Chris Brown Net Worth
Chris Brown Net Worth: $31,000,000
Sources: Jive Records, Chris Brown Entertainment (CBE), Acting Roles
Chris Brown is an R&B singer, dancer, and actor with a net worth of $31 million. He was born in Tappahannock, Virginia, and now lives in New York. Since releasing his debut album at the age of 16, he has racked up a series of top ten singles and platinum albums. Now, Chris Brown’s name is widely recognized both because of his own successful music and because of his infamous and violent relationship with pop star Rihanna.
Chris Brown discovered singing and dancing at a young age, and developed an early love for hip-hop and R&B music. When he was in his teens, he moved to New York, and was discovered by Tina Davis, an A&R executive for Def Jam records. A bidding war ensued, and Brown was eventually signed to Jive Records. This paved the way for his breakthrough single “Run It,” – a re-write of Usher’s “Yeah!” – which made Brown the first male artist in over a decade to land a debut single at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
His first album, 2005’s “Chris Brown,” sold 154,000 copies in its opening week, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200. The self-titled album was later certified double platinum. Brown was then propelled into stardom as he launched a summer tour with Ne-Yo and started to develop his acting career. His follow-up album, “Exclusive,” came out in 2007, and featured a string of top five singles as well as the number one hit “Kiss Kiss.” In 2008, Billboard Magazine named him their Artist of the Year.
One year later, however, his career took a major blow. Both Chris Brown and his then-girlfriend Rihanna were scheduled to perform at the 2009 Grammy awards, but there was an altercation between the two before the awards show, with caused both of them to miss their performances. Chris Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault, which he later pled guilty to. He was sentenced to five years’ probation and slapped with a restraining order which forced him to stay fifty yards away from Rihanna, unless at public events. This was one of the biggest celebrity news stories of the year, and it came with some major backlash for Brown. Following his arrest, Brown’s songs were pulled from rotation on several radio stations. He maintained a low profile for several months, but then managed to make a successful comeback with his third album “Graffiti,” which was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2010.
His next album, 2011’s “F.A.M.E.” became Brown’s first U.S. number one album, selling 270,000 copies in its first week. His fifth album, “Fortune,” released in 2012, also sold well, despite negative reviews from critics.
Aside from making albums, Brown has also spent a lot of time touring, and performed as a tour opener for both Beyoncé and Rihanna. He has also collaborated with a number of other artists on songs, including Lil Wayne, Swizz Beatz, Juelz Santana, and Justin Bieber.
It also appears that Brown has found some way to overcome his restraining order against Rihanna, as the two have been collaborating on songs recently as well. What’s more, it appears that the two are now officially in a relationship again. In January 2013, Rihanna confirmed the rumors that about her and Chris Brown, telling reporters: “He’s not the monster everybody thinks. He’s a good person.”
In addition to this somewhat complicated relationship, Brown has also been pursuing a few other business ventures, including a burgeoning acting career, and his own record label.
Chris Brown broke into the acting world when he landed a small recurring role in the hit TV show “The O.C.” in 2007. Later that year, he appeared in his first film, “Stomp the Yard,” where he starred alongside Ne-Yo, Meagan Good and Columbus Short. He has since been cast in a number of movies, including “This Christmas,” “Takers,” and “Think Like a Man.” He has also made several cameo appearances in TV shows, including “Tosh.0” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.”
In 2012, Brown announced the launch of his label, “Chris Brown Entertainment (CBE).” The label is a subsidiary of Interscope Records. It is focused on up-and coming artists, like singer Joelle James, whom Brown discovered through a YouTube video. The label’s roster also includes Kevin McCall, Sabrina Antoinette, Sevyn Streeter, and rock group U.G.L.Y.
Latest Venture: New Album
Brown’s sixth studio album is set to be released in late summer or fall 2013. The album was previously titled “Carpe Diem,” but will now be called “X.” Its first single, “Fine China,” was released on April 1, 2013. The album will also feature production by Diplo and Danja, as well as a guest appearance by Kendrick Lamar.
Brown’s many acting roles, as well as the launch of his own record label, demonstrate that this is an artist who wants to stick around for a while. He is also rumored to be working on another film right now, called “Phenom.” This, plus the release of his new album, and his re-kindled relationship with Rihanna, could mean that the 23 year-old will be an artist to watch in years to come.