Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, rapper, artist, and dancer. He exploded on the music scene when he was just 15 years old, scoring a number-one hit "Run It!" from his first self-titled album and is considered to be one of the singers to claim Michael Jackson's "King of Pop" title. His Hip-Hop-infused R&B style and dance moves made him a perfect teen heartthrob.
In 2009, he was involved in a domestic abuse situation with his then-girlfriend singer Rihanna. Despite the backlash, he was able to continue his career and scored a number-one hit on the U.S. R&B charts with Deuces in 2010 and scored a number one album called F.A.M.E. in 2011 on the Billboard 200 charts, for which he received a Grammy award win in 2012.
- Chris Brown (2005)
- Exclusive (2007)
- Graffiti (2009)
- F.A.M.E. (2011)
- Fortune (2012)
- X (2014)
- Fan of a Fan: The Album (2015, collaboration with Tyga)
- Royalty (2015)
- Heartbreak on a Full Moon (2017, double disc album)
- Indigo (2019)
- Slime & B (2020, with Young Thug)
- The O.C. — Will Tutt, 3 episodes (2007)
- Stomp The Yard — Duron Williams (2007)
- This Christmas — "Michael 'Baby' Whitfield" (2007)
- Takers — Jessie Attica (2010)
- Think Like a Man — Alex (2012)
- Battle of the Year — Rooster (2013)
The musician showcases examples of:
- Auto-Tune: "Nobody's Business" with Rihanna. "Yeah 3x" uses it as well.
- Boastful Rap: "Look At Me Now".
- Break-Up Song: "Say Goodbye" and "Deuces"
- Cursed With Awesome: "Lucky Me"
- Daddy's Girl: His daughter, Royalty. So much so that he named his 2015 album after her.
- Darker and Edgier: After the domestic abuse incident, he couldn't be marketed as the fresh-faced Child Popstar he once was. Starting with F.A.M.E., his music and videos started getting more explicit with frequent cursing and references to drugs, along with him rapping more often. Every album since F.A.M.E. has had a parental advisory label.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde:Off and on during the ''F.A.M.E.'' album.◊
- FaceHeel Turn: Musically, he has gone from good boy stuff like "With You" and "Say Goodbye" to bad boy tracks like "Deuces" and "Loyal".
- Fun with Acronyms: "F[orgiving].A[ll].M[y].E[nemies]." and "F[ans].A[re].M[y].E[verything]."
- Genre Shift: His first three albums were firmly in the contemporary R&B/Pop genre; after his domestic abuse incident, the music started edging more into the Hip-Hop territory with R&B sensibilities.
- Hotter and Sexier: From F.A.M.E. on, his music has gotten more sexually explicit. The first track on the Royalty album (the album dedicated to his daughter) is a Intercourse with You song sampled from Marvin Gaye.
- Intercourse with You: Plenty of them, starting with "Take You Down" off Exclusive.
- Just on his F.A.M.E. album, there's "No B.S.", "Wet the Bed", and "Beg for It."
- Must Make Amends: "Crawl," for example.
- Right Through His Pants: The video for "No Bullshit."
- Refuge in Audacity: In "I'm Still":"You ni**as mad cause you fuckin with them regular hos and aint none better than my Asian.
- Piss Take Rap: Inverted. He does rap often. "Look at Me Now" is intended to be a Boastful Rap, but if you compare his verses to his guests - Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne, it comes across as such.
- Self-Titled Album: His debut.
- Surreal Music Video: "Liquor/Zero".
- Take That, Critics!: "Look At Me Now".
- Textless Album Cover: His 2017 album ''Heartbreak on a Full Moon," is confirmed to be this.
- Token Black: Amongst the cast of The O.C.. He was the only black recurring character, possibly only black character but his race never comes up In-Universe.
- Wolverine Publicity: He has done masses of features with rappers, including Busta Rhymes, Pitbull, T.I., Nas, Nicki Minaj, T-Pain, Fat Joe, Game and Big Sean. He's also featured on songs by Rihanna, David Guetta, Keri Hilson and Brandy. In 2015, he's featured on 10 singles and that doesn't include 6 singles from 2014.