At age 26, Chris Brown has experienced more success than some artists receive in their entire lives. At 16, his debut self-titled album went double platinum and has produced three successful records since that time. In addition to a sensational voice, Brown is also known for his talented dance moves, being compared to the likes of Michael Jackson and Usher.
Christopher Brown was born on May 5, 1989, in Tappahannock Virginia. He learned how to dance as a child by watching Michael Jackson (and later Usher) and mimicking his dance moves. He was discovered at the age of 13 at his father's gas station and moved to New York Shortly after. While courting by several record companies all fell through, they did bring attention to Chris Brown. After looking at several record companies, Brown chose Jive because of their success with younger artists.
Chris Brown was released in 2005 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, with the single "Run It!" debuting at the #1 spot of the Hot 100. The album's success launched Chris into stardom and earned him a number of high profile tour dates. Brown followed up the newfound success in 2007 with the release of his second album, Exclusive. The album marked his transition into adulthood, with tracks that expressed his youthful energy and others that dealt with more adult themes. The album went platinum in the US and double platinum in a number of other countries that rushed to Chris Brown's tour dates.
With his 2009 album, Graffiti, Brown attempted to show his diversity by branching out from the constrictive brand of hip-hop and R&B that he had become known for. The album's tracks are a mixture of experimental styles combined with dance songs and slow jam ballads.
Chris Brown's fourth album, F.A.M.E., quickly became a huge success, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 and selling 270,000 copies in the first week alone. The album featured the hit single "Yeah 3x" and guest vocals from Justin Bieber, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne.
The maturing rapper scored another hit in 2014 with his album X, which featured a more lyrically diverse and fleshed out sound. In 2015, following the success of his mixtape with Tyga, the pair ran with their collaboration and turned it into the successful studio album, Fan of a Fan: The Album.
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