BATTLE OF THE YEAR
CHRIS BROWN (Rooster) F With over eight million albums and 30 million tracks sold worldwide, one billion views on VEVO, and success as an entertainer and philanthropist, Chris Brown has both proven staying power and inspiring resolve. Brown has recently wrapped recording on his sixth studio album, "X," slated for release this November and has a world tour set for early 2014. "X" is the follow-up to the artist's 2012 album "Fortune." Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the set has sold 462,000 to date per Nielsen SoundScan. In 2007, he made his on-screen feature film debut in Stomp the Yard, and appeared as a guest on the television series "The O.C." Other films Brown has starred in include Think Like a Man (2012), Takers (2010), and This Christmas (2007). Throughout his career, Brown has won numerous awards, including two NAACP Image Awards, three American Music Awards and nine BET Awards.
Following his entrepreneurial instinct, Brown founded the record label CBE (Chris Brown Entertainment) in 2007, and has since signed Kevin McCall, rock diva Sabrina Antoinette, former RichGirl member Sevyn, rock group U.G.L.Y., and singer Joelle James. Brown has also released his past albums under the label.
In addition to his success in music and film, Brown continues to support long-term partnerships with charities including raising awareness and funds for Best Buddies International and supporting youth education programs atJenesse Center Domestic Violence Intervention Program. Brown recently took his philanthropy a step further, launching his Symphonic Love Foundation to inspire his fans and to give back in the two focus areas of "art" and "love." Brown partnered with the world renowned Debbie Allen Dance Academy to launch the Symphonic Love Scholars program, which provides talented youth with full scholarships to the year-long academy, and joined AIDS Project Los Angeles in encouraging testing and fighting stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS. As part of his Unity Campaign, Brown joined forces with LA City officials, Los Angeles Police Department and gang interventionists to produce a series of South Los Angeles neighborhood events aimed at preventing violence and promoting unity. Brown brought the Unity Campaign events to his hometown of Tappahannock and Richmond, VA and plans to continue promoting the campaign's message of individuality, creativity and community through his philanthropic and creative endeavors. Brown collaborates with other acclaimed artists including Romero Britto, Slick and Ron English and leverages his extensive social media reach and fan base to raise funds and awareness for his Symphonic Love partners.
The 23-year old finds a sense of self in an art form that is reflective of the moment. Brown, already a widely accomplished multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning artist, builds upon his creativity through his art. "Graffiti exemplifies the many types and colors of art, music and fashion that I love and how I express myself," he explains. "It's my art... my graffiti." Brown donates a portion of every painting to his Symphonic Love Foundation. Symphonic Love believes in the capacity of love and art to change the world. Brown recently showed his painting entitled Â¨ChompuzzÂ¨ at Art Basel, in Miami, to rave reviews.
Brown takes another step in expression through fashion with his already highly successful international clothing line Black Pyramid, often collaborating with others such as Brooklyn Projects and BAPE. Black Pyramid, and all-things interesting to Brown, can be found at his website www.mechanicaldummy.com .
In 2005, show business natural 16-year old Brown emerged from small town Tappahannock, Virginia. His star rose swiftly, as his promising skills drew comparisons to his idols Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. His self-titled debut album, which was certified double-platinum, featured the #1 Scott Storch-produced smash hit "Run It!" (featuring Juelz Santana) and the Top 10 pop singles "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and "Gimme That."
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