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Chris Brown: A career timeline

Chris Brown has ‘F.A.M.E.’ and ‘Fortune,’ but what about forgiveness?

November 2005

Brown’s self-titled debut album drops. It debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

November 2007

Brown’s second album, “Exclusive,” arrives and debuts at No. 4.

June 2008

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.

May 2009

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.

December 2009

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.

April 2011

Brown’s fourth disc, “F.A.M.E.,” is released and becomes his first No. 1 album.

May 2011

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.

Chris Richards is The Washington Post's pop music critic. He has recently written about David Bowie's legacy of reinvention, Beyoncé's Super Bowl victory, viral go-go covers and rock star death waves.
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