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The Year in Urban 2014 — Chris Brown: Out of Jail and Back on Top


Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsIt’s difficult to deny that Chris Brown successfully rebounded following a tumultuous year filled with rehab and jail stints.

Brown started the year off in court, battling a case involving an alleged altercation in October 2013 in Washington, D.C.  The singer and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault after an incident outside a hotel with a man who was seeking a photograph with Brown. The victim, twentyyear-old Parker Adams, later sued both men for $1.5 million each for injuries stemming from the altercation.

A judge in Los Angeles subsequently altered the terms of Chris’ probation in his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna, ordering that the singer complete a 90-day stint in a residential treatment facility. In February, Brown entered a Southern California rehabilitation facility for court-ordered anger management. Upon completion, Brown, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, resurfaced on social media and tweeted: “Focused on my Recovery and Music… Nothing more, nothing less.”

In March, Brown’s rehab was extended for an additional two months, but he found himself in handcuffs once again for failing to remain in a court-ordered rehab program. As he awaited his trial date from behind bars, singer was put in solitary confinement 23 hours a day inside an L.A. jail.

Although his bodyguard was found guilty for assault in April and Brown spent his 25th birthday locked up, the singer was ultimately released in June. Shortly after, Chris tweeted, “Back to the Music and the Fans,. Thank you GOD.” Just days later, Brown delivered his first post-jail performance at the BET Awards 14 in Los Angeles. As for his D.C. case, Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault was sentenced to time served in September.

After settling the civil lawsuit from his D.C. case in October, Brown spent the rest of the year out of trouble. He received a positive progress report from the courts in his continuing probation for assaulting Rihanna nearly five years ago.  That probation reportedly ends in January.

Due to his ongoing legal woes, the release date for Chris’ sixth album, X, was repeatedly delayed. Fortunately, though, he reached major milestones with his club-banger “Loyal,” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga, which entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became his 13th top-ten hit on the chart. After releasing the album in September, X debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, marking Brown’s sixth consecutive album to open in the top 10. The set sold 146,000 copies in its first week and outperformed his previous effort, 2012’s Fortune, which debuted at number one and sold 135,000 copies in its first week. The project included contributions from Kendrick LamarBrandyKelly RowlandWiz Khalifa and B.o.B, as well as production from TimbalandDiploPolow Da DonDanjaPharrell and Drumma Boy. Following to his commercial success, the album solidified his comeback as he lead all nominees for the 2014 Soul Train Awards.

While his music career was on the upswing, Brown’s personal relationship with on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran suffered tremendously. The pair split in March, then in July, then again in October. And even though he reconciled his beef with Drake at the ESPYS award show in July, he reignited the tension in November by accusing Tran of dating Drake.

Perhaps Brown will spend 2015 staying out of trouble and focusing on his career — the singer is already scheduled to hit the road with Trey Songz for their upcoming North American trek, dubbed the Between the Sheets Tour. With Tyga serving as the supporting act, the 25-city joint outing kicks off on January 28, 2015 in the pair’s home state of Virginia. The duo will travel to major arenas, including Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Atlanta’s Philips Arena, before concluding the tour on March 8 at The Forum in Los Angeles.

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