Chris Brown has been a star since the late 2000s. The singer was discovered by Hit Mission Records while at his father's gas station when he was just 13 years old. After dropping out of his Virginia high school in 2005 to pursue a music career in New York, Brown was signed to Jive Records, and he began recording his debut album. After recording over 50 songs, the singer’s self-titled album, Chris Brown, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart in 2005. The wild commercial success of his debut was highlighted by its lead single “Run It!” and supporting singles, “Yo (Excuse Me Miss),” “Gimme That,” and “Say Goodbye.” The project was later certified two times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America after selling two million copies in the United States, and over three million copies worldwide.
After proving that he had the singing chops to make a worldwide hit, Chris Brown began landing television and film roles. The O.C. was his television debut, where he played the role of a band geek. Stomp the Yard, a 2007 dance drama, is the singer’s most notable role to date, in which he showed off his acting and dancing capabilities. Other roles include his appearances in the film, This Christmas, and on the television show, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. During that same year, Brown released his second studio album, Exclusive, which included singles like “Wall to Wall,” which boasted a vampire-inspired music video and “Kiss Kiss” featuring T-Pain—the latter of reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. After returning from his Exclusive album tour, singer Jordin Sparks released her single “No Air,” on which Brown was featured. The track peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became one of the singer’s most popular features to date.
Brown went on to release four more studio albums between 2009 and 2014: Graffiti, F.A.M.E (which earned the singer his first Grammy award for Best R&B Album), Fortune, and X. Each album boasted well-received tracks such as “I Can Transform Ya,” “Look At Me Now” featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes, “Don’t Wake Me Up,” and “Fine China.” Before embarking on his world tour with Trey Songz, the singer released Fan of a Fan: The Album, a collaborative project with Tyga, which used their previous mixtape of the same name as the foundation. Following its release, Brown dropped two more albums: Royalty (named after his then newborn daughter) and Heartbreak On a Full Moon, which details the aftermath of his turbulent relationship with Rihanna and his most recent breakup with model and actress Karrueche Tran.