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Listen to Chris Brown Bring Along Usher, Rick Ross for ‘New Flame’

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(Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)

By Kevin Rutherford

Now that Chris Brown‘s a free man and gearing up for his next album, get ready — the new music is likely to start flowing freely, starting with “New Flame.”

The R&B singer, fresh off an appearance at last night’s BET Awards, debuted the new song today (June 30) — and rather than relying on his own star power, Brown’s sure to get everyone talking with a pair of guest spots on the song.

The synthed-out slow burner is at first a Brown tune that recalls some of Usher‘s vast discography. That, it turns out, is no coincidence — on the second verse, Usher himself appears to drop his vocal on the track, echoing Brown’s sentiments about this new girl that neither wants to let go.

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To cap it off, Rick Ross storms in with a rap on the song’s bridge, throwing out enough New York Yankees and baseball references to stock an entire album. “Baby I’m a boss, I’m talking George Steinbrenner,” Ross raps, with mentions of Yogi Berra and Derek Jeter as well.

Brown and Usher harmonize fairly seamlessly on “New Flame” and its chorus as the repetitive-but-catchy synth line bounces about in the background.

One would expect “New Flame” to be the newest song revealed from Brown’s upcoming X album, which is currently scheduled for release this year but does not have a specific release date.

He popped up at the star-studded BET Awards last night (June 29), performing his top 10 hit “Loyal” with Lil Wayne and Travis Barker.

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