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Moving forward: Chris Brown prepares his most ambitious album yet

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Chris Brown brings the Party Tour into MGM Grand Garden Arena May 20.
Photo: Jesse Sutherland

Chris Brown might be one of the most controversial and polarizing performers in music today—even to his dedicated fans—but offstage issues haven’t deterred him from cranking out hits and selling out shows. As Billboard recently reported in an extensive piece exploring the current state of the 28-year-old artist, “While it seems as if Chris Brown the man has yet to find his bottom, Chris Brown the R&B star remains a commercial force and near-constant presence on radio.”

Last year, Brown notched a handful of debuts on the Hot 100 (lead by “Back to Sleep”) and wrapped up his 41-show arena tour One Hell of a Nite after venturing across the United States and Europe. He already has a hit this year: “Party” featuring Usher and Gucci Mane, which is also the name of his current mini-tour, set to wrap next week at the Forum in LA and stopping at MGM Grand on the Strip Saturday night.

And there are no signs of slowing down. Earlier this month, Brown blasted out a 40-song tracklist for his eighth studio album, Heartbreak on a Full Moon, expected later this year. That’s exactly the kind of prolific output that has kept him on the charts, on the road and top of mind when it comes to R&B’s biggest draws.

The Party Tour with Chris Brown, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis & Kap G at MGM Grand Garden Arena, May 20.

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