After a whirlwind year — capped by his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and first Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for F.A.M.E.— Brown is already back on top with its sequel, Fortune. Released July 3, Brown’s fifth studio album debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
In addition to earning his second stateside No. 1 debut, Brown’s Fortune netted the singer/songwriter his first-ever No. 1 on both the U.K. and Netherlands Top Albums charts. And his global success doesn’t end there. Brown posted career-best Top Albums chart debuts in Ireland and France (both No. 4), Japan (No. 5), Canada (No. 6), Switzerland (No. 10) and Germany (No. 13). Fortune also dominated as the No. 1 album on iTunes’ U.S. Albums chart, with first-time chart-topping finishes in the U.K., Australia, Japan and New Zealand. It was also iTunes’ No. 1 R&B/Soul Album in 22 countries.
Powering Brown’s global dominance are Fortune’s two hit singles: the sultry “Strip” (No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and dance burner “Turn Up the Music” (No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100). Poised for similar chart ascent: the recently released “Don’t Judge Me.”
But those cuts only begin to scratch the surface of Brown’s Fortune telling. In the same manner he deftly maneuvers his intricate dance moves, the 24-year-old singer/songwriter/producer skillfully ups the edge factor on his fifth studio album without sacrificing his R&B/hip-hop roots.
Continuing where F.A.M.E. leaves off, Brown plugs back into the EDM circuit with two more pulsating tracks – “Trumpet Lights” and “Bassline.” Brown keeps core Team Breezy fans engaged with such R&B tracks as the intense love ballad “2012” and the deeply personal “Don’t Judge Me.” Helping to round out the 14-song standard edition are the illuminating “Mirage”, mid-tempo romancer “Stuck on Stupid” and current chart-climber “Sweet Love.” The deluxe edition features five more tracks, including “Free Run” and “Wait For You.”
Brown, who co-wrote and co-produced several tracks on Fortune, once again assembled an A-list team of producers. Among them: the Underdogs, Harmony, Free School, Brian Kennedy, Benny & Alle Benassi, Boi-1da, Polow da Don, The Runners and Fuego.
A natural-born singing and dancing talent, Brown hasn’t slowed down since he burst on the scene in 2005 as a 16-year-old with “Run It!” And that’s exactly what the Virginia native did with his debut single – running with it all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Spinning off four more hit singles (including “Gimme That” and “Say Goodbye”), Brown’s self-titled debut album was certified double platinum. And a new teen idol was born.
Sophomore set Exclusive rang up double platinum sales in 2007, thanks to a trio of singles that included Brown’s second Hot 100 No. 1, “Kiss Kiss.” Third studio album Graffiti arrived in 2009 with top 20 entry “I Can Transform Ya.”
Brown’s ovation-drawing tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2010 BET Awards and Fan of a Fan mixtape set the stage for the singer’s F.A.M.E. rebound. Mixtape single “Deuces” became Brown’s first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since 2006, spending nine weeks atop the tally. Its success opened the door for subsequent hit singles “Yeah 3x,” “Look At Me Now,” “Beautiful People” and “She Ain’t You.” Along the way, F.A.M.E. earned Brown his first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 after watching his three previous albums reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
All told, the singer has racked up total U.S. album sales of 5.5 million, six No. 1 singles (two on the Hot 100; four on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs), 11 top 10 Hot 100 singles and 22 top 10 singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Meanwhile, Brown’s total song sales stand at 31.5 million. Adding the coveted Grammy Award to his collection, Brown is the recipient of over 40 awards, including a recent Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist in addition to the 2012 BET Awards for Best Male R&B Artist and the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video and Best Choreography for “Turn Up the Music.”
In between recording Fortune, the self-described studio junkie launched his own label CB Music LLC and publishing company, Culture Beyond Ur Experience. And according to his Fortune, Brown is just getting warmed up.