Chris Brown is begging you to stream his new album. You could stream a few episodes of Stranger Things 2 in that time. You could do laundry. You could watch Titanic up until just before Jack dies. You could brunch. The day before its release, he instructed his fans how best to stream some of it so that he can be rewarded for their minimal effort. Why, then, make the album so bloated? Overstuffing albums has become a trick of the music-industry trade in recent years, ever since streaming started driving chart numbers. The RIAA, which awards gold and platinum designations to high-selling albums, adapted the same rules last year.
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Lock the doors, shutter the windows and keep the lights on, because something truly terrifying has descended upon us this Halloween: Heartbreak On a Full Moon , a Chris Brown album that has been allowed to witter on for 45 songs. Questions, the big lead-off single from his bloated opus, features karaoke versions of dancehall hits in lieu of a chorus; its creative redundancy has stalled it at a high of No 84 in the US charts. Lacking good songs or an appealing personality, Brown is instead gaming the album charts to stay culturally relevant. The sheer number of songs on Heartbreak On a Full Moon means that the weight of the cumulative streams could well add up to a strong album chart placing, even if none of the individual songs are being particularly highly streamed. But while you could reasonably argue that plus-sized records are just cynical dalliances with the marketplace, you could instead see them as creatively bold, breaking free of the technological limitations of an earlier era and looking at a radically larger canvas. Might we see some genuinely exciting long-form releases, who live up to their demands on listener attention?
Styling by EJ King. Chris Brown 's talent is proven. Setting the singer's tumultuous personal history aside, Brown's musical career has been pristine since he first stepped onto the scene at age Brown has made a big impact on the Billboard charts along the way, from his first career single, "Run It! Since his debut on the Hot in , Brown has had 61 songs on the chart, including two No. He's notched 13 top 10s. With the release of his sixth studio album, X , on Sept. The pulsating Fuego and the Underdogs-produced song took over the airwaves instantly. Lil Wayne Peak Position: 15 Breezy's self-titled debut album is laced with Billboard hits including this bass-heavy Scott Storch and Sean Garrett written and produced track, which features an assist from Lil Wayne.