About The Artist
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The Exclusive on 'Exclusive'
Brown's new record, 'Exclusive,' is a grand affair. Armed with the music industry's best songwriters and most prolific producers, Brown traveled across the country to record the new disc. He told us: "The album was recorded everywhere from L.A. to New York to D.C. to Miami to Virginia - everywhere. It's just me going everywhere." So, what's the significance of the title? What about 'Exclusive' will fans find special? Explains Brown: "I made this album directly for my fans. I didn't want to do an album for the critics. I wanted the people who support me, who go and buy my posters, who buy my albums, and everybody else in the world who supports me. This is exclusively theirs."
What's on this Playa's Playlist
Whether he's layering his silky vocals over a smooth ballad or rapping on a dance track, Brown's music often defies categorization. A man with many tastes, he's equal parts R&B, pop, hip-hop and dance - and he likes it that way. We asked Brown about the specific musical influences he had while growing up in Virginia: "The music that my parents listened to? They actually listened to a lot of older songs, like Bon Jovi, Sam Cooke, The Isley Brothers. Just a lot of different things. I listened to that and I listened to a lot of stuff my sister listened to. She listened to the boy pop bands - stuff like the Backstreet Boys. I used to listen to all her stuff because she used to force the radio! I think I got a sense of being able to be eclectic and liking a lot of different stuff."
Actor. Singer. Dancer. Spokesman. (Brown recently loaned his face and voice to fall's Rocawear men's fashion campaign.) It's hard to pigeon-hole this eclectic entertainer because Chris Brown does it all. The ambitious superstar has even publicly stated that like his idol, Michael Jackson, his goal is to become the world's greatest star. It's possible: With his trademark moves and powerful voice, 'Exclusive' continues the evolution of the accomplished Chris Brown. Go get a copy of 'Exclusive' - in Wal-Mart stores nationwide!
-The Crew at Wal-Mart Soundcheck
- Christopher Maurice Brown was born on May 5, 1989
- Born and raised in Tappahannock, Virginia, Chris is a natural entertainer. He's been dancing since he was 2 years old.
- He was 'discovered' at age 13 at his father's gas station. Impressed by his raw talent and powerful voice, the talent scouts convinced Chris to eventually up and move to New York and pursue a career in entertainment.
- Chris is an actor. He's made television appearances on UPN's 'One on One,' 'The O.C.,' 'Sesame Street' and 'The Brandon Jackson Show.' The busy performer made his movie debut in 'Stomp the Yard' and will appear in the upcoming feature film, 'This Christmas.'
- He's a charitable guy. Brown is an active supporter of Math-A-Thon, a school-based fundraiser for a prominent children's hospital.
- He's inspired by his idol, Michael Jackson. Since the beginning of his career, critics have pointed out distinct comparisons between Brown and the multi-talented legendary entertainer.
Produced by Swizz Beatz and Sean Garrett, Chris begins the set with a sleek cut (and the first single) from the new album, 'Exclusive.' Showcasing a more mature, polished sound, 'Wall to Wall' challenges the pitfalls of newfound fame and the effects of success on his romantic life. Perhaps as homage, 'Wall to Wall' ends with an eerie laugh that's reminiscent of 'Thriller,' and the Vincent Price's closing cackle.
The third single from Chris Brown's double-platinum debut is our second exclusive track. With its infectious hook and string accompaniment, 'Gimme That' highlights Brown's silky vocals and equally impressive dance steps. Written by Sean Garrett and produced by Scott Storch, 'Gimme That' is a provocative tune that takes a walk on the wild side. It also echoes the greatness of his idol, Michael Jackson. (The clip for 'Gimme That' was inspired by 'Smooth Criminal,' a critically acclaimed Jackson video.)
Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
"Just let her know she was made for you," croons Brown in this high-energy dance number. Pumping with a driving beat and an infectious hook, the second single from Brown's debut opus was designed for the clubs. Produced by Dre and Vidal, Yo (Excuse Me Miss) is a late-night serenade that spotlights Brown's charismatic chords.
"Is ya man on the floor?" He sure is - and there's no better way to end our Soundcheck set than with this upbeat groove. A Billboard 100 No. 1 debut single, 'Run It!' was Brown's runaway success, climbing to the top of the charts in the U.S., Australia, Japan and New Zealand. Produced by Scott Storch, 'Run It!' features provocative lyrics that wink at the listener. Moving in seamless sync with his talented backup dancers, Brown delivers a show-stopping performance that ends the set on a high note.