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Chris Brown and Joe Jonas team up in the studio, prove it on Twitter

Chris Brown scored himself a number one album with the recently-released F.A.M.E., which sold 270,000 its first week out, only 5,000 fewer units than Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale debut.

But with the whole Good Morning America fiasco casting an entirely new cloud of menace around Brown, he still needs a pretty intense infusion of image rehab.

Enter Joe Jonas, whose squeaky-clean Disney image might be just the thing Brown needs to stay on the straight and narrow. The two spent some time in the studio over the weekend alongside producer Hit-Boy (crafter of bangers for Nicki Minaj and Pusha T), who tweeted the photo of the three of them. “@joejonas @HitBoy_SC @chrisbrown just did a smash! Whooo,” the producer wrote. And yes, The windows/”smash” correlation did occur to us, but sometimes we like to let these things slide.

The team-up will likely be appearing on the middle JoBro’s upcoming solo debut. Fans have already gotten a taste of Joe on his own with “Make It Right,” but considering the personnel involved, the new track promises to be a lot more hard-hitting. (That one you can have for free.)

Jonas told EW that his solo joint wouldn’t be “a cheesy pop record,” and he recently confessed to Details that he wanted to make music that could get played in a club. It appears as though he’s on his way.

Who do you think benefits most from the Brown/Jonas tag-team? Does Joe pick up some street cred or does CB re-earn the trust of teen girls everywhere? Pick your side in the comments below.

More on EW.com:
Chris Brown apologizes for ‘GMA’ meltdown
Chris Brown’s ‘F.A.M.E.’ tops Billboard 200 album chart with more than a quarter of a million copies sold
Joe Jonas on his new solo career: ‘I wanna go play my music in a club’

Rihanna speaks out on Chris Brown: 'We don't have to talk ever again in my life'

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If anyone thought Rihanna’s move to relax the restraining order against Chris Brown meant the R&B diva was open to reconnecting with her abusive former boyfriend, they can think again.

“It doesn’t mean we’re gonna make up, or even talk again. It just means I didn’t want to object to the judge,” Rihanna told Rolling Stone in her cover story.

The singer says she agreed to modify the court order for purely professional reasons. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's 'F.A.M.E.' tops Billboard 200 album chart with more than a quarter of a million copies sold

Looks like Team Breezy didn’t let their man down this week.

The ride-or-die followers of embattled pop star Chris Brown lifted his fourth album, F.A.M.E., to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s the second album since the infamous February 2009 incident that nearly cost him his career. The first, December 2009’s ill-received Graffiti, was a (relative) dud—pushing out just over 100,000 copies in its first week for a No. 7 opening.

Thirteen months later, it appears that aside from last week’s much-covered relapse, Brown is back. F.A.M.E. moved 270,000 units in its first seven days out. It’s the first time he’s topped the albums chart and the sales figures earn him 2011’s second best debut behind Adele’s 352,00 for 21. Trying to figure out how Brown made it to No. 1? Well, you can start here.

Jennifer Hudson’s sophomore set I Remember Me starts at No. 2, selling 165,000 albums. And Adele’s 21, last week’ s No. 1, drops to No. 3 with a still-impressive 96,000 albums sold.

Check out the full top 10 list after the jump.

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Chris Brown and publicist part ways

Obviously, trying to make Chris Brown‘s image a positive one around the clock is a tough task.

This morning, publicist Tammy Brook revealed that the job is no longer hers. Brook, whose firm also handles stars like Mike Tyson and Kelly Osborne, has spent the last year gearing up Brown’s new album F.A.M.E.—released Tuesday and expected to top the charts with upwards of 250,000 in sales—and as of this week, has parted was with the star. One might assume Brown’s recent antics at GMA scared off the PR wiz, but in a statement released to TMZ, Brook stresses that her time is simply up contractually and that her goals have been accomplished. She did not quit. Nor was she fired.

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Post-'Good Morning America' blow-up, Chris Brown debuts video for 'Beautiful People': Watch here

It’s been a busy day for Chris Brown: The R&B/pop star began the day by doing an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, where he awkwardly tried to avoid questions about his past incident with ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

Then, according to reports, a furious Brown broke a window in his dressing room at GMA and stormed out of the studio into the streets of New York City—shirtless. And as the latest episode in Brown’s busy day, he’s debuted a video for “Beautiful People,” the third single from his latest album, F.A.M.E.

The video for “Beautiful People” is certainly a departure from Brown’s trademark glossy clips, like the dance-infused one for his recent hit “Yeah 3x.”

This one celebrates all sorts of people in a way that seems to scream: “Everyone is beautiful!” A nice concept. It’s shot very casually, almost flip camera- or home video-style in certain parts, and features cameos from the likes of Omarion, Brandy, Timbaland, and lots more. Watch here:

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Chris Brown flips out, walks off set on 'Good Morning America': What happened?

Chris Brown flew into a rage on the set of Good Morning America earlier today, smashing a window and storming out of the studio shirtless after GMA co-anchor Robin Roberts kept directing the conversation back to his felony assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna two years ago.

The 21-year-old R&B singer waited until his interview and first performance was over before storming into his dressing room, where insiders say he began shouting and tearing it apart.

Before ABC’s building security arrived, Brown somehow shattered the window in his dressing room, smashing it up enough that glass fell onto the sidewalk below. Brown then tore off his shirt and left the building before a second scheduled performance. Watch the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown raps alongside Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes in 'Look At Me Now' video: Watch it here

Chris Brown is a singer and dancer first. However, he does little of the former and plenty of the latter in the video for his latest single from his forthcoming F.A.M.E., “Look At Me Now.” The R&B star, 21, takes a shot at rapping in the clip. And if not for the song’s guests, I’d say he does well. But it’s tough shining as a rhymer when hip-hop titans Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne are sharing the light. Busta’s rapid fire flow and Weezy’s frenetic verse pretty much blow Chris’ off the track.

Luckily, what he lacks lyrically he more than makes up for with his dance skills. Watch Chris pop off with Wayne, Busta, and a cameo from Back to the Future‘s DeLorean DMC-12 after the jump.

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Chris Brown restraining order eased

A court order that barred Chris Brown from contacting or being near ex-girlfriend Rihanna has been lifted, according to Reuters. Under the modified protective order issued Tuesday by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge, Brown is still prohibited from harassing or annoying Rihanna, but he is now permitted to speak with her. The 21-year-old R&B singer was sentenced to five years probation and community service, and ordered to complete a one-year domestic violence program after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna the night before the 2009 Grammys. Rihanna’s attorney said that she did not object to the downgrade of the protection order.

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Chris Brown apologizes for homophobic Twitter tirade, sort of: Are you convinced?

chris-brownImage Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.comChris Brown has issued a statement regarding his angry Twitter exchange with former B2K member Raz-B, in which he directed a stream of homophobic insults toward the other singer. “Yesterday was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from an attention seeking Raz-B,” Brown says in a statement provided by his publicist. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter.”

That’s a pretty piece of pseudo-apologetic doublespeak. Brown blames the target of his hateful outburst in the same breath as he expresses regret for “what transpired,” an evasive phrasing meant to spread the responsibility around instead of owning it himself. Sure, Raz-B was probably seeking attention when he tweeted about the true fact that Brown brutally assaulted an ex-girlfriend in 2009. But no one forced Brown to respond with those nasty gay-baiting epithets or to mock Raz-B’s past allegations of sexual abuse. He went there all by himself.

Brown’s statement continues with some slightly more direct thoughts: “I have learned over the past few years to not condone or represent acts of violence against anyone,” he writes. “Molestation and victims of such acts are not to be taken lightly; and for my comments I apologize — from the bottom of my heart. I love all of my fans, gay and straight. I have friends from all walks of life and I am committed, with God’s help, to continue becoming a better person.”

What do you think of Brown’s latest comments? Do you think he’s genuinely contrite about the obnoxious things he said, or just sorry that it happened in public view? Sound off in the comments, below.

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Chris Brown launches into homophobic Twitter feud with former B2K member Raz-B

Chris-Brown-Raz-BImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Koi Sojer/PR Photos Chris Brown launched into a profanity-laced Twitter feud for several hours today with former B2K member De’Mario Thornton — a.k.a. Raz-B — in which both Brown and Thornton employed homophobic slurs and taunts. The exchange began after Thornton tweeted, using the Twitter handles for, respectively, Eric Benet, Brown, Halle Berry, and Rihanna, “I’m just sittin here Thinking how can n—-s like @ebenet & @ChrisBrown disrespect women as Intelligent as @HalleBerry11 [and] @Rihanna.” Brown quickly tweeted in response, “@razb2k, n—- you want attention! Grow up n—-!!! D— in da booty a– lil boy,” and followed up with several tweets taunting Thornton over his accusations that he was molested by his ex-manager and one of his former group mates. Thornton replied by accusing Brown of being on the down-low (i.e. in the closet).

By the end, both Brown and Thornton had apologized for using homophobic slurs and appeared to have moved on to tweet another day. It was all a masterful display of debate at its finest.

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