Christopher Maurice "Chris" Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, dancer and actor. He released his debut self-titled album in 2005 after being signed to Jive Records the previous year. He began recording the album in February 2005. With over 50 songs recorded by May, 14 were picked for the track listing. Chris Brown was released on November 29, 2005, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200.