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Chris Brown was born on May 5, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia. He was heavily influenced by the music his parents listened to. Among his favorites are Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Anita Baker, and Aretha Franklin. Like many of his generation, he wanted to become a rapper but, his mother heard him singing around the house, and she noticed that he had a great singing voice. By the age of 13, Chris Brown and his mother started searching for recording opportunities. As a performer, not only does he demonstrate great vocal ability but he is also a skilled dancer and creative songwriter.

In July, 2005, Chris released his first single “Run It”, produced by Scott Storch (producer of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" and Beyonce's "Naughty Girl."). A rap by Juelz Santana was added to the song to appeal a wider audience. The single was able to climb to #1 on the US Hot 100 and stayed on top for five weeks. In December that same year, Chris Brown debuted with his self-titled album, which attained the second place in the Billboard Hot 200 albums chart and hit first place on the US R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart. On January, 2006, Brown’s debut album was certified Platinum.

The song “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” was chosen to be the following single from his debut album. Chris’ song was released with a split video, with a more up-tempo track from his album, "Gimme That", appearing at the end of the video. The single was able to make it to #7 in the US becoming Chris Brown’s second top 10 hit. Following this song, the track “Gimme That” was selected to be the third single for Chris’ album. A rap from from Lil' Wayne was added into a remix to give it a new twist and was leaked online on February 28, 2006. The video to "Gimme That", was the third to be directed by Erik White (who also directed "Run It!" and "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)") and was also the second consecutive video that Brown had co-directed. In his short career, Brown has already won a host of awards. He won the Best New Artist award at the NAACP Awards, Best New R&B Artist from the Soul Train Awards, and fake I.D award from the TRL awards.

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