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Chris Brown hits No. 1, post-meltdown, with 'F.A.M.E.' album

Chris Brown 2010-Frazier Harrison Getty Images Like the adage about bad publicity, R&B singer Chris Brown proves that  there’s also no such thing as a bad meltdown on  national TV as long as they spell your name correctly and plug your new album.

That album, “F.A.M.E.,” entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at No. 1 with first-week sales of 270,000 copies, the second highest total of the year, despite -- or perhaps partly because of -- the singer's tirade after ABC-TV's “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts asked him about his assault on former girlfriend Rihanna rather than limiting their discussion to the album.

It gives Brown his first No. 1 on the national album chart, although its initial-week sales total is slightly down from his 2007 high of 294,000 for “Exclusive,” which peaked at No. 4 in Billboard. 

A day after his angry outburst, Brown told the BET Channel’s “106 & Park” show, “I felt like they told us this just so they could get us on the show to exploit me. That’s what I thought. So I kind of took it very, very hard. And I kept my composure throughout the interview, although you could see me upset, you know. I kept my composure and did my performances, and when I got back, I just let off, like, steam in the back … I just had to release the anger that I had inside me, because I felt like I worked so hard for this music.”

Brown’s appearance Tuesday on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” helped the show take the night’s TV rating contest, although some participants expressed disappointment that the show had invited him on in light of the 2009 domestic violence case. 

Coming in well behind Brown in the No. 2 spot on this week's chart is Jennifer Hudson’s latest, “I Remember Me,” which was overseen by veteran music mogul Clive Davis. It sold 165,000 copies. 

Among four new titles in the top 5 this week are the Strokes’ “Angles,” which debuted at No. 4 on first week sales of 89,000 copies, close behind Adele’s “21,” which remained strong at No. 3 on sales of 96,000 copies. Adele's album still holds the lead for 2011 in first-week sales, with an initial total of 352,000. Gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s “Hello Fear” entered at No. 5, with sales of 87,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

On the singles front, Katy Perry's "E.T." with Kanye West has climbed to the No. 1 spot, making it her fourth chart-topping single from her "Teenage Dream" album, which also hit No. 1 last summer upon its release. Billboard notes that it's the first album to put four singles at No. 1 since Usher's "Confessions" accomplished that feat in 2004, and it's only the ninth album to do so in the chart's 52-year history.

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-- Randy Lewis

Photo of Chris Brown performing in Hollywood last year at the afterparty for the premiere of the film "Takers." Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images.

 
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I wish people would leave Chris Brown alone, yes he made a mistake, but he is a very talented young man. I will support him no matter what I am sure that Rhianna is no angel to this situation so let it die and move on!


Dee Harris
Columbus, Ohio

Just shows you how pathetic our society is. You propel a guy to #1 after he beat the sh** out of his then girlfriend. Served no jail time and proved with the GMA incident he clearly has anger management issues.

It doesn't matter how many women this guy beats he will still sale albums. You would think that there is better music out there that is better then this song.

Thats great we love u 4fm this side of the world.

I wish Chris would think before he reacts follow in the footsteps of someone you respect as well as look up to Michael never let them get the best of him he fought back with his music and keeping the respect and love of his fans. I love Chris in the words of Tupac KEEP YOUR HEAD UP

The guy made a mistake? Yeah big mistake if you've seen the bruises on Rihanna's face.

There should be NO TOLERANCE for a thug like him striking a woman. He's just a little creep.

And if anyone tries to make excuses for him then you're disgraceful and also part of the problem of violence against women.

Great album.

nothing like supporting a guy who beats women... I imagine the same people that bought his album would rush out and buy Muammar Gaddafi latest hip-hop masterpiece as well.

WHO CARES. This guy cant speak, certainly cant sing crap

YOU PEOPLE ARE SO RUDE..EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES..LEAVE HIM ALONE..LEAVE THE PAST IN THE PAST...WHO KNOWS SHE COULD HAVE PROBABLY STARTED IT..MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAYS DONT HIT A GUY AND IF YOU DO PREPARE TO GET HIT BACK..I DONT CARE WHO SHE IS OR HE IS..HE IS STILL HUMAN..AND HE IS YOUNG..STOP JUMPING DOWN HIS THROAT ABOUT EVERYTHING..I WOULD BE MAD TO IF IM TRYING TO MOVE FORWARD AND GET MY LIFE TOGETHER..AND THEN ASSHOLES KEEP BRINGING IT UP.HE SAID HE WAS SORRY EVERYONE HAS MELT DOWNS I ALWAYS DO.ITS APART OF LIFE.COME ON NOW..LET THE MAN..DO HIM
#1 CHRIS BROWN FAN SPEAKS

@TRIC'E NASH
Thanks for the comments. I think everyone here feels better knowing that someone like you (who can't spell, use grammar correctly and doesn't know when to use the caps lock) is defending him.

Chris is so young and talented. I am so happy for him. I love the new album.

U.S. Statistics (2003): 4.8 million women in the US are a target of intimate partner violence; 2.9 million men are victims of intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence costs the US 8.3 billion dollars a year in medical costs, therapy, lost productivity from work. Domestic violence occurs in over 30% of intimate relationships at some point in straight relationships, and that figure is the same in gay couples.

Partial list of celebrities who have exhibited violence in relationships: John Lennon, Sean Penn (pleaded guilty for beating Madonna) Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, James Brown, Hillary Clinton (has been accused by biographers in the past of attacking Bill,) Humphrey Bogart's wife, Liza Minnelli has been accused of attacking David Gest, Christian Slater, Joe Elliott (from Def Leppard), Anthony Michael Hall, Tiger Woods, Urkel, Rick Springfield, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, Eminem and his wife, Ron Wood (Stones), Phil Hartmann was murdered by his wife), Evil Kneival, Harry Morgan (M*A*S*H), Riddick Bowe, Mike Tyson and Robin Givens, Bill Murray, Richard Pryor, Paul Anka and his wife, Jackson Browne (he allegedly beat Daryll Hannah) , Dennis Hopper, Josh Brolin (he allegedly beat Diane Lane), Gary Coleman, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, and the list of rock n roll artists who have violently trashed their hotel rooms goes on and on.

Actually, those of you who vilify people who commit violence are a bigger part of the problem. You end up pushing people into the shadows, resulting in them being less likely to admit their problem and seek help. Shaming and guilting the abused and the abuser perpetuates the problem of intimate partner violence. Perhaps instead of calling people who engage in violence "thugs," and "losers," and suggesting that they shouldn't earn a living (which will almost certainly lead to more violence), maybe it would help to realize that people who are perpetrators and victims of domestic violence are our neighbors, our friends, and our family. Intimate partner violence is a common human condition that impacts millions of American's.

Most perpetrators do not serve jail time for a first offense of violence in intimate relationships. Chris Brown did not "just beat" anyone. He has worked hard to earn his success in the last two years since committing violence against his girlfriend, and deserves to be given a chance to succeed.

Well, I am defending Chris. You people are rude. I believe the ones hating on Chris hit a women before or did something stupid in your life, we all did. Nobody is perfect. Chris was a young man just starting out when the incident happened. I wish you people would leave him alone. He is still and will be always brilliant, talented, creative, entertainer and the list goes on. We love Chris. We are so proud of him.

YAAAAAAAYYYYYY!!!!!!!

I think that it is shameful for society to support peoples terrible ways. Why are people seriously, supporting him and buying his records?!?! And this go for anyother artist, politician, celeberty. What are these people standing for? These are not the type of people I want as a role model for my kids. I feel like the public doesn't care if you beat your girlfriend and throw a temper tantram and yet still buy his cds. Majority of these celeberties seem to be in the illuminate (devil worshipers), and even if they some how are not apart of it, then you must realize. Who do these people most resemble, Jesus or the devil??

woman basher!!!! Yuck!! cant use the other word.. chris brown needs to be banned..an idiot like this doesnt deserve a chance for nothing...just proves it with his last behavior, cant be around normal people....he bashes..women now windows...

Good job Chris knew you could do it proud of you my dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This album is insanely good. If he didn't do what he did he would have done a billboard entry of 750,000 1st week easy. But none the less, there are SOOO many colaborations on the album I wind up liking a song, and don't realize it's chris brown until I love it ( i do hate myself for it :) ). He needs some humble pie. When your one mistake is this big, you will never live it down, only grow from the experience. He hasn't grown at all, just went through the motions, cried a bit and we all felt sorry. He should just practice answering these questions, and expect to answer them over and over forever- or hold a press conference and tell 100% of his business. Comes with being a famous millionaire- stop whining kiddo. He doesn't respect women- just trying to win us over.

As long as bad behavior keeps getting rewarded like this, people will continue to misbehave and act crazy. I wouldn't be surprised if Mel Gibson somehow found a way into the public's good graces again . . .

Clearly Brown has serious anger issues toward women.

Chris Brown made a mistake he deserves to get a chance to redeem himself. His career is his career, the incident was personal. Babe Ruth beat his wife and he's still considered a legend and has a candy bar.

the book, "i tina" - was good.

All Christophers in one way or another achieve greatness.
ALL OF US!!!

-Chris Brown is the man-

I just don't get the appeal of this guy. He's a total jerk. i wouldn't spend my money buying his stuffs. He can go to hell and stay there! :(

 
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