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Chris Brown is a Grammy Award-winning R&B and dance music entertainer who has pleaded guilty to assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna.
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Pop singer Chris Brown was best known for his performances and No. 1 songs before his 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna. He has since released several hit songs and remained in the public eye for controversial reasons.
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Born on May 5, 1989, in Tappahannock, Virginia, Chris Brown became a teen heartthrob, landing R&B and pop hits that included "Run It!," "Kiss Kiss" and "Forever." In 2009, he physically assaulted his then-girlfriend, pop/dance star Rihanna, and found his songs dropped from radio. Brown has since returned to success on the music charts. His 2011 album F.A.M.E. won a Grammy. Still Brown continued to find himself in trouble with the law. In 2013,
"I can't be focused on wife-ing someone that young. I need to be the best Chris Brown I can be."
[On his breakup with singer Rihanna]
"I treat [women] differently because I know I never want to go through the same thing or put a woman through the same thing that the person put my mom through."
"I've been humbled by my past experiences and I want my music to speak for itself and to speak for me."
"In the beginning, I used to be hot. I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that's a lie, I'm numb to it. I’ve smartened up."
"Love is something I am still learning. It's just an obstacle that I haven't yet mastered. I think that's my biggest hurdle in life."
"I use music or painting as my outlet to get through the confusion. I try to promote positivity and love."
"I feel remorse every day. I'm very ashamed. But it doesn't define me. I try to think about influencing people not to take the road I did."
"Everybody that's haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all. I ain't a monster."
"Be yourself—and see as many girls as possible!"
"I just want to be a legend. I think my [goal] now is just to make my mark in the game as just an established artist and just a real artist and a culture ambassador."
he was arrested for assaulting a man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel.
Born on May 5, 1989, in Tappahannock, Virginia, Chris Brown is known for his smooth voice, amazing dance moves, boy-next-door charm and controversy surrounding his physical assault of former girlfriend Rihanna. Growing up in a small town of roughly 2,000 people, Brown enjoyed singing in his church choir and was inspired by such musical artists as Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. He also showed off his dance prowess by imitating the dance moves of another one of his idols, Usher.
Brown was discovered by Tina Davis, who was working for Def Jam Recordings at the time. "The first thing that hit me was his unique voice," Davis told Billboard magazine. "I thought 'This kid is a star.'" Davis eventually became his manager and helped him land a deal with Jive Records, which had developed other young acts such as Britney Spears and 'N Sync and is home to other hip-hop and R & B stars such as R. Kelly, Usher, and Kanye West. At the time of deal, Brown was only 15 years old.
Brown's self-titled album was released in November 2005 and quickly found its way into the charts. Working with established producers and songwriters, he had a No. 1 hit with "Run It!," which was co-written by Scott Storch and Sean Garrett. The track also featured a guest appearance by rapper Juelz Santana. More hits followed, including "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and "Gimme That," which was written by Garrett and Storch. While many of the songs have a hip-hop influence, Brown's voice has a classic R&B sound. And just like many other teenagers, dating and girls figure prominently in his songs. He has sometimes been compared to Michael Jackson because of his dual talents as a singer and dancer.
The album brought Brown two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best R&B Contemporary Album. While he did not win, he showed the audience at the Grammy Awards just how talented he was by holding his own while performing with two R&B legends, Lionel Richie and Smokey Robinson. Brown went on to receive a number of other awards, including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding New Artist. With a large following of young fans, it was no surprise when he won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Music Breakout Artist Male.
In 2006, Brown went out on the road for his Up Close & Personal tour. He played more than 30 concerts in cities across the country. While he enjoyed playing live, it was not without its hazards. "Once during a show, I reached out to touch these girls' hands, and they pulled me off the stage," Brown told CosmoGirl magazine.
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