Chris Brown is headed for another No. 1. "No BS," which claimed Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors last week, steps up 5-4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- an 11% gain with 29.9 million listener impressions.
If "No BS" reaches the summit, it will be Brown's second No. 1 following "Deuces." Featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall, the breakup track returned Brown to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs last September for the first time since 2006.
With this week's debut of "Look at Me Now" at No. 62, Brown counts six entries on the chart -- a far cry from a year ago when some radio stations banned his songs. Besides the three aforementioned tracks, Brown's tally includes featured roles on Twista's "Make a Movie" (which spent four weeks at its No. 6 peak), T.I.'s "Get Back Up" (No. 44) and Bow Wow's "Ain't Thinkin' 'Bout You" (No. 69).
Meanwhile, Brown's pop-oriented "Yeah 3X" has cracked the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 15) as well as Hot Digital Songs (No. 18). "No BS" and "Make a Movie" are simultaneously climbing the Hot 100, standing at Nos. 68 and 83, respectively.
The singer/songwriter also received three Grammy Award nominations in December: best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals, for "Take My Time" with Tank; best contemporary R&B album, for "Graffiti"; and best rap/sung collaboration, for "Deuces." Brown has also been posting a series of "Breezy Art" webisodes on ChrisBrownWorld.com, discoursing on such subjects as his love of dancing and style.
All this activity sets the stage for Brown's fourth Jive album, "F.A.M.E." Chatter about the set -- whose title stands for "Forgiving All My Enemies" -- began in earnest last September when Brown talked briefly about the project during an interview with an Austin radio station. Buzz resumed this week following an informal listening session of Brown's work-in-progress at Los Angeles' Record Plant. In addition to already leaked tracks "Look at Me Now" and "Beautiful People," the artist played a diverse array of songs featuring energetic fusions of house and dub with R&B and hip-hop.
While Jive hasn't yet announced a release date, "F.A.M.E." is slated to arrive in the spring.