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Friday, March 25, 2011
Billboard.com Photos: CHRIS BROWN'S Highs and Lows
From his early jaw-dropping, buzzed-about performances to Tuesday's (Mar. 22) "Good Morning America" debacle, Chris Brown's music career and his personal life have seen more highs and lows than a rollercoaster.
In fact, there have been so many triumphs and tragedies in Brown's time in the spotlight, it's hard to keep them all straight. Luckily, you have us to help jar your memory. Relive Brown's biggest moments -- from his breathtaking debut album to his highly scrutinized video apology, from his buzzed-about Michael Jackson tribute performance at the BET Awards to his recent sexting scandal -- and tell us where you think the talented and troubled R&B icon is headed next.
HIGH: In 2005, Chris Brown hit the scene in a major way with the release of his self-titled debut, which has sold 2.2 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
HIGH: Brown performs a jaw-dropping dance routine during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.
Friends Ryan Leslie, Cassie and Young Joc look on as he busts a move.
HIGH: Brown makes his big-screen debut in "Stomp the Yard."
Although his character dies early on in the clip, Brown proved he has promising acting chops in his short scene.
HIGH: Brown and Rihanna, once a happy couple.
The two seemed to be blissfully in love, until Feb. 2009, when it was reported that Brown beat Rihanna inside a car after an argument allegedly sparked by text messages from another woman.
LOW: Brown pleads guilty to assaulting Rihanna.
Under terms of agreement, Brown will serve five years of probation and about 1,400 hours in labor-oriented service.
LOW: Wearing a Michael Jackson-inspired jacket, Brown issues an official video apology for assaulting Rihanna.
Many argued Brown could've done without the video apology, which seemed rehearsed and many deemed insincere.
HIGH: Chris Brown dropped his first album post-Rihanna incident late 2009, to negative reviews.
Chris Brown took to Twitter to claim sabotage from big retailers like Walmart, who he claimed weren't carrying the album in their stores.
HIGH: Brown walks in Naomi Campbell's "Fashion For Relief" runway show.
The polished look made many reconsider their opinions about the troubled artist.
HIGH: Brown cries during his 2010 BET Awards tribute performance.
It was his first public performance since his 2009 altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and although many were still angry at him for his violent actions, his tears made some naysayers reconsider their thoughts of Brown.
HIGH: Brown performs in a bow tie on "Saturday Night Live."
Shortly before the show, Brown tweeted, "I'm so nervous about tonight!!!!!"
HIGH: After former B2K member Raz B posted a tweet about Chris Brown's incident with Rihanna, Brown and B engaged in a twitter fight that included homophobic slurs and other celebrity friends jumping in to defend Brown.
Raz B later apologized to Brown and said he'd love to collaborate with him in the future, while Brown sent an apology text to his fans and the gay community for lashing out.
LOW: Brown bleaches his hair and shares a series of moody photos on Twitter to showcase his new do.
Many speculated the dye job came as a result of Brown going through a semi-quarter life crisis. Following his outburst at GMA, this might not be a far-fetched assumption.
LOW: A nude photo of Brown leaks online.
Brown later said he trusted a female he had no business trusting when he sent a naked photo of himself to her.
LOW: Brown reportedly turns violent after an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."
His temper tantrum came as a result of host Robin Roberts asking him questions about his 2009 domestic dispute with then girlfriend Rihanna. Brown tried to divert the questions to his "F.A.M.E." album to no avail. As a result, he smashed a window with a chair and stared down a segment producer, causing security to diffuse the altercation.
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Source: Billboard Staff | March 23, 2011 11:40 EDT