Social Butterflies

Is Chris Brown Back?

Sunday night, R&B star Chris Brown, who has been keeping a low profile since last year, broke down while performing a surprise tribute to Michael Jackson at the BET Awards. The audience was very much on Brown’s side, helping him sing the lyrics to “Man in the Mirror” when he was overcome with emotion.

“I think people felt, in terms of the dance tribute he did, I think people enjoyed that and were reminded that in spite of his past behavior and actions that he’s a talented person,” a reporter says.

“It was one of the best performances of the night,” she says. “Everybody stopped what they were doing and watched, and you kept hearing over and over again [from his fellow performers] ‘Chris Brown is back’ and ‘Let’s give him a chance.’ “

His career has yet to reach its former heights. In December, he released his latest album, “Graffiti” and to date, it has sold fewer than 500,000 copies, poor even in a time of diminished album sales. None of its singles have hit the Billboard Top 10.

Brown, who turned 21 at the beginning of May, often hasn’t helped his case. He’s been a frequent social network user, often using services to either apologize or vent — that is, when he wasn’t leaving them entirely.

He apologized again at the BET Awards, telling the crowd, “I let you down before but I won’t do it again, I promise.”

“He’s just a kid, and that’s what people have to remember,” she says. “You really don’t want to do anything, if you’re in his position, that reminds people of what happened. … Only time will tell. Hopefully he can mature a little bit. There needs to be somebody in his camp guiding him to be a little more careful.”

Perhaps Gucci, a commenter put it best. “I think he’s been forgiven a while ago. He just hasn’t forgiven himself,” and “that’s why he won’t act like he has damn sense,” the commenter wrote. “Stop with the [Twitter] rants, the pointless interviews, and the [whining] and just dance!”

chris Brown Cries During Michael Jackson Tribute 2010 BET Awards
June 28, 2010, 1:57 am
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Chris Brown paid a tearful tribute to his idol, music icon Michael Jackson, with an emotional performance at the 2010 BET Awards on Sunday night. The controversial star sang and danced his way through a 7-minute medley of the late King of Pop’s hits at the urban awards show. Brown, 21, broke down in tears while performing Jackson’s 1987 anthem “Man in the Mirror,” drawing a standing ovation from the mesmerized audience at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Chris Brown Banned From The UK
June 8, 2010, 4:30 pm
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Chris Brown’s infamous attack on ex-girlfriend Rihanna is coming back to haunt him: The “Kiss Kiss” star has been banned from the United Kingdom.

Brown was sentenced to five years probation and community service after pleading guilty to felony assault in connection with the notorious Feb. 2009 attack that left the Bajan songstress brusies and bloodied. This week, Chris was forced to postpone a three-date Fan Appreciation Tour in England and Ireland after he was denied a work visa to enter the country, BBC News said

According to British authorities, Brown’s visa was rejected because he was guilty of a “serious criminal offense.”

In a statement, the Britain’s Home Office said: “We reserve the right to refuse entry to the UK to anyone guilty of a serious criminal offence. Public safety is one of our primary concerns…each application to enter the UK is considered on its individual merits.”

The trek was due to begin in Glasgow on Wednesday, before making stops in London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Cork and Dublin in Ireland.

“Due to issues surrounding his work visa, (the) Ireland and United Kingdom leg of Chris Brown’s Fan Appreciation Tour has been postponed. Chris looks forward to performing for his fans abroad in the near future and thanks them for their continued support,” a statement from Brown’s spokesperson reads.

Tour promoters said the shows were being postponed “due to unforeseen circumstances” and advised people who bought tickets to hold-on to them, saying there would be “possible re-arranged dates.”

Rihanna To Appear On Oprah’s Haiti Special
January 19, 2010, 4:04 pm
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Oprah has called on Rihanna to take part in her show dedicated to Haiti. The pop star, along with Maxwell, will perform on Wednesday’s program. Wyclef Jean will also be on hand to show the devastating footage he witnessed firsthand and address the allegations against his Yele Haiti organization.

Rihanna Lands Her 13th Top Ten Hit
January 14, 2010, 10:20 pm
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New to the upper tier is Rihanna‘s “Hard,” featuring Jeezy, which has moved from 15-9. The track is Rihanna’s 13th top 10, tying her with Beyoncé for most top 10s by a female on the Hot 100 since 2000.

Her album, Rated R has also just been certified platinum. Congrats!

Rihanna New York “Hard” Performer
January 1, 2010, 4:46 am
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Rihanna performing her latest hit, “Hard” on New Years Eve with Carson Daily.

Jay-Z & Rihanna Perform “Run This Town” & “Umbrella”
January 1, 2010, 4:39 am
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Jay-Z & Rihanna took over Rockefeller Center on New Years Eve to perform for The Carson Daily Countdown.

The pair shared the stage to sing their hits, “Run This Town” and the classic “Umbrella.”