For those who don’t know who Chris Brown is we can best describe the gentleman as one of the decade biggest pop stars, a graffiti artist, a good dancer, a rapper, actor and an R&B singer who has a clutch of multi-platinum albums and numerous top 10 singles to his credit and on numerous occasions he is compared to the legendary artist Michael Jackson.
Chris Brown is undoubtedly a multifaceted entertainer. Here is how an artist so talented yet full of controversy has been able to accumulate such a high net worth as of 2018.
Christopher Maurice Brown alias Chris Brown was born on May 5, 1989, to Joyce Hawkins, a director of a daycare station and Clinton Brown, a prisons officer. He was raised in a peculiar hometown of Tappahannock, Virginia together with his older sister known as Lytrell Bundy Brown.
He lived a perplexed childhood after his folks got separated and his mother remarried an offensive man.
Having a passion for music, Chris had to quit pursuing in Essex High School to continue with his musical career in New York. Before separating from his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, the couple had a seasonal affair together. After their scandal, Chris associated himself in other relationships with several ladies including Karrueche Tran and his baby mama Nia Guzman who gave birth to his first daughter, Royalty. Currently, he has been seeing Ammika Harris since 2016.
Brown’s passion for music started at a tender age as his mother inspired him to participate in his church singing group where he also performed in various talent-fanfares. While still young, Chris used to tune into soul melody before having an interest in hip-hop music. In 2002, a civic production studio, Hit mission Records, ascertained the youngster’s talent at a garage and later aided him with a voice skipper program to enhance his voice.
His mother being his greatest motivation, realized her son’s passion after he imitated ushers single ‘My Way’ and sought to sign him in a recording label. With the help of A&R and Tina Davis, he got engaged in a deal with the Def Jam label in 2004. They were dazzled by Brown’s demo in the New York office leading them to introduce him to the labels former CEO. His mentor Davis advanced the singer to a much higher label known as Jive Records.
In 2005 the young singer launched his entree album ‘Chris Brown’ which led him to success after auctioning over 3 million copies globally. In the album, he collaborated with various artists such as; Jazze and Scott where the album earned him twin Grammy Award selections. His self-titled album was twice accredited platinum by RIAA, and it also topped at no.2 on the Billboard Hot charts. He later commenced in his Up Close and exclusive Tour in 2006 where he performed in over 30 gigs in the US.
In November 2007, he launched his second album, ‘Exclusive’ which was ranked top in the US Billboard Charts. It included songs like ‘Forever’, ‘With You’, and ‘Kiss Kiss’ and was later accredited double platinum by the Recording Industry. His biggest collaboration that year was with Jordan Sparks, where they launched their debut song ‘No Air’. He also featured in the fourth episode of ‘The O.C’ which was an American TV series. His third studio album, ‘Graffiti’ was launched in 2009 where the singles in that album were exclusive after having an electro-pop mix. The album also topped the Billboard Top charts at no.7 after including his debut single ‘I Can Transform You’.
In 2010, the musician concentrated much on acting after starring in a crime mystery film, ‘Takers’ which featured other actors like Idris Elba and Matt Dillon. Mid that year he collaborated with Kevin McCall and Tyga in the debut single ‘Deuces’. Just like his other songs the single topped on the US Billboard charts.
‘F.A.M.E’ which was his fourth album was launched in 2011 where one of its single ‘Yeah 3x’ featured renowned musicians including Big Sean, Justin Bieber, and Lil Wayne. He later went on a promotional tour to boost the album entertaining in over 32 gigs in the country. Apart from being certified gold, the debut album also won the Grammy awards and the Soul, Train Music Awards, being the album of the Year in 2011.
Chris launched his fifth studio album in 2012, ‘Fortune’ which was a success after topping the US Billboard charts and emerging the foremost album worldwide mostly in countries like Netherlands, U.K, and New Zealand. Later that year he starred in sentimental comic debut film ‘Think Like a Man’, where he acted as Alex. The success movie was established on a book authored by Steve Harvey entitled ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man’.
His seventh album ‘Royalty’ which is named after his daughter was launched on December 18, 2015.
If you hear music like; ‘Forever’, ‘Kiss Kiss’, and ‘Run It!’ what will come into your mind is Chris brown as these are some of his hit singles. Being both a singer and an actor, his other debut films include; Battle of the Year (2013), This Christmas (2007) among others.
His other awards and accomplishments include; achieving a reward for Best R&B Album, and winning 12 BET awards during his entire musical career. His recent release include; Fine China (2013), Don’t Be Gone Too Long (2014), Fan of a Fan (2015) (a collaborated album in conjunction with Tyga), five hours (2015) (he was featured by DJ Deorro), and Grass Ain’t Greener (2016). He is currently working on his eighth album ‘party’ which stars famous artists including Usher and Gucci Mane.
Net Worth, Salary & Income
Chris Brown net worth stands at $50 million as of the time of writing. Much of his wealth has been contributed by the successful music career that has saw him become one of the best-selling music artists and being one of the highest grossing musicians in the world.
Apart from music he has other ventures such as having 14 Burger Kings restaurants, Interscope records and other ventures.
10 Things You Don’t Know About
1. In the 2010 BET awards, Chris was emotional after performing in the Michael Jackson Tribute as he sang the deceased song ‘Man in the Mirror’.
2. Being sickly since he was a kid, Chris has been suffering from seizures.
3. Chris Brown music talent was discovered while he was on a petrol station by a local production company.
4. He used to be called C-Syzle back in high school, and the first song he recorded was “When He Went”.
5. His biggest inspiration is non- other but the legendary Michael Jackson no wonder he performed at 2010 BET Awards paying tribute to Michael Jackson.
6. If you watched the movie Takers 2010, you could recall he was one of the actors but did you know that he was also an executive producer?
7. We all know that Chris Brown wanted to marry Rihanna and he even co-wrote Rihanna “Disturbia” song in 2008.
8. He got into the spotlight after he was claimed to have attacked his then lover, Rihanna. They broke up after the incident which was during the pre-Grammy Awards where they cancelled their performance together.
9. The singer has a taste in fashion dresses according to his mood.
10. Due to his assault drama to the likes of Rihanna, he was restrained from going to other countries including the UK
Being an American R&B singer, songwriter, actor, and rapper he also does charitable work. Aside from his music profession and merriment entertainment, Chris is also a marvellous dancer as he got good moves. Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder being his greatest stimulation, the renowned singer seems to have a soft, smooth melody which entertains the ears making him have a huge fan base globally.