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Chris Brown's new album 'X' to arrive Nov. 19

October 01, 2013|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Chris Brown's new album, "X," will be released in November.
Chris Brown's new album, "X," will be released in November. (Powers Imagery / Associated…)

Chris Brown will issue his sixth album, “X,” on Nov. 19.

After a handful of delays -- the disc was originally set for summer -- the singer took to Twitter on Monday to announce the new release date.

Brown has spent the better part of the year working on the album. The oft-embattled, polarizing R&B singer previewed the album -- which features production from Polow Da Don, Timbaland, Pharrell, Drumma Boy and Danja --  for The Times earlier this year.

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“X”  has several meanings, according to Brown. It's the numbers in his birth date, added together and converted to a Roman numeral. It's also the 24th letter in the alphabet, corresponding to the age he'll be when the album is released.

But there's more to it for Brown, who says "X" will show him at his most vulnerable.

" 'X' is almost .... the reject," he says. "X defines who I am -- whether it means X being forbidden or blunt. It's who I am now, transitioning as a man and not trying to focus on the past stuff and trials and tribulations. It's the unspoken voice from me." 

The record's more honest approach is not a bid to win over a disapproving public, he noted.

“I think it's about me having a clear head -- me actually being humble about it," he says. "People are just going to have to like me for it. Or don't. I don't really focus on the negative anymore. I know there's always stories or this or that out about Chris Brown.... [but] whatever you think you know about me, just listen to the album."

Gerrick Kennedy


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