Saturday, December 19, 2009

Everybody hates Chris, but the album is pretty good

Chris Brown might not be the smartest man in music, but his new album Graffiti is a must have.

The 20-year-old singer, predicted to the "next big thing" since Michael Jackson, nearly committed career suicide when he brutally attacked his former girlfriend Rihanna in February.

He has since apologized, started doing community service and a made sappy love song declaring he was a "changed man." Thankfully, "Changed Man" was not on this album.

After the attack on the Barbadian beauty, it seemed like everybody hated Chris. Radio stations weren't playing his music and his endorsements went bye-bye.

But the kid from Tappahannock, Va. bounces back on Graffiti, delivering an album with a mix of pop and R&B. Not to mention, a handful of songs with pretty obvious messages to his ex.

The Swizz Beatz track "I Can Transform Ya" featuring Lil' Wayne is the lead single off the album and rightfully so. It is the most radio-friendly song of the bunch.

The second single, "Crawl" is a climatic ballad about regaining a lost love.

"Everybody says we're through, I hope you haven't said it too," he sings.

Could it be a message to Rih-Rih? Quite possibly.

One song that is clearly about his ex-boo is "Famous Girl."

He sings, "You're famous girl...should've known you'd break my heart."

The track also contains some clever wordplay using some artists names and their big hits. He even mentions Rihanna's "Disturbia."

"I might have cheated in the beginning / I was wrong for writing Disturbia," he sings. "But I meant in Forever / We were supposed to be together / And I can't let you go."

Other high spots on the album include the uptempo party-starter, "Pass Out," and the Polow Da Don track, "Wait" featuring bad boys, Trey Songz and The Game.

Unfortunately, his third album didn't do very well in its first week with a little over 100,000 copies sold, landing him the No. 7 spot on the Billboard chart. His last album, Exclusive, sold over 295,000 copies in his first week. So calling this album a disappointment would be a huge understatement. But what could he expect with the year that he's had. Perhaps he should have taken some more time off.

It didn't help matters much that he ranted on Twitter that Walmart wasn't stocking the shelves with his album.

"im tired of this shit. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers," Brown barked on Twitter. "what the fuck do i gotta do...WTF...yeah i said it and i aint retracting shit. im not biting my tongue about s else...the industry can kiss my ass."

I guess he really thinks everybody hates Chris. I have to beg to differ. I don't think a Walmart store manager really cares what Chris Brown does in his personal life. If they have the album in stock, it would be on the shelf. That's just my opinion.

A statement from Walmart said, "We are surprised at the comments oline. All Walmart stores nationwide have carried the CD since its release, including the Wallingford store mentioned in the post. The store actually sold through its initial shipment over the weekend. The majority of our stores today are showing they do have copies available."

Since his ridiculous Twitter rant, Brown has gotten rid of his Twitter page. Probably the best move he's made all year.

I'm sure his publicist is overjoyed.

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