Chris Brown began 2009 as one of the hottest stars in pop and R&B. Both of his first two albums had made the top five and he had piled up an impressive string of seven top 10 hits on the Hot 100, including such massive hits as "Kiss Kiss" (featuring T-Pain), "No Air" (with Jordin Sparks) and "Forever." (And that tally doesn't even count top 10 hits by Bow Wow and Lil Mama on which he was merely "featured.")
But then came the heavily-publicized Feb. 8 incident in which he battered his then-girlfriend Rihanna. This week, Brown's first album since the incident arrives on The Billboard 200. Graffiti debuts at #7 with first-week sales of 102,000. That's about one-third of what Brown's previous album, Exclusive, sold (294,000) when it debuted at #4 in November 2007. It's even below the first-week sales of Brown's debut album, Chris Brown, which started (at #2) with 154,000 in December 2005.
Brown was probably hurt more than some other artists would have been because his actions wereRead More »from Week Ending Dec. 13, 2009: Chris Brown’s Bad Year