Chris Brown’s first move since being fresh out of celebrity rehab is to sell his Hollywood Hills home and move to Malibu, California after neighbors complained about his home’s graffiti-painted exterior. A change of scenery could help the troubled, 24-year-old singer improve his public image.
A spokeswoman for Brown announced this morning that he is leaving residential rehab, but will continue seeking treatment for “anger issues” at an outpatient facility and will complete his assigned 1,000 hours of community service in the Los Angeles area.
Brown’s legal troubles are spilling over into his musical career, however.
Brown entered rehab on October 30, after canceling a concert with Danity Kane in New York, due to an incident where a fan claims Brown assaulted him while using homophobic slurs. Promoters pulled out of a Canadian festival, citing their lack of support for Brown. He eventually pulled out of the concert due to health problems, which prevented him from keeping his commitment to Canadian fans.
The entertainer’s latest album X was pushed back by RCA Records to December 3. With Brown’s impending court date that could see him behind bars, the release date may be erased from the label’s calendar completely. No label wants to release an album without an artist around to promote it effectively.
Publicist Nicole Perna said Brown thanked his fans for their support and encouragement. But will fans wait around for the change when today’s musical landscape is full of new artists who are hungry and clamoring for the top spot? Brown’s public image has drastically changed since his emergence on the scene as a teen heartthrob. Now, the public may confuse him with a rapper instead of an R&B singer. His latest singles featuring Nicki Minaj and the late Aaliyah barely made a dent on the charts or radio. However, Sevyn Streeter‘s “It Won’t Stop Remix,” featuring Brown’s vocals, is in the top 10 on the charts.
A change of entourage and environment and an attitude adjustment could steer Chris Brown back on focus to live up to the promise of being a great pop star. After all, America loves a hackneyed “underdog makes a comeback” plot.