In 2009, Brown received significant media attention after pleading guilty to felony assault of his then girlfriend, singer Rihanna; he was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service. Tina Davis, senior A&R executive at Def Jam Recordings, was impressed when Brown auditioned in her New York office, and she immediately took him to meet the former president of the Island Def Jam Music Group, Antonio "L. Brown asked her to be his manager, and once Davis accepted, she promoted the singer to labels such as Jive Records, J-Records and Warner Bros. According to Mark Pitts in an interview with Hit Quarters, Davis presented Brown with a video recording, and Pitts' reaction was: "I saw the potential ...
His third album Graffiti was released later that year, and included the top-twenty single "I Can Transform Ya". I didn't love all the records, but I loved his voice.
Having signed with Jive Records in 2004, Brown released his self-titled debut studio album the following year.
It peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 and was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling an overall three million copies worldwide. " peaking atop the US Billboard Hot 100, Brown became the first male artist as a lead since Diddy in 1997 to have his debut single top the chart. earned Brown his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Album at the 54th Grammy Awards. However, after the release of Exclusive, Brown's albums have not been well received commercially or by music critics, with the exception of X, which received a normalized rating of 63.
She's the Lady Leo, and yet she's not even as into settling down (albeit temporarily) as her dear friend Leonardo Di Caprio is—nor is she necessarily interested in casual hookups."When you love somebody, that's different," she explained to in 2015, surprising those who assumed that singing authoritatively about sex meant Rihanna was acting out her (or their) fantasies on a daily basis.So Rihanna was in for it from both sides—those who were outraged on her behalf and simultaneously disturbed by her choices.But if you look more closely at Rihanna's choices, particularly the ones she's made since fully cutting ties with her first love, they appear to be the choices of a young woman who's determined to not let just any man hold sway over her ever again.His second album Exclusive (2007) spawned his second Hot 100 number one "Kiss Kiss", in addition to "With You" and "Forever". Apart from his work in the music industry, Brown has pursued an acting career.The album was also certified double platinum by the RIAA. 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. Other films Brown has appeared in, include This Christmas (2007), Takers (2010), Think Like a Man (2012), and Battle of the Year (2013).(Rihanna has always insisted they’re just friends, while Drake has spoken about a brief fling in the past that ended in heartbreak.) For those who are not well versed in the “it’s complicated” love story between Riri and Drake, here, a comprehensive timeline.