Chris Brown, the Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, enters at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, #2 on both the Top Album Sales and Digital Albums charts, and #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, with Royalty. This chart entry marks Brown’s biggest first week sales debut since his 2011 album F.A.M.E.; making it his sixth #1 solo album debut on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and his seventh Top Ten solo album debut on the Billboard 200 chart.
Leading up to the December 18th release of Royalty, Brown kicked off release week with three special sold-out “Royalty Live” concerts in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additionally, Brown released a series of daily video premieres for album tracks “Back To Sleep,” “Wrist” feature Solo Lucci,” “Anyway” featuring Tayla Parx, “Picture Me Rollin’,” and “Little More (Royalty)” featuring a cameo by his daughter Royalty.
Celebrating ten years in the music business, Chris Brown arrived on the music scene in 2005 as a 16-year-old with his hit single “Run It!” from his eponymous debut album. Since then he’s racked up 10 million album sales worldwide, 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, his total song sales stand at 69 million and he has over one billion views on VEVO. Adding the coveted Grammy Award to his collection for F.A.M.E., Brown is the recipient of over 40 awards, including Billboard Music Awards for Artist of the Year (2006) and Top R&B Artist (2012), four BET Awards for Best Male R&B Artist and MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video and Best Choreography for “Turn Up the Music” (2012).
In 2014, Brown released his widely successful sixth studio album X, which featured the platinum-plus selling single “Loyal” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga. X debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and earned Brown three Grammy nominations, including Best Urban Contemporary Album. In 2015, the success of many of his hits, including “Zero,” “Liquor,” and “Ayo,” led Brown to be named the #5 Rhythmic Artist of The Year and the #6 Urban Artist Of The Year, according to Mediabase’s year-end chart information.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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