|Country of origin:
|Virginia, United States
|Source of Wealth:
|Rapper, singer, actor
Christopher Maurice Brown, known as Chris Brown, owes his extraordinary success in show business to his versatility. The American is not only a hip-hop, contemporary, R&B, pop singer and rapper but also a songwriter, producer, dancer and actor. Since his debut single ‘Run It!’ Chris Brown sold over 100 million records. The exceptional artist came to dubious rum in 2009 when a violent altercation with the singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, made headlines.
Christopher Maurice Brown was born on May 5, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia to kindergarten teacher Joyce Hawkins and correctional officer Clinton Brown. He grew up with an older sister. When he was six years old, his parents divorced. Chris Brown later spoke about childhood violence at the hands of his mother’s new partner. Chris Brown, who sang in a church choir for years, named Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder as his childhood idols. Chris Brown attended Essex High School in his hometown up to the 10th grade in 2005 and was then tutored privately.
In 2002, Chris Brown was spotted at his father’s gas station by local music producer Lamont Fleming. He organized singing lessons for Chris and also made demo recordings. After long negotiations with the record label Def Jam Recordings, Chris Brown finally signed a contract with the label Jive Records in December 2004. 2005 began the recordings for his debut album, for which Chris Brown worked as a songwriter.
On June 30, 2005 his debut single ‘Run It!’ was released. His greatest success of his career – the single went straight to number 1 in the charts and stayed there for five weeks. No other single could build on this success. With a lot of hard work and ambition, Chris Brown catapulted himself to become one of the most successful artists in the USA over the next few years. Numerous tours and studio albums in 2005, 2007 and 2009 as well as various single releases consolidated his success in show business. In 2007 and 2008, Chris Brown also entered into many collaborations as a guest musician. At the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, Chris Brown picked up four out of ten awards. He wasn’t so lucky at the Grammy Awards. Despite numerous nominations, it wasn’t until 2012 that he won a Grammy for his fourth studio album ‘FAME’ as “Best R&B Album”.
After the violent altercation with Rihanna in 2009, the subsequent arrest and probation, Chris Brown briefly retired from show business until he reappeared as a rapper in 2010. It was followed by the fourth, fifth and sixth studio album and other singles. The collaborations with Rihanna, Tyga, Kid Ink and 50 Cent were extremely successful.
But Chris Brown doesn’t just earn his net worth as a musician. In 2006 and 2007 he appeared in various TV shows and films. Several feature films followed, as well as a supporting role in the fourth season of the popular series ‘OC California’.
Definitely one of his biggest hits is his debut single ‘Run It!’ from 2005. After that, Chris Brown was only able to reach number 1 on the American Billboard charts with his hit ‘Kiss Kiss’ in 2007. Other highlights of his career include winning a Grammy in 2012 for his fourth studio album ‘FAME’ and the single ‘Ayo’ in collaboration with Tyga. The result of the collaboration with 50 Cent achieved gold status in 2016.
Chris Brown loves to be in the spotlight. He is aware of his diverse talents, but still knows that it was only through hard work, ambition and personal development that he was able to stay in show business for so long. Nevertheless, life and his family must not be neglected for him.
– “My first album was me, how I found myself and my voice.”
– “I love attention. When I see a group of girls, I dance all the more.”
– “I always imagined that I could be whoever I wanted to be.”
– “Follow your dreams, but don’t forget the fun about it.”
– “For me, vacation means spending time with my family.”
Although Chris Brown is already an abbreviation of his real name, he has had numerous nicknames including Chris Beezy, Pretty Boy and CB, among others. His hobbies include basketball, football, dancing and computer games – his favorite game is the well-known game ‘Grand Theft’. As a graffiti artist, Chris Brown has another great passion. Chris Brown is a big fan of Strawberry Cheesecake and due to his love of burgers, Chris Brown owns 14 Burger King locations across the US. Chris Brown has been banned from entering the United States since his altercation with Rihanna and subsequent conviction. The multiple musical collaborations between the ex-partners are all the more astonishing. All in all, Chris Brown co-singed with numerous successful artists on over 90 songs.