Christopher Maurice Brown  (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Born in  Tappahannock, Virginia , he was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows from a young age. 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. With his first single " Run It! " 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. His second album   Exclusive   (2007) spawned his second Hot 100 number one " Kiss Kiss ", in addition to " With You " and " Forever ". The album was also certified double platinum by the RIAA. In addition to his solo commercial success, Brown has been featured on several singles such as " No Air ", a duet with singer  Jordin Sparks , " Shortie Like Mine " with the rapper  Bow Wow  and " Shawty Get Loose " alongside  Lil Mama and  T-Pain . The songs have peaked at number three, number nine, number ten and eight on the US  Billboard  Hot 100 respectively.
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