Royalty is Chris Brown's seventh studio album that was released on December 18, 2015 by RCA Records.
- Back To Sleep 3:21
- Fine By Me 3:28
- Wrist 3:14
- Make Love 3:50
- Liquor 3:47
- Zero 3:34
- Anyway (featuring Tayla Parx) 3:31
- Picture Me Rollin' 3:13
- Who's Gonna (Nobody) 4:33
- Discover 4:25
- Little Bit 2:45
- Proof 4:01
- No Filter 3:06
- Little More (Royalty) 4:20
- Day One 4:07
- Blow It In The Wind 4:08
- KAE 3:34
- U Did It (featuring Future) 3:33
On June 25, 2015, Chris Brown announced that his seventh album would be released during the autumn of 2015. The day after the announcement, he released the album's lead single, titled "Liquor."
On August 22, 2015, Brown revealed on his Twitter, that this new album will be titled "Royalty", in honor of his daughter, Royalty Brow.
On October 16, 2015, he has revealed the album cover, portraying Chris with Royalty in his arms in a black and white picture.
During an interview with Hot 97, Brown explained the significance of the title, saying: "The album is called "Royalty" because it represents where I’m at right now in my life, and my daughter is the biggest part of my life."
"Royalty" is mainly an R&B album, with some songs heavily influenced by funk, trap and PBR&B music.
The opening track, "Back to Sleep" is an R&B slow jam that features beats and minor influences of funk and pop music, reminiscent of Marvin Gaye's 1982 song "Sexual Healing."
"Fine by Me" is an EDM, disco and R&B song that was inspired by 80's music.
"Wrist" is a trap song with some heavy influences from R&B and hip hop music.
"Make Love" is a slow jam that has a pure R&B style, inspired by 90's music.
"Liquor" is an R&B song that features heavy influences from psychedelic and soul music.
"Zero" is a disco and funk song that was compared by some critics to the work of American band Chic and French electronic music duo Daft Punk.
"Anyway" is a dance-pop song which features an auto-tuned chorus sung by Tayla Parx.
"Picture Me Rollin’" is a g-funk and old school hip hop song, which features influences by west coast rap
"Who's Gonna (Nobody)" is an R&B song that samples "Nobody" performed by Keith Sweat featuring Athena Cage, and "My, My, My" performed by Johnny Gill.
"Proof" and "Discover" are PBR&B songs with painful lyrics about breakup.
"No Filter" is a disco and funk song.
"Day One" is a trap and PBR&B song, with a dark tune and fast rapping, where Brown's voice is auto-tuned.
"KAE" is a PBR&B song dedicated to Brown's ex-girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
"U Did It" is a slow R&B song which features some electronic elements.
"Royalty" debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 184,000 equivalent copies. It was also streamed 17.3 million times during its first week.
As of March 2016, the album has sold 360,000 copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA for combined album sales, on-demand audio, video streams, track sales equivalent of 500,000 units.
"Royalty" received mixed reviews from music critics.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 5 reviews.
Allmusic editor Andy Kellman expressed a mixed response saying that the album "is designed more to please Brown's devout fans than illustrate growth", and called it a qualitative step back from previous solo album, "X."
Los Angeles Times's Mikael Wood expressed a positive response, and complimented the music on the album as "a convincing bad-guy energy that’s all the more potent for its sweet, often luscious textures".
Complex's Michael Arcenaux expressed a negative response, describing the album as a "mistake" and calling it a "directionless mess", saying that "Chris Brown has all the components to be excellent, he’s a decent singer with a nice tone, a proven songwriter, and an excellent performer, but rarely is that reflected on his albums".
Mike Pizzo of Las Vegas Weekly said that on the album Brown "doesn’t attempt to make a cohesive album, but looks to solidify his position by producing another handful of radio-ready cuts, attempting to satisfy multiple audiences at once."
Brad Wete of Billboard praised the album's sound, but he was dissatisfied towards its lyrical content, saying: "Admittedly, a rich 26-year-old bachelor’s life is full of romps with women and wild nights. Fame, access, and talent bring those with ease. This seems to be an art imitating life thing. But if and when Brown ascends to the next level, it likely will be because he starts talking about the morning after. It’s time for him to wake up."
Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX on his review has expressed the same concepts of Brad Wete's review, saying that "While showing progression on Royalty, Chris Brown still is quite far from being the best man and artist that he can be."