Chris Brown's career has definitely been a roller coaster ride. On Monday, the multiplatinum singer was released from jail after serving 108 days due to a probation violation. But for all of Breezy's legal woes, he has some serious musical heat on him, and that's why his label should consider releasing his delayed X album -- immediately.
Assuming that the LP is done, RCA may do well to capitalize off of the current Chris Brown curiosity and his musical wins. The music video for "Loyal," Brown's latest single, was released in March while he was locked up and is now sitting in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Previous X singles have also done well at radio, including "Love More," with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at #7 on the same chart earlier this year.
If Sunday night's Hot 97 Summer Jam concert in New Jersey was any indication, then CB is clearly having a moment. His CBE artist Sevyn Streeter paid homage by playing a portion of "Loyal" as the crowd was filing into the annual concert at MetLife Stadium. Trey Songz followed by shouting "Free CB!" during his set, while Nicki performed the "Love More" collabo.
Lil Wayne, in a surprise appearance, came out to perform his verse on "Loyal" and the crowd ate it up. Then, towards the end of the star-studded show Kid Ink performed "Show Me" and "Main Chick," two of his Chris Brown-assisted, chart-topping hits.
The musical relevance Chris has been able to maintain from behind bars is remarkable and had it not been for his legal woes, there is no telling what heights he may have reached in the first half of 2014. His derailed track with Ariana Grande, Don't Be Gone Too Long could've built the buzz even more, but was put on pause when Breezy was sentenced.
Brown started his X roll-out in 2013 when he dropped the Michael Jackson-inspired "Fine China." He had plans to release the album that same year, but things didn't go his way. Breezy spoke to MTV News in March 2013 and broke down a few tracks that he intended to put on the album. There was the Diplo-produced "X" and "Autumn Leaves" with Kendrick Lamar, though it's unclear now whether those songs will make the final cut when the LP is eventually released.
Though Brown seemed to have music on his mind, he was arrested in October 2013 on assault charges and entered a rehab facility later that month. Things continued to spiral downward from there. In mid-March, the singer was arrested on a probation violation tied to his expulsion from a court-ordered rehab facility.
Now that Brown is free, however, he has promised to get back to his "the music and the fans," as he posted on Twitter.
What better way than with the album that we've all been waiting for?