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Chris Brown is Chris Brown's self-titled debut album that was released on November 29, 2005 by Jive Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Intro 0:57
  2. Run It! (featuring Juelz Santana) 3:50
  3. Yo (Excuse Me Miss) 3:49
  4. Young Love 3:38
  5. Gimme That 3:07
  6. Ya Man Ain't Me 3:35
  7. Winner 4:05
  8. Ain't No Way (You Won't Love Me) 3:24
  9. What's My Name (featuring Noah) 3:52
  10. Is This Love? 3:17
  11. Poppin' 4:25
  12. Just Fine 3:52
  13. Say Goodbye 4:50
  14. Run It! (Remix) (featuring Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupri) 4:04
  15. Thank You 4:28
  16. Gimme That (Remix) (featuring Lil Wayne) 3:56

Album BackgroundEdit

After weeks of label searching,Chris Brown signed a deal with Jive Records on Christmas Eve of 2004; at the time, he dropped out of 10th grade at his Essex High School in Virginia, in favor of tutoring.

Brown began recording his new debut album at Miami, Florida, with Mark Pitts, a Jive A&R representative who helped Brown sign to the label.

Brown worked on 50 songs before coming to a final 14 tracks to be included on his first album. The album was initially titled "Young Love"; however, with that idea for the album title has been discarded as being "too kiddie".

CompositionEdit

"Run It!" takes place in a party setting, with Brown explaining, "It's really a guy checking for a girl, or a girl checking for a guy...asking to see if they can run it. If they can be eligible to be your girlfriend, boyfriend, whatever. 'Let me see if you can run it; show me what you got.'"

"Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" discusses the first conversation someone has with a girl: "Fellas, first thing they say when they see a girl is 'Yo! Yo!'. I'm saying it like that, but technically not like that. She takes my breath away, all I can say is 'Yo, let me just talk to you for a minute. Chill with me for a minute.'"

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Chris Brown" debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 154,000 copies. It was certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 2 million copies.

As of April 2011, the album has sold 2.1 million copies in the United States and over 3 million copies worldwide.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Allmusic called Chris Brown "a refreshing presence, a high-schooler who's neither as family friendly as Will Smith nor as comically vulgar as Pretty Ricky."

Rolling Stone wrote: "The rest of his debut is less provocative — full of puppy-love heartache and doe-eyed laments about being too young to hit the club, Chris Brown is innocuous enough for the Teen People set, which is part of the problem. Brown’s voice suggests both Usher and a young Jacko, but his charms are often lost in the album’s plush, listless production and undercooked songs."

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