Brown’s self-titled debut album drops. It debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.
Brown’s second album, “Exclusive,” arrives and debuts at No. 4.
After months of being spotted together, Brown announces he and Rihanna are dating.
Feb. 8, 2009
Brown assaults Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards and turns himself in to the police.
Brown releases a YouTube video in which he declares, “We ain’t going nowhere . . . I ain’t a monster.”
July 20, 2009
Brown offers a long-awaited public apology to his fans and to Rihanna on YouTube.
Sept. 2, 2009
In an interview with Larry King, Brown says he experienced domestic violence as a child.
“Graffitti,” Brown’s third album, experiences the lowest first-week sales of his career. He embarks on a scaled-down “fan appreciation” tour.
June 27, 2010
Brown breaks down in tears at the 2010 BET Awards while performing a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.
Feb. 22, 2011
A court order that prevents Brown coming into close contact with Rihanna is lifted.
March 22, 2011
Brown allegedly trashes his dressing room after being asked about Rihanna during a “Good Morning America” interview.
Brown’s fourth disc, “F.A.M.E.,” is released and becomes his first No. 1 album.
Brown and Rihanna begin following each other on Twitter.
Feb. 12, 2012
Brown wins a Grammy for best R&B album and responds to critics on Twitter with an explicit rant.
February 20, 2012
Brown and Rihanna release remixes of each other’s tracks.
June 14, 2012
A brawl involving the entourages of Brown and rap star Drake — who was once romantically linked to Rihanna — breaks out in a New York nightclub.
July 3, 2012
Brown’s fifth album, “Fortune,” is scheduled to be released.