Chris Brown

PHOTOS

User Guide

Isn’t he just an Usher wannabe?
This is a pretty contentious start to a User Guide, but Breezy’s no more beholden to Usher than any other male R&B singer whose career started after 2004. And anyway, Usher’s something to aspire to! A singer and dancer who’s spent a decade dominating R&B, hip-hop and pop radio, with an enviable string of hits and a name that’s become synonymous with pitching woo—we’re pretty sure we all want to be Usher. Brown’s vocals are more silky smooth, his dance style is more athletic, and even before 2009 (we’ll get to it), his affect was...