Brown inaugurated his post-Stone Roses career with a 1998 solo LP, the platinum selling Unfinished Monkey Business. The album was recorded with the help of ex-Roses replacement guitarist Aziz Ibrahim, but spotlighted a more emotionally diverse approach to music-making.
The excellent follow-up, Golden Greats, arrived in late 1999, and Music of the Spheres followed in 2001. In 2003, Brown had a cameo in the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The next year Brown released Solarized, his most varied and politically charged record to date. He worked with hip-hop producer Emile & an alternative supergroup (featuring Steve Jones, Paul Cook, and Paul Ryder) for 2007's The World Is Yours.
My Way, released two years later, featured a song originally intended for Rihanna ('Stellify'), as well as an unexpected cover of Zager & Evans' 1969 hit 'In the Year 2525'.
On the 25th October 2018, Ian released his first solo material in 9 years with the single 'First World Problems'. His seventh studio album, the critically acclaimed, Top 5 hit 'Ripples' followed on 1 February 2019.