In the last days of Chris Brown’s promotional run for his upcoming album, Fortune, the singer dropped a new video for his single “Don’t Wake Me Up” and granted the rare interview.

Directed by Colin Tilley, “Don’t Wake Me Up” features Brown as he searches for his dream girl who vanishes and reappears in different places. He drops in and out of a dream, similar to the film Inception.

Along with his new clip, Brown has some advice for aspiring artists: never stop dreaming. In a recent interview, the controversial song and dance man chatted with artist and collaborator Ron English during a May exhibition for Brown’s Dum English toy line. While there were no questions about his past legal troubles, Twitter beefs, and his tumulturous relationship with ex-girlfriend pop vixen Rihanna, the 23-year-old R&B performer opened up about his childhood, his early evolution as an aspiring singer and his hopes to become a movie director.

“It’s basically just your determination as far as an artist is concerned,” Brown said of aspiring artists looking to follow in his footsteps. “It’s just about your drive and your dream. I think that as far as being an artist, and being an entertainer, for me it’s like we never lose our dream.”

Brown also offered some thoughts about his involvement in his videos.

“My progression is basically to be on the director’s side and try to be behind the camera and creating a different world for people to see and be inspired. Like how I was as a kid, watching Michael Jackson, Freddie Starr and even Indiana Jones, certain movies that really grab your [attention] as a kid.”

-Keith Murphy, CBS Local


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