Chris Brown Sets Release Date For Upcoming Album, ‘X’

Bradley Stern | August 4, 2014 7:42 am

X marks the spot …over a year later.

Originally due to be released on July 16 of last year (before a series of album pushbacks and, erm, legal troubles), Chris Brown‘s upcoming sixth studio album X (which, yes, now shares a title with one of the year’s most popular releases by Ed Sheeran) has once again been cemented in stone — this time for Tuesday, September 16.

The oft-delayed LP, which could boast a slew of singles released over the past year including “Fine China,” “Love More” and “Loyal,” was given the green light for a September debut via Brown’s Instagram yesterday.

“I tried to stay away from the Euro beats, and not go totally pop…Instead, I wanted to take the Quincy Jones approach. The record pays homage to the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jacksons, the Sam Cookes: I wanted to put that classic essence of R&B and soul with the new age of music now. There’s a lot of live instruments, and a lot less Auto-Tune,” he explained early last year to Rolling Stone.

But with plenty of new life experiences in a short amount of time under his belt since the initial album announcement, it wouldn’t be surprising if X turned out to be an entirely new beast. (After all, he did just hop in the studio with former rival, Drake.)

Are you excited to hear what Chris Brown is cooking up in the studio? Check out the announcement below, and let us know in the comments.

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