Just a few weeks after announcing he was recording a new album, Chris Brown will release the project's lead single and video on April 1. "Fine China," an uptempo song defining the qualities of a woman, is one of five tracks the Grammy Award-winning singer shared during a sneak peek of his sixth album last week at Burbank, Calif.'s Glenwood Studios. Titled "X," the RCA set is slated for late August/early September.
"I wanted to touch musically on Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke," says Brown of the single, "and incorporate those influences with the new." Produced by Roccstar and PK, "Fine China" was co-written by Brown, Roccstar, Eric Bellinger and Brown's CBE artist Sevyn. In addition to reteaming with Timbaland and Danja, both of whom worked on Brown's No. 1 2012 set Fortune, "X" finds Brown also collaborating with Diplo (who worked on Brown's 2011 No. 1 album "F.A.M.E."), BAM, Drumma Boy, CP Dubb, Mel and Mus, Verse Simmonds and Camper.
Rounding out the sneak peek:
"Autumn Leaves": Produced by BAM and co-written by Brown and Roccstar, it's a reflective, laid-back track about life and love that Brown says is a potential second single. The song will also feature Kendrick Lamar.
"X": The Diplo-produced title track talks about crossing out the past and moving forward ("Why trip off the bullshit when I'm on the good shit"). "The bass will beat through your chest," notes Brown, who co-wrote with Roccstar, Sevyn and Dewaine Whitmore Jr.
"Lady in Glass Dress": A metaphor about being hurt and heartbroken but not letting that stand in the way of seeking love again ("I can see right through you"). Camper produced the Brown and Sam Hook co-written ballad.
"Add Me In": Another nod to Wonder and Cooke, the uptempo track has Brown drawing on math metaphors ("What's the problem, girl?") to attract the interest of a female. Danja produced; Brown, Roccstar and Bellinger handled the writing.