Happy Birthday Chris Brown!

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    Christopher Maurice “Chris” Brown was born on May 5, 1989. Brown taught himself to sing and dance at a young age, often citing Michael Jackson as his inspiration.

    After being signed to Jive Records in 2004, Brown started the recording process in February 2005. By May, there were 50 songs already recorded, 14 of which were picked to the final track listing. He made his recording debut in late 2005 with the self-titled album Chris Brown at the age of 16. The album featured the hit single “Run It!”, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male artist as a lead to have his debut single top the chart since Puff Daddy in 1997. The album has sold over two million copies in the United States and was certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

    Brown’s second studio album, Exclusive was released in 2007. It spawned two successful singles; his second U.S. number one hit, “Kiss Kiss” featuring T-Pain and “With You”, which peaked at number two on Billboard Hot 100.Brown released a deluxe version of his album called The Forever Edition in 2008. The first single from it, “Forever” reached number two. Exclusive has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.

    The third studio album, Graffiti was released in 2009. The first single “I Can Transform Ya”, featuring Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz, peaked at number 20, becoming Brown’s eighth Top 20 hit. Brown’s fourth album F.A.M.E. earned him the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album, his first Grammy, at the 54th Grammy Awards.

    In addition to his solo commercial success, Brown has been featured on several hits such as “No Air”, a duet with singer Jordin Sparks, “Shortie like Mine” with the rapper Bow Wow and “Shawty Get Loose” alongside Lil Mama and T-Pain. The songs have peaked on number three, number nine and number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.

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