Chris Brown
Singer-songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor
Chris Brown
Chris Brown is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, Brown taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows. In 2004, he signed with Jive Records, and released his self-titled debut album the following year.
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Chris Brown Tweets A Very Revealing Photo Of Himself!
Hollywood Life - over 5 years
Trick or treat? Chris posted a photo of himself in an outfit that reveals more than most hacked cell phone pictures! Talk about too much information. There's a reason that some things should be left for the imagination, and we think the self-shot that <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> shared with his fans on Twitter is completely inappropriate! The R&amp;B star with a rocky past knew that his Halloween costume was too risqué to wear out, and we wish he would have kept it off Twitter too! "I don't think I can wear this costume tonight! Gonna change!" tweeted Chris with this photo attached. We think this a Halloween disaster, but maybe some of Chris's fans found it to be quite a treat! Tell us what you think about this picture! Do YOU think Chis's display of manhood is over-the-top? [polldaddy poll=5632954] Nicole Fukuoka More <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> News! ...
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Chris Brown, Meek Mill Rock Powerhouse '11 Show
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<a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a>, Meek Mill, Wale, Big Sean, DJ Khaled performed rollicking sets at Power 99's Powerhouse '11 on Friday at Philly's Wells Fargo Arena, where Rick Ross was notably absent. Photo: MTV News Related Artists <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> T-Pain Big Sean Jadakiss DJ Khaled Meek Mill
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Chris Brown Reveals <i>Fortune</i> Singles
MTV News - over 5 years
Album is singer's follow-up to F.A.M.E., released earlier this year. By Jocelyn Vena <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> has already dropped F.A.M.E. this year, and now he's prepping for the release of his follow-up album, Fortune. The singer tweeted some of the titles of the singles on the album, which is expected to drop before year's end. "Continue requesting WET THE BED [off F.A.M.E.] at ur radio stations. Also, the new singles from FORTUNE are being mixed!" he wrote on Twitter. "STRIP [off his Boy in Detention mixtape] is one of the singles off of FORTUNE so request at RADIO!" In addition to "Strip," Breezy shared a few more song titles from the album. "I'm also really excited about the release of my single titled 'BIGGEST FAN' produced by the RUNNERS!" he said, before retweeting a message from hi ...
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Chris Brown, Josh Holloway Land On 'Planet B-Boy'
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Singer, 'Lost' actor team up for Benson Lee film based on documentary. By Jocelyn Vena <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> Photo: James Devaney/ WireImage <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> is beefing up his acting résumé with a lead in the new flick "Planet B-Boy," alongside "Lost" actor Josh Holloway. The Benson Lee-directed film is based on Lee's award-winning 2007 documentary of the same name, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Production for the film kicks off this week in L.A. According to a description from studio Screen Gems, it "is about an all-star American b-boy crew training to compete in France at the Battle of the Year (BOTY) International Championships. After a decade of defeat, the crew and their coach must go up against the best and greatest b-boys in the world: the Koreans, the Russians and the French who have dominated the original American dance form ...
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Chris Brown, Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nods
Huffington Post - over 5 years
MTV News: <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> is up for the most nominations at the Soul Train Awards with five nods. Following closely behind are "Party" and "Lift...
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Lil Wayne, Chris Brown Take Honors At BET Hip-Hop Awards
Channel 10 News - San Diego, CA - over 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a>, <a class="fplink fp-174114" href="/lil+wayne">Lil Wayne</a> and Busta Rhymes dominated the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Brown's track "Look At Me Now," which also featured the two aforementioned rappers, won four honors at the event.
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Breakfast Links: Chris Brown Tops BET Hip-Hop Awards with Four Wins
Ok Magazine - over 5 years
• <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> tops BET Hip-Hop Awards with four wins (Hollywood Reporter) • <a class="fplink fp-160724" href="/kate+hudson">Kate Hudson</a> debuts dramatic brown hair on set with Ryder (PopSugar) • <a class="fplink fp-118051" href="/hugh+jackman">Hugh Jackman</a> talks karaoking with <a class="fplink fp-236930" href="/robert+pattinson">Robert Pattinson</a> (JustJared) • Friends co-star <a class="fplink fp-53788" href="/courteney+cox">Courteney Cox</a> back at NBC as producer of Friends-like comedy (Deadline) • <a class="fplink fp-147424" href="/john+mellencamp">John Mellencamp</a> &amp; <a class="fplink fp-192530" href="/meg+ryan">Meg Ryan</a> still going strong (RadarOnline)
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New Song: Joe Jonas, 'Lighthouse'
MTV News - over 5 years
Credit: Getty Images The bromance between <a class="fplink fp-140700" href="/joe+jonas">Joe Jonas</a> and <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> is going strong, guys. So strong, in fact, that Chris and his bestie Kevin McCall co-wrote Joe's latest, "Lighthouse." You know it's true love when dudes start writing songs for each other. "Lighthouse," off of Joe's debut solo, Fastlife, which dropped today, definitely sounds like a would-be <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> record, but we're not mad at that one bit. Slightly reminiscent of Chris' vocals in "Deuces," Joe's voice is smooth and sultry, giving the record an '80s flavor. Produced by Hitboy, Joe sings of a love turned sour: "Remember when I asked you just to stay/Said you'd be gone for a while but be back someday/But suddenly the truth doesn't feel so safe/You made a promise, you didn't keep it." We've said this 78 million times, ...
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Chris Brown Stirs Up Frenzy On <i>F.A.M.E.</i> Tour
MTV News - over 5 years
TeamBreezy came out in droves on Friday for star's New York stop at Nassau Coliseum. By Rebecca Thomas <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> performs during his F.A.M.E. Tour (file) Photo: Getty Images UNIONDALE, New York — If there's one place where <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> escapes the nimbus cloud of unfortunate headlines that often threatens to rain down on him, it's the stage. He proved that emphatically when he touched down Friday night at New York's Nassau Coliseum (capacity 18,000), the midway mark on his F.A.M.E. Tour. Away from his Twitter account, even the hidden dangers of his iPhone, Breezy cleared the brush of his personal distractions, and was simply sublime onstage. Rather than calling to mind his pop&amp;B peers, Brown conjured a late Pop King who also battled bad press during his lifetime. Such is Brown's command that, four albums to his credit, ...
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Chris Brown Set To Go 'Undercover' With J. Cole
MTV News - over 5 years
'I think the ladies gonna like this one,' DJ Drama teases MTV News about collabo from his October album. By Rob Markman <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> Photo: Getty Images J. Cole is riding high this week after the release of his debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Aside from the inevitable euphoria that comes with dropping one's first album, relative newcomer Cole also got a chance to work with Jay-Z, Missy Elliott and Trey Songz on the project. But fans shouldn't expect the high-profile collaborations to stop there thanks to DJ Drama. On October 11, the Atlanta DJ will drop his latest album, Third Power, on which he paired Cole with <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a> for a track titled "Undercover." "We were searching for tracks for Chris," Drama explained to MTV News about how he and producer V12 the Hitman came up with the song. "We got something, Chris ...
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Fat Joe Says Chris Brown Collabo Is 'Crazy'
MTV News - over 5 years
'We getting so sexy for the ladies on this album,' rapper tells Mixtape Daily. By Rob Markman, with reporting by Steven Roberts <a class="fplink fp-83603" href="/fat+joe"><a class="fplink fp-83603" href="/fat+joe">Fat Joe</a></a> Photo: MTV News The O.D.: <a class="fplink fp-83603" href="/fat+joe"><a class="fplink fp-83603" href="/fat+joe">Fat Joe</a></a> <a class="fplink fp-83603" href="/fat+joe"><a class="fplink fp-83603" href="/fat+joe">Fat Joe</a></a>'s recent weight loss has the Bronx MC brimming with confidence. His last album, The Darkside Vol. 1, was a hard-nosed dedication to the streets led by his Jeezy collaboration "(Ha Ha) Slow Down." For his next LP it isn't the Snowman who will lend the assist but <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a>. "We getting so sexy for the ladies on this album," the Don Cartagena told Mixtape Daily. "My first single that we're gonna drop in three weeks is me and <a class="fplin ...
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Chris Brown Fan: Keeping Rolex 'Didn't Cross My Mind'
MTV News - over 5 years
'I was afraid it was gonna get broken,' VMA hero Alisha Borton tells MTV News of rescuing singer's pricey watch. By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Rebecca Thomas <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer"><a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a></a> tosses his Rolex into the crowd during his performance at the 2011 VMAs Photo: MTV When <a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer"><a class="fplink fp-373553" href="/chris+brown+american+entertainer">Chris Brown</a></a>'s Rolex went missing during his high-flying VMA performance last month, it was a young lady in the audience who found the watch and promptly returned it to the pop star. Alisha Borton, a 24-year-old Ohio native, got tickets to the 2011 VMAs through a casting service while she was in California visiting a friend. Little did Alisha know that just by attending the show — and finding Brown's very expensive Rollie — s ...
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Chris Brown concert adds lawn tickets - The Daily News Online
Google News - over 5 years
DARIEN CENTER — Lawn tickets have been made available for Chris Brown&#39;s Sept. 14 tour stop at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center. “The FAME Tour” features Brown, T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga. The show was first announced in early August
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Brown
    TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 22
    In September 2012, Brown received criticism for a new neck tattoo that appeared to be the face of a battered woman, prompting allegations that the tattoo was a depiction of Rihanna.
    More Details Hide Details Brown's publicist stated that the tattoo does not depict a battered woman and is instead a design derived from a Day of the Dead sugar skull. Headlining Supporting
    On June 14, 2012, Drake and his entourage allegedly threw glass bottles towards Brown at a nightclub called WIP in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City.
    More Details Hide Details About eight people were injured during the brawl, including San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, who had to have surgery to remove a piece of glass from his eye, and a tourist from Australia who suffered injuries to her face and head and received sixteen stitches for her head as a result. Drake wasn't arrested. Brown later made a diss record to Drake a few weeks later. He also posted a picture of himself with a gashed chin on Instagram. Brown's attorney claimed Drake was the instigator.
    In October 2012, Brown announced that he had ended his relationship with Tran because he didn't "want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna."
    More Details Hide Details The day after the announcement, Brown released a video entitled "The Real Chris Brown", which features images of himself, Tran, and Rihanna, as Brown wonders, "Is there such thing as loving two people? I don't know if it's possible, but I feel like that." On March 4, 2011, WorldStarHipHop.com leaked a nude photo of Chris Brown on their website. Two weeks later, Brown spoke out on WorldStarHipHop.com and said that the photo was supposed to be sent to a girl, as the photo shows him getting out of the shower while he stood in the mirror with a phone in his hand and his "goods" were being seen. He said he found out about the picture as he checked his Twitter while playing a video game. He also said he wasn't really bothered, stating that he was "comfortable with his body".
    However, throughout 2012 there was persistent media speculation that Brown was rekindling his relationship with Rihanna, though he remained involved with Tran and under probation in the Rihanna domestic violence case.
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    He was scheduled to appear in court with regard to the evaluation on August 21, 2012.
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    On July 11, 2012, Brown's community service was evaluated and he was ordered to meet a judge.
    More Details Hide Details The evaluation was ordered by Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg on July 10, 2012.
    Brown's fifth studio album, Fortune, was released on July 3, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The album topped the Billboard 200, but received negative reviews from critics. In addition to his solo commercial success, Brown has been featured on several hits such as "No Air", a duet with singer Jordin Sparks, "Shortie like Mine" with the rapper Bow Wow and "Shawty Get Loose" alongside Lil Mama and T-Pain. The songs have peaked on number three, number nine and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively. Due to his dance routines, Brown has been compared to R&B artists Usher and Michael Jackson and has cited them as a large influence on his music.
    His fifth studio album, Fortune, was released in July 2012.
    More Details Hide Details However, apart from Exclusive, Brown's albums were not well received by music critics.
    On February 12, 2012, Brown won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
    More Details Hide Details During the ceremony, Brown performed several songs marking his first appearance at the awards show since his conviction of felony assault. On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding Jive Records along with Arista Records and J Records. With the shutdown, Brown (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release future material on the RCA Records brand. "Strip", featuring Kevin McCall, was released as the album's buzz single on November 18, 2011. "Turn Up the Music" was released as the lead single from Fortune on February 14, 2012.
  • 2011
    Age 21
    In 2011, he began dating aspiring model Karrueche Tran.
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    On March 22, 2011, after his first performance of "Yeah 3x" and a contentious interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America at the Times Square Studios where he was asked about the Rihanna situation and restraining order, Brown allegedly became violent in his dressing room during a commercial break before his second performance ending that day's program, and threw an object at a window overlooking Times Square, causing damage to the window.
    More Details Hide Details Brown then took off his shirt and after several angry confrontations with the segment producer, other show staff and building security, left the building shirtless. Following the incident, Brown left a message on Twitter saying, "I'm so over people bring this past s**t up!! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for there bullshit sic." The comment was deleted moments later.
    In February 2011, at the request of Brown's lawyer, Judge Patricia Schnegg modified with Rihanna's agreement the restraining order to a "level one order," allowing both singers to appear at awards shows together in the future.
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  • 2010
    Age 20
    In June 2010, Brown's application for a visa to enter the UK was refused on the grounds of him "being guilty of a serious criminal offence" due to his assault on Rihanna.
    More Details Hide Details Brown had been planning to do a tour of British cities as part of a European tour but Sony stated that due to "issues surrounding his work visa" the tour was to be postponed.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    On September 2, 2009, Brown spoke about the domestic violence case in a pre-recorded Larry King Live interview, his first public interview about the matter.
    More Details Hide Details He was accompanied to the interview by his mother, Joyce Hawkins, and attorney Mark Geragos, as he discussed growing up in a household with his mother being repeatedly assaulted by his stepfather. Brown said of hearing details of his assault of Rihanna, "I'm in shock, because, first of all, that's not who I am as a person, and that's not who I promise I want to be." Brown's mother said Brown "has never, ever been a violent person, ever" and that she does not believe in the cycle of violence. Brown said that it is "tough" for him to look at the famous photograph released of Rihanna's battered face, which may be the one image to haunt and define him forever, and that he still loved her. "I'm pretty sure we can always be friends," said Brown, "and I don't know about our relationship, but I just know definitely that we ended as friends." He stated he did not feel that his career was over, and described his relationship with Rihanna as having been like Romeo and Juliet, blaming the media attention in the aftermath of the assault for driving them apart. When asked if he had any memory of assaulting Rihanna, he said that he did not, but realized that it occurred, and was sorry for his actions. However, following criticism of saying he did not remember, he later said in a statement, "Of course I remember what happened.
    On July 20, 2009, Brown released a two-minute video on his official YouTube page apologizing to fans and Rihanna for the assault, expressing the incident as his "deepest regret" and saying that he has repeatedly apologized to Rihanna and "accepts full responsibility".
    More Details Hide Details In the video, Brown said he wanted to speak out earlier about the case but was advised by his attorney not to until the legal ramifications were settled. The video was removed, but is still available online. On August 25, Brown was sentenced to five years of probation, one year of domestic violence counseling, and six months of community service; the judge retained a five-year restraining order on Brown, which requires him to remain 50 yards away from Rihanna, 10 yards at public events. According to Andy Kellman of Allmusic, "A fairly substantial backlash resulted in Brown’s songs being pulled from rotation on several radio stations. Ultimately, however, it had little bearing on the progress of his music and acting careers".
    On June 22, 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to a felony and accepted a plea deal of community labor, five years' formal probation and domestic violence counseling.
    More Details Hide Details Several organizations against domestic violence criticized the plea deal, advocating the punishment was not severe enough for the crime; the level of Brown's influence over youth also came under scrutiny.
    He was arraigned on April 6, 2009, and pleaded not guilty to one count of assault and one count of making criminal threats.
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    On March 5, 2009, Brown was charged with felony assault and making criminal threats.
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    Following Brown's arrest, several commercial ads featuring him were suspended, his music was withdrawn from multiple radio stations, and he withdrew from public appearances, including one at the 2009 Grammy Awards, where he was replaced by Justin Timberlake and Al Green.
    More Details Hide Details Brown hired a crisis management team and released a statement saying, "Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired."
    At around 12:30am on February 8, 2009, Brown and then-girlfriend, recording artist Rihanna had an argument which escalated into physical violence, leaving Rihanna with visible facial injuries which required hospitalization.
    More Details Hide Details Brown turned himself in to the Los Angeles Police Department's Wilshire station at 6:30pm and was booked under suspicion of making criminal threats. The police report did not name the female in the incident as is policy, but media sources soon revealed that the victim was Rihanna.
  • 2008
    Age 18
    In 2008, Brown began work on his-then upcoming third studio album.
    More Details Hide Details According to him, he would experiment a different musical direction for his new album—titled Graffiti—while hoping to emulate singers Prince and Michael Jackson. He stated, "I wanted to change it up and really be different. Like my style nowadays, I don't try to be typical urban. I want to be like how Prince, Michael and Stevie Wonder were. They can cross over to any genre of music." The album's lead single "I Can Transform Ya" was released on September 29, 2009. The song peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 11 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Crawl" was released as the album's second single on November 23, 2009. The song reached number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100. Graffiti was then released on December 8, 2009. The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 102,000 copies in its first week, but received generally negative reviews from critics. As of March 23, 2011, it has sold 341,000 copies in the United States.
    Towards the end of 2008, Brown was named Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine.
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    In October 2008, he was featured on T-Pain's single "Freeze", from his third studio album Thr33 Ringz.
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    In August 2008, Brown guest-starred on Disney's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as himself.
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    Brown re-released Exclusive on June 3, 2008 as a deluxe edition, renamed Exclusive: The Forever Edition, seven months after the release of the original version.
    More Details Hide Details The re-released version featured four new tracks, including the single "Forever", which reached number two on Billboard Hot 100.
    In March 2008, Brown was featured on Jordin Sparks' single "No Air", which peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    More Details Hide Details He also made a guest appearance on Ludacris' single "What Them Girls Like" alongside Sean Garrett. The song peaked at number 17 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number eight on the US Hot Rap Songs chart.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    On November 21, 2007, Brown appeared in This Christmas, a family drama starring Regina King.
    More Details Hide Details To further support the album Exclusive, Brown embarked on his The Exclusive Holiday Tour, visiting over thirty venues in United States. The tour began in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 6, 2007 and concluded on February 9, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Shortly after ending his summer tour with Ne-Yo, Brown quickly began production for his second studio album, Exclusive, which was released in the United States on November 6, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 294,000 copies in its first week, and received generally positive reviews from music critics. As of March 23, 2011, it has sold over 1.9 million copies in the United States. The album's lead single, "Wall to Wall", peaked at number 79 on US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 22 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Kiss Kiss", featuring and produced by T-Pain, was released as the album's second single. It reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and became Brown's second number one single following "Run It!" in 2005. "With You", a song produced by Stargate, was released as the third single from Exclusive, and reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    In November 2007, Brown starred as video host for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Math-A-Thon program, to show his support by encouraging students to use their math skills to help children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
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    On July 9, 2007, Brown was featured in an episode of MTV's My Super Sweet 16 (for the event, it was retitled: Chris Brown: My Super 18) celebrating his eighteenth birthday in New York City.
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    In April 2007, Brown was the opening act for Beyoncé Knowles, on the Australian leg of her The Beyoncé Experience tour.
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    Brown then made his film debut in Stomp the Yard, alongside Ne-Yo, Meagan Good and Columbus Short on January 12, 2007.
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    In January 2007, Brown landed a small role as a band geek in the fourth season of the American television series The O.C..
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    Apart from recording music, Brown has also pursued an acting career. In 2007, he made his on-screen feature film debut in Stomp the Yard, and appeared as a guest on the television series The O.C. Other films Brown has appeared in, include This Christmas (2007), Takers (2010) and Think Like a Man (2012).
    More Details Hide Details Throughout his career, Brown has won numerous awards, including two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards and nine BET Awards. In 2009, he plead guilty to felony assault of singer and then-girlfriend Rihanna. He was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community service. The case received extensive media attention and negatively affected his career.
  • 2006
    Age 16
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital received $10,000 in ticket proceeds from Brown's 2006 "Up Close & Personal" tour.
    More Details Hide Details Brown has made appearances on UPN's One on One and The N's Brandon T. Jackson Show on its pilot episode.
    On August 17, 2006 to further promote the album, Brown began his major co-headlining tour, The Up Close and Personal Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Due to the tour, production for his next album was pushed back two months.
    On June 13, 2006, Brown released a DVD entitled, Chris Brown's Journey, which shows footage of him traveling in England and Japan, getting ready for his first visit to the Grammy Awards, behind the scenes of his music videos and bloopers.
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  • 2005
    Age 15
    Though they became friends in 2005, Brown's romantic relationship with Rihanna began in 2008, and ended with the aforementioned domestic violence case in 2009.
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    Released on November 29, 2005, the self-titled Chris Brown debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 154,000 copies.
    More Details Hide Details Chris Brown was a relative commercial success with the time; selling over two million copies in the United States—where it was certified two times platinum by the RIAA—and three million copies worldwide. The album's lead single, "Run It! ", made Brown the first male act (since Montell Jordan in 1995) to have his debut single to reach the summit of the Billboard Hot 100—later remaining for four additionally weeks. Three of the other singles—"Yo (Excuse Me Miss)," "Gimme That" and "Say Goodbye"—peaked within the top twenty at the same chart.
  • 2004
    Age 14
    After being signed to Jive Records in 2004, Brown started the recording process in February 2005.
    More Details Hide Details By May, there were 50 songs already recorded, 14 of which were picked to the final track listing. The singer worked with several producers and songwriters—Scott Storch, Cool & Dre and Jazze Pha among them—commenting that they "really believed in him". Brown also made some input on the album, receiving co-writing credits of five tracks. "I write about the things that 16 year olds go through every day," says Brown. "Like you just got in trouble for sneaking your girl into the house, or you can't drive, so you steal a car or something." The whole album took less than eight weeks to produce.
    In 2004, he signed with Jive Records, and released his self-titled debut album the following year.
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and featured the hit single "Run It! ", which topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male artist as a lead to have his debut single top the chart since Diddy in 1997. Chris Brown was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Brown's second studio album, Exclusive, was released in 2007. It spawned three successful singles; his second Hot 100 number one, "Kiss Kiss" featuring T-Pain, "With You" and "Forever". Exclusive was also certified double platinum by the RIAA. Brown's third studio album Graffiti (2009), included the top-twenty single "I Can Transform Ya", featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz. In 2011, Brown released his fourth studio album F.A.M.E., which became his first number one album on the Billboard 200. It spawned the hit singles "Yeah 3x", "Look at Me Now" featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, and "Beautiful People" featuring Benny Benassi. F.A.M.E. earned Brown his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 54th Grammy Awards.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Born
    Christopher Maurice Brown was born on May 5, 1989, in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia, to Joyce Hawkins, a former day care center director, and Clinton Brown, a corrections officer at a local prison.
    More Details Hide Details The younger child of the couple, he has an older sister, Lytrell Bundy, who works in a bank. Music was always present in Brown's life beginning in his childhood. He would listen to soul albums that his parents owned, and eventually began to show interest in the hip-hop scene. Brown taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and often cites Michael Jackson as his inspiration. He began to perform in his church choir and in several local talent shows. When he mimicked an Usher performance of "My Way", his mother recognized his vocal talent, and they began to look for the opportunity of a record deal. At the same time, Brown was going through personal issues. His parents had divorced, and his mother's boyfriend terrified him by subjecting her to domestic violence. At the age of 13, Brown was discovered by Hitmission Records, a local production team that visited his father's gas station while searching for new talent. Hitmission's Lamont Fleming provided voice coaching for Brown, and the team helped to arrange a demo package and approached contacts in New York to seek a record deal. Tina Davis, senior A&R executive at Def Jam Recordings, was impressed when Brown auditioned in her New York office, and she immediately took him to meet the former president of the Island Def Jam Music Group, Antonio "L.A." Reid, who offered to sign him that day. "I knew that Chris had real talent," says Davis. "I just knew I wanted to be part of it."
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