Is Chris Brown going to retire from the music business?
The problematic pop star said via Twitter yesterday that he’ll likely release only one more album following the release of his upcoming record X and cited intense media scrutiny as the reason.
Brown’s tweet: “Don’t worry mainstream America. After this X album, it’ll probably be my last album. Being famous is amazing when it’s for ur music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool & over it!”
Now 24, Brown was actually 19 when he was charged with assault after beating up his former girlfriend Rihanna on the night before the Grammys. Brown plead guilty to the charges and received a sentence of five years probation and six months community service.
The singer’s tweet yesterday, which was removed after three hours, follows his fleeting incarceration in regard to another legal battle.
On Monday, Brown turned himself in to the Van Nuys jail in Los Angeles in connection to a hit-and-run charge earlier this year. He was released in less than an hour on his own recognizance.
On May 21, Brown was involved in an auto accident in Los Angeles and reportedly refused to show his driver’s license and gave false insurance information.
The LAPD charged Brown with hit and run (leaving the scene of an accident without exchanging proper information) and driving without a valid license.
“This is really ridiculous,” Brown tweeted at the time. “[The other driver] contacted the cops thinking of a payday from Chris Brown when I followed the proper procedures.”
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of a six-month sentence. If Brown is found to have violated his probation, he could face a four-year prison sentence. Brown’s trial is scheduled to begin August 15, with a probation hearing slated for August 18.
But is Brown really going to walk away from the industry that has earned him public acclaim, including two NAACP Image Awards and three American Music Awards, and an estimated net worth of $24-million (US)? Or is his retirement threat simply a ploy to keep his name in the headlines and thereby drum up interest in his new record?
Brown’s sixth studio album X drops on August 20.