Brown’s official new album ‘Royalty’ is also due before Christmas, with a December 18 release date. ‘Royalty’ is the follow up to sixth album ‘X’, released in September 2014. ‘X’ topped out at number 2 in the US and number 4 in the UK.
Brown has promised to donate $1 from every purchase of ‘Royalty’ between now and Christmas to Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and Best Buddies, tweeting “sometimes music is bigger than the money.”
The new 34-track mixtape also features a host of hip-hop stars, including Tyga, Wale, French Montana and Fetty Wap.
Chris Brown was found guilty of a felony assault on his then girlfriend Rihanna that took place in 2009, but Rihanna appears to have softened her stance on the rapper recently.
She told Vanity Fair she will “care about him [Brown] until the day I die”,” adding “We’re not friends, but it’s not like we’re enemies. We don’t have much of a relationship now.”
She continues “I was very protective of him. I felt that people didn’t understand him. Even after… But you know, you realise after a while that in that situation you’re the enemy. You want the best for them, but if you remind them of their failures, or if you remind them of bad moments in their life, or even if you say I’m willing to put up with something, they think less of you – because they know you don’t deserve what they’re going to give.”
“If you put up with it, maybe you are agreeing that you [deserve] this, and that’s when I finally had to say, ‘Uh-oh, I was stupid thinking I was built for this.’ Sometimes you just have to walk away.”
Stream or free-download the new ‘Before the Party’ mixtape via Datpiff.com, below: