As tipped on the F.A.M.E. tracklist, Chris Brown really did record a track with Justin Bieber, and it’s a glossy dance jam aimed pretty squarely at — surprise! — the ladies. Over a marching beat, Breezy and the Bieb take turns cooing declarations of devotion. Which of them sounds more convincing? Listen below.
Brown-watchers and Beliebers may remember that Brown began building expectations for this jam back in December, when he tweeted news of what was then seen as a curious collaboration: “ME and @justinbieber got a BANGER/SMASH record for all the fans out there at the top of the NEW YEAR!!! 2011.”
Is it the BANGER/SMASH Brown fans hoped for? To us, it sounds almost too high-fructose. “You are my dream / There’s not a thing I won’t do / I’d give my life up for you / ’cause you are my dream,” Bieber sings as the beat builds toward the chorus. You have to wonder if he practiced it on his date the other night.
As for Chris, the song represents one of his most overt forays yet into dance-pop. But between this and “Rock Paper Scissors”, does F.A.M.E. offer enough to take him back to the top of the charts?