Music start - He was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age
Debut album - He signed with Jive Records in 2004, and released his self-titled debut studio album in 2005
Success - It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 and was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling an overall three million copies worldwide
First no. 1 single - With his first single "Run It!" peaking atop the US Billboard Hot 100, Brown became the first male artist as a lead since Diddy in 1997 to have his debut single top the chart
Second album - Exclusive (2007) spawned his second Hot 100 number one "Kiss Kiss", in addition to "With You" and "Forever". The album was also certified double platinum by the RIAA
Collaborations - In addition to his solo commercial success, Brown has been featured on several singles such as "No Air", a duet with singer Jordin Sparks, "Shortie like Mine" with the rapper Bow Wow and "Shawty Get Loose" alongside Lil Mama and T-Pain. The songs have peaked at number three, number nine and number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 respectively
Rihanna - In 2009, Brown received much media attention after pleading guilty to felony assault of his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna; he was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service
Third album - Graffiti - was released later that year, and included the top-twenty single "I Can Transform Ya"
Fourth album F.A.M.E. (2011) became his first to top the Billboard 200; it spawned the singles "Yeah 3x", "Look at Me Now", and "Beautiful People"
F.A.M.E. earned Brown his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 54th Grammy Awards
Fifth album - Fortune - was released in 2012
Acting - In 2007, he made his on-screen feature film debut in Stomp the Yard, and appeared as a guest on the television series The O.C.
Other films Brown has appeared in, include This Christmas (2007), Takers (2010), Think Like a Man (2012), and Battle of the Year (2013)
Awards - 14 BET Awards, 5 Billboard Music Awards, and 3 MTV VMA awards
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