The album was far more successful than Brown’s debut, peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and spawning five top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles, including Brown’s only number one, “My Prerogative“. It spent a total of six weeks on top of the Billboard200 and was the best-selling album of 1989 in the United States. The album also reached the top five in the United Kingdom and Australia.
Get the Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel T Shirt . Don’t Be Cruel received extremely positive reviews from music critics. Brown also won his first Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 1990 Grammy Awards for “Every Little Step“.
Get the Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel T Shirt . Don’t Be Cruel was to Bobby Brown what Control was to Janet Jackson – a tougher, more aggressive project that shed his “bubblegum” image altogether and brought him to a new artistic and commercial plateau. With “My Prerogative” and the title song, Brown became a leader of new jack swing – a forceful, high-tech blend of traditional soul singing and rap/hip-hop that’s also associated with Guy and Brown’s New Edition colleagues, Bell Biv DeVoe.
Get the Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel T Shirt . Don’t Be Cruel debuted at number 74 on the Billboard 200 on July 23, 1988. It wasn’t until six months later that the album reached number one, starting a six-week non-consecutive run at number one, from January 21, 1989 – February 4, 1989 and February 18, 1989 – March 4, 1989. Its reign at number one was interrupted for one week by Guns N’ Roses‘ Appetite for Destruction.
The album also spent a total of 11 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart over the course of 1988 and 1989. It spent an eight-week non-consecutive run at number one from September–November 1988, and then remarkably returned to number one four months later in March 1989.
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