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It wasn't a problem because I knew that he could sing, and I knew how to make records." Brown ultimately chose Jive due to its successful work with then-young acts such as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.

Brown stated, "I picked Jive because they had the best success with younger artists in the pop market, [...] I knew I was going to capture my African American audience, but Jive had a lot of strength in the pop area as well as longevity in careers." After being signed to Jive Records in 2004, Brown began recording his self-titled debut studio album in February 2005.

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According to him, he would experiment a different musical direction for his new album—titled Graffiti—while hoping to emulate singers Prince and Michael Jackson.

He stated, "I wanted to change it up and really be different.

Like my style nowadays, I don't try to be typical urban.

I want to be like how Prince, Michael and Stevie Wonder were.

By May, there were 50 songs already recorded, 14 of which were picked to the final track listing.

"I write about the things that 16 year olds go through every day," says Brown.In August 2008, Brown guest-starred on Disney's The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as himself.In 2008, Brown began work on his-then upcoming third studio album."Like you just got in trouble for sneaking your girl into the house, or you can't drive, so you steal a car or something." Chris Brown was a relative commercial success with the time; selling over two million copies in the United States—where it was certified two times platinum by the RIAA—and three million copies worldwide. ", made Brown the first male act (since Montell Jordan in 1995) to have his debut single to reach the summit of the Billboard Hot 100—later remaining for four additionally weeks.On June 13, 2006, Brown released a DVD entitled Chris Brown's Journey, which shows footage of him traveling in England and Japan, getting ready for his first visit to the Grammy Awards, behind the scenes of his music videos and bloopers.Shortly after ending his summer tour with Ne-Yo, Brown quickly began production for his second studio album, Exclusive, which was released in the United States on November 6, 2007.

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