Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, dancer and actor.
Brown's self-titled debut album was released in 2005, and reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the U.S. and charted in the Top 10 of several other music markets. It was certified double platinum in the U.S. The album's lead single, "Run It!," featuring rapper Juelz Santana, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and spent a month atop the chart. “Chris Brown” also includes the U.S. Top 10 singles "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and "Say Goodbye,” as well as the U.S. R&B Top 5 singles "Gimme That" featuring Lil Wayne, and "Poppin'.” In 2006, Brown assisted Bow Wow on the single "Shortie Like Mine,” a Top 10 hit in the U.S.
Brown released his second album, “Exclusive,” in 2007. It followed in the steps of its predecessor, reaching the Top 10 in several countries. It was certified platinum in the U.S. and the U.K. and double platinum in Australia. “Exclusive” contains the hits "Kiss Kiss" featuring T-Pain, "With You” and "Forever.” In addition, the album contains the Top 5 U.S. R&B singles "Take You Down” and "Superhuman" which reached the Top 30 in several countries. The single "Wall to Wall" was also released.
During the “Exclusive” period, Brown also recorded a Christmas single, "This Christmas.” In 2008, Brown appeared in a number of successful collaborations including the hits "No Air,” a duet with Jordin Sparks and "Shawty Get Loose" with Lil Mama and T-Pain. "Dreamer,” a single for the “AT&T Team USA Soundtrack,” reached the Top 20 in the U.S.
In 2009, Brown's third album, “Graffiti” was released, peaking in the Top 10 in the U.S. and multiple countries. It was preceded by the lead single "I Can Transform Ya" featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz, which peaked within the Top 20 of several countries. "Crawl" was also released as a single from the album. Originally only a mixtape cut, "Deuces,” featuring Tyga and Kevin McCall, charted in the Top 20 in the U.S. and was Brown's first US R&B #1 since 2006.
In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault of singer Rihanna, and was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service. Brown released his fourth studio album, “F.A.M.E.,” in March 2011 which reached #1 on the Billboard 200. The album was preceded by the single "Yeah 3X."