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Viewpoint: Why is Chris Brown Still so Popular?

Brown should stick to what he knows best and stay out of trouble.

Robert Frezza

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Embattled R&B singer Chris Brown topped the Top 200 Billboard Album charts with his ninth album, Indigo. The question many ask is: why is he still popular after he physically abused Rihanna?

Many are scratching their heads over this on social media, but his music still sells.

Let’s go back to the beginning: Brown’s career started in a church choir. He starred in talent shows and was signed to Jive Records in 2004.

His singles “Run It,” “Kiss Kiss,” and the techno-sounding “Forever” fueled his self-titled debut to sell over three million copies. His music keeps him going and his moves makes girls worship the ground he dances on.

His love life went on public display when he started dating R&B vixen Rihanna. That relationship became even more magnified in 2009 when he pleaded guilty to assaulting her. He was sentenced to five years probation and six months community service.

So back to the main question: why is he still popular?

Besides being a great singer and dancer, there are many questions surrounding the night he physically abused Rihanna. What triggered him? What made him so angry to launch a physical attack on his then girlfriend?

The only two people who really know are Brown and Rihanna. There was no official statement from the Brown camp, but Rihanna went on ABC News telling her side of the story.

We never heard a statement from Chris Brown, which incriminated the singer even more in the public eye. He was featured in a documentary on MTV, but he shed little light on what happened that evening between the two singers. In fact, he looked even guiltier.

The problem with many celebrity singers these days is that they should sing and keep to their talents and stay away from a public forum. They do not know how separate the two nowadays and too many get involved with public affairs.

They are singers, not celebrities. The audiences is what drives them to celebrity status.

No wonder stars crack under the pressure. Many artists begin young in the business and they fall victim to the pressures of the industry.

Bottom line: Brown should stick to what he knows best and stay out of trouble. That is the only way he will continue his rebound and his career will flourish. He is looking like public enemy number one still, but if he sticks to his talents he will be fine, or he will so unwillingly be scrutinized forever in the public domain.

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Robert Frezza is a music journalist based out of NYC. He has interviewed Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, Garbage, Nine Inch Nails, among many more. He enjoys interviewing musicians.

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