X (Chris Brown album)

X is the sixth studio album by American singer Chris Brown. It was released on September 16, 2014, by CBE Entertainment and RCA Records. The album serves as the follow-up to his fifth album Fortune (2012).[1][2] Brown for the album worked with several producers, including RoccStar, Danja, Nic Nac, Diplo and others. The album also features guest appearances by various urban artists, including Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Trey Songz, Tyga, Rick Ross, Brandy, Lil Wayne, Jhené Aiko and Aaliyah.

X
Chris Brown X.jpg
Standard edition cover. Deluxe edition features a yellow X.
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)
Recorded2012–2014
Studio
Various
GenreR&B
Length60:16
Label
Producer
Chris Brown chronology
Fortune
(2012)
X
(2014)
Fan of a Fan: The Album
(2015)
Singles from X
  1. "Fine China"
    Released: March 29, 2013
  2. "Don't Think They Know"
    Released: June 17, 2013
  3. "Love More"
    Released: July 16, 2013
  4. "Loyal"
    Released: December 19, 2013
  5. "New Flame"
    Released: June 30, 2014

The release date of the album was delayed several times due to RCA's choices and the singer's legal problems throughout the last months of 2013 and the first half of 2014. Initially, the album release was set for July 16, 2013, then for August 20, 2013, then for May 5, 2014, and finally released on September 16, 2014. X was preceded by five singles: "Fine China", "Don't Think They Know", "Love More", "Loyal" and "New Flame". The album's fourth single "Loyal" became its most successful, by peaking at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at number 10 in the United Kingdom. Pushing the promotion for the album further, Brown performed and appeared at several televised music events and music festivals across the United States.

The working of the album started in 2012 and ended in August 2014. The album's aesthetics feature a black and white imagery, handled by Brown himself along with art director Courtney Walter. X is an R&B album, also containing songs influenced by disco, soul and hip-hop. Its lyrical content focuses on falling in love, internal conflict and sexual desire. The album received positive reviews from critics, who celebrated Brown's performances, the record's clean and diversified sound, and the writing style of different songs. The album was considered a big improvement compared to its critically panned predecessor Fortune. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for the Best Urban Contemporary Album, while "New Flame" was nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

Commercially, the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 selling 146,000 copies in its first week, becoming his first album to miss the summit of the chart since Graffiti (2009) and his third album to go to number two on the chart overall following Exclusive (2007). It also became his sixth consecutive top ten debut in the United States. By the end of 2015, the album had sold 404,000 copies in the United States. It has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

BackgroundEdit

On November 8, 2012, in an interview with Power 106's (KPWR) at Los Angeles, California, Brown debuted the dance-pop track titled "Nobody's Perfect". The song was supposed to be the first single for his upcoming sixth album, under the working title of Carpe Diem, which was due to be released in 2013.[3][4] However the single was never released, Brown changed idea on the concept for album, and after concluding his Carpe Diem Tour in the last days of 2012, Brown's next studio album started to develop. MTV News confirmed development of the album, with Brown collaborating with producers, such as Timbaland, Danja and Diplo, among others.[5]

On March 26, 2013, Brown announced the release of X, in various interviews and listening sessions.[6] In an interview with Ebony, Brown spoke of taking his music in a different direction and changing his sound from the pop-infused and sexually explicit one of the previous album Fortune, to a more mature, soulful and vulnerable theme for the album.[7] He said during an interview for Rolling Stone:

I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop. I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now. There's a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band.[8]

During the same interview for Rolling Stone, Brown explained the significance of the title:

It's the Roman numeral for 10. 5/5/89 is my birthday: 5 plus 5 is 10, and this is my tenth year since I got into music. 'X' is the 24th letter in the alphabet, and I will turn 24 when this album comes out. 'X' is also a metaphor, as in 'ex-girlfriend': it implies you're progressing and moving on in life, not holding on to the past and your old ways.[9]

Recording and productionEdit

In March 2013, Brown spoke about working with artists and producers, such as Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, Timbaland, Diplo, Danja and RoccStar.[10] On July 4, 2013, Brown confirmed different guest features on the album, including Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, B.o.B and Kelly Rowland, among others.[11] However, various artists announced didn't make the cut for X. At the same time, the production would be confirmed by Timbaland, Diplo, Polow da Don, Danja, Pharrell and Drumma Boy.[12]

Brown said that while making the record he wanted to "take the Quincy Jones approach" to his music, trying to hear what was in rotation on the radio as little as possible, locking himself in a recording studio with the producers, so that the album could've come out as authentic as possible.[13] On August 5, 2014, Brown said that he ended the recording sessions for the album, and that he had "about 50 songs" to sift through and perfect for X.[14]

Music and lyricsEdit

X is an R&B record. It also contains influences from other genres in different songs. Disco influences stand out in songs like "Add Me In", "Time for Love", "Lost in Ya Love", "Fine China" and "No Lights". The album also contains hip-hop infused songs with productions that feature heavy-bass, double-claps and "candy" synths that can be heard in "Loyal", "Came to Do" and "Love More".[1] Brown's vocal performances on the album were commended by critics for showcasing his timbre. His vocals in songs like "X", "Lady in a Glass Dress", "Autumn Leaves" and "Do Better" were defined to be "soul-driven".[2]

Its lyrical content focuses on falling in love, the difficulty of managing emotions and sexual desire. The album's opener "X" has lyrics that depict his admissions on his past errors and his desire to prove his growth. On "Autumn Leaves" Brown examines a fleeting love with gloominess and a high level of sensitivity, comparing a lover's departure with summer's, in time for fall. "It seems that all the autumn leaves are falling/ I feel like you're the only reason for it.", while the guest Kendrick Lamar, raps on Brown's behalf, mood-swinging from thoughtful to vicious: "And they won’t let me live/ Even when it’s remorse that I give/ When are they gon' rejoice and forgive/ Tell me how [do] I stay positive?". "Do Better" is a sparse and pensive duet where Brown and Brandy play the two sides of a relationship where both feel like scorned lovers that don't know how to deal with their emotions, singing: "I learn more and more each day that I don't know me / It's like I can't get out of my own way". "Add Me In" is a song with math-tinged lyrics about subtracting a girl's boyfriend to "add me in".[15]

"Songs On 12 Play" is a pure R&B slow-jam, duetted with Trey Songz, about wild sex, with lyrics that pay homage to R. Kelly works, citing lots of his song, as well as his classic debut studio album 12 Play. The track is followed by the interlude "101", about sexual desire, and subsequently by a collaboration with R. Kelly himself on the lustful "Drown In It". Both "Loyal" and "Stereotype" are centered on unfaithful women, while "Time for Love" and "Lady in a Glass Dress" talk about falling in love, with the last one being a promise to a girl recovering from a rough breakup that he "can make your dreams come true."[15] On "Lost In Ya Love" the singer expresses the beauty of being romantically in love to the directly concerned lady. On the album's standard edition closing track, "Drunk Texting", Brown and Jhené Aiko play the role of two people that try to numb the pain of their heartbreak drinking alcohol, but end up texting their loved one while they're drunk.[15]

Release and promotionEdit

On February 15, 2013, the singer unofficially released the song "Home", with an official videoclip, where he expresses a reflection on the bitter price of fame, and on how the only moment of respite from that thought is when he returns to the neighborhood where he grew up with people who knew him from the start.[16] On March 26, 2013 Brown definitively confirmed the title and release of "X",[6] saying in an interview for Rolling Stone: "Making X, I found out who I am. This album has a lot of substance, from the subject matter and the situations to how it deals with love. It's really derived from personal experiences. Then again, I always like mixing reality with art." confirming the presence in the album of the songs "X" with Diplo, "Autumn Leaves" with Kendrick Lamar, "Lady in the Glass Dress" a soul song, "Feel That" a rap song, "Add Me In" an R&B and disco song, the song already unofficially released "Home" as an official bonus track on the album, and the possibility that he would've put an R&B collaboration with Rihanna entitled "Put it Up", entirely written by Brown.[17][18]

On April 29, 2013, Brown announced a release date of July 16 for X, also unofficially releasing a song called I Can't Win.[19] Brown would announce in July that it would be pushed back due to his management, then a new release date of August 20, 2013 was set.[20][21] However, in September 2013, it was revealed that the album has been pushed back to November 19, 2013.[22] In the same month, Brown stated that the album will be a double disc album with 10 songs on each disc, and was now due on December 3.[23]

On November 20, 2013, Brown was sentenced to an anger management rehabilitation center for three months,[24] putting the December 2013 release of X in jeopardy. To "hold [fans] over until [the X album] drops," Brown released a mixtape, titled X Files on November 19, 2013, which consists of six tracks and features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Kid Ink, including the song "Main Chick".[25] On February 22, 2014, it was announced that the album would be released on Brown's birthday, May 5, 2014. On April 14, 2014, Brown released a teaser of new track "Don't Be Gone Too Long" featuring Ariana Grande, however, the song and album were again delayed due to Brown's prison sentence.[26][27] On August 3, 2014, Chris announced via Instagram that the album's release date will be on September 16, 2014.[28] On August 6, 2014, the album cover shot by Eliot Lee Hazel was revealed.[29] The title track "X" was released as an instant-gratification track alongside the album pre-order on iTunes on August 25, 2014.[30]

The album was eventually released on September 16, 2014, and it was later promoted through radio and magazine interviews, and by performing tracks of the album live in various televised shows. To further promote X, Brown embarked on his 2015 Between the Sheets Tour along with Trey Songz and Tyga.

SinglesEdit

The album's lead single, titled "Fine China", was released on March 29, 2013, and it was sent to US rhythmic contemporary radio the following day.[31][32] The production on the song was handled by RoccStar and PK.[7] The song has since peaked at number 31 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[33]

The album's second single, titled "Don't Think They Know", was released on June 17, 2013, and it was sent to rhythmic contemporary radio in the United States on July 1, 2013.[34][35] The song features a posthumous appearance from R&B singer Aaliyah, while the production on the song was handled by Mel & Mus.[36] The music video was shot, and filmed in Los Angeles, California and was released on June 17, 2013.[37] It features scenes from the music video for Aaliyah's 2000's single "Try Again".[38] The song has since peaked at number 81 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[33]

The album's third single, titled "Love More" featuring Nicki Minaj, was announced, which Brown performed the song along with Minaj at the 2013's BET Awards. On July 19, he released its cover artwork.[39] On July 16, the song was released for digital download[40] and a week later, the song was sent to rhythmic contemporary radio.[41] The music video was officially released on August 17, 2013.[42] The song has since peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[33]

On December 19, 2013, the album's fourth single, titled "Loyal", was released for digital download on iTunes. There are two versions to the song, the "West Coast Version" featuring Lil Wayne and Too Short, while the "East Coast Version" featuring Lil Wayne, and another rapper French Montana.[43][44] In March 2014, the third and final version officially was released, featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga.[45] The song has been commercially successful, reaching at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, making it Brown's highest charting single from X in both countries.[33]

On June 26, 2014, Brown previewed the track, titled "New Flame" featuring Usher and Rick Ross, along with the cover artwork on his Instagram account.[46] The song was released on June 30, 2014, as the album's fifth single.[47][48] The song peaked at number 27 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Other songsEdit

The song, titled "Don't Be Gone Too Long", was announced for single release for March 25, 2014, which in its original form features Ariana Grande.[49] However, due to Brown's prison sentence, the single was eventually scrapped on March 17, even though the music video had already been filmed.[50]

The title track "X", was released as an instant-gratification track alongside the album pre-order on iTunes on August 25, 2014.[51] It peaked at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[33]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [1]
The A.V. ClubB–[52]
Billboard     [15]
Complex     [53]
HipHopDX3.0/5[54]
Los Angeles Times    [2]
Rolling Stone     [55]
Sputnikmusic     [56]
USA Today    [57]
XXL4/5[58]

X was met with generally positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 72, based on 11 reviews.[59][60]

Andy Kellman of AllMusic said, "Brown combines memorable hooks with some stellar production work on the rubbery disco-funk of "Add Me In" (courtesy of Danja) and the blithe, swaying "Time for Love" (a collaboration with Jean-Baptiste and Free School). On the album, romantic affection, expressed with seemingly genuine sweetness, takes precedence over sexual tunes and unapologetic slogans."[1] Evan Rytlewski of The A.V. Club stated that "Brown has emerged with his strongest album"[52] Alexa Camp of Slant Magazine talked about its lyrical content saying, "Aside from the standout club banger "Add Me In", which is steeped in arithmetic and trigonometry metaphors, and "101", which finds Brown doing "101 on the 101", the album's lyrics largely eschew mathematical objects in favor of soul-baring like "Autumn Leaves" and sex talk like "Songs on 12 Play", which likens a girl to a song from the titular R. Kelly album."[61] Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times said, "the long-delayed X contains some of his sharpest work, including the propulsive "Time for Love" and "Add Me In", a chewy soul-funk tune in which he accents his vocals with percussive gasps a la Michael Jackson."[2]

Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX stated, "Chris Brown's ability to succeed artistically at delivering sounds in all three sectors of urban Pop makes this release a great listen."[54] Miranda Johnson of XXL said, "X certainly proves that Chris Brown's talent will forever shine through over whatever troubles come his way. It's safe to say that Chris Brown will forever remain the consumer's guilty pleasure."[58] Brad Wete of Billboard said, "Once gratuitous fillers are skipped, gems appear, especially on the closing half, where Brown is lucid about his tabloid love life."[15] Christopher R. Weingarten of Rolling Stone said, "Chris Brown's sixth album is adventurous musically and a total mess lyrically."[55] The staff of Sputnikmusic called X "a strong output" saying that the album is "a good collection of good songs, put together by talented folks to showcase their obvious talents".[56] Martín Caballero of USA Today said that "without losing sight of his core audience, Chris Brown makes some commendable steps toward a more mature sound on his sixth album".[57]

AccoladesEdit

Awards for X
Year Ceremony Category Result Ref.
2015 43th American Music Awards Favorite Soul/R&B Album Nominated [62]
Billboard Music Awards of 2015 Top R&B Album Nominated [63]
57th Annual Grammy Awards Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominated [64]
2015 Soul Train Music Awards Album of the Year Nominated [65]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 146,000 copies in the United States.[66] In its second week, the album dropped to number six on the chart, selling 36,000 copies.[67] In its third week, the album dropped down to number nine on the chart, selling 23,000 copies.[68] In its fourth week, the album dropped down to number 21 on the chart, selling 16,000 copies.[69] By November 2015, the album has sold 404,000 copies in the United States.[70] On October 1, 2021, X was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for combined album sales, on-demand audio, video streams, track sales equivalent of two millions.[71]

In 2014, X was ranked as the sixty-second most popular album of the year on the Billboard 200.[72]

Track listingEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[73]

X track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."X"4:20
2."Add Me In"
3:13
3."Loyal" (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga)4:24
4."New Flame" (featuring Usher and Rick Ross)Count Justice4:04
5."Songs on 12 Play" (featuring Trey Songz)Mel & Mus3:48
6."101 (Interlude)"Brown1:16
7."Drown in It" (featuring R. Kelly)
  • Brown
  • Kelly
  • Dennis-Manuel Peters
  • Daniel Coriglie
  • Mario Bakovic
  • Kelly
3:42
8."Came to Do" (featuring Akon)Brown
  • Nic Nac
  • Kragen[a]
3:48
9."Stereotype"
  • Brown
  • Whitmore, Jr.
  • Hills
  • Bellinger
  • Johnson
  • Danja
  • RoccStar[a]
3:51
10."Time for Love"3:45
11."Lady in a Glass Dress (Interlude)"BrownHey DJ1:17
12."Autumn Leaves" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
  • B.A.M.
  • RoccStar
4:28
13."Do Better" (featuring Brandy)Glass John3:48
14."See You Around"BrownAnonymous3:42
15."Don't Be Gone Too Long"
  • Brown
  • McHenry
  • Buendia
  • Kyle Edwards
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Clarence Coffee, Jr.
3:21
16."Body Shots"
  • Razihel
  • RoccStar[a]
3:42
17."Drunk Texting" (featuring Jhené Aiko)
3:47
Total length:60:16
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
18."Lost in Ya Love"BrownTra Beats3:49
19."Love More" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
Freshm3n III3:09
20."Don't Think They Know" (featuring Aaliyah)
3:57
21."Fine China"
  • Brown
  • Streeter
  • Bellinger
  • Pitts
  • RoccStar
  • PK
3:33
Total length:74:44
Japanese edition and streaming version (bonus track)[74][75]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
22."No Lights"BrownD'Mile3:28
Total length:78:12

Sample credits

PersonnelEdit

  • Aaliyah – featured artist
  • Jhené Aiko – featured artist
  • Akon – featured artist
  • Ambience & Soundz – producer
  • The Anonymous – producer
  • Marcella Araica – mixing
  • B.A.M. – producer
  • Babydaddy – producer
  • Mario Bakovic – producer
  • Jean Baptiste – producer
  • Brandy – featured artist
  • Chris Brown – creative director, executive producer, primary artist
  • Tommy "TBHITS" Brown – producer
  • Darhyl "DJ" Camper Jr. – producer
  • Maddox Chhim – assistant
  • Daniel Coriglie – producer
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Danja – producer
  • Diplo – producer
  • Steven Franks – producer
  • Free School – producer
  • Abel Garibaldi – engineer
  • Glass John – producer
  • Mark "Exit" Goodchild – vocal engineer
  • Trehy Harris – assistant
  • Eliot Hazel – photography
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing
  • Count Justice – producer
  • Ryan Kaul – assistant
  • R. Kelly – featured artist, producer
  • Kendrick Lamar – featured artist
  • Lil Wayne – featured artist
  • Donnie Lyle – music direction
  • Majors – programming
  • Mel & Mus – producer
  • Ian Mereness – engineer
  • Natural – engineer
  • Nic Nac – producer
  • Nicki Minaj – featured artist
  • Brent Paschke – guitar
  • Dennis-Manuel Peters – producer
  • Mark Pitts – executive producer
  • Razihel – producer
  • RoccStar – producer
  • Rick Ross – featured artist
  • Brian Springer – engineer, mixing, vocal engineer
  • Andrew Swanson – drum programming
  • Trey Songz – featured artist
  • Tyga – featured artist
  • Usher – featured artist
  • Cooper Sebastian – graphic artist
  • Courtney Walter – art direction, creative director, design

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Certifications for X
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[109] Gold 35,000 
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[110] Gold 10,000 
South Africa (RISA)[111] Gold 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[112] Gold 100,000 
United States (RIAA)[71] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Release dates and formats for X
Region Date Label Format(s) Edition(s) Ref.
Germany September 12, 2014 RCA Records
  • Standard
  • deluxe
[113]
Ireland [114]
Netherlands [115]
France September 15, 2014 [116]
United Kingdom [117]
Canada September 16, 2014 [118]
Japan [119]
New Zealand [120]
United States [121]

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