Chris Brown Talks Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and New Album ‘X’ with Ryan Seacrest

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Chris Brown has had his fair share of trouble in the past, but he’s turning a new page. On Tuesday, the 23-year-old singer stopped by Ryan Seacrest’s studio for a candid conversation about his personal and professional life. Nothing was off limits—from reuniting with Rihanna (“I’m eternally grateful and thankful”) to his past mistakes (“I can’t go around blaming”) to his fight with a valet over $10 to why he deleted his Instagram page.

He also shared details about his upcoming sixth album X and getting in the studio with Jennifer Lopez.

“Fine China,” the first single off X, drops April 1.

On his new album X: “The direction I wanted to go for this album was the same base I went for the first album. I had a humble mindstate of going in the studio with any producer, any writer, and trying to make a great project. I kinda put the Quincy Jones formula on it, put all of the different producers locked into one studio, and just try to make a great project.”

On why he named the album X: “I’ll be 24 when the album comes out, so X is the 24th letter in the alphabet. It also means the roman numeral for X. I’ve been doing this for 10 years now. My birthday is 5/5/89, five and five is 10.”

On working with Jennifer Lopez: “We actually are collaborating. I’m trying to get her on my album, I have a couple songs that would be incredible for her to feature on. But as for now, I’m just in the studio writing for her album and collaborating on new stuff and trying to give her some party music and fun stuff.”

On winning back fans: “People are entitled to their opinions. I can’t go around blaming. It’s all about my responsibility and me growing up as a man. So I think now that I’m becoming older, and trying to mature in this life under the public eye at all times, I have to focus on doing the right thing and being more of a humble individual.”

On his past mistakes: “I could put that on my age but that would just be making an excuse. I think for me that at age 18, 19 I was capable of writing and producing songs, so I’m also capable of making the right choices. So I think it’s about a learning process now. Being at that young age I can tell you I was arrogant and definitely hotheaded. Everybody has a temper, but for me it was not knowing how to control it when I thought I had the world in my hands.”

On his relationship with Rihanna: “I just tried my best to be the best man I could be over the years and just show her how remorseful and sorry I was for the incident and that time was probably the worst part of my life and being that she has and she’s a wonderful person I’m eternally grateful and thankful.”

On his fight with a valet over $10: “By all means, I’m a great tipper. Ten dollars is not a problem…[it] was five dollar parking at the place…but before we went in, I gave the man $100 dollars. We had two cars. It’s five dollar parking. Okay, do the math. So when we came out he was like, ‘You know what? We need $20 for each car.’ And I said, ‘Sir, I just gave you $100.’ So he was like, ‘No, no we need $10.’ So he was just going around trying to see if he could get more money and I was like, ‘no,’ so by that time it was a situation.”

On Instagram and Twitter: “Both [are a blessing and a curse]…for me now I’m not as hands on as I used to be. I totally deleted my Instagram and I get on Twitter every now and then to touch base with my fans because I love my fans. But sometimes when you’re a young kid and you have impulsive techniques you kind of get like, ‘Arghhh! I can’t stand you.’ People love [Twitter wars], they eat it up, so I’d rather not feed them that.”

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61 Comments

  1. Jayla

    I love him, I support all black artists, there’s room for everyone i don’t know why the black community likes to pick one against another like there can only be a few black artists, like relax

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    Dr. Archbishop Oprah Reply:

    @Jayla, supports all black artist? Just stop you sound ignorant. Support Music if its good regardless of race, gender, sexuality, etc. I understand your point is to explain how black on black Stan’s are brutal but you’re just further perpetuating sociological stereotypes

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    TIFFANY Reply:

    @Dr. Archbishop Oprah, EXACTLY!

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    Wendy Williams Reply:

    @Jayla, Clearly you’re not black and just want to further push false stereotypes about blacks. We all know your type.

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    hummus Reply:

    @Jayla, when white women stop f*cking for checks and white men stop touching their daughters we’ll support each other more.

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  2. marita

    love you BREEZYYY…..CANT WAIT FOR …X…

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  3. kate

    stupid boy

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  4. Arie

    Glad to know he is learning and trying to be a better person.

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  5. CBE

    Glad his making interviews now, he needs them for this album, I want more RnB and less techno…Fortune was good though but timing of the release was poor.

    XXXXXXX FINE CHINA APRIL 1st 2013 LEGGO!

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  6. CBE

    Excited thats all.

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  7. atm

    Wow, he sounds mature. I guess he really is growing up.

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  8. krysta

    Luv u breezy and so glad u r doing interviews and recognizing it all ends and begins with u! Can’t wait for ‘X’

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  9. susan

    I am so excited for his new work, he sounding so mature now.

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  10. Yasmine

    I hope this album is better than Fortune, I was very disappointed with that. I loved his debut and Exclusive …. please go back to that formula, Chris. That was your best music.

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    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @Yasmine, PREACH!!

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    moveonson.tumblr.com Reply:

    @Yasmine, His debut was Chris Brown.

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    qqq Reply:

    @moveonson.tumblr.com, That’s why Yasmine wrote his debut AND exclusive.

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  11. yellow gorrilah

    X as in Xconvict

    This ignorant fool keeps on trying loooooool

    His music is wack and basic at best. Miguel and Frank are the top leading artist out. He has no chance and he thinks rihanna forgiving him that people will forgive him ch…another album that will be forgotten and paid dust is coming our way.

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    Ethan Reply:

    @yellow gorrilah,

    Lol he has no chance? “X” will be better than Frank’s album

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    Rachel Reply:

    @Ethan, Highly doubt that. I like Chris, but Frank Ocean is in a league of his own.

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    CBE Reply:

    @Rachel, HA! no

    nice try though

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    Peyton Reply:

    @yellow gorrilah, I agree somewhat, but Miguel and Frank are very conscious and mature singers. That fact must be taken into account as well. Chris, well … Chris does what he does and it works for his demographic of listeners.

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  12. S*

    He has a privat instagram with very few people

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    red Reply:

    @S*, no he doesnt have a private instagram, you are being fooled by a poser probably.

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  13. yung raw

    @yellowgorrilah fuck you you are a ignorant prick Chris brown is 10× better than fag ocean and Miguel channel yawn only sold about 447,000 copies his last album flopped to and you have no right to catch feelings over him and Rihanna she forgave him so shut the fuck up and last time I checked fortune generated 2 #1 singles channel orange didn’t have one fag ocean won because he’s gay and your a idiot if you think he didn’t cause they changed the fucking category for crying out loud

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    Wole Reply:

    @yung raw, we are talking about quality you fucking retard. out of those three chris is the only one without a grammy go check the internet before you start bringing up lies cuz im looking at his awards right now

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    tune Reply:

    @Wole, clearly you aren’t looking at his awards hard enough, chris won a Grammy for best R&B album last year with F.A.M.E

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    Wole Reply:

    @yung raw, @yung raw, God. im so tired of his fans like you that blindly argue to the truth cuz chris said it in his grammy interview of how happy he was for miguel’s year. and frank got nominated for best album so fuck off and get your facts straight asshole

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    Theo Reply:

    @yung raw, Angry Chris Brown stan lol

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    joseph Reply:

    @yung raw, lies!!! justin timberlake , franck and miguel are the building !!!!! that’s all

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  18. Elena

    Why on earth is he working with JLo? She has no voice, no talent and her music is so dated. Chris doesn’t need her

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    Speechless Reply:

    @Elena, The fact that your bashing one of the hardest working women in the entertainment industry is ridiculous. I want you to tell me how much Chris’ last album sold then tell me who needs who. Sit down and shut up.

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    Egor Reply:

    @Speechless, But Jlo can’t sing. She was a good dancer but she cant really dance anymore like she used to. She needs to stick to movies because her music is sh-t.

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  19. joe

    @Wole

    Chris won a grammy for his Fame album in 2012. His cd Fortune is about 50k short of a gold cert but his label is too cheap to certify him.

    Frank Ocean’s cd hasn’t sold much more than Breezy’s and Miguel’s cd has sold much fewer than Fortune.

    Chris doesn’t need J Lo, I agree, he probably just wants her because the video would be off the chain wiht the dancing.

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    wole Reply:

    @joe, frank ocean received 2 . miguel has one and they have not been here for long though :)

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  20. joe

    @Speechless

    yes no need to bash j lo but frankly she needs Chris. Both of his last cds outsold hers’ She did well on the singles chart but her cds sold poorly. She’s had more youtube views because the spanish worldwide audience helps her but she’s dated that is why she is turning to Breezy.

    Turn up the music, yeah x3 , beautiful people, don’t wake me up and now as your friend (#1 dance song now) were all platinum selling singles for hem (except as your friend) and that is why she coming for Breezy!

    She looking for an uptempo, dance hit! Her boytoy casper is a young dancer and he prob told her to hop on Breezy!

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  21. wonderland19@hotmail.co.uk

    Awww its so great to hear chris back on mainstream american media!!! That interview was great!

    I’m so pumped for ‘X’ and ‘Fine China’.

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  22. JHP

    I may be wrong, but I think CB’s about to comeback with some quality music that somewhat redeems himself.

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  23. Chauncey

    Chris Brown’s STANS are some of the most idiotic people out there. Their foolish comments slandering other artists for no reason and of no relevance to this article make sensible fans look bad and make indifferent people who would otherwise give the guy a chance turn away.

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  26. K

    Love, Chris…
    been a fan from the start and never stopped.

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  27. .,

    Everything isn’t about sales. If you think Billboard and Awards make the best artist I feel sorry for you

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  28. divinebrown

    the thirsty heffas looking through the glass in the background of the pictures are cracking me up!

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  29. J

    After Tyga and Chris drop their separate albums I hope they release their Fan of a Fan 2 collab as quickly as possible

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  31. Truth uk britishoman

    Nice interview and it sound very great of course people gonna be talking about him or Rihanna no matter what Wish nothing but the best for him I Can’t wait to hear Fine China on April 1-2013 which is april fool day

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  32. lioness

    good interview

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  33. yung raw

    Chris or Miguel deserved that Grammy don’t think I hate Miguel because I love Miguel and we all know he won cause he gay/bi or whatever they wanted him to win so bad they changed the categories name and for the idiot who sad Chris hasn’t won a Grammy is a idiot he won for fame and I’m not angry I just call bullshit when I see it and frank time is coming ain’t gone be to long until the weeknd rise a above Francine puddle and I ain’t no stan I’m a grown ass man

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    Wole Reply:

    @yung raw, they said rnb, chris’s top song was turn up the music, that is pop

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  34. QueenBeyonce

    I love him and Rihanna happy to see he working with JLo cant wait to see what he got coming!

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  36. Will

    Legend….Can’t wait for X!!!

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  38. Jay

    Sweet!!! I’ll be looking forward to this album for sure!!! :)

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  39. Dmitrs

    Tim and Danja on this “X” to
    this is going to be dope

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