first solo single since 2017’s “Young Dumb & Broke” from his debut album, American Teen.

Listen to “OTW” below.

Traci, Toni, Towanda and Trina Braxton Unite on New Song ‘Broken Things’

Traci Braxton enlists her sisters Toni Braxton, Towanda Braxton and Trina Braxton for her new song titled “Broken Things.”

On the heartfelt tune, which was originally teased on Braxton Family Values in 2016, the sisters sing about putting their pride aside to end the “cold war” that’s going on between them. “Who can fix these broken things? / Who can put us back together now that we’re undone?” they sing.

Last month, Toni released her first album in eight years, Sex & Cigarettes, which included her hit single “Long As I Live.” Meanwhile, Traci is gearing up to release her sophomore album later this year, which will feature “Broken Things.” The album will follow her 2014 project Crash and Burn. 

Listen to “Broken Things” below.

Stream Mýa’s’ New Album ‘T.K.O. (The Knock Out)’

Just one-day shy of her self-titled debut album’s 20th anniversary, Mýa releases her eighth album T.K.O (The Knock Out).

The album includes 12 tracks with guest appearances from rappers and musicians GoldLink, AGuyNamedCliff and MyGuyMars. Mýa T.K.O. also includes her previously released tracks “Damage,” “Ready for Whatever,” “Ready, Pt. II” and “You Got Me.”

T.K.O (The Knock Out) will follow Mya’s 2016 album, Smoove Jones, which was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Tomorrow (April 21) marks the 20th anniversary of Mya’s self-titled debut album. The platinum-selling LP featured two top 10 singles: “Movin’ On” featuring Silkk The Shocker and “It’s All About Me” featuring Sisqo.

Stream T.K.O (The Knock Out) below.

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