Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor.
His second album Exclusive (2007) spawned his second Hot 100 number one "Kiss Kiss", in addition to "With You" and "Forever". Apart from his work in the music industry, Brown has pursued an acting career.
The album was also certified double platinum by the RIAA. 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. Other films Brown has appeared in, include This Christmas (2007), Takers (2010), Think Like a Man (2012), and Battle of the Year (2013).
In addition to his solo commercial success, Brown has been featured on several singles 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. (2011) became his first to top the Billboard 200; it spawned the singles "Yeah 3x", "Look at Me Now", and "Beautiful People". Throughout his career, Brown has won several awards, including fourteen BET Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and three MTV VMA awards. "I just knew I wanted to be part of it." The negotiations with Def Jam continued for two months, and Davis then lost her job due to a corporate merger.
The songs have peaked at number three, number nine and number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 respectively. 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. Brown asked her to be his manager, and once Davis accepted, she promoted the singer to labels such as Jive Records, J-Records and Warner Bros. According to Mark Pitts in an interview with Hit Quarters, Davis presented Brown with a video recording, and Pitts' reaction was: "I saw the potential ...
In 2009, Brown received much media attention after pleading guilty to felony assault of his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna; he was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service. I didn't love all the records, but I loved his voice.
His third album Graffiti was released later that year, and included the top-twenty single "I Can Transform Ya". It wasn't a problem because I knew that he could sing, and I knew how to make records." Brown ultimately chose Jive due to its successful work with then-young acts such as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
Brown stated, "I picked Jive because they had the best success with younger artists in the pop market, [...] I knew I was going to capture my African American audience, but Jive had a lot of strength in the pop area as well as longevity in careers." After being signed to Jive Records in 2004, Brown began recording his self-titled debut studio album in February 2005.
By May, there were 50 songs already recorded, 14 of which were picked to the final track listing.
"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." 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. ", 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.
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.