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Chris Brown to debut in town

U.S. singer, songwriter and dancer Chris Brown will perform in Shenzhen on Sept. 23.
Having signed with Jive Records in 2004, Brown released his self-titled debut studio album the following year. It peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling an overall 3 million copies worldwide.
With his first single “Run It!” peaking atop the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, Brown became the first male artist as a lead since Diddy in 1997 to have his debut single top the chart.
His second album “Exclusive” (2007) spawned his second Hot 100 No. 1 “Kiss Kiss,” in addition to “With You” and “Forever.” The album was also certified double platinum by the RIAA.
Brown’s fourth album “F.A.M.E.” (2011) became his first to top the Billboard 200. “F.A.M.E.” earned Brown his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.
Brown has cited a number of artists as his inspiration, predominantly Michael Jackson. He emphasizes “Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer.” Choreographically, MTV noticed that it “takes distinct visual cues from classic clips like ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Beat It’,” while Billboard complimented his appearance by calling it “a modern way to channel the King of Pop.” Usher is also another influence who comes across as a more contemporary figure for Brown.
Music critics have commended Brown’s introduction to R&B, recognizing his modern day adaptations as well as versatility.
Time: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 23
Tickets: 380-1,680 yuan
Booking: 400-610-3721
Venue: Shenzhen Universiade Center, 3001 Longxiang Boulevard, Longgang District (龙岗区龙翔大道3001号深圳龙岗大运中心)
Metro: Line 3, Universiade Station (大运站), Exit C(SD News)