Despite projections that his new album will debut at #1 on the Billboard albums chart next week,
Brown took to his Twitter account on Friday (December 11) and in several posts made claims that he's being "blackballed" by stores that aren't carrying or displaying the album. The remark appears to be in reference to outlets that have been slow to embrace Brown's return to the music world following his February assault against Rihanna.
"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..."
An hour later, Brown returned to Twitter to reiterate his stance. He tweeted that he would not be "retracting" his comments, which rapidly spread online. His tirade was laced with profanity as he lashed out, saying the music industry can "kiss his ass."
He followed these an hour later with a tweet that reads, "Thx again to my real fans. U don't go unnoticed. Love y'all."
Representatives for Brown and his label, Jive Records, were not available or had not responded to MTV News' requests for comment at press time.
Brown has caused waves with his Twitter use recently. During the American Music Awards he tweeted a disparaging comment directed at no one in particular, simply writing "cornball." But the timing of the tweet coincided with Jay-Z's appearance on stage to accept an award. The tweet lead many to believe Brown was targeting Jay-Z, a Rihanna supporter and advocate.
Brown later said his remark was not directed at the rapper, but rather to an acquaintance in the same room with the singer.