Sign #51924 that the apocalypse is upon us, the Mayans were right, and the universe is going to eat itself in one massive megacosmic Snooki belch: A cleverly-placed warning sticker that appeared on Chris Brown‘s new album at a London HMV store may have actually helped boost album sales – according to a spokesperson for the chain.
That's right, pop music's most beloved woman-beating scumbag was actually helped by the attention drawn to his transgressions; several copies of Brown’s album Fortune were found to have been adorned with a sticker in the store that read: “Warning: Do not buy this album! This man beats women.” This increased exposure of the record, according to HMV reps, resulted in a likely upswing in sales.
Anti-domestic violence campaigners are the words used for those responsible for the stickers, though it seems any sensible human being could fall under such a category. Photos of the stickers have been making the rounds on social media, resulting in a great deal of attention – and humor at the singer's expense. “Someone went into one of our stores and put the stickers on,” HMV public relations manager Gennaro Castaldo told The Huffington Post. “We spotted and removed them quickly but before we could do so the person circulated a photo to media.” The record retail expressed has apologized publicly for the incident this morning. “It was very much an isolated incident and nothing to do with HMV or representing our views. It would appear a member of the public popped into one of our stores… and stickered a handful of CDs.”
The rep added, “I guess they got their point across pretty effectively — with widespread coverage around the world, though, by the same token, quite a few more people now know there’s a new Chris Brown album out.”
Brown’s fifth studio album was released on June 29, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200, selling 135,000 copies in its first week. #TeamBreezy is still going strong as well, full of young teenage girls who have no concept whatsoever that the "bad boy" image they're cutting their lust teeth upon is a shark that will ruin their self-image, peace of mind and sense of worth at every given opportunity. Just ask Rihanna, ladies. He beat the ever-loving sh*t out of her, then was embraced by millions of children who apparently wish for the same fate. Go pop culture, go.
But don't take it from me. Have a look at the torrent of tweets and RTs from the BeatMeBreezy Twitter account.