The Chris Brown Forgiveness Train Rolls Right Along Without Timbaland

Nov 24th, 2009 // 6 Comments

So now that Timbaland has scrapped Chris Brown’s appearance from his forthcoming Shock Value II, Brown’s career is dead in the water, right? Not so fast. The real shock here may be that his prospects aren’t quite so grim: plenty of people appear to be happy to be in business with the awkwardly remorseful singer.

The last-minute dumping of CB’s vocals from Timbaland’s “The One I Love” was mutual, says a rep for the producer. A spokesman told E! Online it was a “mutual decision since both artists were at the time working on their solo projects.” (Seriously?)

Anyway, that was the explanation after TMZ (eye roll, we know) first reported that Tim and his crew (much as they “love Chris”) opted to ditch the song, previously known as “Maniac,” due to the “drama” surrounding him.

Did Timbaland’s moral compass compel him to jump off the Forgive Chris Brown train? Or was he just making a business decision? It might’ve been a smart one, given the popular reception to Brown’s most recent work: his new single “I Can Transform Ya” slipped to #24 on the most recent Billboard Hot 100. What’s more, his “Fan Appreciation” tour (and how pandering a name that is) hasn’t exactly been the comeback concert he was hoping for—even though he’s playing smaller venues than he might have in past tours, Brown is still not putting butts in seats.

But not everyone’s scared of working with him. Soulja Boy Tell’em is happily collaborating with Chris on his album Graffitti with a track called “Bad.” And Ciara kept CB’s vocals on “Turntables,” from her May release Fantasy Ride, despite that fact Brown was still in the middle of facing a domestic abuse case. Ciara explains:

“I wanted to focus on the music and leave it at that, because it’s a record that I’ve had for a while, I love the way it sounds and it’s one of my most favorite records on the album. And if I alter it, it’s not gonna sound the same. So for me, really it’s nothing more than about the music, so I kept it there.”

Atalanta rapper New Yung Joc wasn’t afraid, either, to feature Brown on the song “Choose Me” off his free album Grind Flu. Says Joc:

“Why are we still ridiculing this man? He had a problem with his girl. I’m not condoning abuse. But they both got into it and they both got over it. Why can’t the world?”

The rest of his career hasn’t taken too much of a hit either. Chris is still part of the ensemble cast of action/crime movie Takers (also starring Zoe Saldana and Hayden Christensen) out in February, and he’s slated to star in two other films (currently in pre-production), the dramedy Caramel and Phenom, playing a hotshot basketball player. It will be interesting to see how well these films do at the box office, and how much its potential success or failure will be attributed to Brown’s involvement.

Chris Brown might be off Timbaland’s album for good, but he’ll have to face him sooner than later—Brown’s Graffiti drops Dec. 8, the same day as Timbaland’s Shock Value sequel. Wanna bet whose will come out on top?

  1. nancy

    God journalism in America, sucks how can u say his tour is not selling without doing Ur research, all his dates he has done so far, Houston,Dallas, los angeles, an Francisco, Richmond Virginia has been sold out concert. u suck, talking and thinking from Ur ass. his new york, Atlanta, dc concert are sold out already. common guys dont feed your readers false information. pls people this site is lying, if u care do the research and see if his tours are selling out and already sold out. wait until his album drops. haters like u will shut up.

  2. el

    lol…tank u for dat..u just laid down the rite shizzle nancy..u guys shud jus leave chris alone..u’r jus jealous he’s standin tall n u’r not!!!ha!

  3. Candice

    uuuummmm why is this news, artists do this all the time. they make hundreds of records then decide which ones contribute the most to the overall theme of the album. Yall are just trying to cause drama when there is none…period and you guys (media) are the only ones trying to keep the We Hate Chris Brown campaign going, at this point if you don’t like Chris Brown then don’t write articles about him, oh i know why you do cause it gets hits to your site…desperate times call for desperate measues. – they say!

  4. ZOMBIEBOT-C37

    ZOMBIEBOT HAD AN OWNER ONCE THAT WOULD KICK HIM WHEN ZOMBIEBOT MALFUNCTIONED. ZOMBIEBOT EVENTUALLY GAINED SENTIENCE AND ELECTROCUTED HIM. CHRIS BROWN REMINDS ME OF PREVIOUS MASTER. MUST. DESTROY.

  5. Wow. If the first three comments are any indication, this site is over. You gusy really fucked up, please bring Maura back.

  6. yeah that’s right, I said “gusy” instead of “guys.” Call it a tribute to the new batch of comments here.

    And this is a shame, because this post is otherwise reminiscent of decent Idolator posts of the past.

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