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Template:Infobox song "Zero" is a song by American singer Chris Brown from his seventh studio album Royalty. It was released as a single on September 18, 2015, by RCA Records.[1]

The song received positive reviews from music critics who noted it as one of the album's highlights, and celebrated Brown's performance and its production, praising his retro sound, including the use of talk box. The song peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100. A music video that includes the precedent single from Royalty, "Liquor", alongside with "Zero", was released on August 27, 2015, and is the first part of Royalty music videos storyline.

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The song was written by Chris Brown and Sean Douglas, and its production was handled by Matthew Burnett and Tushar Apte, with additional production of Talay Riley. The song features a talk box part performed by musician Marcus Lomax. The song was recorded in late 2014 at Record Plant in Los Angeles, California, as one of the first records that were set to be part of Brown's follow-up to his sixth studio album X.

"Zero" is a disco-funk song.[2][3][4][5] The song was compared by some critics to the work of American band Chic and French electronic music duo Daft Punk.[4][5][6] The funk elements are its bassline and the electric guitar riff of the chorus.[7] Various citics said that the robotic talk box voice of the song is reminiscent of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. Lyrically, in the song Brown sings about how he does not care about his break up with his ex-girlfriend, as he sings, "Ask how many nights I've been thinking of you, zero".[8][9][10] Some critics speculated that the lyrics were dedicated to Brown's ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran.[11]

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The cover artwork is similar to artwork used in the 1985 manga City Hunter. The layout is practically identical with only minor variations such as skin tone.[8][12] RCA does not give attribution for the song's artwork.[13]

Critical receptionModifica

"Zero" received positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic editor Andy Kellman called the song a "remarkable disco-funk throwback replete with talkbox", noting some irony in writing, recording, and releasing a song bragging about not thinking of an ex.[2] Mikael Wood of The Courier-Journal defined “Zero” as a "superb and unapologetic funky up-tempo", also stating that the track is "one of Brown's most distinctive singles".[14] Marcus Dowling of HipHopDX said that the song along with "No Filter", another song from Royalty, "pack in all of the aforementioned Rodgers’ chugging grooves from Chic’s “Good Times,” David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” into one fantastic production".[15] Mike Pizzo of Las Vegas Weekly praised his sound, but was not thrilled towards its lyrical content, saying "it’s hard not to nod your head to the ’80s grooves of "Fine by Me" or "Zero", even if the message is endlessly eye rolling".[16] Jesse Cataldo of Slant Magazine praised the song saying that "“Zero” similarly has a really good neo-disco aesthetic, with warm synth washes and some genial Vocoder noodling, things that remind works from Daft Punk's Random Access Memories".[4]

Music videoModifica

On August 7, 2015 a few images from the music video shoot were released online.[17] On August 27, 2015, Brown uploaded a teaser for "Liquor/Zero" on his Instagram.[18] The music video premiered on September 22, 2015, along with "Liquor" as one video.[19]


The music video for "Liquor/Zero" was directed by Brown.[20] In the “Zero” part of the video, Brown returns home after a long night and finds a girl he’s been seeing throwing his clothes off a balcony because she did not know where he was. Rather than get into an argument, Brown decides to gather his boys and go out, and after he dance starting in an alley and moves his way into a laundromat with his crew before taking the stage at downtown theater. At the end of the video there is a cameo by Dan Bilzerian.[21][22]

Track listingModifica

  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Zero" (Explicit) — 3:33
  • Digital download[1]
  1. "Zero" (Clean) — 3:30


Weekly chartsModifica

Chart (2015–16) Peak
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[23] 1


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