On Monday, April 1, Chris Brown got up early to join the Today show and premiere his new video, “Fine China,” on MTV. His forthcoming album, X, will be released in August 2013. In advance of that, Brown seems bent on rehabilitating his relationship with the public.
Brown didn’t exactly open up, but did acquiesce to address questions from Matt Lauer regarding the changes he’s made as a person since his 2009 attack of Rihanna. Brown shared that he’d gone through a 52 week domestic violence counseling program that was meant to make him understand why he did what he did — the answer to that question was a truth Brown chose not to share and a line of questioning Lauer did not pursue.
“I’ve been humbled by the whole experience,” Brown said. “From me losing everything to me having to regain public opinion or whatever it is — but most importantly knowing that what I did was totally wrong and having to deal with myself and forgive myself in the same breath and being able to apologize to Rihanna and be that man that can be who is a man, you know?”
Brown confirmed that he and girlfriend Rihanna are currently an item in spite of an interview, that Brown now refutes, where he said the pair were on the outs.
With regards to his forthcoming album, Brown said he’s taken a Quincy Jones approach in the studio, encouraging different artists and producers to work together collaboratively in order to get the best results.
The first example hit the Internet just shortly after his Today show appearance, with MTV debuting “Fine China.” The narrative video casts Brown as a parentally-disapproved boyfriend with a heart of gold.
The clip, recorded in a haze of gold lighting, aims to slide Chris Brown back into his previous role of heir apparent to the title of “The Next Michael Jackson.” Numerous visual cues, as well as dance moves, harken back to moments seen in Jackson’s music video heyday — including a Jackson trademark ’90s fedora. The video ends on a cliffhanger note that can only be said to evoke visual memories of Jackson’s “Bad.”