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Don’t Wake Me Up


Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) from Tappahannock, Virginia.

In late 2005, he released his first studio album, Chris Brown, which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one debut single, “Run It!” which was produced by Scott Storch and featured Juelz Santana. The album also produced two other top ten singles: “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Say Goodbye.” Brown’s second studio album, Exclusive was released worldwide in November 2007. It has spawned his second US number one hit, “Kiss Kiss” which was produced by T-Pain, who was also featured in the song . The third single, “With You”, has reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has entered into the top ten in several countries across the world, becoming one of his most successful worldwide releases to date.

The second single, “Kiss Kiss”, was nominated for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in the category for Best rap/Sung Collaboration.

Brown, one of two children, was born and raised in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia, the son of Joyce Hawkins and Clinton Brown. Brown was influenced by the artists his parents played on the home radio, such as Michael Jackson and Sam Cooke. A dancer since the age of two, Brown was not aware of his vocal talents until the age of eleven. Before becoming a vocalist, he was interested in becoming a rapper.

At thirteen, Brown was discovered by a local production team who visited his father’s gas station searching for new talent. Since then, he began his recording career and moved to New York, staying there for two years. Brown’s local production team organized an audition before Def Jam Vice President Tina Davis, who currently works as his manager. At the age of 15, Brown was then sent to perform for L.A. Reid and was subsequently signed in 2004 to Jive Records. By early 2005, Brown began work for his debut album, working with the likes of Scott Storch, The Underdogs, Dre, Vidal, Bryan Michael Cox, Bow Wow, and Jermaine Dupri.

Brown left school in late 2004 to begin working on his self-titled debut album which was released on November 29, 2005. The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 selling over 155,000 copies in first week of sales. Five weeks later, became certified platinum, and within a year, went double platinum. His debut single “Run It!,” was #1 in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. Following “Run It!,” “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” became Brown’s second top 10 hit in the US, peaking at #7, and #13 in the UK. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA.

His third single “Gimme That” was released in March 2006 which featured Lil Wayne for a remix, originally not featured on the Chris Brown album, but was later included. The single debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #80 and climbed the charts quickly peaking at #15. Chris also co-directed his music videos for “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Gimme That.” His fourth single is the ballad “Say Goodbye,” which is also a part of the Step Up Soundtrack. On June 13, 2006, Brown released a DVD entitled, Chris Brown’s Journey, which shows footage of him travelling in England and Japan, getting ready for his first visit to the Grammys, behind the scenes of his music videos and bloopers.

On August 17, 2006 to further promote the album, Brown kicked off his major co-headlining tour, The Up Close and Personal Tour. Due to the tour, production for his next album was pushed back two months a second summer tour is in the works once the album is completed the tour may include artists: Pretty Ricky, Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Ne-Yo, Ciara, and Cherish.’. Chris also has been the opening act for R&B singer Beyonce Knowles on the Australian leg of her The Beyonce Experience tour.

Chris Brown has also started to act in movies and has appeared in Stomp The Yard and This Christmas as well as several episodes of The O.C.

Don’t Wake Me Up” is a song by American recording artist Chris Brown, taken from his fifth studio album, Fortune (2012). It was written by Alain Whyte, Allessandro Benassi, Brian Kennedy, Brown, Jean-Baptiste, Marco Benassi, Michael McHenry, Nick Marsh, Priscilla Hamilton, Ryan Buendia and William Orbit. The production of the song was handled by Benny and Alle Benassi, Free School, Orbit and Kennedy. It was released digitally on May 18, 2012, as the fourth single from the album. “Don’t Wake Me Up” is a dance-pop song that features a heavy bass and a repetitive chorus. The lyrics of the song revolve around a lost loved one who exists only in a dream.

Don’t Wake Me Up” received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented its production. The song achieved commercial success worldwide, reaching the top-ten in Australia, Austria, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom, and the top-twenty in Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and both regions of Belgium. In the United States, “Don’t Wake Me Up” has so far reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).

The accompanying music video for “Don’t Wake Me Up” was directed by Colin Tilley and premiered on June 11, 2012. It displays Brown in three different dreams which all involve a mysterious woman, played by model Araya Nicks. The video garnered positive reception from critics for its visuals. Brown promoted the song with live performances on televised shows, including Today and the 2012 BET Awards.


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