Wednesday, 3 October 2007
01:52:29 PM (GMT)
Chris Brown was born and raised in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia by
Clinton Brown and Joyce Hawkins, as one of two children. Brown was influenced by the
artists which his parents played on the home radio, such as Michael Jackson and Sam
Cooke. A dancer since the age of 2, Brown was not aware of his vocal talents until
the age of 11. Before becoming a vocalist, he was interested in becoming a rapper. By
13, Brown was discovered by a local production team who visited his father's petrol
station searching for new talent. Since then, he began his recording career and moved
to New York, staying there for two years.
Main article: Chris Brown (album)
Brown left school in late 2004 to begin working on his self-titled debut album, Chris
Brown, which was released on November 29, 2005. His debut single “Run It!”, was
#1 in the United States, Japan, and Australia. Following “Run It!”, “Yo (Excuse
Me Miss)” became Brown’s second top 10 hit in the US, peaking at #7, and #13 in
the UK. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA. His third single “Gimme That”
was released in March 2006 which featured Lil’ Wayne for a remix, originally not
featured on the Chris Brown album, but was later included. The single debuted on the
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #80 and climbed the charts quickly. Chris also co-directed
his music videos for “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Gimme That”. His fourth
single is the ballad “Say Goodbye”, which is also a part of the Step Up
Soundtrack. On June 13, 2006, Brown released a DVD entitled, Chris Brown’s Journey,
which shows footage of him traveling in London and Japan, getting ready for his first
visit to the Grammys, behind the scenes of his music videos and bloopers.
On August 17, 2006, Brown and Ne-Yo co-headlined the 28-city Up Close and Personal
Main article: Exclusive (album)
Shortly after ending his summer tour with Ne-Yo, Brown quickly began production for
his second studio album, Exclusive, which was set to be released on August 28, 2007
until it was pushed to November 6, 2007.
According to MTV News, Brown stated: "I am still going to keep it so my younger fans
can continue to listen to my music, but I got a couple of joints on there that's for
some of the older people." On May 2, 2007, Brown leaked the first single himself,
"Wall To Wall", against his record label's wishes. The single debuted on the
Billboard Hot 100 at #96, and has since risen to #79 and #22 on the Billboard R&B and
Hip-Hop Chart being his lowest charting song to date. He is going on tour in October
and November with Bow Wow, T-Pain, and Rihanna. He says it is not going to be like
the Scream Tour. It is his own tour.
The song "Kiss Kiss", featuring and produced by T-Pain, was chosen as the second
single. The official music video has been released on the Internet and was filmed
entirely at Florida International University in Miami, Florida in the Summer of
Brown has made appearances on UPN's One on One and The-N's The Brandon T. Jackson
Show on its pilot episode. In addition, Brown landed a small role as a band geek in
the fourth season of FOX's The O.C. in January 2007. Originally scheduled to
appear in eight episodes, it was cut to only three, so that Brown could work on his
second studio album. Brown then made his film début in the dance movie Stomp The
Yard, alongside Ne-Yo, Meagan Good and Columbus Short in January 2007. According to
Total Request Live, Brown began filming for his second film entitled This Christmas,
a holiday family drama starring Regina King set for release November 21, 2007. He is
set to star in his first leading role in a basketball film flick called Phenom where
he will play a high-school baller who takes on his father's basketball team in the
NBA play-offs. Chris Brown has been offered a part in the upcoming urban 70's film
spoof "The Adventures of Ne Ne Suede" by director Edmund Darris. Edmund Darris met
Chris Brown in St. Louis and played guitar for him in 2006 he also gave Brown a
preview of his film "Going Off ."
On July 9, 2007, Brown was featured in an episode of MTV's My Super Sweet 16
celebrating his 18th birthday in New York. Brown hosted two events in a single night:
one for fans at a teen night club with Lil Mama as a featured performer and another
for friends, family, and celebs at New Yorks acclaimed 40/40 Nightclub which featured
a step team and drum corp as his grand entrance. He was told at one point of the
party that his idol Michael Jackson was on the phone to give him birthday wishes. As
everyone stood around him to hear Jackson himself on speaker, there was a sudden
click, and no Jackson, however Brown did not let this stop his party.
Brown has been rumoured to have been dating Canadian R&B beauty Keshia Chante for a
year and a half after the airing of an interview they did together with Entertainment
Tonight Canada. Later on, Keshia Chante appeared in the Bow Wow & Chris Brown video
"Shortie Like Mine" spawning more controversy in Canada due to Keshia wearing the
same ring Chris wore in the video but on her "Wedding Ring" finger. Canadian
Entertainment Shows "eTalk" and "Star Daily" have aired pictures of the two holding
hands at Fashion Week and backstage at Chante & Brown's shows across country.
Main article: Chris Brown discography
2005: Chris Brown
2005: "Run It!" (featuring Juelz Santana)
2005: "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
2006: "Gimme That" [Remix] (featuring Lil Wayne)
2006: "Say Goodbye"
2007: "Wall to Wall"
2007: "Kiss Kiss" (feat. T-Pain)
2006: "Shortie Like Mine" (Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown & Johnta Austin)
2007: "Umbrella (remix)" (Rihanna featuring Chris Brown)
2007: "Get Like Me" (David Banner featuring Yung Joc, Chris Brown & Jim Jones)
2006: One on One
2006: The O.C.
2006: The Brandon T. Jackson Show
2007: Sesame Street 
2007: Stomp The Yard
2007: This Christmas (film)
2005: "Run It!" (featuring Juelz Santana)
2006: "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
2006: "Gimme That" (featuring Lil Wayne)
2006: "Say Goodbye"
2006: "Shortie Like Mine" (Bow Wow featuring Chris Brown )
2007: "Wall To Wall"
2007: "Kiss Kiss (featuring T-Pain)
Awards and nominations
2006 Soul Train Music Award Won for Best R&B/Soul New Artis
2006 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding New Artist
2006 TRL Awards Won for Fake ID Award
2006 BET Awards Won for Best New Artist
2006 BET Awards nomination for Best Male R&B Artist
2006 BET Awards Won for Viewer's Choice: "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
2006 Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice Male Hottie
2006 Teen Choice Awards nomination for Choice R&B Artist
2006 Teen Choice Awards Won for Choice Music Breakout Artist (Male)
2006 MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best New Artist - "Run It!"
2006 MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best R&B Video - "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
2006 MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Viewer's Choice - "Run It!"
2006 MOBO Awards nomination for Best R&B Artist (Male)
2006 World Music Awards nomination for World's Best R&B Artist
2006 American Music Awards nomination for Favorite Male Artist (R&B/Soul)
2006 Billboard Awards Won for Male Artist of the Year
2006 Billboard Awards Won for New Artist of the Year
2006 Billboard Awards Won for Artist of the Year