Christopher Maurice Brown is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. Having signed with Jive Records in 2004, Brown released his self-titled debut studio album the following year, which became certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
With his first single “Run It!” peaking atop the Billboard Hot 100, Brown became the first male artist since 1997 to have his debut single top the chart. His second album Exclusive spawned his second Billboard Hot 100 number one “Kiss Kiss”. In addition to his solo commercial success, Brown has been featured on several successful singles such as “No Air”, a duet with singer Jordin Sparks. In 2009, Brown pled guilty to felony assault of his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna. In the same year of the incident there was the release of his third album Graffiti, which was considered to be a commercial failure compared to his previous works.