For Chris Brown’s fifth studio LP titled, Fortune, Breezy dons a sleek, slim-fitting suit paired with a skinny tie and thick black framed glasses for the cover art. He stands underneath a bright light shining down on him with the word “Fortune” collaged behind him in different languages. The image is courtesy of photographers Steven Gomillion and Dennis Leupold, who have also worked with artists such as Ciara, Keri Hilson, and Cassie.
Brown has remained squarely in the spotlight in the months leading up to the album’s May 8 release date.
He performed twice at the 2012 Grammy Awards—once solo, performing his new single “Turn Up The Music,” and again alongside David Guetta and Lil Wayne—in addition to performing at NBA All-Star Weekend with Pitbull. Add that to his feature on ex-girlfriend Rihanna’s single, “Birthday Cake (remix)”.
Breezy took to twitter to express his excitement for the album and to thank fans for all of their support. On Wednesday night (February 29) he tweeted:
“The reason for May 8th is so you (the fans) can have more music to make ur decision on if u want #FORTUNE.”
9th Wonder, Big K.R.I.T, Boy In Detention, Busta Rhymes, CBreezy, Chris Brown, David Banner, Download, FREE, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Mixtape, Rap, Swizz Beatz, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa
Earlier this morning the Virginia singer/dancer dropped Boy In Detention, his new rap mixtape. Breezy has been known to spit bars before; on his hit single “Look at Me Now,” the pop-singer traded verses with Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. Now on his new tape CB links with Wiz Khalifa, Swizz Beatz, Tyga and Big K.R.I.T. as well as producers like David Banner, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League and 9th Wonder.
Chris wasn’t the only one who caught the rap bug, his buddy Justin Bieber also spits on the Banner-produced “Ladies Love Me.” The song repurposes Breezy’s “Ladies love me, I’m on my Cool J,” line from “Look at me Now” for its hook. After Chris drops his verse, the Biebs chimes in spitting, “I’m back baby I’m your doctor, I could be your vodka/ Swaggin’, I’m not braggin’ but I swear that I could rock ya.” Not the tightest bars, but the Beliebers eat up everything the 17-year old star does, so they’ll surely champion this effort even if hardcore rap fans don’t.
On the previously-released “Marvins Room” Chris juxtaposes Drake’s single, playing the part of the scorned boyfriend. Then the trend-setting crooner gets boastful with Tyga on “Snapbacks Back.” The two jack Meek Mill’s “Tupac Back,” instrumental and brag how they made the old school snap back hats rap’s new cap of choice. CB spits, “I brought the snapback back, put VA on the map /I’m a young n—a, heartthrob, girls cardiac.” He’s hardly humble.
“Real Hip-Hop #3” and “Real Hip-Hop #4” find the “Take You Down” singer atop 9th Wonder’s soulful production. Both tracks are a real proclamation considering the way 9th is so revered amongst rap purists. While we don’t exactly expect Brown to switch to hip-hop full-time, there is a sense that he is taking his raps seriously. But will, Chris Brown ever be accepted as alyricist? Only time will tell.
Here is the track, below find the link for your free download:
1. First 48 (prod. Jukebox)
2. Crazy (prod. David Banner)
3. Freaky I’m Iz f. Kevin McCall, Diesel & Swizz Beatz (prod. Kevin McCall)
4. Body on Mine f. Se7en (prod. Infinity)
5. Spend It All f. Se7en & Kevin McCall (prod. Info)
6. Private Dancer f. Se7en & Kevin McCall (prod. Cornelio Austin)
7. 100 Bottles f. Se7en (prod. DJ Chuckie)
8. Leave the Club f. Joelle James (prod. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
9. Real Hip Hop #4 f. Kevin MaCall (prod. 9th Wonder)
10. Your Body (prod. Hudson Mohawke)
11. Ladies Love Me f. Justin Bieber (prod. David Banner)
12. Real Hip Hop #3 (prod. 9th Wonder)
13. Real Hip Hop f. Kevin McCall (prod. 9th Wonder)
14. Snapbacks Back f. Tyga (prod. Mike Will)
15. The Best Yo (prod. Beat Syndicate)
16. Marvin’s Room (rmx) f. J Valentine, Dawn Richard, Se7en & Kevin McCall (prod. Ryan M. Tedder)
17. 100% f. Kevin McCall (prod. Kevin McCall)
18. Last (prod. No I.D.)
19. Sweetheart (prod. Kevin McCall)
20. Strip f. Kevin McCall (Prod by Tha Bizness)
21. Yoko f. Berner, Wiz Khalifa & Big K.R.I.T. (Prod by Big K.R.I.T.)
Download “Boy In Detention” here.
Days after Bill O’Reilly invited 50 Cent to The O’Reilly Factor, 50 turned to his Twitter account yesterday and declined to appear on the show. Glad 50 didn’t accept, you wouldn’t want to give Fox News any credibility, they’re just a propaganda machine for the republican party and NOT a REAL NEWS network.
He did however offer to take Fox News Contributor Laura Ingraham out on a date.
“People are so book smart its amazing they don’t have common sense. Bill o reilly’s views are representation of some one’s grand fathers. I don’t mean thIs in a disrespectful way but there is a huge age difference between him and the average hip hop consumer #SK. Anyway thanks for the invite to your show old billy bobb when we become powerful enough to change the world in conversation Ill stop by lol.”
“Now I’m gonna offer a definition of a BITCH bill O’ reilly can understand in 2004 when andrea mackris accused you of sexual harassment. If it wasn’t representation of your lust and you didn’t do anything wrong. You encountered a (BITCH) LMAO. Why stop by the news my tweets are national news. I get world wide coverage from my cell phone SUCKER oh I’m sorry I used the S word LMAO.”
“Laura ingrahams I had know idea who you were on fox news after a little research. I’m impressed you seem to be very smart there no reason a good women like you isn’t married. I want to date you.”
“Laura listen baby I don’t know if this helps me in any way but between me and you. Iv been rumored to be pretty well endowed. Lol. On second thought after reading your anti homosexual I should call GLAD on your ASS Lol.”
How this all started, check the video below:
Last week, Curtis stuck up for Chris Brown after the R&B singer was under attack by Fox News’ Laura Ingraham because NBC’s Today Show allowed him to perform.
“I just saw a clip on FOX news Hating on NBC for having chris brown on unbelievable. I’m never watching that again. He paid for his mistake #!@%*# holes,” tweeted 50.
After reading 50′s tweet, Fox News contributor appeared on the O’Reilly Factor and extended an invitation to 50 and Chris to appear on the show. Thirsty for ratings.
TMZ has obtained several pics of Brown’s super-expensive rides … clearly parked in spaces reserved for disabled drivers. We’re told Chris has been ticketed numerous times by the city.
The building manager tells TMZ everyone is fed up and they’re now planning on towing Chris’ cars if he dares park there again.
Chris’ lawyer, Mark Geragos, tells TMZ, Chris is the one who’s getting screwed. Geragos says, the deed clearly shows the two spaces belong to Chris, but the developer never disclosed the spots were reserved for the handicapped. Geragos says Chris is in litigation with the building over the spaces and plans to fight the tickets as well. But the building manager says Chris is parking in other handicapped spots as well.
But the gripes go beyond parking spaces. Chris’ fellow condo-owners tell TMZ … the dude is utterly disrespectful, blasting loud music and partying day and night … even racing dogs down the hallways at all hours.
And that’s not all. They’re told police showed up this week, after someone vandalized the elevator by carving “C.B.” on the elevator door.
Mind you … Chris has only lived in the building a few months.
[UPDATE : CHRIS BROWN RESPONDS via Twitter]
“So this is cleared up… My neighbor has a problem with me (as do some people)so this whole tmz story is a way to continue…”
“The bs. My neighbor carves my name in our elevator to incriminate me so it looks like I’m a reckless 22 your old.”
“My parking spaces in my building that were assigned to me when I bout this crib are painted over with handicap and no Parking signs”
“A person should be able to live in his or her own company of their house! I’m barely home so these stories and accusations are so childish!”
“My neighbor also calls the parking enforcement everyday so I get a 360 dollar ticket for each of my cars. (everyday)”
“But no worries, I’ll be a good little boy! There is always 3 sides to a story, my side, your side, and the truth!”
“I feel I have to explain myself because my brand/life is always being slandered and tampered with! ITS GOTTA STOP!”
“No need for me to play the victim. Just wanna live my life and just make music!”
“On a positive note, just got nominated for some VMA’s. I support #teamBreezy”
At the halfway point of 2011, it shouldn’t be surprising that Adele’s 21 is the top-selling album of the year. But did you know that thanks to that big boost, alongwith solid entries by the likes of Lady Gaga and Mumford & Sons, album sales are actually up for the first time in seven years?
According to the mid-year report published by Nielsen SoundScan, a few more than 155 million albums have moved in the first six months of 2011, compared to the just under 154 million that sold during the same time in 2010. That’s a whopping one percent gain!
It’s always good to be up, but considering album sales have been in total freefall for years (at this time last year, sales were down 11 percent compared to the same time in 2009), there was really no place to go but up.
There are some real reasons to celebrate, though. In the same week that Eminem’s Recovery became the first album to sell over a million digital copies, overall digital track sales are up 11 percent over last year. The first part of 2011 also marks the first time that a song has sold over four million digital copies in six months, and it actually happened twice (if you guessed Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” give yourself a pat on the back for not being in a coma this year).
There are other signs of life too, as catalog sales are up seven percent (meaning that people are just as interested in old music as they are in new stuff) and vinyl sales are up a whopping 41 percent (which means that people also want to hear music on old technology). That vinyl figure is a little inflated, considering it only represents a hair under two million total big black discs sold, but the music industry will take what they can get.
Finally, anybody who doesn’t particularly care for Lady Gaga’s brand of pop revivalism (we know you’re out there, lurking in the comments section) can feel good that album sales would still be up a hair even if Born This Way hadn’t had its massive million-selling opening week.
For those keeping score at home, the 10 biggest selling albums of 2011 so far are Adele’s 21, Gaga’s Born This Way, Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More, Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Bruno Mars’ Doo-Wops & Hooligans, Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never: The Remixes, Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E., Now 37, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday and Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream.
The top-selling singles are Katy Perry’s “E.T.,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” Cee-Lo Green’s “F— You,” Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” Rihanna’s “S&M,” Jennifer Lopez’s “On the Floor,” the Black Eyed Peas’ “Just Can’t Get Enough,” Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” and Perry’s “Firework.”