Where To Start With…. Chris Brown
Chris Brown is the epitome of the troubled pop star in a social media age. In the limelight since his early teens, the singer has had to do much of his growing up in public. The result is an image of not exactly a model citizen. Most damaging was his much-publicized 2009 felony assault on then-(and-again-in-2012) girlfriend Rihanna, to which he pled guilty.
Since then there have also been well-publicized brawls with Drake, Frank Ocean, and some people who merely wanted to have their picture taken with him, if the public record (and Wikipedia) are accurate. There have also been allegations of shirking his community service duties and reneging on probationary rehab stints, as well as actual jail-time.
Born and raised in Virginia, Brown released his debut in 2005 when he was just 16. He’s since released six albums, with his new album, Royalty, now making it seven.
A number of his records have gone platinum, including his first two. His fourth album, 2011's F.A.M.E., was his first to reach number one on the Billboard 200 and earned the singer a Grammy for Best R&B Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. The man some call 'Breezy' has also won two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards and 14 BET Awards. Along with his vocal talents, Brown is an accomplished dancer.
As we fete the arrival of Royalty, we look back on some of the key moments in the 26-year-old Brown's career...
The first single from Brown’s 2005 self-titled debut, 'Run It!' went to the top of the Billboard 200, making him the first male artist to do so with a debut release since Diddy in 1997. The 16-year-old was paired with several songwriters and producers for the album, which peaked at number two and eventually went double platinum.
Brown’s second number one, this track from his second album Exclusive (2007) features Florida rapper T-Pain.
Brown’s fourth album, F.A.M.E., was his first to top the Billboard 200. It includes the singles 'Look At Me Now,' 'Beautiful People,' and this one, 'Yeah 3x.' The track was written by a team of songwriters that includes Scottish DJ producer/songwriter Calvin Harris, which accounts for the song’s EDM-lite feel.
Brown’s sixth album, X, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, with 'Fine China' as the lead single. According to Brown and the track’s producers, the song was inspired by the music of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke, among others.
'Liquor' is the advance single from the new album, Royalty. In this nine-minute video it’s paired with another track from the record, 'Zero.'