'Full Moon' shines with Carib music

Observer writer

Monday, November 13, 2017

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AMERICAN singer Chris Brown's latest album, Heartbreak On A Full Moon, is number one on Billboard's R&B Albums and R&B Hip/Hop Albums chart.

The two-disc set boasts production credit from Jamaica-born Canadian producer Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels, as well as two songs of Caribbean origin — Questions and Privacy.

The latter, released as the third single in March, features an interpolation of Red Rat's 1997 hit Tight Up Skirt.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Red Rat spoke about Brown's use of his track.

“For Chris Brown to sample a piece of Tight Up Skirt, it only shows how much of a big fan he is of our dancehall music. This also proves that real authentic dancehall music is very much alive, and is now and has always played a major role in the entertainment industry globally,” Red Rat told Observer.

Privacy peaked at 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 26 on Billboard's R&B Hip-Hop Songs chart. It has been certified gold for sales of over 500,000 in the United States.

Questions features an interpolation of Turn Me On, a 2003 platinum-selling hit for St Vincent soca artiste Kevin Lyttle.

Tough Love, a track featured on disc two of Brown's album, is produced by Samuels.

Brown has had a love affair with Caribbean music since he emerged on the music scene. His 2007 sophomore album, Exclusive featured Wall to Wall, which was later remixed with Elephant Man.

A year later Brown collaborated with Elephant Man on Feel The Steam, which was featured on Elephant Man's Bad Boy Records debut Let's Get Physical.

Earlier this year, the American singer was featured on a remix of dancehall artiste Konshens' 2016 chart-topping single Bruck Off Yuh Back.

Brown has performed in Jamaica twice. His last performance was at the 2010 edition of Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay.




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