Radio Stations Pull Chris Browns Songs from Rotation
Chris Brown apologizes to Rihanna on Song
In response to R&B singer Chris Brown's arrest for an alleged a.ssault reportedly against his longtime girlfriend Rihanna in Los Angeles, WBLI (106.1-FM) plans to pull all of Brown's songs from its rotation Friday and poll listeners on whether they should be reinstated.
"Yes, you are innocent until proven guilty," said Jeremy Rice, WBLI's program director. "But right now, he looks pretty damn guilty. He hasn't given any statement. He hasn't come on BLI or a station in Los Angeles to explain. If it's true, we need him to do an A-Rod. We need a little bit more from him right now."
WBLI joins stations in Cleveland and Indianapolis in pulling Brown's music from their airwaves. "It's a big risk for us to pull off an artist that helps us with our ratings," said Rice, adding that the station is currently playing "Forever" and "With You." "I don't think I know everything that happened. But we're going to let listeners decide."
(Currently, the vote is 51-49% against banning Brown's songs. Rice said his staff was divided on the issue as well.)
The station is also planning a "Shred Your Ex" demonstration at its West Babylon studios on Friday morning, inviting members of Rihanna's fanclub to shred Brown's CDs and posters. "Whether you're a Rihanna fan or not, we can all empathize with being with someone who caused love to go wrong," said Nancy Cambino, WBLI's operations manager.
Los Angeles prosecutors have asked police for more evidence before deciding what charges should be brought against Brown regarding the incident early Sunday morning, according to the a.ssociated Press. Brown remains free on $50,000 bail on felony charges of making threats.
Following the incident, both Brown and Rihanna canceled their Grammy appearances. Brown has also cancelled his appearance at this weekend's NBA All-Star Game, while Rihanna has pulled out of a concert in Malaysia and her 21st birthday party in New York next week has been cancelled.
Chris Brown release statement and apologizes.
this n*gga can't call or text so he made a song about it lol
I am not familiar with Chris Brown's music at all. But I hear the song below is a series of sonic apologies to Rihanna that Chris Brown will be making. Her family have told him "don't call and don't text" so this may be the only way. He is reportedly in Vegas or LA making these hit records. The name of this song is called "Cry No More" and it is a duet with some dude named JBlue. Now, I totally don't know how true this is, but sources are telling my sources that Chris has been taking masculine hormone pills or 'roids. You know what 'roids do to the temper. He seems sorry, but who isn't right after they do some wrong. I don't know how much this will help his defense.
Jay Z calls for Support of Rihanna
Chris Brown released a statement via his spokesman today (February 15) apologizing for his attack on Rihanna and shot down reports that he had written disparaging remarks about her on his Facebook after the incident.
"Words cannot begin to express how sorry and saddened I am over what transpired. I am seeking the counselling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person,” Brown wrote.
“Much of what has been speculated or reported on blogs and/or reported in the media is wrong,” he continued. “ While I would like to be able to talk about this more, until the legal issues are resolved, this is all I can say except that I have not written any messages or made any posts to Facebook, on blogs or any place else. Those posts or writings under my name are frauds."
Brown is facing a.ssault charges for attacking Rihanna during a dispute on a Los Angeles street last weekend. The singer turned himself into police hours after the incident and was only charged with one count of making felony criminal threats.
He is currently out on $50,000 bail and will appear in court on March 5th. Rihanna, who suffered visible injuries from the attack, is cooperating with police who are building a domestic violence case against Brown.
Jay-Z struck a serious note Saturday when asked for his words of support for Rihanna.
"This is a real situation," he said in Phoenix at the Sprite Green presents the Third Annual Two Kings dinner with Jay-Z and Lebron James, as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
"You have to have compassion for others. Just imagine it being your sister or mom and then think about how we should talk about that," the hip-hop mogul, 39, continued.
"I just think we should all support her. She's going through a tough time. You have to realize she's a young girl, as well. She's very young."
Rihanna, 20, was allegedly attacked in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 by boyfriend Chris Brown, 19. He was arrested and may face charges from the district attorney.
Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, tells PEOPLE that his daughter, whom he saw Thursday in Barbados, is bruised, but "she will be all right."
Asked if he'd seen Rihanna, Jay-Z replied, "I don't want to go into it."
Rihanna makes first statement
Chart-topping Rihanna, speaking for the first time since being brutally beaten before the Grammy Awards, said Friday she is "strong" and "doing well."
But the Jay-Z protégé, who spent her 21st birthday in private Friday, would not discuss boyfriend Chris Brown's role in the vicious Feb. 8 attack.
"At the request of the authorities, Rihanna is not commenting about the incident involving Chris Brown," her two-sentence statement read. "She wants to a.ssure her fans that she remains strong, is doing well and deeply appreciates the outpouring of support she has received during this difficult time."
Rihanna's remarks came after her father ripped Los Angeles police over the leak of a graphic photo showing her bruised and battered face.
"Sloppy work on their part," Ronald Fenty told People magazine, adding that his daughter had no plans for a birthday celebration as she recovered from the a.ssault.
The "Umbrella" singer, who has remained in seclusion since the incident, was spotted in Los Angeles Thursday night. She had been with family in her native Barbados. Friends there took out a newspaper ad Friday wishing her a happy birthday.
The shocking picture showed Rihanna - her eyes closed tight - with deep bruises on her forehead, black marks around her eyes and dried blood at the corner of her mouth.
Her father, while upset with the LAPD, said the leak of the photo to celebrity Web site TMZ.com did illustrate the brutality inflicted on his daughter.
"It's good and it's bad to see the picture, because there's other people who were thinking differently, that [her injuries] may not be that bad," Fenty told Us Weekly magazine.
Brown, 19, whose hits include "Run It!," missed his scheduled Grammys appearance after his arrest on suspicion of making criminal threats to a woman - although the LAPD never confirmed it was Rihanna.
The pair had attended a pre-Grammy party honoring music mogul Clive Davis prior to their reported altercation. Brown remains free on $50,000 bail.
After the photo was posted Thursday night on TMZ.com, the LAPD called its release a serious violation that could lead to departmental firings.
TMZ declined comment on a blog report that it had paid $62,500 to "a law enforcement insider" for the picture.
Chris Brown gonna
:party0033: and he's gonna beat this case.
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