Chris Brown's Birth and Early Life:
Chris Brown was born May 5, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia, a small town of approximately 2000. He was influenced by the music played by his parents. Among his favorites are Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Anita Baker, and Aretha Franklin. Like many of his generation, he wanted to be a rapper, but, at the age of 11 or 12 his mom heard him singing around the house, and she pointed out that he had a great singing voice.
Teen Pop Star:
By the age of 13, Chris Brown and his mother began looking for recording opportunities. For his first album, Jive Records hooked him up with hot producer Scott Storch, the man behind such hits as 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" and Beyonce's "Naughty Girl." Chris Brown's first single "Run It!", featuring Juelz Santana, began to climb the charts in September 2005. The first album, titled Chris Brown, was released at the end of November. "Run It!" reached #1 on the pop singles chart late in the year.
Chris Brown's Pop Chart Dominance:
Chris Brown's self-titled debut album ultimately sold over 3 million copies. In the spring of 2007, the single "Wall to Wall" was released in advance of a second album. The response was lukewarm. The album Exclusive was pushed back 3 months.
Arrest and Controversy:
Chris Brown was arrested on suspicion of making a criminal threat in an incident that occurred February 7, 2009, the night before the Grammy Awards. Rumors are that the woman allegedly threatened was Chris Brown's girlfriend Rihanna. The resulting controversy caused advertisers and some radio stations to drop their connections with Brown. He ultimately issued a public apology and stated that he would seek counseling.
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