Album title: Fortune
Management: Tina Davis, TDC/Phase Too
Release date: July 3
Chris Brown continues down the comeback road he began paving with 2011's "F.A.M.E." That project's cache of hot singles ("Deuces," "No BS," "Look at Me Now," "She Ain't You," "Wet the Bed") has been succeeded by a new crop of songs from Fortune, including "Turn Up the Music" and "Strip" featuring Kevin "K-MAC" McCall. Also in play are "Sweet Love" and "Till I Die" featuring Big Sean and Wiz Khalifa. Waiting in the wings is new single "Don't Wake Me Up."
And that's not counting the assists Brown has given others: Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," Fat Joe's "Another Round," DJ Khaled's "Take It to the Head," Nicki Minaj's "Right by My Side" and labelmate Brandy's "Put It Down," the just-issued first single from her debut album on RCA.
RCA senior VP of urban marketing Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell says, "Chris is constantly raising the bar for himself. He's so creative and has really created a lane where no one else can compete."
Expanding on the R&B/pop/electronic dance music interplay that permeated F.A.M.E., Brown has tapped a creative team that includes the Underdogs, Polow Da Don, Tha Bizness and Danja. Although Brown continues to attract controversy - he and Rihanna guesting on each other's remixes; chided for lip-synching at the Billboard Music Awards - it all boils down to the music. As Hollywood Hernandez, PD of Cumulus' syndicated R&B channel "The Touch" noted following the "Cake" remix, "If it's a hit song, I'll play it."
Album title: The Masterpiece
Label: Bobby Brown Productions/Bronx Bridge Entertainment/Fontana
Management: Alicia Etheredge
Release date: June 5
Currently on tour with New Edition, Bobby Brown sounds off this summer with his first solo album in 14 years. The set's lead single - "Don't Let Me Die" - was penned several years before the death of ex-wife Whitney Houston. "Die" is produced by Fred "Blaze" Crawford who, together with Jared Gosselin, helmed The Masterpiece. Features include New Edition mates Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant plus Bobby "Jayre" Brown Jr., who makes his debut on the cut "Starmaker." Brown Sr. calls Masterpiece his effort to "bridge the gap between good old R&B and today's R&B."
Album title: Write Me Back
Management: Derrel McDavid, Winkler McDavid; Ann Carli, Fuzzy Bunny Films
Release date: June 26
"Share My Love" is the debut single from R. Kelly's 11th studio album, "Write Me Back." Picking up where 2010's "Love Letter" left off, the new release filters in such influences as Smokey Robinson and Barry White. Kelly also served as executive music consultant on the film "Sparkle" (Aug. 17) and penned three original songs for the soundtrack including the Whitney Houston/Jordin Sparks duet "Celebrate." His memoir, "SoulaCoaster: The Diary of Me," arrives June 28.
Album title: Two Eleven
Management: Ryan Ramsey
Release date: TBD
Brandy makes her RCA debut with "Two Eleven," her sixth studio album. Recorded in association with producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Entertainment, the set features collaborations with an array of songwriters and producers, including Timbaland, Hit-Boy, Danja, Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Ester Dean and Frank Ocean. Earlier this year, Brandy told Billboard that her goal was to record an "album that has something for everybody; real R&B with dance songs and bang-out ballads." Following on the heels of her reunion with Monica ("It All Belongs to Me"), Brandy teams with Chris Brown for her set's first single, "Put It Down."
Album title: Chapter V
Management: Kevin Liles, KWL Enterprises
Release date: TBD
A release date hasn't been slated, but Trey Songz' "Chapter V" has already spun off a hit single in "Heart Attack." If the Benny Blanco and Rico Love co-production is any indication, then Songz and Atlantic can expect a warm reception from fans (aka Trey's Angels) for his fourth album. Reported guests include T.I., Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Big Sean and Kelly Rowland. His previous album, 2010's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure," has sold 848,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Album title: Love IV MMXII
Label: Radio Killa/Def Jam
ManagerS: Jaha Johnson, Matriarch Entertainment; Chaka Pilgrim
Release date: Aug. 14
In a series of tweets on May 16, the-Dream (@mrteriusnash) announced that his new album will arrive Aug. 14. Predecessor "Love King" hasn't fared as well as his earlier CDs, selling 171,000, according to SoundScan. But don't count out the seduction guru just yet: In one of those tweets, he said that "Love IV MMXII" is the best album he's made, adding, "I don't care what the sales will be."