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New Release Music Tuesday

Just two weeks after Rihanna’s anticipated  and successful release of Rated R comes the release of former hubby Chris Brown’s Graffitti.

Christopher Brown was (born May 5, 1989)  in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia to Joyce Hawkins, a former day care center director, and Clinton Brown, a corrections officer at a local prison. He is the youngest child of the couple and one has older sister.  Although no-one in his family was related to music it was always around in Brown’s life.   He used to listen to soul albums that his parents had owned and eventually Brown began to show interest in the hip-hop scene.  He went through some personal problems at the time of his engaged interest in music, by  the physical abuse his mother endured at the hand of her boyfriend (we wondered where he got it from).

In 2005 his mother saw the vocal talent Chris had and began to shop him around to music labels where he had the chance to audition for then senior A&R executive Tina Davis (Island Def Jam).  Tina was impressed and eventually he was signed and officially made his recording debut in late 2005 with the self-titled album Chris Brown at the age of 16.

His  debut album featured the hit single “Run It!”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male artist since Montell Jordan in 1995 to have his debut single top the charts. The album has sold over two million copies in the United States and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

He then went on to release his sophomore album Exclusive.   The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 294,000 copies in its first week and has sold 1.9 million copies since, in the United States.

Now comes the release of his third album Graffiti which comes off the heels of his highly controversial troubles with Rihanna.  His first single of the album is “I Can Transform Ya”, and has peaked at 20 on the Billboard 100.  It is definitely a catchy song with its electro-fortified number that clicks, pops and buzzes, but would definitely not hold without featuring  Lil Wayne.  The only reference made to his troubles would be in the song “So Cold” which makes references as “…and I know I was deadly wrong, but if you see her ask if she will forgive me?”.   Chris Brown is a talented individual and I feel that he could have demonstrated it more on this album with one or two more ballads.  The ballad “Crawl” seemed a little flat to me.

Chris may have won the physical bout, but this time Rihanna has managed to give him a musical upper cut in the battle of the albums.

My Top two picks:

I Can Transform Ya:

I.Y.A:

Thanks to all my readers!  Please leave your thoughts and feedback as to whether Chris or Rihanna has a better overall album.  Stay tuned until week!

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New Release Music Tuesday

Welcome to our first Thanksgiving edition of New Release Music Tuesday. I hope everyone has had a great week and that this Holiday week is even better. I’m here to help you start this week with some new blazing music from Rihanna with her latest release titled Rated R.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988, better known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian-American recording artist and model. At the age of 16 Rihanna moved from her native country of Barbados to the United States to pursue her music career.

Her interest in singing began at around the age of seven. Her childhood was intensely affected by her father’s addiction to crack cocaine and parent’s rocky marriage, which ended when she was fourteen years old.

At the tender age of 15, she and two of her classmates formed a girl group. Her friend introduced her and the rest of the band to record producer Evan Rogers who was vacationing in Barbados in 2003.  As the group auditioned for Rogers, he  said “the minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist”.  Over the next year, Rihanna and her mom shuttled back and forth to Rogers home in Stamford, Connecticut.  Shortly after turning 16, she relocated in the United States and moved in with Rogers and his wife. Rihanna recorded a four-song demo with the help of Carl Sturken which included what would become her first hit, “Pon de Replay” to send to many recording labels.  Rihanna’s demo made its way to Def Jam, which invited her to audition for the label’s then-president, Jay-Z, who quickly signed her.

She then went on to release her international multi-platinum albums Music of the Sun (2005), A Girl Like Me (2006) and  Good Girl Gone Bad (2007).

Rihanna is now back with the release of her fourth studio album Rated R.  Known as a teen pop reggae singer since her debut in 2005 with a styles of pop, R&B and dancehall, this album has managed to stray away from that and show a more dark adult side of her.  Exposing the wide range of emotions and impulses that must have afflicted her after her breakup with Chris Brown. It is heavily influenced by the her rocky relationship with Brown, noted in songs like “Russian Roullete,” (first single) which expresses love as a lethal but consensually played pursuit, “Cold Case Love” with lyrics as “On my roof Dark and I’m burning of love I don’t need proof I’m torn apart and you know what you did to me was a crime Cold Case Love” and in “Last Song”, which depicts her finally moving on since the break up with Chris Brown.

My top two picks are:

Cold Case Love: My favorite song with searing electric guitar riff and classical violin strings.

Last Long:

Hopefully every one has enjoyed our first Thanksgiving edition of New Release Music Tuesday!  Don’t forget to leave us your thoughts in our comments section.  Have a great holiday and enjoy the rest of your week!

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