Chris Brown’s comeback officially begins Tuesday, when the fleet-footed singer will release his new single, “Transformer,” featuring Lil Wayne.
The “Forever” superstar announced via Twitter that he was pushing the song — from his upcoming album, Graffiti — up one day from Wednesday to Tuesday.
“Change of plans,” Brown wrote. “I’m going to release my single tomorrow instead of Weds. Tell everybody. I can transform ya, I can transform ya.” (Representatives for Brown did not respond to MTV News’ inquiry at press time regarding details of the “Transformer” premiere.)
The upbeat tune will be the first sanctioned record Brown has released since his February altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown struck a plea deal in the assault case and was sentenced to labor service, therapy sessions and five years’ probation that coincides with a stay-away order issued against him regarding contact with the “Umbrella” star. Earlier this month, Brown began serving his community service in Virginia and it was recently announced that he’d be returning to the stage next month for the first time since the incident.
During his hiatus, Brown wrote and released “Changed Man,” an apologetic ode to Rihanna. Several other tracks leaked, but his label, Jive Records, said the material was old.
In addition to featuring Wayne, “Transformer” was produced by Swizz Beatz, who recently spoke to MTV News about the track.
The super producer said Brown is finishing up his project, which doesn’t have a firm release date yet, and working through this challenging time. He said Brown seems poised to move forward with his life and put the past behind him.
“He’s got something to prove,” Swizz said. “He worked on 60, 70 songs. He’s just on fire. I told him, ’Listen man, just stay focused on your music. They gonna throw shots at you. Time heals everything.’ He has great support; his mother is amazing. I was really scoping out the situation — it could have been something I didn’t want to be around, but I really got a great vibe. Honestly.”