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Chris Brown Hitting Big With Sound And Vision

Of the Oakland Press

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At just 17, Chris Brown has a healthy résumé of accomplishments — a nearly double-platinum debut album, a No. 1 hit (“Run It”), Best New Artist honors from the Soul Train and BET awards.

But the singerdancer from smalltown Tappahannock, Va., says the most fun he’s been having is on the road.

“Getting awards is lovely, but I really love being an artist and performing for my audience,” says Brown, whose album was produced by hit-making heavyweights such as Scott Storch, Jermaine Dupri and Sean Garrett, who had to take a bit of time off to allow the teenager’s voice to change.

“I’ve just been having a lot of fun being on tour, being able to go from place to place and have fun. Everything that’s happened has been a surprise. I’m just feeling positivity ... overwhelmed and blessed.”

Brown plans to start working on his second album later this year, though he’s been coming up with ideas on a studio in his tour bus. We’ll be seeing quite a bit of him on big and small screens soon, however. After cameos in the fi lm “Step Up” and the TV show “One on One,” he’ll have a more substantial role in “Stomp the Yard,” a college-themed dance movie that comes out Jan. 12, and will be featured as a “band geek” on several episodes of the new season of “The O.C.”

“(Acting) shows different avenues of my skills,” says Brown, who also hopes to develop a clothing line in the future. “But they’re similar. When you’re onstage or in a video, it’s kind of like acting, not being yourself. You’re being an artist, not like you’d be every day at home. So there’s a little bit of both in there.”

Chris Brown headlines the Up Close and Personal Tour at 7 p.m. Saturday (September 16th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Ne-Yo, Lil’ Wayne, Dem Franchize Boyz and Juelz Santana also are on the bill. Tickets are $45.50-$65.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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