Chris Brown is returning to his roots.
After releasing a wave of pop and dance songs, Brown’s upcoming studio album, X, will mainly consist of R&B with a little bit of Hip Hop mixed in.
MTV sat down with the “Turn The Music Up” singer to discuss his upcoming album and why he’s opted to go back to his roots.
On letting his music speak for itself instead of going social media rants:
“I think it’s smarter as an entertainer and as a leader,” he said, in regards to not engage in social media rants and arguments. “I have to think logically. When I’m too attainable, it makes me too down. Now I express it through my music and through my paintings as well. What I want to talk about comes out, and the beat fills in the rest. All of it coexists with my reality now. I’m an open book. I think the way my life is, people want to know all the time, so I have to let them know through my music.”
“I’m saying, ‘You can start a fight, but why? I came to party. Why trip off the bullsh– when I’m on the good sh–?’ ”
On what fans can expect from this new album:
“For the first single, I wanted to go more nostalgic, bring Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke to it, but also bring a new sound to what my audience and fans are listening to,” he said. “For this album, I wanted to have the same mentality as I did with the first album — me being green, me not thinking I know what’s hot and what’s next, me just being Chris Brown. I think this will show my vocal ability a lot more. I’ve developed a falsetto, I can sing at a higher register, and I can elaborate more on my skill.”
On naming the album, X:
“The song and the album title ‘X’ has a couple different meanings,” he explained. “It can refer to an ex-girlfriend, in terms of you always look forward to moving forward from. It’s also about being a reject in a sense. In me being myself, being able to grow up, me not always hanging around the right crowd or doing the right thing all the time — it’s me saying, ‘I’m over it. I’m past the bullsh– now.’ ”
Source – MTV
The BET Honors aired last night, but apparently everyone was watching the season finale of For the Love of Ray J 2. The BET Honors were taped a few weeks ago in Washington D.C and some of Hollywood’s elite came out for the event. Whitney Houston, Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Keith L. Black, M.D., Dr. Ruth J. Simmons and Queen Latifah were among those honored.
View pictures from the event below.
The original “We Are the World” was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie to aid famine relief in Africa, now twenty-five years later, a new roster of musicians will gather to record the song.
The session, which will be recorded some time tonight, will be held in the same exact studio where the original song was recorded—– the A&M complex in Hollywood, CA.
Akon, Lady GaGa, Bono, Wyclef Jean, Enrique Iglesias, Usher, Toni Braxton, Carlos Santana and Jason Mraz are confirmed to perform on the new track.
The track will benefit Haiti relief in helping to re-build and nourish those devastated by the earthquake. Quincy Jones and RedOne are set to produce the track.
RedOne had this to say about working with Jones.
“Having Quincy, our father of music … and Lionel Richie asking me to contribute and help, I said of course, because this is not about me,” he said. “It’s about Haiti.”
The original song featured 45 musicians/celebrities from across the U.S.
My two cents: Sometimes you just need to leave well-enough alone.
Source: Associate Press