Brad Wete
July 15, 2011 AT 05:18 PM EDT

Al Roker tried to take a quick head count, but there were just too many fans out at New York City’s Rockefeller Center this morning for Chris Brown to track.

Roker and fellow Today show anchor Matt Lauer estimated that 18-20,000 folks made their way to the show’s midtown NY stage to see the young star, besting any other performer’s audience attendance for their Summer Concert Series (including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Bruno Mars). Today screamed the news on Twitter, writing “The crowd for Chris Brown concert is now the biggest @todayshow crowd ever!”

The love Brown got was so great that authorities were forced to shut down an additional two blocks to accommodate those who wanted to catch a glimpse of his set, which included “Yeah 3X,” his 2008 smash “Forever,” and his latest single “She Ain’t You.”

Considering the negative press (much of it earned) that Brown’s received in the last two years, some may be surprised that he’s such a draw. Guess that goes to show what real fans and a truly solid album can accomplish. Check out his go at “Forever” after the jump.

Brown was amazed himself, thanking his fans for their support after he left the stage. “I love Team Breezy so much,” he tweeted. “Wish the concert was longer today! Thx you Today show for your everything Love ya!”

Did you watch Chris’ performance this morning? If not, you can catch his set here. Let us know what you think.

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