After GMA Fiasco, Chris Brown Rebounds In Baby Steps

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Posted March 30, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. promotional tour gets a slightly better forecast during Week 2

Lots of new updates in the never-ending, never-boring Chris Brown saga.

Here’s the latest:

Following the ‘GMA’ meltdown fiasco, Tammy Brook, Chris Brown’s publicist, resigned. Brown quickly apologized for his explosive rant and even made a live apperance on BET’s 106 & Park, stating he didn’t intend to hery anyone but needed to release “the anger that I had inside of me.” Apparently, it wasn’t enough to keep Brook around for Week 2.

Good news for Chris Brown’s new record, F.A.M.E.: The album landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on its first week. The album sold over 273,000 copies, according to Billboard. A major improvement over Graffiti.

Despite the ‘GMA’ episode, ABC okay’ed his live performance for Week 2’s elimination show on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ His performances of his current pop hit “Yeah 3X” and a mash-up medley of “Forever” and “Beautiful People”  were star-quality, filled with explosive dance routines and Tron-inspired lighting.

One thing’s for sure, not every one was quite comfortable with Brown appearing on ABC’s hit show. DWTS pro dancer Cheryl Burke, who is partnered with WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, stated she was quite uncomfortable with the idea of having the R&B star perform on ‘DWTS’. “As a victim of domestic abuse, I don’t agree with him coming on the show, but it’s out of my control,” says Burke. Even DWTS host Tom Bergeron wanted to keep a safe distance from Brown. “Here’s the thing,” Bergeron told Ryan Seacrest on his morning show. “I did say to the producers that it might be to their advantage to not have me interview him, because my natural tendency would be to say something. You know? So don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me to not say something, ’cause I won’t really do that. Even if it’s just a snarky little aside, you know, ‘How was your week?'”

Huffington Post columnist Keli Goff wrote an excellent essay on Brown’s misfortunes and bad choices in a colorful article called “The Real Reason Everbody Hates Chris…Brown, That Is.” At the top of the story, Goff states that “his behavior has made him the poster child for the “I’m sorry, but not really” era.” Earlier last week, former VIBE staff writer Kevin Powell wrote an open letter to Chris Brown describing the ‘GMA’ misstep in his career comeback, which was also published at the Huffington Post.

Us Weekly senior music editor Ian Drew told MTV News that “there’s always a way back … My advice to him would be: Just don’t do any interviews and put out a strong record and let it speak for itself.” Drew continued: “Let the music do the talking. Let that be the statement.”


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J Matthew Cobb

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