[artist id="1961441"]Chris Brown[/artist] joined the likes of [artist id="2408193"]Miley Cyrus[/artist] and [artist id="3066140"]Kid Cudi[/artist] as celebs who shun social-media networks when he [article id="1628255"]shut down his Twitter account[/article] on Monday.
The singer often caused a stir with his tweets, whether he was publicly longing for Rihanna or posting ill-timed observations, as was the case during the American Music Awards, when Jay-Z took the podium to accept an award just as Brown wrote "corny." Here is a timeline of some of Brown's memorable Twitter moments.
Saturday, September 5: In more innocent times for Brown and his Twitter account, @MechanicalDummy, the "Forever" singer [article id="1620957"]tweeted about completing his Graffiti album[/article].
In a no-frills post, he wrote, "Graffiti!!!! Comin soon ... Just finished it ... hands down ... My best album ... That's all I'mma give away right now. I honestly don't think the game is ready for the recordz I got coming off the new album ... (not tryna be cocky)!!!! LOL."
Wednesday, September 16: Brown notified his fans that he began [article id="1621660"]serving the first of his 180-days of community labor[/article] in a tweet and later posted what he labeled an "exclusive" [article id="1621743"]photo of himself[/article] on his site where he was seen cleaning up trash in an orange safety vest. The image drew criticism from the singer's detractors who claimed Brown was making a mockery of his punishment — an accusation he denied.
Tuesday, October 6: Just a month after breaking his silence on CNN, Brown kick-started his comeback when he [article id="1623183"]announced via Twitter[/article] that he'd be embarking on a Fan Appreciation Tour.
The post was later taken down as Brown apparently jumped the gun in making the announcement.
Monday, October 19: Brown used Twitter for promotional purposes again, this time [article id="1624197"]tweeting about the video for his song "Crawl,"[/article] telling his followers the video — featuring Cassie — was on its way soon.
Monday, October 26: Brown posted the first of two [article id="1624691"]tweets about his former flame Rihanna[/article], where the singer openly reminisced about their time together.
"I'm sorry y'all. Just had to post it," he wrote after retweeting a fan-made video sent to him that featured images of him and Rihanna set to Lee Carr's "The Way We Used to Be."
Monday, November 2: Brown's @MechanicalDummy account [article id="1625333"]tweets the Graffiti album cover,[/article] revealing the artwork for the forthcoming project. The tweet, though, occurred while Brown was being interviewed by MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway for the special "Chris Brown: The Interview." (He had a part-time ghost-tweeter! Shhh.)
Sunday, November 22: In a case of bad timing, according to Brown, he tweeted "cornball" about a friend who he was with — but the post hit the Web just seconds after Jay-Z, a Rihanna advocate and supporter, appeared onstage to accept an honor at the American Music Awards. "People blew [it] out of proportion. ... I was also commenting on certain things that was going on the AMAs. I was tweeting randomly about what was going on ... so the homies was at the house and everybody was like, 'He's making an excuse.' All I twittered, I said, 'cornball' — I wasn't talking about homie at all," [article id="1627206"]Brown explained later in a radio interview[/article].
Friday, December 11: Brown slammed the music industry and [article id="1628140"]claimed he was being blackballed[/article], seemingly referencing those who have been slow to re-embrace the star in the wake of his February assault against Rihanna. The superstar singer tweeted that his album was being under-stocked in stores. "I'm tired of this sh--," Brown tweeted. "Major stores are blackballing my CD. Not stockin the shelves and lying to customers. What the f--- do I gotta do..."
Saturday, December 12: Brown continued to assail retail outlets that he feels aren't property stocking his album, even going as far as visiting a Wal-Mart in Connecticut and [article id="1628207"]tweeting that his Graffiti LP wasn't in stock[/article] or on shelves. A representative from the Wallingford store spoke with MTV News and told a different story: The album wasn't available because it sold out.
Monday, December 14: Brown's Twitter account is deleted.