With more than one public freak-out and many regrettable tweets, Chris Brown hasn’t made it easy on music fans over the years. Despite the 2012 Grammy win and not one but three prime-time performances, is it possible to separate the personal from the professional when it comes to Chris Brown? Is the public willing to accept his so-called “comeback,” or should we reject his attempts all together? To better determine what the future for Fortune holds, Popdust examines Chris Brown’s highest of highest and lowest of lows.
PART 1: “RUN IT!” RUNS TO NO. 1 AND AMERICA MEETS ITS NEWEST TRIPLE THREAT (2005-2009)
“RUN IT!” HITS #1 (NOVEMBER 26, 2005)
It’s easy to forget, now that Brown’s written an entire encyclopedia of scandals, just how promising an act he used to be. Scott Storch-produced “Run It!”, which spent five weeks at No. 1, got people talking, without reservations, about how he was the next Usher and the next Michael Jackson combined—and he was only 16 at the time. It’s arguably held up better than anything else he’s done; even established Brown-haters have a hard time changing the dial when it’s on the radio.
With his debut single proof he has what it takes to succeed, and a growing legion of fans soon to be known as Team Breezy, it’s not surprising that Hollywood saw a bankable future in the photogenic star. Brown began with roles in the dance-centric Stomp the Yard (2007) and holiday-themed This Christmas (2007), before starring alongside Matt Dillon and Hayden Christensen in 2010′s Takers, seeming poised to go onto larger, leading roles à la Justin Timberlake. Brown also had a small role in 2012′s ensemble film, Think Like A Man—and we’d be remiss to ignore his three-episode stint on our beloved The O.C.
PERFORMS WITH RIHANNA AT THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS (SEPT. 9, 2007)
In 2007, Chris Brown was getting ready to assume his place as one of the country’s biggest pop stars, and the VMAs gave him the ideal platform with which to do so. You might not even remember the song that he initially performed—”Wall to Wall,” the flop lead single off sophomore LP Exclusive—but Brown himself was spellbinding, a whirling dervish of jaw-dropping dance moves and boundless energy. Meanwhile, fellow burgeoning teen pop star Rihanna stopped by for a bit of her own mega-hit “Umbrella“—the two would soon be rumored to be dating—and after the requisite MJ tribute dance, Brown really set it off with a closing dance to his T-Pain-featuring “Kiss Kiss,” soon to become his biggest hit. The Top 40 was officially his for the taking.
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