Chris Brown (born Christopher Maurice Brown 05.05.1989) is an American rapper known for his Grammy Award-winning 2011 album 'F.A.M.E.' and his public trial for domestic abuse.
Net worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Chris Brown has a net worth of 30 million USD.
Childhood: Chris Brown was born in Tappahannock, Virginia, to Joyce Hawkins and Clinton Brown. Brown's parents were fans of Sam Cooke and Michael Jackson, leading to inspiration for their son. Brown began dancing when he was two years old, and at a young age he aspired for a career as a rapper. Brown began singing at the age of eleven, and was discovered by a talent agent when he was thirteen. Chris Brown moved to New York for his career, living there for two years.
Career: Chris Brown left school in 2004 at a young age, and began working in his debut album. On 29th November 2005, Chris Brown released his self-titled debut album, which opened at the number two spot on Billboard's 200 list. The album led to Brown winning Best New Artist and Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 49th Grammy Awards. Brown released his second studio album, 'Exclusive', on 6th November 2007. The album didn't achieve the same success as its predecessor, and received similarly mixed reviews. In December of that year, Brown embarked on The Exclusive Holiday Tour until February, where it ended in Hawaii. For his third studio album, Brown tried to emulate the style of singer like Prince and Michael Jackson who had inspired him in his youth. The result was 'Graffiti', released on 7th December 2009. While the album debuted at the seventh spot on Billboard's 200 list, it was critically panned with some critics calling it "bland" and some "insufferable". After the critical backlash to 'Graffiti', Brown set to work on 'F.A.M.E.' - his fourth studio album. It was released on 18th March 2011, debuting at the top of Billboard's 200, marking Brown's first number one album. Critical response was more praising, yet the album still only received moderate scores from critics. Just over a year later, Brown released 'Fortune' on 29th June 2012, again debuting at the top of Billboard's 200 list. Like 'Graffiti', however, the album was universally panned as "shameless" and "uncomfortable". Brown took two years to record 'X', his sixth studio album, which was released on 16th September 2014. The album reached number two on Billboard's 200 list, becoming the first album since 'Graffiti' to not reach the top spot. The album did, however, receive far more favourable reviews, with generally more positive critical response.
Personal Life: Chris Brown met Rihanna in 2005, and the couple began dating in 2008. On 8th February 2009, Chris Brown beat Rihanna after the couple got into an argument. After first denying the allegations, Brown later confessed to domestic abuse and making criminal threats, and was sentenced to a mere five years' probation, six months of community service, and a restraining order keeping him 50 yards from Rihanna. The verdict was met with backlash from Domestic Abuse activists, who stated that Brown should have been punished far more harshly for his crimes. The restraining order was later amended to allow Brown and Rihanna to attend awards ceremonies at the same time.
Brown was reportedly arrested regarding an "outstanding warrant" in a nearby county.
Chris Brown has reportedly been arrested by police the very moment he stepped off stage after his gig in Florida.
The often controversial R&B star played a concert at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday night (July 5th). Shortly afterwards, fans reported Brown being escorted away from the venue in a police car.
According to reports from TMZ, a number of officers were waiting for Brown at the side of the stage while he performed. Apparently, the arrest was because Brown was wanted under an outstanding warrant from a nearby county’s jurisdiction, and the star quickly posted a $2,000 bail and was released. It’s not known what the warrant was pertaining.
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The unnamed woman claims that rapper Young Lo repeatedly sexually assaulted her at Brown's L.A. home in February 2017 during a concert after-party.
A woman is suing pop star Chris Brown, claiming she was raped by another man during a party at his home last year.
The woman in question, known only as ‘Jane Doe’, alleges that she went to Brown’s house after a concert at Los Angeles club 1 Oak on February 23rd 2017, and was repeatedly sexually assaulted by rapper Lowell Grissom Jr. – known under the stage name Young Lo.
A lawsuit was filed at the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday (May 9th), with the woman’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, describing it as “one of the most horrific cases” she had ever seen.
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Brown was snapped in Miami earlier this week with his hands apparently round a woman's neck.
Chris Brown has taken to social media to stress that there was nothing sinister about images that emerged earlier this week of him with his hands around a woman’s neck.
The 28 year old singer, often a controversial figure, was photographed in Miami on Monday (March 26th) with hands around a woman’s throat, who appeared to look distressed in a number of images. Other pictures, however, do appear to show her smiling.
After Brown’s lawyer had not particularly done much to quell the discontent on social media by saying that what was going on was just “playful”, Brown decided to get involved himself and explain what happened.
Snapchat had provided a platform for an ad for a game, which asked if users wanted to "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown".
Rihanna has hit out at Snapchat for “intentionally” shaming victims of domestic violence, after the social media company published an ad that asked followers whether they would “slap” the singer or “punch” her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
The ad appeared in America on Monday (March 12th), promoting a game called ‘Would You Rather’. Twitter users quickly condemned the tone of the ad, with the Barbadian-born star Rihanna, who was the victim of an assault by fellow singer and ex-boyfriend Chris Brown back in 2009, sharing her disgust in an Instagram story a few days later.
Snapchat has since apologised and taken down the offending content, but not before the value of shares in Snap (the social media platform’s parent company) had tumbled by 4% in the wake of Rihanna’s comments.
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In his new documentary film, Brown spoke about the 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Barbadian-born singer Rihanna was pictured in 2009 with bruises and a split lip after R&B singer Brown, 28, attacked her in his car in what apparently started out as an argument about another woman.
In the new documentary film Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life, the star said that Rihanna had been kicking and hitting him during the argument, and that he then lost his temper and “really hit her”, and bit her arm. Speaking about his feelings eight years on, Brown says he felt like a “monster” and that the altercation would “haunt him forever”.
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The Barbadian beauty looks so stunning that even her ex can't help but notice.
She has been attacked by fat-shamers in recent months, but Rihanna proved she's just as gorgeous as she ever was in a new sensational bikini shot that even has her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown eyeball popping - though her fans are not happy about his wordless opinions.
Rihanna at the premiere of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'
The 29-year-old singer posted a shot of herself in a glittering jewelled bikini, blue hair and a colourful feathered back-piece on Instagram in honour of her home nation Barbados' popular annual carnival, the Crop Over Festival, for which bikinis are essential.
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They had at least two altercations at the awards show.
It wasn't all celebratory at the after-party for the 2017 Bet Awards last week. Caught on video was Chris Brown and Migos' security teams engaging in an all-out brawl, with two other big time rappers also getting caught up in the sudden violence.
Chris Brown at the BET Awards 2017
Witnesses at the scene on Sunday (June 25th 2017) described seeing a member of Chris' entourage starting a fight with someone from Migos' crew, according to TMZ. Given the size of the crowd, that meant a lot more people ended up getting involved including DJ Khaled and Future.
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Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, seemed to try to bury the hatchet with an apology video to his fans.
After his rumoured ‘beef’ with fellow rapper Chris Brown blew up over the internet earlier this week, Soulja Boy has seemingly moved to end the feud by posting an ‘apology’ video and revealing some sad personal news.
The two had exchanged words on social media on Monday (January 2nd), with Soulja Boy – real name DeAndre Cortez Way – claiming that Brown called him and said he wants to “fight” him, after he liked a picture of Brown’s ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran on Instagram.
Brown even said that Soulja Boy “continually” called him up, and reached out to boxer Adrien Broner to set up a boxing match between the two of them. “He prolly wanna squash it cause he know I'm serious... Boy stop it. I'ma whoop your ass. Adrien Broner, set up the gym, bro. Set the gym up. Stop calling me n***a… we gon' fight for charity.”
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Well, that escalated quickly...
Chris Brown and Soulja Boy have some kind of major beef going on and it all seems to centre on some Instagram photo of Brown's ex Karrueche Tran. The 'Crank That' rapper claimed that Brown threatened him over the phone after he liked one of the budding actress and model's picture.
Chris Brown has beef with Soulja Boy
However, Chris Brown seems to be denying that any of that happened and Karrueche herself has even weighed in on the situation and tried to diffuse it. It's difficult at the moment to tell who started the whole thing.
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Looks like this beauty queen may be less innocent than she makes out.
Since it emerged that Chris Brown had been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after a beauty queen named Baylee Curran accused him of pointing a gun at her during a party on earlier this week, various stories have surfaced suggesting that the woman may not be as squeaky clean as she is purporting to be.
Did Chris Brown's accuser lie about the whole thing?
Baylee says that she was thrown out of Chris Brown's party after innocently admiring a diamond crucifix that his friend had been displaying. According to her, the friend went crazy on her despite the fact that she didn't even touch the jewellery, which prompted Chris to react by pulling out his firearm and aiming it at her. It resulted in a short stand-off between Chris and his entourage and the police when he refused to leave his house before the arrival of his lawyer Mark Geragos. Chris' party deny any wrongdoing.
Tmz have been doing some digging, though, and it seems what Baylee originally told them may not be the full story. A text message written to her friend Safari after the incident in question has been obtained by the publication that appears to show Baylee plotting to frame Chris after she was thrown out for calling the jewellery 'fake'.
'Hey safari don't you know this freak Chris brown is kicking me out of his house because I called his friend jewelry fake can you come get me my Uber is messing up if not I'm going to set him up and call the cops and say that he tried to shoot me and that will teach him a lesson I'm going to set his ass up. Lol come get me', she wrote. She allegedly received the reply: 'Really that's f*** up you ain't going to do that your wrong if you do.'
She denies sending the message, and as of now Chris' lawyer is attempting to authenticate it. It's possible that it's fake; Safari told Tmz that the pair hadn't spoken since she 'stole his Rolex last year', so why would she then phone him for lift? However, how else would Safari know about her cab 'messing up'? Something that did happen because the cab driver left when she didn't emerge from under the car where she was hiding.
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Even if the text message is a fake, there are more reasons to doubt Baylee's story. Apparently, she has actually been stripped from her title of Miss California Regional 2016 after nude photos surfaced, followed by frequent absences at events she was supposed to attend. After just two months, the pageant director demanded the crown and sash back, but she has reportedly refused to return them.
Other reports say that she is a wanted women in New York City after stealing a $1,000 Louis Vuitton purse containing $200 and a Michael Kors wallet from a friend that she had argued with at The Plaza hotel in 2013. The alleged victim also apparently got a restraining order on Baylee, but Baylee says it was actually another friend who was the thief and she is not aware of a warrant for her arrest in NYC.
The most impartial witness report so far has come from both Chris and Baylee's friend Christian Bonilla. He told Tmz he went to the party with a friend of his and ended up driving some of the girls home, after which time Baylee called. 'Baylee called one of the girls that was with me to pick her up because something had happened', he said. 'She was just very angry about the whole situation. She was frustrated. She's not someone you wanna get angry.'
When Tmz Live responded in surprise that Baylee was more angry than scared, after she just had a gun pointed at her, he replied: 'People act very differently when they're in these situations.' Baylee had also apparently sent Bonilla a text saying, 'This motherf***** is about to go down'.
Even if any of this is true, the police can't arrest anyone without just cause. According to Tmz, cops found a dufflebag filled with drugs, a gun and other weapons that Chris had allegedly thrown out of the window. There's no word on whether or not the gun matches the description that Baylee gave, however.
Date of birth
5th May, 1989
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