Chris Brown recorded an audio message for his fan base Wednesday, begging for them to request his songs on radio stations since some have shunned the R&B singer because of his brutal beating of ex-girlfriend Rihanna more than a year ago.
“A lot of radio stations aren’t playing my records,” he said in the audio blog which you can hear below. “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.”
Brown, making a veiled reference to the violent incident that might have cost him his career, said he’s “doing everything that I need to do” and is “a better guy.”
He added: “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 mix-tape artist … I just want all my fans to help me.”
The Forever singer was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to 180 days of community labor as part of the plea deal he made in June 2009 for the February 2009 assault. He also must keep his distance from Rihanna for five years.