Retailers Strike Back, Chris Brown ‘Graffiti’ Overstocked

Embattled singer Chris Brown might have learned a new lesson this week thanks to a series of Twitter posts, namely calling out retailers like Walmart for allegedly misleading customers and not stocking his album “Graffiti” — late Monday, retailers fought back. “Not only am I carrying it, I am over carrying it, because it isn’t selling,” the head of purchasing at one large chain told Billboard. “I wish I could return it.” Thanks to Brown’s Twitter blast (here) over the weekend, which has now been widely reported, stores like Walmart and others have, or are, taking a closer look at sales. Walmart, taking the brunt of the singer’s frustration over his third album “Graffiti” reportedly not in sight at a Wallingford, CT store over the weekend, issued a statement Monday, December 14. “We are surprised at the comments online. All Walmart stores nationwide have carried the CD since its release, including the Wallingford store mentioned in the post. This store actually sold through its initial shipment over the weekend. The majority of our stores today are showing they do have copies available.” As previously reported, Brown wrote “I’m tired of this s—-. Major stores r blackballing my CD. Not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers. What the f— do I gotta do” on Twitter after sales projections for his album were deemed to be far below expectations. Those projections show “Graffiti” moving less than 110,000 copies, a dive for the singer whose last album “Exclusive” sold 294,000 copies when it debuted at no.4 on the Billboard 200 in 2007. Brown’s Twitter account, username Mechanicaldummy, has since been removed from the social networking website. “Graffiti” is Chris Brown’s third studio album, led by the singles “I Can Transform Ya” and “Crawl”.


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