When Chris Brown launched his first album in 2005, individuals have been floored by the then 16-year-old’s expertise. He belted out the bops, and his dance strikes drew comparisons to Michael Jackson. Then, when he took his relationship with Rihanna public in 2007, it was like an R&B fairytale come to life.
However that each one got here crashing down in 2009 when he assaulted Rihanna, the primary in a gentle string of expenses which have spanned the previous decade, proper as much as in the present day, when Brown was detained in Paris—alongside two different unnamed people—over allegations of sexual assault.
And though none of his albums have matched the success of his self-titled debut, Brown has nonetheless had a reasonably stellar profession, each with music and appearing. He has the help of fellow artists and producers even after, time and time once more, he proves that he’s a troubled, violent individual with an enormous mood who has repeatedly assaulted ladies, and a few males.
Right here, we chart how Brown’s infractions have been peppered with success, and the way he’s managed to take care of a a lot better social standing than he deserves.
February 2009: Rihanna is hospitalized after an argument with then-boyfriend, Brown, turned bodily. Surprising pictures of her puffy and bruised confronted flow into on the web; Brown turns himself in to the LAPD, and is arrested. He’s supposed to seem on the 2009 GRAMMYs later this month, however he backs out.
June 2009: After being charged in March, he pleads responsible to felony assault.
August 2009: Brown will get 5 years’ probation, 180 days of group service, and has to attend an anti-violence program for a yr. Rihanna will get a restraining order towards him.
September 2009: Brown drops “I Can Rework Ya,” the primary single off his new album, Graffiti. Though loads of radio stations pull his songs following his sentencing, it nonetheless turns into his eighth top-20 hit on the Billboard charts.
December 2009: Graffiti is launched. It turns into Brown’s lowest-selling album, and critics give it adverse evaluations, nevertheless it debuts at quantity seven on the Billboard charts, and is the week’s second highest-selling debut.
June 2010: Brown pulls off an intense tribute to Michael Jackson on the BET Awards, the place he chokes up whereas singing “Man within the Mirror.” Individuals see it as a heartfelt apology for his assault of Rihanna, and it marks an enormous turning level on his quest for forgiveness.
March 2011: After an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Brown apparently breaks a window his dressing room, seemingly agitated by a query concerning the 2009 assault.
June 2011: Brown wins 5 BET Awards for his fourth studio album, F.A.M.E., which additionally earns him a number-one spot on the Billboard charts. Tyga, T-Ache and Kelly Rowland all be a part of him on the album tour.
February 2012: Brown makes his first GRAMMYs efficiency because the 2009 assault, and he takes house the award for Greatest R&B Album.
Additionally in February 2012, Brown is accused of stealing a telephone from a fan who snapped a photograph of him, however he’s by no means charged with any crime.
April 2012: Brown is forged alongside Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and Kevin Hart within the romantic comedy, Assume Like A Man.
June 2012: Brown will get right into a struggle with Drake at a membership in New York, allegedly over Rihanna, however no costs are laid and he and Drake ultimately reconcile.
July 2012: His fifth album, Fortune, debuts at number-one on the Billboard charts, and consists of appearances from Wiz Khalifa, Huge Sean and Nas.
October 2012: Brown violates Rihanna’s restraining order and exhibits up at her Halloween social gathering dressed as a terrorist.
January 2013: Stories floor that present Brown probably lied about his group service—claiming hours when he was, the truth is, outdoors the U.S. Later this month, he and Frank Ocean battle over a parking spot in West Hollywood. The police report exhibits that Brown punched and pushed Ocean. No costs are laid.
October 2013: Brown punches a person outdoors a lodge in Washington, D.C., and he’s arrested for felony assault. (The person apparently tried to get in on a photograph with the singer and two ladies, and after Brown stated “I’m not into this homosexual shit, I’m into boxing,” he broke the person’s nostril.) The cost was ultimately introduced right down to a misdemeanour, and Brown checks himself right into a rehab facility whereas ready for his sentence.
November 2013: Brown is kicked out of the aforementioned rehab facility for throwing a rock by way of his mom’s automotive window following a household remedy session. Quickly after, his sentence comes by way of: 90 days at a rehab specializing in anger administration.
March 2014: Brown will get kicked out of one other rehab facility, and is taken into custody for not finishing a drug check and for touching a fellow affected person. He’s then sentenced to 131 days in jail for violating his probation.
October 2014: Brown’s sixth album, X, peaks at quantity two on the Billboard charts, and consists of collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Ludacris and Usher.
November 2015: As a prelude to his subsequent album, Brown releases a mixtape referred to as Earlier than the Social gathering, that includes a bunch of high-profile producers and artists, together with Rihanna.
December 2015: Brown drops his seventh album, Royalty, named after his daughter, who can also be pictured on the duvet. (Her mom is Nia Amey, Brown’s ex-girlfriend.) It debuts at quantity three on the Billboard charts, and is the second best-selling album the week of its launch.
January 2016: Las Vegas police examine Brown after a lady alleges that he stole her telephone after which hit her within the face throughout a celebration. Brown’s reps deny the lady’s claims; he ultimately pays a monetary settlement to the lady in a civil go well with.
August 2016: After a standoff with the police that lasts a full day, Brown is arrested beneath suspicion of assault with a lethal weapon after allegedly pointing a gun at a lady’s face.
February 2017: Brown’s former girlfriend Karrueche Tran information a restraining order towards him after he allegedly threatened to kill her a number of occasions. Tran additionally says that he punched her within the abdomen, pushed her down the steps, and threatened her family and friends. The five-year restraining order is granted later that yr.
April 2017: In accordance with police, Brown allegedly sucker punches a photographer in Florida throughout a efficiency. He’s ultimately arrested for felony battery associated to this incident in July 2018, and launched on a $2,000 bond.
June 2017: Brown releases a documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life, about his fame—and the difficulty he’s landed in because it started. Within the doc, a number of celebrities, together with DJ Khaled and Mary J. Blige, defend him, and Brown insists that his time within the highlight isn’t over but.
August 2017: Brown will get a gig on Black-ish, enjoying… a troubled rapper. Following criticism for that casting, the present’s creator Kenya Barris defended the selection, saying “It had been 10 years because the Rihanna incident, which occurred when he was a child, principally, 19 years previous.” She did say the present was unaware of Tran’s restraining order on the time, although.
November 2017: Heartbreak On A Full Moon, Brown’s eighth album, hits quantity three on the Billboard charts.
March 2018: Brown seems in Lil Dicky’s video, “Freaky Friday,” alongside Kendall Jenner and Ed Sheeran. Each Jenner and Sheeran have been criticized for associating with Brown.
June 2018: A lady is granted a short lived restraining order towards Brown for allegedly harassing and stalking her. Brown’s reps responded to those claims, saying that he doesn’t know the lady.
Might 2018: Brown, rapper Younger Lo (Lowell Grissom Jr.) and an unnamed lady are included in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a lady accusing them of a complete host of issues, together with sexual battery, assault and interference with civil rights. All of those incidents allegedly occurred at a celebration at Brown’s residence in L.A.
October 2018: Drake calls Brown “one of the gifted human beings on the planet” throughout a live performance in Los Angeles, and brings him onstage so the pair can carry out Brown’s 2017 hit “Celebration.”
January 2019: Brown and two different individuals are arrested in Paris after a lady filed a rape grievance towards them. He stays in custody whereas a French decide investigates the allegations, although an Instagram submit to his account famous that the allegations have been “false and an entire lot of cap [sic].” He’s later launched with out cost.
Previous to the rape allegations, Brown’s yr was off to a comparatively good begin. His single, “Undecided,” turned his 91st Billboard chart entry, which suggests he’s now tied for the second most chart entries in historical past with James Brown (and simply behind Elvis Presley). He additionally simply minimize a brand new cope with RCA Data. So we’ll have to attend and see if the newest on his lengthy, lengthy listing of allegations impacts his success, or if he retains on forging forward the best way he has over the previous 10 years.
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