So, Chris Brown now claims radio stations are blacklisting him. He’s released an impassioned plea directly to his fans via SayNow, an audio-based social-networking thing (we’re just finding out about this now, but yeah, that’s weird), saying:
I ain’t never really did this but right now I need all of my fans help. A lot of radio stations aren’t playing my records. They are not being that supportive and I wouldn’t expect them to. It’s on the fans and what you guys do in your power to bring me back. That’s all I need is you guys and nothing else will do that except for the fans My singing and my music I do it for you guys and everything else but it won’t be possible if I’m not relevant on the radio and it wouldn’t be possible for me to be an artist if I don’t have the support. I can’t be an underground mixtape artist.
Not to disparage the moral aptitude of Top 40 radio programmers, but if it’s true they’re avoiding Brown, we’re a little surprised — and impressed. It’s the standard “should you support an artist’s products if they’re a terrible person” question, but then again, not really. Brown’s entire career is a calculated paean to mainstream tastes (not something we’re criticizing — we have mainstream tastes!), meaning as a performer and singer, the hole he leaves can theoretically be filled (as opposed to most troubled-artist types) by another bright young kid manufactured through the major-label cultivation system; put him around the same producers and co-writers, and we wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell the difference. Surely there’s an army of dudes willing and able to do MJ-via-Usher? Anyway, discuss!