Chris Brown – Fortune (Buy)
Perfect timing for Chris Brown as he releases his fifth studio album 'Fortune,' after winning two trophies at the BET Awards over the past weekend. The highly anticipated project started building momentum late last winter when Brown dropped the single "Strip," a record that pulled his fans closer to him. He balanced that sensibility with the Pop dance single "Turn Up the Music," a more diverse record, which topped the UK charts. As C-Breezy evolves musical, he is adding more rap verses, not just on mixtapes, but on his albums as well.
Even with continued controversy connected to his name, Brown's ability to focus on his craft above all else has affirm his position as a fan favorite. For his upcoming album, he featured several artists like Nas, Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa, as well as artists signed to Chris Brown Entertainment (CBE); Kevin McCall and Sevyn.
Chris Brown's "Fortune" album is not about his fortune, in terms of money, it's more about being "blessed" to do what he does as an artist. Brown says "I wanted Fortune to be a blessing."
"I wanted Fortune to be the blessing of having it. It's not money or wealth for me. It's basically the blessing of doing it. I'm fortunate enough to do it," said Brown.
Lolah Brown – Black Lily
Lolah Brown used the tutelage of working as a background vocalist for Keri Hilson and John Legend to prepare her for stepping out as an solo artist. The Cleveland, Ohio native drops her debut album 'Black Lily,' a twelve track project that plugs listeners headphone directly into her life. Brown is candid and open in her introduction; she offers all aspects of her life experiences so that fans can understanding where she is going in the future. Though she is the standout on the album, she has several feature collaborations with BJ the Chicago Kid, GLC and Jerreau of Fly Union.
Rather than ask for monetary funds in exchange for her album, she allows a free download of 'Black Lily.'
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Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
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July 31 & Beyond
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Leela James – In the Spirit of Etta James (July 31)
Jessie Ware- Devotion (August 13)
Ashanti – BraveHeart (August 28)
Tamia – Beautiful Surprise (August 28)
Cassie – King of Hearts (September)
Mint Condition – Music at the Speed of Life
Tiffany Evans – Perfect Imperfection
Angie Stone – Rich Girl
Anthony David – Love Out Loud