by Chris Brown
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Chris Brown's career was trending sharply downward. The singer's self-titled debut went double platinum. Exclusive went single platinum. 2009's Graffiti fell well short of gold-sales status, though it was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Contemporary R&B Album: far and away the worst disc to receive the honor. Rather than vanish and position himself for a spectacle-like comeback, Brown wisely continued to release new music through 2010. The offhandedly belligerent "Deuces" hit that summer and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, while Brown also appeared on numerous singles headlined by others, including Twista's Top Ten "Make a Movie." By the time F.A.M.E. was released in March 2011, the album's variety of styles was already known. A total of five songs, including the slinking pop-R&B of "Deuces," had hit various singles charts. The bleepy rap track "Look at Me Now," where Brown displays some competence as an MC but is devoured by Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes' rapid-fire verses, was one of them. The celebratory "Yeah 3x" and the anthemic "Beautiful People," a pair of club singles, nodded to Eurodance. And then there was the smoothly percussive "No BS," a slow jam with chivalrous sweet nothings like "I'm-a leave it in when we do it" and "Don't you be on that bullshit." Despite the success of some of these pre-album singles, they don't represent the best of F.A.M.E. On the earnest ballad "Up to You," the Michael Jackson/SWV-sampling "She Ain't You," and the remorseful "All Back" (written and produced by Timothy Bloom, one to watch), Brown plays to his strength as a boyish, romantic pop-R&B singer, while "Say It with Me" shows that he can handle harder grooves that are more R&B than pop. This all makes F.A.M.E. the equal of Forever, if not slightly better, and it hints that Brown's best is yet to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/22/2011
Label: Jive
UPC: 0886978606723
catalogNumber: 786067

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Brown   Primary Artist
Lamar Edwards   Keyboards
Amber Streeter   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Bettis   Composer
Tina Davis   Executive Producer
Kevin McCall   Composer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Steve Russell   Composer
Damon Thomas   Composer
Eric Dawkins   Composer
Mark Pitts   Executive Producer
Brian Springer   Engineer
James Slater   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Lamar Edwards   Composer
Jean Baptiste   Composer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
K Mac   Producer
Alessandro Benassi   Composer
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Ron English   Cover Painting
Diplo   Producer
Justin Henderson   Composer,Producer
Courtney Harrell   Composer
Kweli Calderon   grooming
Timothy Bloom   Composer,Producer
Chris Brown   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Donnie Whittmore   Composer
Joe Bereal   Composer
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins   Composer,Producer
Brian Kennedy   Composer,Producer
Tha Bizness   Producer
Adam Messinger   Composer,Producer
Afrojack   Producer
Nasri Atweh   Composer,Producer
Free School   Producer
Michael Stevenson   Composer
Ryan Buendia   Composer
Derrick "Bigg D" Baker   Composer,Producer
Andre Merritt   Composer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Brian Morgan   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Christopher Whitacre   Composer,Producer
Eric Bellinger   Composer
Alessandro "Alle" Benassi   Producer
Marco "Benny" Benassi   Producer
Justin Franks   Composer,Producer
Underdogs   Producer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Marco Benassi   Composer
Harmony Samuels   Composer,Producer
Amber Streeter   Composer
Richard Adam Wiles   Composer
Michael Congdon   Engineer
Lonnie-Smoek-Stinson   grooming
Messingers   Producer
Team Breezy   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Trevor Smith   Composer
Jason Boyd   Composer

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