UPDATE: Wal-Mart denies 'blackballing' Chris Brown's 'Graffiti': Is the singer's response a farce?
Chris Brown, in his infinite wisdom and elegance, has spoken his feelings on big box retailer Wal-Mart with strongly-worded Tweets.
"im tired of this sh*t. major stores r blackballing my cd. not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. what the f*** do i gotta do..." Brown typed on his Twitter account on Friday (stars ours). "WTF... yeah i said it and i aint retracting sh*t," came shortly after, followed by "im not biting my tongue about sh*t else... the industry can kiss my ass," "for those people who r constantly tweeting me wit bullsh*t.. hop off my ****.. ur life is pointless." (The latter stars were his.)
He capped the tirade with "for the young fans.. honestly, sorry for all the cursing.." and "all my fans... love you.. thx for everything," followed by the usual parade of "buy my album" bits and Retweets of fan support.
Brown later got specific about one Wal-Mart in particular that wasn't stocking the album: "JUST WAS AT WALMART IN wallingford CT,844 north colony.. the didnt even have my album in the back... not on shelves, saw for myself" he said at midnight on Sunday. He went further to say that the manager at the store said that it's mandatory for new releases to be put on shelves.
Which is simply not true. For one, Wal-Mart has a history of choosing not to carry certain titles in its stores, because of the strength of the Parental Advisory sticker, the content, the album cover, a multitude of reasons. Secondly, people who wish purchase via Wal-Mart can order through it's website, which seems to have no problem with the album.
And third, Wal-Mart denies that they pulled his disc from shelves anywhere in the country.
"We are surprised at the comments on Twitter, since all Walmart stores carried the CD since its release, including the Wallingford store mentioned in [Brown's] post. This store had in fact sold through their copies over the weekend. The majority of our stores are showing today they have copies on hand," a corporate representative told HitFix. "We are showing all CDs delivered to all stores. It a very, very busy week for movie and music sales so it is likely more a matter of re-stocking."
Other massive retailers like Best Buy and Target are stocking the album, as are digital retailers like Amazon and iTunes. Whether this is a store-by-store stocking issue, it's not as if Brown's album hard to find. Conclusion: Wal-Mart is not the sole reason why Chris Brown's "Graffiti" isn't selling as well as he, or his label, had hoped, with it poised to come in at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart later this week.
Which brings us back to the original, rhetorical question that Brown poised: "what the f**k do i gotta do?"
He's probably referring to the many media appearances about the night he beat Rihanna, refering to it as an "incident" and a "happening." He's apologized many times on national television shows and radio.
But isn't this the same guy who should be doing some back-breaking community labor right now, instead of touring, releasing an album and bragging about girls rushing the stage? Plenty of people are still unmoved even after the media barrage, and even moreso may be now, as he seeks sympathy using 140 characters or less.