Chris Brown is going downhill and has taken desperate measures. According to MTV News, after Brown’s dwindling sales from his new album, Graffiti, he has issued a message to his fans this week. The message asked to help revive his music career since he pleaded guilty to felony assault on Rihanna last year.
SayNow.com is a site that allows people to share recorded messages. Brown allegedly said it is hard to promote his new album since radio stations are not playing his songs. In an earlier message, he asked fans to keep in touch with him while on tour by dialing a special 877 number.
A spokeperson for the 20-year-old singer did not respond to MTV News’ request for comment, nor had confirmed the messages are definitely Brown.
In a message uploaded Wednesday morning, Brown asks fans for their help. “Hey, what’s up, y’all? CB. I ain’t never really did this but right now I’m just calling ya’ll, I need all of my fans’ help,” he said in the 90-second clip. “I need all the fans that I have, I need y’all’s help. It’s crazy because a lot of radio stations … some radio stations aren’t playing my records. They’re not being that supportive and I wouldn’t expect them to.”
He stressed how important his fans are to him, and without them he seems a bit on his own.
“It’s on the fans and what you guys do [whatever is] in y’all power to bring me back because that’s all I need, is you guys,” Brown continued. “Nothing else will do that except for the fans. There’s nothing else that I can do. I’m doing everything that I need to do. I’m doing me as a person and I’m a better guy. But it’s on y’all.
“My singing and my music is all great, but I do it for you guys and everything else but it won’t be possible if I’m not relevant on the radio and it won’t be possible for me to be an artist if I don’t have any support from people that give me an artists outlet. I can’t be an underground mixtape artist!” he laughed. “I just want all my fans to help me. I love y’all. Peace.”
The R&B singer’s album Graffiti was released in December and hasn’t gained much positive feedback. Singles include: “I Can Transform Ya,””Crawl” and “Sing Like Me,” however “Transform Ya” is the only single getting radio play. The album sales are at just over 250,000 copies, not so good for Brown since his last album, Exclusive, sold nearly 2 million copies.
Seems that Brown is doing just about anything he can for his fans as he had a small “Fan Appreciation” tour that ran from October through December. He played in modest theatres that were a lot smaller than arenas he used to play in when he was on tour with Bow Wow.
Back in November a number of radio programmers told MTV News that they weren’t afraid to play Brown’s songs in lieu of the issues with previous girlfriend, Rihanna.
“Transform Ya” got plenty of play and was popular among fans, however programmers have started to cut back on his music. As of now, Brwn does not have any songs in the top 50 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart.