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Chris Brown has revealed the name of his new album will be called X, which he began recording last month.
This will mark Brown’s sixth album by the age of 23. His most recent singles have been “Don’t Wake Me Up” and “Forever.” He also garners a lot of attention from his personal life, famously getting back together with Rihanna after beating her up in 2009.
"Making X, I found out who I am," he told Rolling Stone. "This album has a lot of substance, from the subject matter and the situations to how it deals with love. It's really derived from personal experiences. Then again, I always like mixing reality with art."
He also explained he “made it like the club in the studio!” so he could bring people in and “gauge people's reactions."
X, which features collaborations with Timbaland, Danja and DJ Rockstar, should hit stores late summer or early fall of this year.
"I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop. Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes: I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now,” he explained. “There's a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune. I really wanted to demonstrate my vocal ability, creating the vibe of me singing along with a band."
He also revealed that like Rihanna putting her duet with Brown on her album Unapologetic called “Nobodies Business", they might have another duet coming on X. "I wrote a song for her called 'Put It Up' that we did together," he said. "It's still in the pot of songs we have to pick from. It may or may not make it, but you know, because she's already on it, it's a strong possibility."
Brown also said of the new album, "Basically, I'm saying the negativity is in the past for me. I'm just all about positivity and moving forward, being able to X out the negativity and stay on a focused path. Now, instead of me being the temperamental guy that everyone thinks I am, I'm more about crafting that into my music, so when my fans hear it, they can feel it."