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REAL NAME: Robert Barisford Brown
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BIRTHDAY: February 5, 1969
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Humpin' Around" (1992)
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BIGGEST LP: Don't Be Cruel (1988)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1

 
TIMELINE

Bobby Brownbutton.gif (123 bytes) Bobby Brown, aka Robert Barisford Brown, was born February 5, 1969, in Massachusetts. Brown emerged into the R&B world via his time with the group New Edition and then hitting it big solo in the late 1980s. Although his hit records faded into the 1990s, his celebrity kept constant with his hi-profile marriage and his off-stage antics and problems with the law.

1987...

Bobby Brown - "Girlfriend" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown released King Of Stage with the hit "Girlfriend."

1988... # 31 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruelbutton.gif (123 bytes) Brown released Don't Be Cruel and hit the Top 10 for the first time with "Don't Be Cruel."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Don't Be Cruel was certified platinum.

December
Bobby Brown - "Don't Be Cruel" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Don't Be Cruel was certified 2x platinum.

1989...# 3 Singles Artist of the Year (# 1 Male Artist of the Year)

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The singles "My Prerogative" and "Don't Be Cruel" were certified gold.
Bobby Brown - "My Prerogative" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit #1 for 2 weeks with "My Prerogative."
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 with "
Roni."
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was nominated for an
American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was arrested for lewd behavior in Ohio after a performance was deemed overtly sexual.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Don't Be Cruel was certified 3x platinum.

March
Bobby Brown - "Roni" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 10 with "Roni."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 with "Every Little Step."

May
Bobby Brown - "Every Little Step" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Don't Be Cruel was certified 4x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 10 with "Every Little Step."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Every Little Step" was certified gold.

June
Bobby Brown - "On Our Own" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 and Top 10 with "On Our Own" from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit #1 for a week with "On Our Own"
Bobby Brown - "Rock Wit'cha" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Don't Be Cruel was certified 5x platinum, the single "On Our Own" was certified platinum, and the single "Rock Wit'cha" was certified gold.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Every Little Step" was nominated for 3 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video, Best Dance Video, and Best Choreography.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 with "Rock Wit'cha."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 10 with "Rock Wit'cha."

November
Bobby Brown - Dance!... Ya Know It!button.gif (123 bytes) Brown released a collection of remixes - Dance!... Ya Know It!

1990...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Dance!... Ya Know It! was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown won 2
American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album (Don't Be Cruel), and was nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Album (Don't Be Cruel), Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Dance Artist.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male ("Every Little Step").

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Don't Be Cruel was certified 6x platinum.

May
Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown - "She Ain't Worth It" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 helping out Glenn Medeiros with "She Ain't Worth It" from Medeiros' LP Glenn Medeiros.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit #1 for 2 weeks helping out Glenn Medeiros with "She Ain't Worth It."
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
She Ain't Worth It" was certified gold.

1992... # 19 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Bobby Brown - Bobby button.gif (123 bytes) Brown married Whitney Houston.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown released Bobby.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 and
Top 10 with "Humpin' Around."

September
Bobby Brown - "Humpin' Around" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit #1 for a week with "Humpin' Around."
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown topped the Billboard R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks with "
Humpin' Around."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Bobby was certified platinum and the single "Humpin' Around" was certified gold.
Bobby Brown - "Good Enough" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 with "Good Enough."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown topped the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart for 2 weeks with Bobby.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 10 with "Good Enough."

1993... # 28 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Bobby Brown - "Get Away" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown won an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Good Enough" was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 with "Get Away."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Bobby was certified 2x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the
Top 10 with "Get Away."
Bobby Brown - "That's The Way Love Is" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male ("Humpin' Around").

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales chart for a week with "
Get Away."

March 4: Brown and Whitney Houston welcomed the birth of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina

May
Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston - "Something In Common" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 with "That's The Way Love Is."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 40 with his wife Whitney Houston with "Something In Common."

December
Bobby Brown - Remixes N The Key Of Bbutton.gif (123 bytes) Brown released another remix collection - Remixes N The Key Of B.
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown hit the Top 10 with "Something In Common."

1994...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist.

1995...

button.gif (123 bytes) Brown had a Top 10 hit in the UK with "Two Can Play That Game."

April
New Edition - Home Againbutton.gif (123 bytes) Don't Be Cruel was certified 7x platinum.

1996...

button.gif (123 bytes) Brown reunited with New Edition for a new LP (Home Again).

1997...

November
Bobby Brown - Foreverbutton.gif (123 bytes) Brown released Forever.

1998...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) June 21: Brown was arrested in California on sexual battery charges. Brown was then released on bail pending a July court date. Brown posted bail of more than $2,700 and was released.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Charges of sexual battery against Brown were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

August
Bobby Brownbutton.gif (123 bytes) Brown dropped his appeal in his drunken driving case and was to serve a 5-day jail sentence issued last January. His attorney stated, "this is a decision he reached with his family... he wants to put this behind him." In addition to jail, Brown will be fined $500, required to spend 30 days in a drug and alcohol treatment center, undergo random drug testing, perform 100 hours of community service, attend DUI school, do a public service announcement, and his driving license will be suspended for 1 year. Later in the month Brown turned himself in to a Florida jail to begin a 5-day sentence for drunken driving. Brown flew in from New Jersey with his brother and aunt and was immediately taken into custody by police.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) An arrest warrant was issued for Brown in Florida when Brown allegedly violated probation by being under the influence of alcohol and marijuana. Correction officials reported that in September when Brown checked in to serve 5-days in jail for drunken driving, Brown had smoked marijuana and was drunk that day.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) There was another arrest warrant and another surrender by Brown to police in Florida due to the singer being drunk when he surrendered to police in September. The judge released Brown on $2,500 bail. Brown said afterwards: "I'm making efforts to clean up my record. I'm sorry for the disrespect I caused anybody."

2000...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was put in a Florida jail for a warrant for violating his probation stemming from a 1996 arrest.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown continued to stay in jail and was sentenced to 75 days in jail. Brown admitted to the judge: "I have a disease. I am an addict. I am an alcoholic. Hopefully I can get back to what I do best - dancing and singing."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was released from a Florida jail 10 days early for good behavior, serving 65 our of a 75-day sentence.

September
Bobby Brown - Greatest Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Brown released his Greatest Hits.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Dance Songs includes Brown's "My Prerogative" at # 74.

2001...

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown reportedly collapsed in his studio at home after having a seizure. He was admitted and released from the hospital.

2002...

November
Ja Rule - Thug Luvin' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Brown could be heard on Ja Rule's latest LP, The Last Temptation, on the track "Thug Lovin'."
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was arrested in Atlanta charged with drug and traffic offenses after being pulled over for speeding, and then finding no driver's license and a small bag of marijuana.

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) An arrest warrant was issued for Brown after he went against orders and left Georgia to perform at the American Music Awards with Ja Rule. Brown later turned himself in and was sentenced to 8 days in jail for drunk driving charges stemming from a 1996 incident (the 8 day sentence was later reduced).

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown performed on VH1's Divas Duets 2003.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was arrested in Georgia while dining with Whitney. The arrest was for a probation violation.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown took home a Source Award for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year ("Thug Lovin'" with Ja Rule).

December
button.gif (123 bytes) It was reported that Whitney called the police and had cut lip and bruises on her face. She told police that she had a fight with Bobby, who had left for a flight to California. Brown turned himself into police a few days later and was charged with misdemeanor battery - Whitney was at his side at court.

2004...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown found himself in violation of his probation and back in jail for at least a week. Violations including not paying fees on time, not submitting to a drug test, and not proving proof he had attended a substance abuse rehabilitation program. The result was the judge ordering Brown to 60 days in jail. Brown was then released early to go to Massachusetts where he was ordered back into jail for 90 days or until he paid $63,000 of child support from a previous relationship resulting in 2 children.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 63 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown took part in a reality series for BRAVO called Being Bobby Brown.

2006...

October
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's included "My Prerogative" at # 98.

2007...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Brown was arrested in Massachusetts for failing to appear at a child support hearing last fall.



LPs
Bobby Brown - King Of Stage King Of Stage
Released: 1987
Billboard peak: # 88
Tracks: "Girlfriend" - "Girl Next Door" - "Baby, I Wanna Tell You Something" - "You Ain't Been Loved Right" - "King Of Stage" - "Love Obsession" - "Spending Time" - "Seventeen" - "Your Tender Romance"
Bobby Brown - 'Don't Be Cruel'
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Don't Be Cruel
Released: June, 1988
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 6 weeks)
Tracks: "Cruel Prelude" - "Don't Be Cruel" - "My Prerogative" - "Roni" - "Rock Wit'cha" - "Every Little Step" - "I'll Be Good To You" - "Take It Slow" - "All Day All Night" - "I Really Love You Girl" - "Cruel Reprise"
Bobby Brown - Dance!... Ya Know It! Dance!... Ya Know It!
Released: November, 1989
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 9
Tracks: "Roni" - "Rock Wit'cha" - "Girl Next Door" - "Don't Be Cruel" - "Every Little Step" - "On Our Own" - "Baby, I Wanna Tell You Something" - "My Prerogative" - "Seventeen"
Bobby Brown - Bobby Bobby
Released: August, 1992
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 2
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "Humpin' Around" - "Two Can Play That Game" - "Get Away" - "'Till The End Of Time" - "Good Enough" - "Pretty Little Girl" - "Lovin' You Down" - "One More Night" - "Something In Common" (with Whitney Houston) - "That's The Way Love Is" - "College Girl" - "Storm Away" - "I'm Your Friend"
Bobby Brown - Remixes N The Key Of B Remixes N The Key Of B
Released: December, 1993
Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "Two Can Play That Game" - "Shock G's Get Away" - "T.R.'s Get Away" - "Humpin' Around" - "She's My Lady" - "That's The Way Love Is" - "Something In Common" (with Whitney Houston) - "One More Night" - "I Want You, I Need You" - "Good Enough" - "Storm Away"
Bobby Brown - Forever Forever
Released: November, 1997
Billboard peak: # 61
Tracks: "It's Still My Thang" - "Feelin' Inside" - "She's All I Need" - "My Place" - "Been Around The World" - "Give It Up" - "Happy Days" - "Forever" - "Sunday Afternoon" - "Heart And Soul"
Bobby Brown - Greatest Hits Greatest Hits
Released: September, 2000
Tracks: "My Prerogative" - "Girlfriend" - "Every Little Step" - "Girl Next Door" - "Don't Be Cruel" - "Roni" - "On Our Own" - "Rock Wit'cha" (Quiet Storm Mix) - "Get Away" - "Something In Common" (with Whitney Houston) - "Good Enough" - "That's The Way Love Is" - "She Ain't Worth It" (with Glenn Medeiros) - "Humpin' Around"
LINKS
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Bobby Brown - "Humpin' Around" (Single)Humpin' Around
from
Bobby
ARC Chart Run:
25 - 9 - 7 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 3 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 14 - 22 - 25 - 33 - 38 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
22
RIAA Certification: Gold
Grammy Nominee:
Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male
1(1) 16 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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2 My Prerogative

from the LP
Don't Be Cruel
ARC chart run: 35 - 22 - 18 - 12 - 10 - 5 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 14 - 25 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
3
RIAA Certification: Gold
VH1: "100 Greatest Dance Songs": #
74
VH1: "100 Greatest Songs of the 80's": #
98
1(2) 14 1989 Bobby Brown - "My Prerogative" (Single)
iTunes
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3 Bobby Brown - "Good Enough" (Single)Good Enough
from
Bobby
ARC Chart Run:
39 - 27 - 19 - 14 - 12 - 10 - 9 - 8 - 5 - 4 - 5 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 21 - 28 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
37
RIAA Certification: Gold
4 17 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 She Ain't Worth It
[Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown]
from Glenn Medeiros'
Glenn Medeiros and Brown's Greatest Hits
ARC Chart Run:
39 - 28 - 23 - 17 - 12 - 7 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 12 - 16 - 31 - 40 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
23
RIAA Certification: Gold
1(2) 14 1990 Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown - "She Ain't Worth It" (Single)
iTunes
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5 On Our Own
from
Ghostbusters II soundtrack and Greatest Hits
ARC Chart Run:
26 - 18 - 10 - 7 - 4 - 3 - 1 - 2 - 6 - 15 - 21 - 32 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
17
RIAA Certification: Platinum
1(1) 12 1989 Bobby Brown - "On Our Own" (Single)
Amazon.mp3
6 Bobby Brown - "Every Little Step" (Single)Every Little Step
from
Don't Be Cruel
ARC Chart Run:
38 - 28 - 22 - 19 - 14 - 8 - 7 - 5 - 2 - 4 - 11 - 24 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
54
RIAA Certification: Gold
Grammy Winner:
Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male
MTV VMA Nominee:
Best Male Video, Best Dance Video, Best Choreography
2 12 1989 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Bobby Brown - "Don't Be Cruel" (Single)Don't Be Cruel
from
Don't Be Cruel
ARC Chart Run: 37 - 33 - 30 - 22 - 20 - 18 - 13 - 10 - 6 - 8 - 14 - 24 - 40 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
80
RIAA Certification: Gold
6 13 1988 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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8 Bobby Brown - "Roni" (Single)Roni
from
Don't Be Cruel
ARC Chart Run:
39 - 32 - 27 - 22 - 17 - 12 - 8 - 4 - 3 - 11 - 23 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
69
3 12 1989 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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9 Bobby Brown - "Rock Wit'cha" (Single)Rock Wit'cha
from
Don't Be Cruel
ARC Chart Run:
38 - 29 - 23 - 17 - 14 - 10 - 6 - 5 - 10- 24 - 33 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
82
RIAA Certification: Gold
5 11 1989 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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10 Something In Common
[
Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston]

from the LP
Remixes N The Key Of B
ARC chart run: 39 - 30 - 20 - 15 - 11 - 8 - 14 - 25 - 34 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
92
8 10 1993 Bobby Brown & Whitney Houston - "Something In Common" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
11 Bobby Brown - "Get Away" (Single)Get Away
from
Bobby
ARC Chart Run:
33 - 25 - 15 - 9 - 8 - 12 - 19 - 30 - 33 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
104
8 9 1993 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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LYRICS ]
12 Bobby Brown - "That's The Way Love Is" (Single)That's The Way Love Is
from
Bobby
ARC Chart Run:
35 - off
Year-End Chart Position: #
201
35 1 1993 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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LYRICS ]
 
  Bobby Brown - "Girlfriend" (Single)Girlfriend
from
King Of Stage
** ** 1987 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Ja Rule - Thug Luvin' (Single)Thug Lovin'
[Ja Rule featuring Bobby Brown]
from Ja Rule's The Last Temptation
** ** 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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