Christopher Maurice Brown was born on May 5,1989 and is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor.
113 Facts About Chris Brown
Chris Brown has gained a cult following and wide comparisons to Michael Jackson for his stage presence.
In 2004, Chris Brown signed with Jive Records, and released his self-titled debut studio album the following year, which was later certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In 2009, Chris Brown pled guilty to felony assault of his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.
Chris Brown has sold over 197 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists.
Chris Brown is one of the highest-grossing African American touring artists of all time.
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.
Chris Brown has an older sister, Lytrell Bundy, who works in a bank.
Music was always present in Chris Brown's life beginning in his childhood.
Chris Brown would listen to soul albums that his parents owned, and eventually began to show interest in the hip-hop scene.
Chris Brown taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and often cites Michael Jackson as his inspiration.
Chris Brown began to perform in his church choir and in several local talent shows.
Chris Brown's parents had divorced, and his mother's boyfriend terrified him by subjecting her to domestic violence.
At age 13, Chris Brown was discovered by Hitmission Records, a local production team that visited his father's gas station while searching for new talent.
Chris Brown attended Essex High School in Virginia until late 2004, when he moved to New York to pursue his music career.
Chris Brown asked her to be his manager, and once Davis accepted, she promoted the singer to other labels such as Jive Records, J-Records and Warner Bros.
In January 2007, Chris Brown landed a small role as a band geek in the fourth season of the American television series The OC.
Chris Brown then made his film debut in Stomp the Yard, alongside Ne-Yo, Meagan Good and Columbus Short on January 12,2007.
On July 9,2007, Brown was featured in an episode of MTV's My Super Sweet 16 celebrating his eighteenth birthday in New York City.
Shortly after ending his summer tour with Ne-Yo, Chris Brown quickly began production for his second studio album, Exclusive.
In November 2007, Chris Brown starred as a video host for St Jude Children's Research Hospital's Math-A-Thon program.
Chris Brown showed his support by encouraging students to use their math skills to help children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
On November 21,2007, Brown appeared in This Christmas, a family drama starring Regina King.
In March 2008, Chris Brown was featured on Jordin Sparks' single "No Air", which had worldwide success peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Chris Brown made a guest appearance on David Banner' single "Get Like Me" alongside Yung Joc.
Chris 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.
Towards the end of 2008, Chris Brown was named Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine.
In 2008, Chris Brown began work on his third studio album, to be called Graffiti, promising to experiment with a different musical direction inspired by singers Prince and Michael Jackson.
Chris Brown started to be the only artistic director of all his future projects.
Chris Brown said that his decision to entirely direct and write his albums and songs came from the fact that he wanted to give his "own perspective of the music [he] wanted to make" and by his wanting to "verbalize whatever [he] was going through".
Chris Brown later released the solo track "No BS" as his second single from Fan of a Fan, and decided to include the two singles from the mixtape as anticipation singles for his next album.
Chris Brown won three awards at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards, including the People's Champ Award, Reese's Perfect Combo Award and Best Hip Hop Video for "Look at Me Now".
On March 26,2013, Chris Brown announced the release of X, in various interviews and listening sessions, releasing the song "Fine China" as the album lead single.
When paramedics arrived, Chris Brown allegedly refused to receive treatment and refused to be transported to the local hospital.
On February 24,2015, Chris Brown released his first collaborative studio album with Tyga, titled Fan of a Fan: The Album.
In early 2015, Chris Brown embarked on his Between The Sheets Tour with Trey Songz.
Also in February 2015, Chris Brown said during an interview for The Breakfast Club that he started working on the album going for a direction that would've been the sound predominant overseas.
In spring of 2015, Chris Brown was featured on DJ Deorro's song "Five More Hours", which received an excellent worldwide success.
On October 13,2015, Chris Brown announced that Royalty will be released on November 27,2015.
Chris Brown started working and recording tracks for his next album few weeks before the release of Royalty, in late 2015.
On January 10,2016, Chris Brown had previewed 11 unreleased songs on his Periscope and Instagram profiles, showing him dancing and lip-synching these songs.
Chris Brown worked on the album heavily during 2016 and 2017, during two tours as well, the European leg of the One Hell of a Nite Tour and The Party Tour, building a recording studio inside of his home to record songs for the album.
On October 13,2017, Chris Brown released the promotional single "High End", that features guest vocals from American trap artists Future and Young Thug, announcing the final tracklist of the album.
On October 25,2017, Chris Brown organized with Tidal a free pop-up concert in New York City to perform the singles on the album and promote it for his fans.
Chris Brown eventually embarked on his US "Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour" in June 2018 to further promote the album.
On March 15,2018, Chris Brown was featured in Lil Dicky's smash hit single "Freaky Friday".
On January 4,2019, Chris Brown released "Undecided", the first single off it, alongside a video for the song.
Chris Brown later revealed the artwork of the album and its track list between May and June 2019.
On October 4,2019, Chris Brown eventually released a deluxe version of Indigo entitled Indigo Extended, which included 10 additional songs, making the extended version a total of 42 songs.
On June 10,2019, Chris Brown announced an official headlining concert tour where he performed the album throughout United States, titled "Indigoat Tour".
In December 2019, Chris Brown revealed that he started working on new material for his tenth studio album.
On May 1,2020, Chris Brown was featured on Drake's Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape on the track "Not You Too".
On July 9,2020, Chris Brown announced via Instagram that the title of his tenth album would be Breezy, a reference to his stage nickname.
On December 18,2021, Chris Brown said that the lead single of Breezy would be released in January 2022.
On March 16,2022, Chris Brown took to his Instagram account to tease a new joint tour for Summer 2022 with a mystery co-headliner, which will coincide the rollout of the album.
Chris Brown performed at Drai's After Hours Nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on June 11,2022 in Las Vegas to mark the launch of his new multi-year residency at the venue.
On June 17,2022, one week ahead of the album release, Chris Brown released the audio for an Afrobeats-infused collaboration with Wizkid titled "Call Me Every Day".
On June 21,2022, Chris Brown released a music video for the single "WE ".
On September 4,2022, Chris Brown won international artiste of the year at the 15th annual Headies awards.
On October 14,2022, Chris Brown appeared as a special guest at Usher's Las Vegas Residency to perform a few songs, including Back to Sleep, Under the Influence and Heat.
On November 16,2022, Brown released two Christmas themed standalone singles titled "No Time Like Christmas" and "It's Giving Christmas" and later dropped visuals for the singles in December.
On November 18,2022, Chris Brown took to his Instagram page to announce that the American Music Awards had canceled his scheduled tribute performance to Michael Jackson in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the later singer's 1982 Thriller album.
Chris Brown shared rehearsal footage of the cancelled tribute and stated the performance was cancelled for unknown reasons.
On December 9,2022, Chris Brown announced a European tour for 2023 titled the "Under The Infuence" tour with artist Skillibeng as a special guest.
In January 2023, Chris Brown surpassed Elvis Presley for the most RIAA Gold Certified Singles among all male vocalists in history, after previously passing Presley for the most Billboard Hot 100 entries among all male vocalists.
Chris Brown has cited a number of artists as his inspiration, predominantly Michael Jackson.
Chris Brown's harmonizing was found by Andrew Unterberger of Billboard to be notably shown on his songs "Liquor" and "Go Crazy".
Chris Brown said that he painted since his childhood, saying "my first approach with it was painting school walls" saying that he's always been captivated by the fact that drawing and painting "gives you the chance to express yourself in whatever way, showing to the world your own dimension".
Chris Brown has produced street art under the pseudonym Konfused, partnering with street artist Kai to produce works for the Miami Basel.
Chris Brown has made graffiti works for different cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam.
Chris Brown's painting and dancing skills were shown at the same time when Brown, partnering with Spotify's Rap Caviar, painted Heartbreak on a Full Moons album cover, mostly from dancing around the canvas.
From 2007 to 2009, Chris Brown dated singer Rihanna until their highly publicized domestic violence case.
In 2009, Chris Brown was linked with Girlicious singer Natalie Mejia after the pair were spotted leaving a tattoo parlor together.
In 2009, Chris Brown reunited with an ex-girlfriend by the name of Erica Jackson from his hometown in Virginia.
Later in 2010, Chris Brown dated Sports Illustrated model Jasmine Sanders.
In 2011, Chris Brown dated model Draya Michele who stated that Chris Brown was a great boyfriend in spite of the public perception against him.
In 2011, Chris Brown began dating Karrueche Tran, whom he had met while she was working in a retail store.
In February 2012, Rihanna and Chris Brown dropped surprise remixes to their singles Turn Up The Music and Birthday Cake, which all but alluded to a reconciliation.
Rihanna and Chris Brown collaborated again on a duet song off Rihanna's Unapologetic album titled Nobody's Business.
Chris Brown subsequently reunited with Tran, but they parted ways following confirmation of Brown's daughter with Nia Guzman.
In 2015, Chris Brown dated influencer and clothing line owner Amy Shehab.
Also in 2015, Chris Brown was rumored to be dating British Pop Singer Rita Ora.
In 2013, Chris Brown was sentenced to 90 days in rehab by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to fullfill the terms of his probation for the Rihanna incident.
Former members of the artists' team told Billboard, that Chris Brown was dabbling in the use of cocaine, xanax, marijuana, molly and lean.
On June 22,2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to a felony and accepted a plea deal of community labor, five years of probation, and domestic violence counseling.
Chris Brown was ordered to attend one year of domestic violence counseling and undergo six months of community service; the judge retained a five-year restraining order on Brown, which required him to remain 50 yards away from Rihanna, reduced to 10 yards at public events.
On September 2,2009, Chris Brown spoke about the domestic violence case in a pre-recorded Larry King Live interview, his first public interview about the matter.
Chris Brown 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.
Chris Brown was scheduled to appear in court with regard to the evaluation on August 21,2012.
On March 20,2015, Chris Brown's probation ended, formally closing the felony case emanating from the Rihanna assault which happened over six years prior.
Chris Brown provided a detailed description on how the known fight went down.
Chris Brown himself tweeted about the incident and publicly criticized Drake weeks later.
In January 2013, Chris Brown was involved in an altercation with Frank Ocean over a parking space, outside a recording studio in West Hollywood.
Police officers in Los Angeles said that Chris Brown was under investigation, describing the incident as "battery" due to Chris Brown allegedly punching Ocean.
Chris Brown later sued Ocean and his cousin for the incident and the matter was eventually settled out of court.
In July 2013, Chris Brown's probation was revoked after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run in Los Angeles.
Chris Brown was released from court and was scheduled to reappear in August 2013, to learn whether or not he would serve time in prison.
The charges would later be dropped, but Chris Brown would have 1,000 additional hours of community service added to his probation terms.
Chris Brown spent 36 hours in a Washington jail and was taken to court in shackles.
Chris Brown was released and ordered to report to his California probation officer within 48 hours.
On October 30,2013, Chris Brown voluntarily decided to enter rehab.
The deal was if Chris Brown left rehab, he would go directly to jail.
On March 14,2014, Chris Brown was kicked out of the rehab facility and sent to Northern Neck Regional Jail for violating internal rules.
Chris Brown was expected to be released on April 23,2014, but a judge denied his release request from custody either on bail or his own recognizance.
At his May 9,2014, court date, Chris Brown was ordered to serve 131 days in jail for his probation violation.
Chris Brown was sentenced to serve 365 days in custody; however, he was given credit for the 234 days he has already spent in rehab and jail.
Police were called, but Chris Brown denied them entry without a warrant.
Chris Brown was arrested and later released from jail on $250,000 bail.
In January 2022, a woman filed a civil suit accusing Chris Brown of raping her on a yacht in Miami in December 2020.
Chris Brown denied the allegations and later submitted text messages to the Miami police department which indicated a consensual relationship with the accuser.
The lawsuit against Chris Brown was dropped in August 2022 due to lack of prosecution.
In 2007, Brown founded the record label CBE, under Interscope Records.
Chris Brown has headlined multiple arenas tours in North America, Europe and World-Wide.