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Royalty - Royalty (Chris Brown album) - Netflix
Royalty is the seventh studio album by American singer Chris Brown. It was released on December 18, 2015, by RCA Records. The album serves as the follow-up to his sixth album X (2014). The album is dedicated to Chris Brown's daughter, Royalty Brown. The album received mixed reviews from music critics, who celebrated the record's old-school sound, but were dissatisfied towards its lyrical content. The album was considered a qualitative step back from previous solo album X. Royalty debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200, selling 184,000 units (162,000 in pure album sales) in its first week, marking an improvement over Brown's last three studio albums. It also became his seventh solo album consecutive top ten debut in the United States. As of March 2016, Royalty has sold 360,000 copies in the United States It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for combined equivalent units (including streaming and track-equivalent units) of 500,000 units. Preceding the album's release by four singles; including “Liquor”, “Zero”, “Back to Sleep”, and “Fine by Me”. The album's third single “Back to Sleep” peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Royalty - Critical reception - Netflix
Royalty received mixed to favorable/positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, which indicates “mixed or average reviews”, based on 5 reviews. Allmusic editor Andy Kellman expressed a mixed response saying that the album “is designed more to please Brown's devout fans than illustrate growth”, and called it a qualitative step back from previous solo album X. Los Angeles Times's Mikael Wood expressed a positive response, and complimented its music as “a convincing bad-guy energy that’s all the more potent for its sweet, often luscious textures”. Complex's Michael Arcenaux expressed a negative response, describing the album as a “mistake” and calling it a “directionless mess”, saying that “Chris Brown has all the components to be excellent, he’s a decent singer with a nice tone, a proven songwriter, and an excellent performer, but rarely is that reflected on his albums”. Mike Pizzo of Las Vegas Weekly said that on the album Brown “doesn’t attempt to make a cohesive album, but looks to solidify his position by producing another handful of radio-ready cuts, attempting to satisfy multiple audiences at once”. Brad Wete of Billboard praised the album's sound, but he was dissatisfied towards its lyrical content, saying “Admittedly, a rich 26-year-old bachelor’s life is full of romps with women and wild nights. Fame, access, and talent bring those with ease. This seems to be an art imitating life thing. But if and when Brown ascends to the next level, it likely will be because he starts talking about the morning after. It’s time for him to wake up.” Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX on his review has expressed the same concepts of Brad Wete's review, saying that “While showing progression on Royalty, Chris Brown still is quite far from being the best man and artist that he can be.”
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