Chris Brown Deletes Twitter After “Graffiti” Rant, Stores Say Album Is Overstocked

December 15th, 2009 by Daniel Kreps Leave a reply »

Just days after Chris Brown used his Twitter to lash out at retailers he accused of “blackballing” his latest album Graffiti, the singer deleted his Mechanical Dummy account. “I wanna thank all my fans for their support,” Brown wrote in his final tweet yesterday. “I love yall. Goodbye!” As Rolling Stone reported, Brown’s ire initially focused on a Walmart store in Wallingford, Connecticut, but Brown expanded his rant to make a blanket statement about how the industry views him after he pleaded guilty for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

It seems like Brown somehow stumbled upon the one Walmart that was actually sold out of their Graffiti stock, as reps for several big retailers tell that Brown’s disc is actually “overstocked” at most stores, with Graffiti well underselling the 150,000-175,000 copies it was expected to move in its debut week. One large chain indicated the album is selling at only 40 percent of initial expectations.

Brown’s last album, 2007’s Exclusive, sold 294,000 copies in its debut week, which will likely more than double Graffiti’s first week sales. Jive had shipped 400,000 copies of Graffiti, but this Wednesday’s charts will likely only reveal sales in the low 100,000s. “Not only am I carrying it, I am over-carrying it, because it isn’t selling,” the head of purchasing at a large chain told “I wish I could return it.”

Brown’s Mechanical Dummy Website remains active with its Kanye West-like posts about fashion and artwork, but the Twitter that bears the same name reads the message, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” In the past few months, Brown has frequently tweeted and deleted posts, often after he’d written something that could be construed as a regret or re...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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