He would listen to soul albums that his parents owned,  and eventually began to show interest in the hip-hop scene. His parents had divorced, and his mother's boyfriend terrified him by subjecting her to domestic violence. Career beginnings At age 13, Brown was discovered by Hitmission Records, a local production team that visited his father's gas station while searching for new talent. Brown asked her to be his manager, and once Davis accepted, she promoted the singer to labels such as Jive Records , J-Records and Warner Bros.
I didn't love all the records, but I loved his voice. It wasn't a problem because I knew that he could sing, and I knew how to make records.
Brown stated, "I picked Jive because they had the best success with younger artists in the pop market, [ By May, there were 50 songs already recorded, 14 of which were picked to the final track listing. Due to the tour, production for his next album was pushed back two months. Jackson Show on its pilot episode.
Exclusive In January , Brown landed a small role as a band geek in the fourth season of the American television series The O. My Super 18 celebrating his eighteenth birthday in New York City. In November , Brown starred as a video host for St. He showed his support by encouraging students to use their math skills to help children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard chart, selling , copies in its first week,  and received generally positive reviews from music critics.
Brown re-released Exclusive on June 3, , as a deluxe edition, renamed Exclusive: The Forever Edition, seven months after the release of the original version. The re-released version featured four new tracks, including the single " Forever ", which reached number two on Billboard Hot Towards the end of , Brown was named Artist of the Year by Billboard magazine.
Graffiti and mixtapes Brown with Usher and Elephant Man at the Reggae Sumfest in In , Brown began work on his-then upcoming third studio album. According to him, he would experiment a different musical direction for his new album—titled Graffiti —while hoping to emulate singers Prince and Michael Jackson. He stated, "I wanted to change it up and really be different.
Like my style nowadays, I don't try to be typical urban. I want to be like how Prince, Michael and Stevie Wonder were. They can cross over to any genre of music. The song reached number 53 on the Billboard Hot Graffiti was then released on December 8, The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard chart, selling , copies in its first week,  but received generally negative reviews from critics.
He gave genuine emotion. I was proud of him and I was happy for him for having that moment". I promise", while accepting the award for the AOL Fandemonium prize. To further promote the album, Brown embarked on his F. Tour in Australia and North America. During the ceremony, Brown performed several songs marking his first appearance at the awards show since his conviction of felony assault. With the shutdown, Brown and all other artists previously signed to these three labels will release future material on the RCA Records brand.
The album debuted atop the Billboard ,  but received once again negative reviews from critics. X On August 9, at 1: When paramedics arrived, Brown allegedly refused to receive treatment and also refused to be transported to the local hospital.
Brown has reportedly suffered from seizures in his childhood. To "hold [fans] over until [the X album] drops," Brown released a mixtape, titled X Files on November 19, Fan of a Fan: The album was a follow-up to the pairs mixtape Fan of a Fan.
Shortly after, it was announced that "Liquor" was the first single from his seventh studio album. It also became his seventh solo album consecutive top ten debut in the United States. Brown has cited a number of artists as his inspiration, predominantly Michael Jackson. Brown emphasizes "Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer.
He tells Vibe magazine "He was the one who the youngsters looked up to. I know that we, in the dancing and singing world, looked up to him",  and maintains "If it wasn't for Usher, then Chris Brown couldn't exist".
She saw his debut single " Run It! Describing the Grammy Award winning F. My mom was like, 'You can sing? PST on February 8, , Brown and his then-girlfriend, recording artist Rihanna , had an argument which escalated into physical violence, leaving Rihanna with visible facial injuries which required hospitalization.
PST and was booked under suspicion of making criminal threats. On August 25, Brown was sentenced to five years of probation , one year of domestic violence counseling, and six months of community service ; the judge retained a five-year restraining order on Brown, which requires him to remain 50 yards away from Rihanna, 10 yards at public events. Ultimately, however, it had little bearing on the progress of his music and acting careers.
Brown said of hearing details of his assault of Rihanna, "I'm in shock, because, first of all, that's not who I am as a person, and that's not who I promise I want to be. Brown said that it is "tough" for him to look at the famous photograph released of Rihanna's battered face, which may be the one image to haunt and define him forever, and that he still loved her. Several times during the interview, my mother said that I came to her right afterwards and told her everything.
In February , at the request of Brown's lawyer, Judge Patricia Schnegg modified with Rihanna's agreement the restraining order to a "level one order," allowing both singers to appear at awards shows together in the future. He was scheduled to appear in court with regard to the evaluation on August 21, He attempted to address the court and was told by his lawyer, Mark Geragos, "I don't dance; you don't talk.
In October , Brown announced that he ended his relationship with Tran because he did not "want to see her hurt over my friendship with Rihanna. I don't know if it's possible, but I feel like that. We don't have those types of arguments anymore. We talk about shit. We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don't want to lose that. He's a good person. He has a fantastic heart. He's giving and loving. And he's fun to be around. That's what I love about him — he always makes me laugh.
All I want to do is laugh, really — and I do that with him. We used to go to church every day. I was one of those kids that had more church clothes than school clothes. About eight people were injured during the brawl,  including San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker , who had to have surgery to remove a piece of glass from his eye. Brown's attorney alleged Drake was the instigator.
Police officers in Los Angeles said that Brown was under investigation, describing the incident as "battery" due to Brown allegedly punching Ocean. He was released from court and was scheduled to reappear in August , to learn whether or not he would serve time in prison.
He was released and ordered to report to his California probation officer within 48 hours. The probation officer prepared a report for the Los Angeles judge, who could have ordered him to complete as many as four years in prison for the beating of Rihanna if found to be in violation of his probation. After Brown completed his 90 days, the judge ordered him to remain a resident at the Malibu treatment facility until a hearing on April 23, The deal was if Brown left rehab, he would go directly to jail.
On March 14, , Brown was kicked out of the rehab facility and sent to jail for violating internal rules. He was expected to be released on April 23, ,  but a judge denied his release request from custody either on bail or his own recognizance. He was sentenced to serve days in custody; however, he was given credit for the days he has already spent in rehab and jail. De Lima confirmed that she issued a Lookout Bulletin Order against Brown, meaning that he would have to confront and disprove the allegations of fraud in order to acquire an Emigration Clearance Certificate which would allow him to leave the country.
During this time, Brown was seen posting videos on Instagram , in which he rails against the police and the media coverage of the activity at his house. He denounced media reports that he was "barricaded" inside his house, complained about the helicopters flying overhead, and called the police "idiots" and "the worst gang in the world.