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Justin Bieber and Chris Brown to collaborate: Awkward?

bieber-brownImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/ Does this make anyone else slightly uncomfortable? On Christmas, Chris Brown tweeted news of a collaboration with Justin Bieber: “ME and @justinbieber got a BANGER/SMASH record for all the fans out there at the top of the NEW YEAR!!! 2011 #BREEZYTAKEOVER,” he wrote. Bieber, for all intents and purposes, scooped him on Twitter in October, when he tweeted “kinda hyped rt now. for a new single teamed up with one of my friends and an artist I used to sing covers of on youtube. BIG RECORD. SMASH!!,” followed by a link to him covering Brown’s “With You” in 2008. On paper, this collaboration makes more sense than the Rascal Flatts duet Bieber also has planned, but I can’t be the only one who took a beat to think about Brown, who was convicted of assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna, singing to Bieber’s young female fans. Will I dance to it? Yes. But they’re gonna have to market this one carefully. It can’t look like it’s better image rehab than Brown completing his court-ordered course on domestic violence, which he tweeted about four days earlier on Dec. 21. “I have enough self respect and decency to be proud of accomplishing this DV class.. Boyz run from there [sic] mistakes.. Men learn from them!!! thx,” he wrote. Too soon, or right on time?

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Chris Brown has completed the court-ordered course on domestic violence that he was required to take as part of his legal agreement after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. The singer proudly tweeted the news — ‘im done with class” — and included a photo of his Certificate of Completion. In a follow-up tweet, he wrote, “i have enough self respect and decency to be proud of accomplishing this DV class.. Boyz run from there mistakes.. Men learn from them!!!thx”

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Chris Brown dances through a block party in 'Yeah 3X' video: Watch here

chris-brown-videoMany have counted Chris Brown out, but the R&B wonder is slowly climbing his back into our playlists. After surprisingly splashing into the Billboard Hot 100 chart’s top 20 and topping the R&B chart for several weeks now with “Deuces,” a mid-tempo goodbye cut from his Fan of a Fan mixtape, this morning he debuted the feel-good lead single from his forthcoming FAME (an acronym for Forgiving All My Enemies) album, “Yeah 3X,” and its partnering video.

In it, an acrobatic Brown dances to the Euro-pop smash, flipping and popping through a block party as others join in the action. It’s genuinely a fun clip, absent of any overdone, sexed up R&B corniness. This could be as big as “Forever.”  Check out the clip after the jump and let us know how you feel about it. FAME doesn’t have a set release date yet. But if the album boasts tracks as good as these, I hope it’s coming soon.


Chris Brown speaks on his tearful Michael Jackson tribute: 'It wasn't fake'

chris-brown-jackson-tributeImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comIn a promotional appearance on BET’s 106 and Park yesterday, Chris Brown tried to clear the air about his controversial Michael Jackson tribute at June’s BET Awards. “A lot of people don’t know, I was going to see Michael Jackson the day he died,” Brown said, according to Billboard. “I was on my way to the Staples Center that day… When I heard ‘Man In The Mirror,’ it just touched me. It wasn’t fake. I know people were trying to put extras on it, but everything was genuine. That was my ultimate apology, hands down.”

Brown’s statement is unlikely to change anyone’s mind about that sobbing performance one way or the other. It sidesteps entirely the question of whether Brown’s attention-getting breakdown, even if it was “genuine,” was an appropriate way to honor the late King of Pop. But what do you think of his latest words on the subject? Sound off in the comments.

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Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute at the BET Awards: How did it make you feel?

chris-brown-jackson-tributeImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comIt was without a doubt the most divisive performance at the 2010 BET Awards last night. To cap off the scheduled Michael Jackson tribute, tarnished R&B star Chris Brown came out and did a flawless moonwalk, only to break down in tears as he tried to sing “Man in the Mirror.”

Brown’s overwhelming display of emotion spoke to many people watching the awards. For these viewers, Brown was turning the page on the tumultuous phase of his career that began when he infamously beat then-girlfriend Rihanna last February. Others, like me, felt the precise opposite way. Brown pleaded guilty just a year ago to a very serious felony. Intimate partner violence is not something you can make up for with a few well-executed dance moves or on-stage sobs. In this view, there was something unseemly about Brown using a tribute to a late legend as an opportunity to turn the spotlight on himself and score some career-rehab points.

Which side do you come down on? Did you find Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson tribute moving or uncomfortable? Was it appropriate or not? Vote in the poll below.

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Chris Brown finally gets his Michael Jackson tribute at BET Awards 2010. Amazing? Yes! Appropriate? Hmmm...

Chris-BrownImage Credit: Matt Sayles/AP ImagesAs far as I’m concerned, there’s only been one Michael Jackson tribute. Tonight (June 27) Chris Brown finally got his shot at paying homage to his fallen idol, Michael Jackson, at the BET Awards 2010. Jackson’s brother Jermaine introduced Brown, who popped up on stage in a blue shirt, black slacks, white socks, and Jackson’s trademark black loafers. It was a spot-on pull from Jackson’s look at 1988’s Grammy Awards.

He started of performing Jackson’s Bad smash “The Way You Make Me Feel” and then changed into a sequined black jacket and donned a glittered white glove for Thriller‘s “Billie Jean.”  Brown’s obviously the only singer capable of doing Jackson’s moves justice. He popped, spun, and moonwalked as the “King of Pop” did for decades.

The performance’s most touching moment came when Brown started to sing Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” Within a few lines he got too choked up to finish the track, bursting into tears. Because last year’s BET Awards happened just days after Jackson died, they were not able to put together a proper tribute to the legend. At this time last year Brown was also dealing with the repercussions of his assault charge for violence against his ex girlfriend Rihanna. Even though a Chris Brown tribute to Jackson seemed obligatory, I’m not too sure it would’ve been appropriate for the embattled talent to make the awards ceremony. A year later, people may still question BET’s rationale.

Did you see Brown’s tribute? You glad he got to perform for Michael? How did he do? Weigh in below.

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Chris Brown denied entry to the U.K. due to criminal record

Chris Brown has postponed a tour of the U.K. after his visa was denied, Reuters reports. The decision was related to the singer’s felony assault conviction last year, in which he pleaded guilty to beating then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009. “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the U.K. to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence,” a rep for Britain’s Home Office told Reuters. “Public safety is one of our primary concerns.”

Brown had planned to perform in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, and London this week. Reuters says he has the right to appeal the Home Office’s decision. Brown’s label did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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Chris Brown defends Tiger Woods: Is this supposed to be helpful?

Chris-BrownImage Credit: Rob Kim/Retna LtdSay what you will about Tiger Woods’ PR strategy right now, but somehow I doubt it includes getting co-signs from the likes of Chris Brown. “I think people always deserve a second chance,” Brown said yesterday in a Detroit radio interview spotted by MTV News. “I hope [Woods] gets back on the field and does his thing, ’cause he is the best at it…Whatever [Woods'] personal life is, and this goes for me and him, his personal life is his personal life. Nobody has the right to place judgment or make any judgment on anybody else’s personal life when they’re not directly involved with them.”

Forget Tiger for a moment. Maybe this is just me, but the more I hear Chris Brown talking about second chances this way, the less inclined I am to think he himself deserves one yet. It’s been a little over a year since he brutally attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna, a misdeed that MTV says Brown called a “hiccup and a major mistake” in that radio interview. Really, Chris? Hiccups are what happen when you drink too much soda. We all know what Chris Brown did that night; he pleaded guilty in a court of law to assaulting Rihanna. That’s not what I call a hiccup. That’s abuse, and it’s a felony, and implying that “nobody has the right to place judgment” on it is seriously problematic.

Why is Chris Brown even talking about Tiger Woods’ sex scandal, anyway? I recognize that he probably didn’t choose to be asked this question, but if ever there was a time for a “no comment,” this was it. Using the Woods story as an excuse to offer up some self-serving musings on his own actions was simply an awful idea. I can’t see how these remarks will help either Woods or Brown rehabilitate their respective images.

I’ve asked Brown’s label if they have any further comment on this mess. In the meantime, what do you think of Brown’s decision to weigh in on Tiger Woods?

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Boyle, Bocelli score another spectacular sales week. But how did Chris Brown do?

At this point, it’s more or less old news to find Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream (582,000 copies) and Andrea Bocelli‘s My Christmas (400,000 copies) packing a one-two punch atop the albums chart, and according to Nielsen SoundScan, those two artists have indeed done it again. This brings their combined sales total to somewhere in the neighborhood of 3.5 million records dispensed this holiday.

Down in the realm of mere mortals, the Glee 2 soundtrack debuted in third place with sales of 173,000, just slightly more than Lady Gaga‘s combined total for The Fame and The Fame Monster. Rapper Gucci Mane‘s sophomore effort, The State vs. Radric Davis, came out of nowhere to move 90,000 copies. And young riot-starter Justin Bieber saw the hysteria pay off with a 56 percent jump in sales of My World, to 101,000+.

Parrotheads snapped up 68,000 copies of Jimmy Buffett‘s Buffett Hotel, and Jared Leto‘s Thirty Seconds to Mars slung 67,000 copies of This Is War.

But the person to talk about is Chris Brown, who managed to overcome scandal — or exploit it, depending on your point of view — to sell 102,000 copies of Graffiti and land at No. 7. For a man whose last effort, Exclusive, sold three times that in its first week back in November of 2007, those aren’t huge numbers by any means…but back in November of 2007, Brown hadn’t yet been convicted of assault against his very famous R&B singing ex-girlfriend.

What do you think, Mixers? Did Brown move more or less product than you thought he would? What’s your take on the power of the Glee franchise? And have you caved and bought your copy of the Susan Boyle record yet?

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Chris Brown outraged that stores are not carrying his new album; unleashes Twitter tirade

Singer Chris Brown took to his Twitter page to express his extreme displeasure with stores, including a Walmart in Wallingford, CT, that are not visibly stocking his new album, Graffiti.

“the[y] didnt even have my album in the back… not on shelves, saw for myself,” he wrote in a series of tweets over the weekend. “im tired of this s—. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. what the f— do i gotta do.”
He continued: “im not biting my tongue about sh– else… the industry can kiss my ass.
WTF… yeah i said it and i aint retracting s–“

“we talked to the managers and the didnt even know anything. wow!!! but they had alicia keys album ready for release for this tuesday comin … the manager told me that when there are new releases its mandatory to put em on the shelves.. BUT NO SIGN OF #GRAFFITI. BS.”

“no disprespect to alicia at all,” he continued. “just givin an example to whos album is loaded and ready to go next week.”

The debate continues with fan’s responses and re-tweets on his page, but what do you think, readers? Do stores have the right to decide whether to stock Brown’s album, based on personal objections to his actions this year? Should Brown have perhaps waited to release a new record until his public image was less tarnished?

By the way, Billboard predicts that Graffiti will take the third-place spot on the charts tomorrow, with sales of 95,000 to 110,00; that’s no SuBo, but it’s still better than the much-promoted, scandal-free Shakira and Kris Allen did in their recent chart bows.

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