Chris Brown has made a name for himself in Australia, achieving Gold sales with his debut album, with the #1 single 'Run It' and Top 10 hit 'Yo (Excuse Me Miss)'. His current album 'Exclusive' has achieved Platinum sales, been in the Top 10 for 6 weeks, remained in the Top 50 charts since November release and features the Top 5 Platinum single 'With You' and Top 10 Platinum single 'Kiss Kiss'. It is now time to introduce 'Exclusive: The Forever Edition' which features three new, previously unreleased tracks and one unreleased remix, plus a DVD! "Forever' the lead single from the upcoming 'Forever Edition' is a slight departure from Chris Brown's usual musical forte. Produced by super-producer Polow Da Don, 'Forever' is a rhythmic up-tempo song with a funky pop edge. Additional bonus tracks include: 'Heart Ain't A Brain', 'Super Human' with Keri Hilson and the 'Picture Perfect Remix' featuring Bow Wow & Hurricane Chris. Completing the 'Forever Edition' package is a DVD with a special montage of performances from his recent US Up Close & Personal sold-out tour and never before seen behind the scenes footage.
It's not because of the irresistible banger that is "Kiss Kiss," and it's not because he's rounded up a guest roster that reaches across the hip-hop universe and pulls T-Pain, Big Boi, and Kanye into orbit: Exclusive solidifies Chris Brown's rise in modern R&B circles because it's a tight, stylish album that reeks of major-career potential. Yes, he's straddling the grown and sexy thing even though he's not yet out of his teens (see "With You," "You," and "I Wanna Be"), and yes, he's pulled in a lot of different directions by a lot of top-tier producers, Scott Storch, the Underdogs, and Will.i.am among them. But the thing that'll grab longtime R&B listeners about Exclusive is the way it hangs together--Brown can belt or go breezy with the best of them, and he doesn't strain for credulity even when faced with lyrics more suited to R. Kelly's wised-up vocal caliber (see "Take You Down"). Last go-round, on his debut, Brown was a hotshot. This time he's just hot. --Tammy La Gorce --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.