No, not that kind.
Chris Brown is an award-winning singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer who has been busting moves one way or another for over a decade. Although he has faced some legal trouble and the aftermath of “cancel culture” he is still making music and finding success as an entertainer.
Brown has multiple albums debuting in the top ten and many solo hits, as well as hits with other artists. The number of hits he has depends on what you’re counting. Keep reading and find out about his recent achievement, which may be the most impressive of his career.
Well known as a successful R&B singer as well as a talented breakdancer, Chris Brown has certainly made a name for himself. Brown names Usher and Michael Jackson to be two of his biggest influences. Like those artists and many before him, he’s faced controversy, legal troubles, and professional let downs. This article will cover the major highs and lows but check out RapTv’s full profile for everything you need to know.
Below we will look at his solo albums and see the rise and fall and finally the comeback of one of the most recognized names in R&B.
Chris Brown released his self-titled debut album in 2005 and quickly made a name for himself. His first single was the still catchy “Run It!” which landed on Billboard’s top 100. The album became certified double platinum. He received two Grammy nominations, though he didn’t win, yet.
- Run It! (Ft. Juelz Santana
- Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
- Young Love
- Gimme That
- Ya Man Ain’t Me
- Ain’t No Way (You Won’t Love Me)
- What’s My Name (Ft. Noah Stephens)
- Is this Love?
- Just Fine
- Say Goodbye
- Run It! (Remix) (Ft. Bow Wow & Jermaine Dupri)
- So Glad
- Seen the Light (Ft. Rico Love)
- Thank You
- Gimme That (Remix) (Ft. Lil Wayne)
Brown’s second album “Exclusive” was released in 2007 and debuted on the Billboard top 200. He released three singles off the album, all of which landed on Billboard’s Hot 100. The record’s second single “Kiss Kiss” featured T-Pain and landed his second number one spot.
Exclusive (Forever edition) Track List:
- Kiss Kiss (Ft. T-Pain)
- Take You Down
- With You
- Picture Perfect (Ft. will.i.am)
- Hold Up (Ft. Big Boi)
- Wall to Wall
- Help Me
- I Wanna Be
- Gimmie Whatcha Got (Ft. Lil Wayne)
- I’ll Call Ya
- Nice (Ft. The Game)
- Down (Ft. Kanye West)
- Superhuman (Ft. Keri Hilson)
- Heart Ain’t a Brain
- Picture Perfect (Remix) (Ft. Bow Wow & Hurricane Chris)
Graffiti, Brown’s third album was released in 2009. While the singles and the album charted, they were far from reaching the success of the previous records. Brown had a twitter melt down the week the album was released, accusing stores of not stocking it.
In 2011 Brown dropped his fourth album F.A.M.E. and it was clear that the magic was back. It was his first album to debut at number one and had many hit singles. Obviously it did well in the US but it also earned him worldwide recognition, breaking through the top ten in 11 countries.
- “Deuces” (Ft. Tyga and Kevin McCall)
- “Up to You”
- “No Bullshit” (Ft. Kevin McCall)
- “Look at Me Now” (Ft. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes)
- “She Ain’t You”
- “Say It with Me”
- “Yeah 3x”
- “Next to You” (Ft. Justin Bieber)
- “All Back”
- “Wet the Bed” (Ft. Ludacris)
- “Oh My Love”
- “Should’ve Kissed You”
- “Beautiful People (Main Version Ft. Benny Benassi)
Everyone knows after F.A.M.E. comes “Fortune.” Unfortunately for Brown, although his fifth album debuted on the top 200, it couldn’t come close to matching his previous success.
X, his sixth album released in 2013 and debuted at number two. It’s only hit “Free China” made the US top 40. The extremely famous artists featured on the album, Kendric Lamar and Diplo, still weren’t enough to push it to the level of previous records.
Brown’s seventh album was released in 2015. Royalty, named after his daughter, debuted at number three and became his seventh top ten debuts.
“Heartbreak on a Full Moon” was his eighth solo release and his first double disk album, again cracking the top ten.
In 2019, Brown released his ninth album and it was obvious he was bringing the heat. The record, “Indigo” debuted in the number one spot. Singles from this album were hugely popular and earned him two number one hits, bringing him to a total of 13 number ones in his career thus far.
- “Back to Love”
- “Come Together” (Ft. H.E.R.)
- “Temporary Lover” (Ft. Lil Jon)
- “Emerald/Burgundy” (Ft. Juvenile and Juicy J)
- “All I Want” (Ft. Tyga)
- “Wobble Up” (Ft. Nicki Minaj and G-Easy)
- “Need a Stack” (Ft. Lil Wayne and Joyner Lucas)
- “Heat” (Ft. Gunna)
- “No Guidance” (Ft. Drake)
- “Girl of My Dreams”
- “Natural Disaster / Aura”
- “Don’t Check on Me” (Ft. Justin Bieber and Ink)
- “Sorry Enough”
- “You Like That”
- “Troubled Waters”
- “Take a Risk”
- “Lurkin” (Ft. Tory Lanez)
- “Trust Issues / Act In”
- “BP/ No Judgement”
- “Side N***a”
- “Throw It Back”
- “All on Me”
- “Sexy” (Ft. Trey Songz)
- “Let’s Smoke” (Physical Edition bonus track)
- “Early 2K” (Ft. Tank)
So Much Drama
In 2009, Brown made headlines when he allegedly assaulted Rihanna, who was his girlfriend at the time. Fans were outraged and he was effectively one of the first stars to face the “cancel culture” that has become prevalent due to social media.
Brown was charged with two felonies related to the incident. He pleaded guilty to the charges and apologized in a video saying, “I have told Rihanna countless times, and I am telling you today, that I’m truly, truly sorry that I wasn’t able to handle the situation both differently and better.”
Rihanna told Oprah in an interview that she was “angry for a long time.” She called Brown the “love of her life” and went on to say that she “forgave him.” Her openness and forgiveness likely allowed fans to do the same.
Unfortunately Brown found himself as good at getting into legal trouble as he was at making music. Ever the center of controversy, he has even been accused of cursing someone. Further incidents include:
October 2013 – arrested for assault
February 2014 – 90 days in court-ordered rehab
March 2014 – taken into custody for a probation violation
May 2018 – a lawsuit filed against him
July 2018 – arrested for an outstanding warrant
Brown has sold over an astounding 140 million records worldwide. He has won a plethora of awards both in the U.S. and worldwide. Some of the biggest include:
Billboard’s artist of the year in 2008
Grammy for best R&B album (F.A.M.E.)
17 BET awards
3 other Billboard awards
4 American music awards
3 MTV Music Video awards
Smash Hits, Not Fists
Brown has been featured on hit songs by other artists like Ludacris, Jordin Sparks and Tyga.
Most recently, Drake featured him on the single “Not You Too.” When the track debuted at number 25, it earned Brown his 100th career entry on the US Billboard Hot 100, making him the eighth artist in history to do so.
In July 2020, Brown announced via Instagram a tenth album was in the works. No word on when “Breezy” will be released, but hopefully his recent successes continue. If country rap can make a comeback, so can Chris Brown.