Christopher Maurice “Chris” Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American recording artist, dancer, actor and director. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, he taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows. Having signed with Jive Records in 2004, Brown released his self-titled debut studio album the following year. It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 and was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 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. His 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.
Apart from his work in the music industry, Brown has pursued an acting career. 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). Throughout his career, Brown has won numerous awards, including two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards and nine BET Awards.
Brown has been directing or co-directing almost all of his music videos. In 2010, he started collaborating with Riveting Entertainment which has now produced over 30 music videos for Chris Brown in the last 4 years. In 2011, Brown directed a music video for Wale and Big Sean and has since directed or co-directed over 10 videos with Riveting Entertainment.